By Melanie Parker
A trip to the local CVS on the way home from work the other night yielded me with some surprisingly fresh picks this week. The Milani Neon polish is going to get panned, but the sparkle in the upper-left corner of these Wet n Wild COLORICON quads more than makes up for the polish disappointment.
First up is Milani Nail Lacquer Neon in Fresh Teal. I wanted to love this color. After all, it looks like a great teal creme in the bottle. I carried it around the store for awhile debating if I really needed another teal creme. Then, I slipped off my shoe a little bit and looked at my China Glaze Four Leaf Clover neon green pedicure and thought it was magnificent, and decided another neon would be nice. I even compared bottles with my beloved Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure lacquer in Fairy Teal. The Milani was darker and greener...MUST HAVE. However, despite all that debating and the bottle comparison, it wasn't until I got home and did a polish change that I noticed that the color on the brush was bright blue and not teal like the bottle. DRATS! The dreaded bottle wrapper, which deceives a girl not only in color, but the amount of product left in the bottle. I hate wrappers! So, now I have this neon blue polish that went on great in two coats and is quite fun, but it's not teal and I will have no way to know when I'm running out or it gets separated. Product packaging FAIL.
But love is in bloom with these new Wet n Wild COLORICON Eyeshadow Highlighter quads. In the Opulence palette, there are 3 buttery, creamy shadows in peachy nude, meadow green, and orchid hues. They have a slight shimmer in the pan, but look more like a soft, glowing creme on the skin. It's that white opal highlighter in the corner that has me hooked. It provides a faint holographic glitter wash that is fantastic. I use a Q-tip for the highlighter because it is more of a gel than the others and I don't want to mess up my brush. Therefore, I worry about squandering more product. I wish I could get a big pan of just this highlighter. I'd wash my lids with it every day. It gives me the same rush as the Lancome Erika F, but is light enough for day time even at the office. Since I used so much of it and this is a limited edition where I stumbled on the last two palettes in the display, I'm probably going to go into hoarding mode with it and it will rarely see the light of day. Damn these drug store manufacturers and their one and done displays!
The Majestic quad was reminding me of Blogdorfgoodman's Annieytown and I knew I had to get it for the smokey blue shadows and the scintillating, glittery blue highlighter that looks like a night sky twinkling with stars. It's glorious. It's the Zoya Indigo of eye highlighters. Ha ha. This one is a little trickier than the white to wash with and can look a little streaky. It will require some more experimenting with the application techniques.
If you see these Wet n Wild COLORICON quads at your local drug store, I think they are a terrific value for $4.99.
Disclaimer: All products were purchased by the reviewer.
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