Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I haven't been real impressed with Wet n Wild eyeshadow quality as of late. The last palette I bought was quite a disappointment and I told myself I wasn't going to purchase any more of their palettes until they improved the quality (or reverted) to the original formula.

But being the kind of girl who has such a soft spot for neutrals, I just couldn't say no when I saw The Naked Truth on the display of their new Spring 2014 collection. I had a feeling the formula wasn't going to be great, but I bought it anyway. Well, turns out it's not as bad as my last palette but it certainly isn't anything like the original 3 or 8 pan palettes, either.

Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

There are 5 palettes in this collection (all permanent) but I opted for the neutrals called The Naked Truth because it's the most wearable option. The packaging is a classic Wet n Wild palette – clear lid and black plastic base. Also comes with 2 mini brushes; one sponge tip and the other (useless) synthetic bristles applicator. The palette is thin and compact but feels fragile and may not hold up well in a makeup bag.

The Naked Truth contains:

  • Browbone shade – a champagne/bone with silver sparkle; least pigmented, sparkly with poor color payoff (barely shows up on me even after packing it on)
  • Base shade – a matte vanilla; fairly pigmented with good color payoff, most creamy and fairly easy to work with
  • Definer shade – a matte dark brown; nicely pigmented with excellent color payoff but goes on a little patchy
  • Eyelid shade – a shimmer taupe; sheer but somewhat buildable; has a powdery texture
  • Crease shade – a coppery brown with gold sparkle; also sheer but buildable; easiest color to work with

It is obvious that these shadows have a different formula than their 3 and 8 pan counterparts. These are dry and chalky in comparison; nothing buttery smooth like we were used to.

There is a way to make it work, though. To improve color payoff and wear time, I find applying over a cream base helps. You can apply it over a primer, too, but I find a cream base to bring out their true color and let the shadows adhere to the lids better than a traditional primer.

Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet n Wild The Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

It's hard to come by a decent neutral palette at a bargain price, especially ones that have a good variety of texture (matte and shimmer). While I can't say I am entirely impressed with The Naked Truth, I am not that disappointed with it, either, and I still think it's worth checking out if you are looking for an affordable alternative. However, if you are looking to buy your first Wet n Wild palette, I'd still recommend the original 3 or 8 pan palettes before you venture into the new collection as those still have the best formula in my opinion. :)

Purchase

US$3.99-4.99 at Walgreens

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6 Comments

  • Gah these W&W eyeshadow palettes are disappointing.. I’ve heard nothing but bad reviews for their latest palettes :( But for their price-point I would say it is a good purchase for teens who are just starting out in makeup! I’m wayyy past that point though lol

      • Hahaha no!! I’m 23!!!

        ~ There are still quite a lot of people with the stigma of wearing makeup in Singapore and it is quite sad :( Because I think makeup is uber fun…..

        • Well, kinda same here in a way, especially in Science… it’s like we are expected to look nerdy and makeup-free to be taken seriously lol.

          Maybe it will change soon!!

  • Hey Jaa, oh this one is interesting. Some cooler shades and some warmer ones. I bet there are many ways of playing with it!

    • Hi Sunny!!

      Thank you for the comment. I wish the texture and pigmentation were a bit better but for the price I’m not complaining! :D

      Oh… I’ll check out your latest post later tonight… been curious about Wayne Goss brushes!!

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