Review and Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Quad in Silent Treatment
In December 2017, Wet n Wild launched new versions of its classic Color Icon palettes, along with some brand new Color Icon palettes. The new Silent Treatment is a reformulation of the classic Silent Treatment trio with a matte pinky mauve transition shade added into the mix. As with the original, the steely, silvery, purplish, taupe lid shade is definitely the star of the show, and I'd been thinking of picking it up for a long time. However, I'm glad that I held out for this new palette as the matte transition makes it much easier to create a complete look.
In addition to casually trying out this quad, I swatched each shade on my inner arm and eyelids to show the color and pigmentation. The arm swatches were completed with a finger swatch on top and a brush swatch on bottom. The lid swatches were completed without primer on my left lid and with Milani Eye Shadow Primer on my right lid. All in all, I'm in love with the stunning lid shade and the low price and definitely happy that I picked up this palette. However, if this product was more expensive, I definitely would have been disappointed with fallout and blending issues on the other three shades. For more information on each shade, just keep scrolling down!
The transition shade in this palette is a matte, pinky mauve. As a cool-toned gal, I do love the color, but I also find that it isn't the most pigmented or blendable shade I've ever tried. As you can see in the lid swatches above, the effect of this shade is extremely subtle, both with and without primer. However, it works well as a subtle transition, which is all it's really intended for. At the low price of $2.99, you won't see me complaining much.
Of all the shades in this quad, this pale pinky champagne shimmer is the hardest to see on my skin tone. The color goes on pretty sheer and very shimmery, and it produces a lot of powder kick-up, so be prepared to wipe away some shimmer fallout. Fortunately, the sheerness of the shade makes this pretty easy to do without looking like a deranged glitter fairy for the rest of the day. Since I tend to prefer a more matte shade on my browbone, I like to use this color as an inner corner highlight or even as a shimmer topper in the center of my lid.
The crease shade in this palette is a fairly pigmented black with goldish sparkles. However, since it takes some time and effort to blend, most of those sparkles are barely visible in your final look. The overall effect is sooty, especially because I can't be bothered to spend much time blending my eye shadow. But it doesn't really bug me, since black is a shade that I rarely use for anything but lining my eyes. If you're someone who does like wearing black on your lids, crease, or outer corners, be advised that this shade will require a significant investment of blending time, and primer will make this worse. Although my Milani primer is usually not tacky enough to prevent me from blending other shadows smoothly, you can see that it made smoothing out this shade a bit more difficult. Plus, in spite of the primer's sticking power, I still got fallout on the bridge of my nose, which I had to wipe away. If I was a black eye shadow person, I think I would be disappointed with this shade, but as it is, an angled blush turns this into a soft black eyeliner pretty easily.
Someday, dear reader, I will finagle better lighting for my swatches, but unfortunately, today is not that day. While I have saved the best shade for last, I'm afraid that the images above can't really accurately express why I love the Eyelid Shade in this quad so much. It's equal parts silvery lavender and taupe, so it's a great shadow for cool tone lovers and a wonderful way to wear a purple shade to work while remaining super conservative. And, if you do decide to wear it in the evening, the color has a lovely shimmer to it and can be built up for added drama.
Finger and Brush Swatches
As you can see in the photo above, the shadows are reasonably pigmented, but by no means punchy. They work well for an everyday cool, mildly shimmery look. Although you can see the glitter in the black shade here, it mostly blends away when you try to apply it on the eyes. Also, while the brush swatch on the Browbone Shade barely shows up, you can see that the finger swatch shows quite a bit of shimmer.
The Final Look: A Cool-Toned, Natural Eye for Work
Above, you can see my final look for today. As the title indicates, I was headed to work, so I played it pretty safe, but I think it looks nice. I used the Eyelid Shade on my lid and lower lash line, the Crease Shade on my upper lash line, the Transition Shade in my crease, and the Browbone Shade in my inner corners. If I had more time, I might have built up the Eyelid Shade just a teensy bit more and blended out the harsh line around the transition shade, but all in all I was happy with it, as I always am with my looks from this quad.