Basic Beauty – Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink

I love prestige beauty products, but does my wallet? No, not at all. So while I had been sighing over swatches of Nars Orgasm blush, I knew I should try to find something similar but cheaper instead. And…drumroll please…I found one. Huzzah!

Meet my substitute blush, Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink (831E).

Don't worry, it doesn't come looking this way! Mine has just been loved, that's all (aka taken a beating in my makeup bag)

Don’t worry, it doesn’t come looking this way! Mine has just been loved, that’s all (aka taken a beating in my makeup bag)

I worry sometimes about the texture of cheaply-priced mass cosmetics because I’ve come across some pretty horribles ones. Although most are fine, those horrible ones have made me cautious. Is a scratchy texture and uneven color-payoff worth saving some money? For me it’s not worth it because I end up wasting the whole product, letting it gather dust in the back of my bathroom shelving. But this shade looked so pretty that I figured hey, what’s three bucks even if I decide I don’t like it?  Hip hip hooray for that decision! This blush has a silky smooth texture that glides onto skin. It’s very pigmented and can be applied lightly for a sheer wash of color or built up for a bolder cheek. It also blends nicely and doesn’t cake up or make my skin go haywire.

The shade is a warm pink with a slight golden shimmer. The second picture below isn’t fabulous, but it caught that hint of shimmer better than the natural lighting photo. Each swatch is one pass of color. As usual, click to enlarge (the site formats the photos “to fit” but it makes them too small to see much detail):

Natural light

Natural light

Indoor lighting

Indoor lighting

Applied over foundation/setting powder

Applied over foundation/setting powder

The pros:

  1. I can be really bad with blush – half the time it either doesn’t show up on my face or I look like a clown/like I’m about to have heat stroke. This blush is very user-friendly and glides on just the way I want it to.
  2. That color <3  It’s a soft, feminine color that gives skin a beautiful, glowy look. I can see a shade like this working well on a wide range of skin tones.
  3. It’s soft and blends well.
  4. This sucker will last you forever – you’ll probably have to toss it for makeup-hygiene reasons before you hit the pan.
  5. Quality texture and pigmentation for a cheap price – my wallet and my face are happy with this one!

The cons:

  1. A little goes a long way with this blush, so just watch how much you put on your brush. I suggest starting lightly and building up color to where you’d like it – it’s easier to add more after than to take it all off and start over again because you were too heavy-handed the first time.
  2. I hate those little blusher brushes that come with it but I just use my own brush so it’s no big deal.
  3. For me, this is a pro but for some it may be a con – there is a (slight) shimmer to this blush.

My verdict? This is a great buy! It’s a quality blush – blendable, pigmented, and flattering. I want to try more of these blushes in the future! You can snag this little drugstore gem for about $3.00 in most drugstores or places that carry mass beauty like Walmart or Target.

Has anyone tried any other Wet n’ Wild blushes that they love?



One thought on “Basic Beauty – Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink

  1. Pingback: Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Heather Silk – Swatches & Review | Wayfaring Beauty

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