Gothiness! Pastels! Holographics! Sounds cool, but it is worth it?
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Spring is in the air!
Time to put on your favorite Cure album and make yourself up in pastels! If that doesn’t sound quite right, just stay with me here. Wet N Wild has released their Spring 2018 Limited Edition collection, and for some reason they decided to go with pastel goth.
Now, the word “goth-o-graphic” is fun to say. (Go ahead, say it a few times. I’ll wait.) But is something really goth if you throw a few skulls on it? I don’t know, and that’s a question for another post. The real questions are “How good is this stuff?” and “Is it worth it?”
Limited Edition, Limited Budget
Because I bought this stuff with my own money, I only picked up the things I was interested in and thought I would actually wear. That turned out to be two of the metallic liquid lipsticks and the loose highlighting powder which cost me a grand total of about $18.00 all together. Three items for less than $20? Not bad.
MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipsticks ($4.99 USD)
Since pale blue and silvery grey are not good makeup options on me, I opted to pick up the pink and the black liquid lipsticks from the Goth-O-Graphic collection. (Buy it here: http://bit.ly/2FAEb82). The Wet N Wild site says these can be used as lipsticks on their own, or as a holographic topper. The site also suggests you wear these with lip liner.
The more wearable one is called Wicked Pink. It’s a light, metallic, silvery pink shade with more of a yellow undertone. It goes on pretty well on its own, though you will have to dip back into the tube a few times for a full application. There’s enough pigment to this that it does cover my natural lip color, but it can be a little streaky. This shade is light enough that the streakiness is hard to see, though. I think this would look really good over a pink or my-lips-but-better lip liner or lipstick.
Death to Unicorns
The other color I got is the black shade, called Death to Unicorns. It intrigued me because it’s black, but it has this sort of blue-green-multi color micro shimmer in it. This one applies a little streaky. That’s not unusual for a drugstore black liquid lipstick. The color of this one ends up being a deep gunmetal with micro-glitter sparkles. It does cover my natural lip color, but could also benefit from the use of a lip liner or a lip primer.
“Fairy Throne” Applicator
I like the doe-foot applicator on this. All the Wet N Wild liquid lipsticks have what I like to call a “fairy throne” shape to them. If you hold the applicator doe-foot end up, it would be a perfect little throne for a tiny fairy to sit on. I find the shape of this applicator hugs my lips and helps me get a nice clean edge to the color without much effort.
Yeah, but how do they wear?
Both of these liquid lippies wear pretty well. On the plus side, they dry down quickly, are relatively transfer-proof unless you eat or drink something oily, and look nice on the lips. On the down side, they are not particularly long lasting (2.5 to 3 hours), can apply a bit streaky or patchy, and they are a bit drying on the lips. Make sure your lips are exfoliated and moisturized before you apply these, or they will show every bit of dry flakiness you have.
MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder ($6.99 USD)
The Goth-O-Graphic collection features three highlighting powders, two pressed and one loose. I have six of the pressed highlighters, so I bought the loose one. It’s called the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder in the color Moon Tears. It comes in a clear, round, plastic container with a screw-on black plastic lid with a holographic skull on it. Keeping with the Goth-O-Graphic theme, there’s a black sifter inside with the holes arranged in the outline of a skull. Cute!
In the container, the loose highlighting powder has a lovely pale champagne gold glow. On the skin, this can be subtle or built up for high shine. This does have a lot of shimmer in it, so if you are someone who likes a more subtle, natural looking highlight, this may be a pass for you. If you love shimmer and sparkle, you will love this!
Unfortunately, this loose highlighter is nowhere to be found on Wet N Wild’s website at the time of this posting. I was able to find it in a small display in my local grocery store beauty aisle, but this stuff is bound to be snatched up fast!
What about the rest of the Goth-O-Graphic collection?
The rest of the Goth-O-Graphic line consists of liquid eyeshadows, a cream highlighting stick, pressed highlighters, and liquid eye liners. (Buy it here: http://bit.ly/2FbncZO)
Since I did not buy everything from this collection, I can’t really give an informed opinion. The liquid eyeshadows ($4.99 USD) and metallic eye liners ($3.99 USD) seem very much like the ones that Wet N Wild put out in the Midnight Mermaid collection in October 2017, except these are pastel. (I still have yet to use all the items I picked up from that collection!) Because I have oily skin, I tend to stay away from cream/stick products. Up close and in person, the highlighting stick ($6.99 USD) definitely looked more iridescent than holographic. And, as I mentioned earlier, I already have a mess of Wet N Wild pressed powder highlighters ($4.99 USD), so these pink and white ones weren’t really of interest to me.
If any of the items in this Spring 2018 Goth-O-Graphic collection sound interesting to you, go for it! These items are affordable enough that you can experiment and not worry about wasting a lot of money if it doesn’t work for you. Wet N Wild is cruelty-free, and some items are vegan (check the site!), so you can use this makeup with a clear conscience.