Wet n Wild introduced new 5-pan Color Icon palettes for Spring 2014, and I’m sure you’ve already seen some or all of these at your local drugstores. I’m trying to experiment more with makeup this year, so instead of going for my usual neutral earthy tones, I picked up Art in the Streets palette, featuring five bright matte eye shadow colors.
Art in the Streets palette features five bright matte colors: lilac, tangerine, lemon yellow, cool green, and sky blue. The quality of the eye shadows was pretty inconsistent across the palette, and some shades offered better pigmentation and staying power than others. The worst one would be yellow, with it’s low pigmentation, chalky feel, moderate fallout and poor blendability. The best one is tangerine: highly pigmented, saturated color that blends well, has good staying power, and doesn’t produce much fallout. Lilac, green and blue fall somewhere in the middle, and are relatively close to one another in terms of overall quality.
All five colors are fairly powdery, and I made a mess in my palette while I was swatching. The arm swatches in this post were swiped 4-5 times over dry clean skin [no primer, no foundation] using the included applicators.
For the eye look above I only used the colors in the palette and nothing else [which explains why I didn’t put some shimmer in the inner corner of my eye, or along the waterline]. I’m literally using all of the colors at once, and I think they actually work together alright. I applied yellow color in the inner half of my top lids, and orange in the outer half, then gently blended the connecting line to make the transition look seamless. For my crease color I chose the lilac shade, and since it’s not super pigmented, it worked really well to give this already crazy combo a soft diffused look [imagine if it wasn’t sheer, I would look like a clown!]. Bottom lid is lined with blue color, and then with green on top of it. To create the dark eyeliner effect on my top lid, I used a dampened angled brush and mixed the blue, purple and green colors together, to get this dark dirty green which worked great for a soft cat eye liner effect.
This palette has some winners and some losers, but we gotta give it to Wet n Wild for adding matte eye shadows to the lineup, because it’s really hard to find them among drugstore brands at that price point. While the formula is a bit powdery, and some shades are less pigmented than others; overall all five colors can perform well over primer or foundation. Tangerine is an absolute gem – pigmented, non-chalky and long-lasting, – and if you love that color, you might want to pick up this palette just for that pan alone.
Formula 8/10 | Application 8.5/10 | Pigmentation 8/10 | Longevity 9/10 | Product 8/10
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
$3.99 USD for 0.21 oz. Available at Drugstore.com, local drugstores.
Talc, Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Ethyl Macadamiate, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glycerin, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Methicone, Dimethicone/Methionine Copolymer, [+/- (May Contain): Carmine/Cl 75470, Ferric Ferrocyanide/Cl 77510, Iron Oxides/Cl 77491, Cl 77499, Manganese Violet/Cl 77742, Mica, Red 40 Lake/Cl 16035, Titanium Dioxide/Cl 77891, Ultramarines/Cl 77007].