Before I begin this post, I want to remind you that if you've been looking for these kits in your area, please check out the interactive map to see where they've been spotted!
As promised, I wanted to swatch the eyeshadow trios in the Wet n Wild Flora and Fauna Collection ASAP before the $1.50 sale at CVS ends (the sale runs through 4/21). I want to give another huge thanks to all of you who took the time to let us know that these kits are ringing up at $1.50, in addition to all of the other eye, lip and nail products from Wet n Wild (if you're late to this news, all core collection eyeshadow trios AND 8-pans are also on sale for $1.50 each!).
Since the other products in each of these kits are all core collection shades, I'm only swatching the shadow trios in this post, since they are NOT existing trios. Let's start with Flora:
I apologize for the black fuzz on the orange shade in the following photos. That little piece of lint that I only noticed AFTER I took the photos is from my sweater, not from the palette itself:
The Flora trio contains two shimmers and one satin-matte. The lime green shade is more vivid in the pan than in my pics above, but when swatched on my NC20 skin, it actually looks more like chartreuse than lime green. The teal shade in this trio has a soft golden sheen to it, which is prettier in person. I would consider the orange shade to be a matte that has a TINY hint of a satin finish, if that makes sense.
All of the following swatches were done on bare skin with no primer:
The chartreuse and teal both have nice textures--not too hard yet not crumbly. The orange matte is a bit dry and hard but as you can see, the color payoff is impressive given its consistency.
Next up, Fauna:
This trio does not contain any mattes. All three shades contain shimmer; the champagne shade is the most shimmery, while the teal has less shimmer. The purple has a subtle flash of violet-blue to it, which you can kind of see in my swatches below.
Again, all swatches were done on bare skin with no primer:
The texture of the shades in the Fauna trio is less consistent than the Flora trio. The champagne shade (which actually has more pink to it than my photos indicate---it's not as yellow as what you see here) is a soft and crumbly. The teal shade, when applied to the lid, almost comes off as a satin that leans toward matte, and it is not as soft and crumbly as the champagne shade. The purple shade has a harder texture and you really have to "dig" to pick up the color onto your brush (this seems to be the case with many drugstore purple eyeshadows). The color payoff of the purple shade is not as good as the champagne and teal shades.
FINAL THOUGHTS: These trios are a mixed bag. Some shades have better textures than others, and some have better color payoff. Obviously, a good primer will intensify the colors, but I did find that some of the colors also perform well without primer. I think that, for the price, these are fun little trios to pick up if you'd like to experiment with color this season and not break the bank. That orange is so on-trend right now, and this is an affordable way to see if you can make such a bold color work for you before investing in something else. I think the regular retail price of $4.99 is a great deal considering all of the products you get in each kit, but if you can find these kits this week at CVS, it's a total no-brainer. You can't even buy the nail polish alone for $1.50, so I say buy both, play around, and have some fun with color!
Do you already have either (or both) of these kits? What do YOU think of them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
PS: Don't forget to check out the Flora & Fauna interactive map to see where these kits have been spotted in your area!
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