As I mentioned in a previous post, Amber, of Canadian Fashionista, and I recently took a trip to the US for some major makeup shopping. While there were a number of items I wanted to check out, one of the collections I was most looking forward to testing out was Fergie's new Wet n Wild 'Centre Stage Collection', a huge cosmetics collection featuring several eyeshadow palettes, highlighters, lipsticks and nail polishes.
Unfortunately, when I got to the US, I saw that the overwhelming popularity of this new collection, meant that a lot of the items I had been wanting to buy were sold out. After trips to two different Walgreens (I am nothing if not dedicated), I managed to get my hands on five pieces from the new collection: an eyeshadow palette, a highlighter and three lipsticks. Below is more information on each of the items I picked up.
Wet n' Wild 'Dutchess Lounge' Eyeshadow Palette ($5.50 USD):
One of four eyeshadow palettes from the new Centre Stage Collection, 'Dutchess Lounge' features five purple, black and silver toned shadows perfect for creating a dark, smoky eyed look. 'Dutchess Lounge' includes the following shadows:
1) A silver shadow with finely milled iridescent silver glitter and a somewhat metallic finish. This eyeshadow is fairly well pigmented, although somewhat difficult to apply (you need to pack your brush in order to get the right amount of colour on your lid).
2) An extremely deep (almost black) plummy-purple with finely milled iridescent purple glitter. This shadow is extremely well pigmented, buttery smooth and blends nicely on the lids without a lot of fallout.
3) A matte, medium purple with blue undertones. While pretty in the pan, this shadow is not well pigmented and therefore incredibly difficult to apply.
4) A matte charcoal-black with chunky, iridescent blue and purple glitter. This shadow is very well pigmented, super soft and easy to blend. With the glitter, however, there is a lot of fallout, which can create quite a big mess.
5) An extremely dark, matte black with chunky, iridescent silver, green and purple glitter. This shadow is intensely pigmented and buttery smooth. Unfortunately, this shadow has a lot of fallout, which creates quite a mess.
Overall, I would say this palette is 'just okay'. While it does work nicely for a dramatic eye look, it is definitely not a palette I would reach for every day. With such soft shadows, there is a lot of fallout, which is very messy (especially since most of the shadows are very dark). With two shades that aren't very well pigmented and are difficult to apply, my advice would be to skip Fergie's 'Dutchess Lounge'.
Wet n' Wild 'Rose Champagne Glow' Reflect Shimmer Palette ($5.99 USD):
One of three reflect shimmer palettes, 'Rose Champagne Glow' is a shimmering golden-peach powder with deeper rose toned veins, that gives cheeks a stunning 'rose-gold glow'. Similar to MAC's infamous MSFs, 'Rose Champagne Glow' is nicely pigmented, very smooth and does not contain any chunky glitter (it does have some finely milled gold shimmer).
Overall, I would recommend checking out Wet n Wild's new 'Rose Champagne Glow' Reflect Shimmer Palette This is definitely my favourite item from the new collection, and in my opinion, a complete steal at only $5.99 USD.
Wet n' Wild Perfect Pout Lip Colour in 'Penthouse Sweet', 'Bebot Love' and 'Ferguson Crest Cabernet' ($3.49 USD/each):
With a new lipstick formulation and ten brand new shades, The Centre Stage Collection introduces Wet n' Wild's 'Perfect Pout Lip Colours'. With a super high pigmentation (what you see in the tube is what you get on the lips), these lipsticks are supposed to be more moisturizing than than Wet n' Wild's famous 'Megalast Lipsticks'. Unfortunately, my always dry lips don't find these lipsticks to be very moisturizing and, therefore, I definitely need to apply a lip balm before attempting to wear them. Here are the three colours I chose:
1) Ferguson Crest Cabernet: A deep, vampy, plummy-purple lipstick with both blue and red undertones. This insanely pigmented colour is not for the faint of heart, but looks great paired with a simple eye and glowing skin. This is definitely my favourite lipstick from the collection.
2) Bebot Love: A light, brown-toned nude with subtle peach undertones. This colour was purchased on a whim and I was, therefore, worried I would regret buying it. Luckily, I really like the colour, and find it works nicely with a variety of makeup looks.
3) Penthouse Sweet: A super bright, bubble gum pink with blue undertones. While too bright right out of the tube (at least for me), this lipstick does look nice when sheered down or applied to the lips with your finger, like a stain.
Overall, the choice on whether to skip or purchase comes down to personal preference. If you have dry lips, and only want moisturizing lipsticks, skip these. If, however, you are okay with applying a balm before wear, and are looking for highly pigmented, drugstore priced lipsticks, definitely check these out.
'Dutchess Lounge' (sun/shade)
'Rose Champagne Glow' (sun/shade)
'Bebot Love', 'Penthouse Sweet', 'Ferguson Crest Cabernet' (sun/shade)
Have you purchased anything from the new Wet n' Wild 'Centre Stage Collection'? If so, what did you think? Is there anything from this collection you have your eye on? Which of the items mentioned above would you most like to try? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.