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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wet n Wild Spring 2013 Limited Edition Coloricon Nude Awakening Palette vs. Urban Decay Naked Palette

A huge thank-you to reader Crissypo for emailing me when she spotted the Wet n Wild Limited Edition Spring Forward display at a CVS here in San Diego. Thanks to her, I was able to pick up the last two palettes in the display. Thank you once again, Crissypo, for your thoughtfulness and willingness to help me get my hands on these!

Wet n Wild Spring 2013 Coloricon Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Awakening
(retail: $4.99, 0.3 oz)

It took me a while to do this comparison, but I FINALLY have it for you today! I'm so sorry for the delay, and I hope that some of you will still find it useful.

For those unfamiliar with the Wet n Wild Spring 2013 Limited Edition Spring Forward palettes, you can click here to view the interactive map to see if these have been spotted in your area (there's also a link at the top of this blog for your convenience).

NOTE: For those of you unable to find this palette locally, you can order the Nude Awakening and Going In The Wild palettes together for $15 total here. You must order both--this website does not sell them separately (a huge thanks to several of you for the heads-up about this!). I will be reviewing the Going In The Wild palette in a separate blog post next week.



Here are all eight shades swatched on bare skin (no primer):

First row (left side of palette), no primer

Second row (right side of palette), no primer

And here is a comparison of these eight shades to some of the shades in the Urban Decay Naked Palette:


FIRST ROW (LEFT SIDE OF PALETTE):


All shadows swatched over Prestige Primed & Ready Eye Primer:


UD Virgin vs WnW: As you can see, UD Virgin has more shimmer to it, and it's more opaque as well. The WnW shade is more of a satin-matte finish and it has more of a transparent, luminescent quality. When on the eyes, the WnW shade has a surprisingly nice level of pigmentation (even without primer). It's just hard to see in my pics because this shade is so close to my skintone.

UD Sidecar vs WnW: I don't really think of Sidecar as an orange-y shade, but it looks really orange when swatched next to the WnW shade. They both have the same level of shimmer and pigment, but the WnW shade is definitely cooler-toned. 

UD Buck vs. WnW: These are both mattes, but the WnW shade doesn't photograph as well in swatches and it looks much more even and less spotty when worn on the eyes. It's a surprisingly smooth, buttery, matte brown that's a hair lighter and a hair cooler-toned than UD Buck, but when worn side-by-side on the eye, I can barely tell the difference.

UD Darkhorse vs WnW: Darkhorse is a bit deeper and a darker, but I actually prefer the WnW shade! It's not as dry as Darkhorse and it looks a bit greener and less muddy on the eye after blending.

SECOND ROW (RIGHT SIDE OF PALETTE):



UD Toasted vs. WnW: It's hard to compete with Toasted (in my book) but even though the WnW shade is a bit lighter and warmer, I think it's a nice alternative. It's got the same level of shimmer and the pigmentation is great as well.

UD Hustle vs. WnW: To put it bluntly, the WnW shade kicks Hustle's booty. To me, Hustle is hard to work with (it's not very pigmented and it goes on spotty) but the WnW version is rich, buttery and smooth to apply. It also has better pigmentation than Hustle (but it is a tiny bit warmer than Hustle).

UD Gunmetal vs. WnW: If you want a deep, rich, super-pigmented steel-gray, then Gunmetal is the way to go. The WnW version is a softer gray and just doesn't have the intensity of Gunmetal. It also doesn't have the same level of pigmentation as Gunmetal.

UD Creep vs. WnW: Two totally different shades when swatched. Creep is a deep, rich matte black with sparkle and the WnW shade is a shimmery black with sparkle. Both shadows are on the dry side.

SUMMARY: I'd say that five of the shades in the Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Palette are very nice alternatives to five of the shades in the Urban Decay Naked Palette. If you're looking for a shade-for-shade alternative to UD Naked, you won't find it here but, at just $4.99, you can certainly have five nice alternatives to Urban Decay Sidecar, Buck, Darkhorse, Toasted and Hustle. I wouldn't call any of these shades exact dupes, but they're similar and, when worn on the eye, some of the Wet n Wild shades are very difficult to distinguish from the UD shades. As always, Wet n Wild shadows always work better when worn over primer, but you probably already knew that! For five bucks, I'd say that if you don't already own the Urban Decay Naked Palette, this would be a nice palette to have. There are some shades here that work for daily wear, and also for more dramatic looks. When worn over primer, most Wet n Wild Coloricon shadows last all day for me (eight hours or more) and these are no different.

Do you already own the Nude Awakening palette? Were you able to find it locally or did you have a friend, relative, swap buddy, etc. buy it for you? If you already own it, do you agree with my assessment? I'd love to hear from you!

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.

39 COMMENTS:

  1. awesome comparison! thanks so much!

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  2. I've been wanting UD Creep after seeing a look UD created with the Naked Palette but they haven't sold it as a single yet. I had other shadows that were close to the others UD used in the look, so Creep was the only one I've been wanting. Now that I see this WnW palette AND it doesn't have parabens, as the UD first Naked palette does, I am def. going to buy this...if I can find it in NY, Lol.

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    1. Holly,

      If you are looking for a closer dupe for the Creep shade in the UD Naked palette - I just happened to be reading through some of G's older posts as well, and my eyeballing tells me that the matte black left Definer shade in the WnW Shimmer the Night Away might be a better dupe (matte black with fine silver sparkle per G.) than the black shade in this palette. Just do a quick search for that post on this blog for those swatches. Although the Shimmer the Night Away palette was LE, I just heard from Emi at Project Swatch a few days ago that you can still order it off of All Cosmetics Wholesale (I've never ordered from the website myself, but from Emi's reviews the website seems credible.) Hope this was helpful!

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  3. Thanks G. I just ordered a Spring Forward set AND a Where's the Party set, since it never appeared in NYC when it came out. I had given up on ever getting any sets. Thanks again!!

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  4. I'm very tempted to just order it since I've been to every single store without finding these palettes....but does anyone know if the site is okay to order from? (I've never heard of it so I'm kind of on the fence)

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    1. I can't vouch for the site.. but the shipping is $6 unless you order $40 or more, then it is free. Just FYI.

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    2. i have ordered from there and it's legit :)

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    3. i have ordered from there and it's legit

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  5. I was FINALLY able to find them in one of the CVS's in Greensboro and at the time i purchased them they had a full display (about ten palettes in total). That made my day since I've been trying to get one through ebay and all of them were selling for over $20!

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  6. So curious: does the WnW "Sidecar" have the same fallout as the original? Sidecar is my favorite shadow ever in terms of color and sparkle but the fallout (and I do use primer) drives me nuts.

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  7. i just ordered from them holly! i have heard of them before and if nouveu cheap posted the link i am sure it is safe! :)

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  8. Hey G!

    Just wanted to say that I've been faithfully reading your blog for over half a year now and I really appreciate all the product reviews, swatches, and comparisons you do here. They are some of the most comprehensive and thorough when it comes to beauty blogs. I've been wanting the UD Naked Palette forever but as a grad student just can't justify $50 on a palette, so I'm definitely gonna see if I can get this palette now thanks to all your help!

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  9. In the swatch photo, the black WNW shade actually looks very close to the Gunmetal swatch.

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  10. oh, i'm really tempted to buy this wet n wild palette !I have the naked 2 and the naked basics and really wanted the first naked :)

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  11. I have no idea why WnW did not make it permanent. Would have been a fantastic addition to their line, and a product people would have bought for years.

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  12. MUST.GET.HANDS.ON.THIS! Seriously, those shades are LOVELY and I LOVE Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes.

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  13. Wnw, please make this palette permanent!!! I looked in three cvs, still coudn't find it. I am afraid I will not get my hands on this beauty!!!!Great review, Thanks G!!!

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  14. I picked up my palette about a month ago and this was a really great assessment! I'm really glad WnW made a nude palette, but I think they should definitely make it part of the permanent collection.

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  15. I also found some pretty spot-on MAC dupes in this palette:
    Shroom
    Honesty(IMO,better than MAC!)
    Wedge
    Mulch

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  16. The WnW palette is great! I don't own UD's Naked palette and I'm not looking for dupes, but WnW has some nice similar shades.

    ^^ I like neutral shades a lot, especially needed for work.

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  17. I want them so badly! There are four location spottings in my home town but none anywhere near my college town! Small town probs. Need to go home soon so I can snatch em up!

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  18. I would love to see the top right shade (that you compared to Toasted) compared to Sidecar as well. Looks like maybe a closer dupe? Also, will you be updating your Naked Dupes post with these? Thanks!!

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    1. Actually i think ur right. I just looked at it and its very close to sidecar more so then toasted. I dont have the ud palette to compare but just by looking i think ur dead on

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  19. Are these super warm? They look it. If so, I may have to pass :)

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    1. Not nearly as warm toned as Comfort Zone. I'd consider them true neutrals, more or less.

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  20. I love this W and W palette! I drove a pretty good ways to get it. (Boyfriend thinks I am nuts, lol). But, I got the last one, and still trying to find the other palette. Glad I got this one though, I do not have the Naked Palette!

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  21. Does anyone know if only certain stores carry these palettes??? I haven't seen any places in Louisiana. I've been to 2 CVS, 2 Walgreens & a Winn Dixie with no luck!!!

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    1. Try pathmart. I found both new palettes there. They always seem to have the new displays of w n w whenever they come out with something new

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  22. Does anyone know if there's a place online that doesn't sell it for $20??

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  23. Thank you so much for letting us know where we can buy both palettes online for not an outrageous amount of money! I just ordered mine after searching for WEEKS and going to over 30 drugstores within a 2 hour radius of me. For $15 - it was a steal compared to all the driving I did! Thank you again; can't wait for mine to show up in the mail! xoxo

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  24. thanks for the link to nonpareil boutique's duo. It's already may so no one's going to be carrying this

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  25. This palette is very beautiful and I can't wait to try it. I really love both of the eyelid color and the color on right of the browbone.

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  26. this finally showed up at my rite-aid in waterford, mi (huron and elizabeth lake). a full display along with the pop color trios. I was so shocked as I've been stalking all of my area drug stores for the wet n wild LE collections to no avail. These shadows are incredibly beautiful. think I'm gonna back this one up...it's that good!

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  27. Wow. What a good comparison. I am going to go look at my local CVS today. I will let you know if I find it.

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