I'm bringing you the new limited edition Spring 2011 offerings from Wet n Wild today (click here to see the Bloom collection) and this one's definitely for those of you who are drawn to jewel tones! The Coloricon Vanite collection features four quartets, each with two powder eyeshadows and two lipglosses.
From Wet n Wild:
Vanite: Limited Edition Color Icon Eye & Lip Quartet
Mirror, mirror on the wall, I’m the fairest maiden of them all! Revel in beauty with these lavish compacts of 2 decadent eyeshadows and 2 extravagant lip glosses. This chic, stylish compact creates a variety of unique looks with perfectly color-coordinated lip and eye combinations.
33569 Renaissance Faire
(Eyeshadows: Purple & Green, Lip Glosses: Hot Pink & White Shimmer)
33570 Queen Victoria
(Eyeshadows: Royal Purple & Pink, Lip Glosses: Fuchsia & Maroon)
33571 I Reign Supreme
(Eyeshadows: Black Shimmer & Silver Shimmer, Lip Glosses: Pale Pink Shimmer & Rose)
33572 I’m Ba-roque
(Eyeshadows: Green with Gray Undertone & Peach, Lip Glosses: Peach Shimmer & Coral)
The first thing I noticed about these quartets is the adorable packaging. I'm getting a serious Marie Antoinette vibe from these and I love it!
These are nice and substantial (not flimsy plastic) cases, and they make a nice, reassuring "click" noise when you close them. Also, I want to point this out because I know a lot of you don't care for palettes that contain both powders and creams: the wells in these quads are deep enough and have high enough walls between them to prevent serious fallout. In other words, if you're careful, you can avoid fallout in the lip colors.
Renaissance Faire contains a very true shimmery purple shadow (sorry if the above pics make it look blue--it's not), a matte green shadow with fine gold sparkle (my pics make it look like it's leaning toward teal, but it's actually more of a green), a frosty pink gloss and a shimmery white gloss with multicolored microglitter.
Queen Victoria is definitely regal. It contains a shimmery true royal purple shadow (it leans more blue than the purple in Renaissance Faire), a shimmery medium pink shadow, a shimmery hot pink gloss and a shimmery plum gloss with multi-colored microglitter.
I Reign Supreme contains the most classic shades of the Vanite collection. There's a matte black shadow with silver sparkle, a shimmery silver shadow, a very pale pink shimmery gloss and a sheer red shimmery gloss.
And last but not least, my favorite quartet and the one I think might turn out to be the most popular: I'm Ba-roque. You've gotta love it for the name alone, right? I mean, could there be a more perfect name for a Wet n Wild palette?? It cracks me up every time I see it!
I'm Ba-roque contains a shimmery gunmetal green shadow (I'm 99.9% sure this is a dupe of a MAC shade--I'll have to dig through my stash and find it), a super shimmery, almost metallic, peach shadow, a light pink shimmery gloss, and the biggest surprise of the entire collection: the most gorgeous rose-gold gloss I have seen in years!
Please forgive these pics--my lips are so chapped right now, but I HAD to show you this gloss. In person, this is one of the most stunning rose gold glosses I have ever worn. It was a total shocker because, to be honest, it looked like a standard, almost boring, red in the pan. But once you put it on, WHOA MAMA! All of these beautiful tones of rose, gold and peach come through. If you're drawn to rose-gold lip colors, you need this one. Period.
FINAL VERDICT: If you're into jewel tones, this collection is one you'll want to see in person. These shadows are just as highly pigmented and smooth as the other Coloricon palettes (in other words, they're fabulous) and the lipglosses are sheer, but surprisingly pigmented. The lip brush that comes with these palettes is so small that it works quite well for precision application and I haven't experienced any shedding of bristles. Even if you shy away from palettes that contain both eye and lip colors under one roof, I wouldn't let that deter you from trying one of these--especially I'm Ba-roque, which is my favorite of the bunch. That gunmetal-green is a showstopper and, well, the rose-gold gloss leaves me speechless.
What do you think of the Vanite Collection? Are these colors appealing to you? Do you think you'll look for them at your local drugstore? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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