Ultimate Brow Mascara
Wet n' Wild's Ultimate Brow Mascara is supposed to enhance brows without making them look overly drawn on or thick, but it simply doesn't live up to its claims.
This comes packaged like many other brow mascaras in a plastic tube with a spoolie-type brush applicator. The formula is a liquid-gel that goes on quite heavily, even if you use a light hand. While Wet n' Wild says this is formulated with a "gentle" tint, the application winds up being quite dark right out of the tube, and is somewhat difficult to blend to a more subtle appearance.
The gel also feels heavy and sticky when first applied. It dries to a powder finish as claimed, but before that happens it feels like brow hairs are practically stuck to skin.
Once you have worked around these issues, this brow mascara wears well: It holds up throughout a standard workday without fading or smudging, yet is easy to remove with cleanser or makeup remover. It comes in three shades, one for brunette, auburn, and blonde brows.
While it's not the worst brow product, it's definitely has its quirks, some of which are hard to look past even at its budget-friendly price. There are a number of superior options on our list of Best Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers.
- Formula doesn't fade or smudge throughout the day.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula is very dark upon initial application and difficult to blend down.
- Brow mascara feels sticky and heavy when first applied.
Wet 'n' Wild At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive, good tinted moisturizer with sunscreen; some attractive bronzing powders; mostly good eyeshadow and lipstick options.
Weaknesses: Unimpressive concealers; large assortment of average to poor eyelining products; the mascaras do little to impress; some lip products suffer from the inclusion of irritants; the makeup brushes.
Wet 'n' Wild is one of the few cosmetics companies around that prides itself on being extraordinarily cheap, although the prices have increased across the board since we last revisited this brand. But don't let its hokey name and pre-teen marketing tactics deter you, because there are some great options available, and the packaging has improved in almost every category. The best-performing products will seem like steals, while the less impressive to horrible products will quickly have you thinking, "you get what you pay for." It is not very often that a line offers such a procession of clear-cut winners and dismal losers, but once you know what to focus on, you won't get soaked by Wet 'n' Wild. This line is available in most major drugstores across the country, and, like most drugstore lines, does not offer testers. Interestingly, the selection of Wet 'n' Wild in Canadian drugstores tends to be better than what U.S. shoppers will find.
For more information about Wet 'n' Wild, visit www.wnwbeauty.com.
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