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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Swatchfest: Wet n Wild Limited Edition Flora & Fauna Collection

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!

A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on NouveauCheap.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

23 COMMENTS:

  1. I saw these kits @ Walgreens, I didn't buy them, but I didn't know they were limited edition. I think I might have to go check them out now:)

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  2. For some reason I thought the green polish in the Flora bag was a new shade...do you know the name of it?

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    1. Its new, Twining Vines. Lovely foil.

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    2. Twining Vines, and it's new. Or possibly LE, I'm not sure. I wish the Fauna kit had included a new nail shade as well, but I'm not complaining.

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  3. I have them both. I got them early on, when they were hard to find, but lately have seen them in every Walgreens. The crease shade in Fauna is gorgeous.. but extremely pigmented, fair warning. It will easily take over your entire eye so be very precise in placement, reminds me of the brown in the Sunburned trio. The purple is subtle, yet very pretty. I find it best to wear either the teal or the purple on the lid, and use the other as liner for accent. I have yet to use the Flora trio, but I think that orange will be awesome over the color tattoo in Fierce and Tangy. I will say the polish in Flora- Twining Vines- is absolutely gorgeous, and I believe it may be LE. It is very warm toned though and quite light.. so you may have trouble wearing it depending on your skin tone. It shifts from olive, to lime, to gold. It was opaque in two coats on me, and dries very quickly. I wore it for several days without a chip and had to scrub to get it off.

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  4. I got these palettes and like them. Use primer, it really helps

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  5. I think Twining Vines may be the same color as Ocean Grotto.

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    1. Thank you!!!!! They ARE the same,.and that's what I meant to mention in my post! :)

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  6. I bought the Fauna kit at Easter, and ended up throwing the shadows away. The fallout was horrendous and that blue-like the poster above said- it takes over everything! But I love the blush and the lipgloss!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these! I have been seeing them around the blog world and had been wondering about them. Honestly, the shades are not very unique to me; however, I am intrigued by the orange and actually impressed by how well it swatches without primer. That is enough to make me purchase it quite honestly.

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  8. I wouldn't have bought these at $5, but ringing up at $1.50 each was definitely worth it. WnW makes great blush--I really like the minis included here--and I can always use another gloss in a pocket or something. The eyeshadow colors are all basically unwearable for someone like me (30+ professional office type), unless I'm getting crazy on the weekend, but for less than fifty cents for the trio, I don't mind if they end up in the costume box most of the year or only come out to play when I'm messing around in my stash. :)

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    1. Actually, most of the shades are really wearable... just not all together. Pick one, and pair it with a neutral crease and highlight... I almost never wear a wnw trio "as directed"..you would be surprised how nice they are when paired with Brulee and Nutty, for example. I really prefer trios that are wearable on their own though, that is one area where WnW has issues. Brulee really was their "secret weapon".. I still can't believe they discontinued it.

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    2. Not for me. I'm in a conservative government work environment, and wearing bright eyeshadow colors at all, especially ones with sparkles, would essentially just say, "Don't promote me! I don't take my career seriously!" And managing people who are older than I am means commanding their respect--which means respecting what they think about appropriate dress, even if some folks might find it outdated or dull.
      However, if you can get away with it, more power to you! I don't mind wearing neutrals five days a week, as long as I get the other two for fun. Sometimes I put on the wild colors at night after work. My hubby loves them. He's a big fan of the bright orange in this set. :)

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    3. Not for me! I'm in a conservative government work environment, and wearing bright eyeshadow colors at all, especially ones with sparkles, would essentially just say, "Don't promote me! I don't take my career seriously!" And managing people who are older than I am means commanding their respect--which means respecting what they think about appropriate dress, even if some folks might find it outdated or dull.
      However, if you can get away with it, more power to you! I love color and always wish that mainstream fashion was crazier! Still, I don't mind wearing neutrals five days a week, as long as I get the other two for fun. Sometimes I put on the wild colors at night after work. My hubby loves them. He's a big fan of the bright orange in this set. :)

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  9. The teal in the Flora kit makes me want to go and get it!!! >w<

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  10. I love the Fauna kit shades - I'd try the Flora kit if the eyeshadows weren't mostly matte finishes. WnW matte eyeshadows rarely suit my liking in terms of staying power and look chalky/powdery on me.

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  11. I *have* to pick these up! Thanks, G, for the heads up!

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  12. Got the Fauna kit at CVS last night. The Teal or no Teal nail polish looks amazing with the ZOya Maysie I layered on top!

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  13. Just wanna let y'all know that there's $1 off peelie coupons on lipsticks that can be used with the deal- this bring your total to two for $1! I bought 3 of the 8 pans, a flora kit, fauna kit, 2 trios and a nail polish for $4 and tax!

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  14. Just wanna let y'all know that there's $1 off peelie coupons on lipsticks that can be used with the deal- this bring your total to two for $1! I bought 3 of the 8 pans, a flora kit, fauna kit, 2 trios and a nail polish for $4 and tax!

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  15. AW I love teal nail polishes!

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  16. Just picked up the Flora kit a few days ago. I really wanted to try an orange e/s to warm up some eye looks without investing in something more expensive right now. I wanted the Fauna kit as well but they had sold out of them. Funny that there are several Walgreens in my area but only one that gets the new LE stuff. So I am limited to how may stores I can haunt looking for some the newer things. Really grinds my gears.

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  17. I found the Flora kit at my Walgreens tonight for $2.49. I grabbed it up since the eye shadow alone would have cost more than that! I'm totally in love with it, but I didn't know that the nail polish, Twining Vines, was a core-line product. I thought that they were all limited edition shades. Oh well...I'm not disappointed. :)

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