Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer and Mega Glo Illuminating Powder Review | Time to eat my words about drugstore makeup

wet n wild face productts: color icon bronzer and mega glow illuminating powder

I don't like to say this, but I can be a bit of a makeup snob. There are certain brands that I've just always snubbed, even though I'm a fan of drugstore makeup, just because they looked "cheap" to my eyes. A lot of it is to do with packaging, font styles and marketing. If it's drugstore + marketed towards teens, then for sure I'm going to stick my nose up at it. Well, it's time to eat crow because after trying my first Wet n Wild products, I have to say that I was totally wrong about this "teenybopper" brand.

Wet n Wild is a LA based makeup brand that you've probably spotted at stores like Walmart. They carry a full line of makeup products and have been around since the 70's! Recently I was sent a package containing a variety of Wet n Wild products. I'd been hearing rave reviews from other bloggers I knew, so I was finally curious enough to try it myself, starting with the Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer and the Wet N Wild Mega Glo Illuminating Powder.

Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer

wet n wild color icon bronzer in reserve your cabana

Price: $3.99 for 13 g

What it is: A bronzer containing SPF 15 and a softly illuminating finish. This bronzer comes in 3 shades ranging from a golden medium shade (Reserve your Cabana) to a warm true bronze (Bikini Contest).

What's in it:
The primary ingredients are
  • Chemical sunscreens - octinoxate, oxybenzone
  • Mica - a natural mineral that gives skin luminosity
  • Boron nitride - smooths and illuminates skin with its light-reflecting particles, while also absorbing oil
  • Cyclopentasiloxane - a silicone that gives products a silky feel and smooths out fine lines
My take: Although this product is marketed as a bronzer, it's also a popular choice as a finishing or setting powder thanks to its decent oil-absorbing qualities and luminous finish. If you're a fan of subtle shimmers like I am, then you'll love the shade Reserve Your Cabana. It's a gorgeous creamy beige tone that perfectly matches my current skin color and will help give me a little color when I get even paler in winter. I've been using this as a pressed powder after my foundation to smooth out and set my base products. 

If you have dry to normal skin, then this is probably good enough for you in terms of oil control. Right now, I'm a bit more combo-oily, so this powder won't last me through past lunchtime, but as the weather gets drier and colder, I don't mind the extra shine as much.

Usually, I'll use a large fluffy brush to gently buff this powder over my entire face. The end result is smooth, even skin with just the tiniest shimmer. If you do want more obvious glow though, just use a denser brush to apply this to cheekbones and brow. Be careful though if you do use a denser brush to apply this powder as it can settle into pores!

Final Verdict: Buy

Wet n Wild  Mega Glo Illuminating Powder 

wet n' wild mega glo illuminating powder

Price: $3.99 for 9 g

What it is: An illuminating blush and bronzer combo that can be used on face and body. This powder has 4 strips of color that can be worn individually or swirled together for a warm flush of color. The Mega Glo Illuminating Powder comes in 4 different combinations: Catwalk Pink (a mix of golds and pink shimmers), Strike-a-Pose Rose (warm pinks and dusky roses), Spotlight Peach (bronze and warm pinks) and Starlight Bronze (warm golds, peach and bronze).

What's in it:
The primary ingredients are
  • Talc - an absorbent mineral that helps control oil
  • Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate - an emollient that helps skin retain moisture
  • Zinc stearate - a lubricant
  • Nylon-12 - a flexible polymer that helps maintain a smooth finish on skin
My take: I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this powder, which I received in Spotlight Peach. Although each strip of color is too small to be used individually on the face, when swirled together, this powder becomes a most flattering combination of peach and bronze that really warms up my skin and gives me a lifted, refreshed glow. Most of the shades in Spotlight Peach are on the matte side, except for the rightmost shade, which has a medium amount of shimmer. Since all the shades, with the exception of the dark bronze, are quite pink, I would definitely not use this as an all-over powder, but only as a blush. I love to use a big fluffy blush brush and just swirl this powder generously over my cheekbones. The finish is pretty summery, but I love it so much that I'm keeping it in my fall makeup rotation anyway!

Final Verdict: Buy

Overall I had very positive experiences with both of these products! They're affordable and are great quality. My only complaint is that the packaging is a bit cheap and flimsy, but other than that, I would certainly recommend trying these ones out.

wet n wild bronzer and illuminating powder swatches
Left to right: Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana, Mega Glo Illuminating Powder in Spotlight Peach

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