New series! Let’s talk about: Wet ‘N Wild

I remember this brand from the early 90s, and it was always so cheesy. It reminded me of the little kid play makeup my sister used to slather all over her face on the school bus when she was in first grade. The colors and quality were both terrible, and the only reason anyone I know ever purchased it was a lack of funds (because teenagers with no jobs).

Oh, how times have changed.

The Wet ‘N Wild of the new millennium is still inexpensive, don’t get me wrong; they also slay in the quality department, and with their newer products they’re even paying attention to the quality/attractiveness of the packaging. Whoa, what are you doing to us?!

I don’t (yet) have a ton of their products but all of the ones I’ve tried recently have been awesome.

PhotoFocus Foundation in shade Buff Bisque, $5.99

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If you spend any time watching YouTube you’ve definitely heard about this. It came out late last year and all of the big “influencers” went nuts. They’re totally right about this.

Pros: The dispenser is a little spatula so you can get it out of the bottle without making a mess or dumping out more than you need. It goes on really nicely with a brush and a sponge and I ended up with solid medium coverage. I wore it over the course of 12 hours during a hot, humid summer day in upstate NY, and it didn’t completely slide off my face. There was some breaking down around my nose and it rubbed off where I had sunglasses on, but that’s still pretty impressive. It also didn’t settle into my pores so it looked really natural. There are a whopping 20 shades in this range; practically unheard of for a super inexpensive range. Also cruelty-free!

Cons: It doesn’t smell great, which might not bother some people but I don’t love it. It’s a bit chemical-y, almost like paint. Yes, like wall paint. Not all shades are carried in all stores, which might be a problem with the store and not with the brand. The warm shades are very yellow and the cool shades are very pink so neutral folks like me might have a little trouble with shades. Those are really the only things I didn’t like.

I also have the powder, but I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick, $4.99

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I have this in the matte shade Rebel Rose and the limited edition fall metallic shade Coral Crown.

Pros: The packaging is ridiculously cute, especially on the metallic shade. Because it’s in the Midnight Mermaid collection the top has some scalloping that looks like scales. I’m not typically taken in by packaging but these did it. These are some of my favorite liquid lipsticks; they’re transfer-proof and not overly drying, and the colors are so pretty. When I wear the metallic version I get compliments from complete strangers. Who doesn’t like that?

Cons: Again, the smell (I promise you that I don’t spend my time just sniffing my beauty products). These have an artificial vanilla cake kind of smell. Like, your brain recognizes that the goal was vanilla cake but they just missed the mark. These also do that liquid lipstick thing where they get a little chunky at the corners after a few hours of wear, but it’s rare that I find one that doesn’t.

Long story short, I love these and I’ll be buying more.

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, $4.99 and Makeup Stick, $3.99

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Look how pretty it is!

I have the powder in Precious Petals and the stick in When the Nude Strikes.

Pros: I’m just getting into highlighters and I’m in my mid-30s so I try to avoid anything too obnoxious, and both of these products give a nice subtle glow. I also don’t use cream/stick products but this one is so creamy and they both blend really nicely. They don’t emphasize my pores or any of the texture on my face and I don’t feel like a disco ball when I walk out into the sun. There isn’t any glitter so there isn’t fallout, which is a bonus. The packaging for the powder is gorgeous and makes it look way more expensive.

Cons: Not the smell! I don’t actually have any cons for this product, except the scarcity of it. My local Ulta, Walgreens and Rite-Aid were sold out of every shade. I had to drive across town to get it, which takes all of 20 minutes but it isn’t something I have to do very often.

So these are my personal favorite Wet ‘N Wild products. I would encourage you to pick up a few things and try them for yourself.

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