Unboxing: Wet n Wild Summer Season in a Box – Unicorn Glow!

I don’t really keep up with beauty trends, so I completely missed the unicorn highlighter craze that apparently happened late last year. I only just discovered rainbow luminizer in a recent Ulta e-mail a couple weeks ago, advertising the limited edition release of Wet n Wild Summer Season in a Box – Unicorn Glow.

Ulta was releasing the box one day early (May 21), and I was pretty excited (rainbow highlighter! iridescent lipstick!) but I hemmed and hawed about it. By the next day, though, the box had sold out at Ulta, and I was a bit disappointed…but I was still on the fence. Was I just being lured in by the holo unicorn marketing scheme? I had to think about this a little.

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In the end, I decided I didn’t care. Wet n Wild is so affordable ($29.99 for this box of nine items!) that I figured I might as well throw in the towel and nab some fun unicorn makeup. I mean, I’m not much of a makeup wearer, but when I do wear makeup, I do it for fun!

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This box was only available at a New York beauty convention, Ulta, and the Wet n Wild website, it seems. Wet n Wild e-mailed a notice¬†the second day after release, around 6am when I was heading into the office, that they only had 50 boxes left. I made my order right then and there on my phone. ūüėÄ Good thing, too – they also sold out shortly thereafter.

Seriously, good job on that marketing, Wet n Wild. Way to reel in the children of the 80s and 90s. ūüėČ

My box came in a few days later on May 27, and it did not disappoint! Wet n Wild may be an inexpensive drugstore brand, but their products are pretty solid.

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(1) Unicorn Glow Highlighting Brush – check out that oil-slick iridescence! This is one of those rare cases where the actual product is way prettier in person than in the marketing photos. I like how you can see the colors of the highlighting powder really well on the white brush, and it does a decent job, too. It looks small, but it’s just the right size for sweeping over the top of a cheek bone.

Gotta admit the brush was a large reason for my attraction to this box. This and the rainbow highlighter:

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(2) Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in Unicorn Glow – surprisingly wearable rainbow highlighter. Once applied, it’s not as garish as you might think – just a hint of sparkle and color. It’s buildable to greater opacity, too, but I’ve only worn it sheer. The pan is a bit too large for applying every color of the rainbow over the cheekbones, though. I settle for about half the colors at a time.

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(3) Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in Bronze Over The Rainbow – this one imparts a warmer, gold-tinged glow.

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(4) Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in Everlasting Glow – this one is a cooler-toned pale golden pink when applied. A surprise favorite for me!

I’m guessing these highlighters probably go fine with most complexions, though I found that the cooler-toned Everlasting Glow looked a bit more flattering on my cool-leaning neutral-toned light complexion. I’m guessing Bronze Over The Rainbow might look better on warmer-toned complexions.

Each of these can be applied as is or swirled together. I kind of like the subtle bands of different colors, though!

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(5) Color Icon Loose Pigment in Mythical Dreams (purple),

(6) Color Icon Loose Pigment in Pegasus Flutter (pink), and

(7) Color Icon Loose Pigment in Unicorn Wishes (blue) – I haven’t tried these yet, but the packaging says they can be applied anywhere, not just the eyes.

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(8) Mega Last Prismatic Lip Color in Immortal Tears – sheer with blue-purple shimmer. It’s pretty similar in effect to Bite Beauty Opal Creme Lipstick (which I bought sometime earlier and really like), as you can see above.

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(9) Mega Last Prismatic Lip Color in Unicorn Soul – this lipstick looks blue, but it’s one of those color-changing lipsticks that turns pink/fuchsia after application. The blue shimmer remains, though. I think it’s Wet n Wild’s version of Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Unicorn Tears, but I don’t own¬†that one (yet), so I can’t compare. In any case, I really like this one, even though it feels slightly gritty and doesn’t glide on as smoothly as other, nicer lipsticks that I own. (Immortal Tears is smoother.) Surprisingly wearable (though I wouldn’t wear it to work).

I was surprised by the quality of the products, especially for the price. (Where were these fun colors when I was a teen and didn’t have to worry about looking appropriate for work?) Even better, they’re all vegan and cruelty free, and my sensitive skin didn’t react badly to them. ‚̧

Woot! Guess what arrived over the weekend! #wetnwild #unicornglow #rainbow #unicornmakeup

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The Unicorn Glow box may be sold out, but it looks like the individual items are still available as of this writing if you’re interested in them, and they may be eligible for promo codes that the box wasn’t eligible for.

Next up on my radar, Chaos Makeup Kaleidoscope Rainbow Highlighter, my dream rainbow luminizer.

Face-off: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jet Set Jade vs. Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Scarab vs. Illamasqua Viridian vs. Wet n Wild Wild Shine Caribbean Frost

Apparently I have a thing for frosty metallic teal because I looked at my stash and found four polishes that I thought were similar enough in the bottle to compare. I may even have a few others in a similar color, but these four were the most similar.

From right to left:¬†Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jet Set Jade, Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Scarab, Illamasqua Viridian, and Wet n Wild Wild Shine Caribbean Frost. Yeah, I know the lighting’s a bit uneven, so it’s hard to compare the bottle colors, but they look reasonably similar in person.

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Swatched in the same order from left (index) to right (pinky –¬†oops, those are water droplets on my pinky nail), under indirect sunlight:

And, in direct sunlight, to better show the shimmer:

As you can see, they’re all jewel-toned blue greens with a metallic frosty shimmer, but none of them are exact dupes of each other.¬†Jet Set Jade and¬†Viridian are surprisingly close, though. I definitely didn’t expect that from the bottles.

Jet Set Jade has a much stronger scattered shimmer effect and a subtle dichroic effect where it sometimes flashes deep blue.¬†Jet Set Jade¬†looks a little more yellow-toned than¬†Viridian¬†in my second photo, and it looks slightly bluer in the first because of the color shift, but the differences are mild enough that it’s hard to tell unless you’re looking for it. I’ll be honest: the brush sucked – the fatness of it doesn’t bother me, but it was unevenly cut and had all these stray hairs everywhere that made it really hard to apply. Ugh. Still, I bought it on clearance for $1.29 (the original price was $4.99), so I can’t complain. I did one coat in these photos, but two coats adds depth to the shimmer.

Viridian is more of a straight-up metallic, a stunning malachite/emerald/peacock green that’s just slightly less saturated (grayer) than Jet Set Jade, and it’s an amazing one coater with no visible brushstrokes. The photos show just one coat. It was the first Illamasqua color that caught my eye, and it came with Glitterati in a holiday set that was on sale at Sephora for $19. I think Illamasqua varnishes are typically $17 each, so it’s a huge price difference from the Jet Set Jade. Viridian was originally released in Illamasqua’s Art of Darkness fall/winter 2010 collection.

Scarab doesn’t have as much of the dichroic blue shift you see in the bottle, but it looks overall bluer than the other polishes. I also used one coat of this in the photos, though it’s a little sheer from certain angles. Application on this one was a little streaky, but not too bad. It’s kind of a surprisingly pricey polish, supposedly because it uses “real silver particles”, per their marketing blurb – the regular retail price is $7.99 at CVS for a slightly smaller than standard bottle (0.33 fl. oz.), though you can easily get coupons that will knock off a few bucks.

Meanwhile,¬†Caribbean Frost¬†is the most yellow-leaning/greenest of the bunch and always reminds me of Christmas, for some reason. This is the only polish of the four that I felt definitely needed two coats (as shown in the photos). No problems applying this one, though to warn you, the brushes in this polish aren’t always the same, apparently. I know this because I had to return my first bottle because the brush was like my Jet Set Jade one: a fat one with stray hairs everywhere, but worse to the point that it was unusable. I exchanged it for my current bottle and, lo and behold, it had a normal skinny brush that works perfectly. Odd. Anyway, this polish is $1.99 at CVS, and I think I got it in a buy one get one free deal for about $1.

So there you have it. Four jewel-toned teals and no exact duplicates (to a lacquer connoisseur, anyway), but Jet Set Jade and Viridian are kind of close.