Review: Wet'n'Wild Walking the Red Carpet Palette

wet n wild walking the red carpet palette review
I've been meaning to review this palette for a while since it's limited edition, but alas (I always try to find excuses to use that word) life got in the way. I haven't been this excited about a Wet'n'Wild Eyeshadow Palette in ages so I suggest you get your hands on this if you can. It has its flaws but overall it's pretty solid and has earned its place in my regular makeup bag rotation. 

wet n wild walking the red carpet palette review
The Wet'n'Wild Color Icon Walking the Red Carpet Palette is part of a limited edition collection that seems to be centered around the theme of award shows, Hollywood parties, and red carpets. The display is really small and can be easy to miss. It also houses some nail polishes and another 8-color purple toned eyeshadow palette called Flirting at the After Party. Although I own several neutral palettes, I decided to get Walking the Red Carpet because I already have Wet'n'Wild's permanent purple palette (Petal Pusher) and getting another purple toned palette from them would have seemed redundant. I was tempted though!
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wet n wild walking the red carpet palette swatches
When I initially saw this palette at the store I thought it had some high-end eyeshadow dupes. The Crease color in the second column looked like a possible dupe for MAC's Amber Lights Eyeshadow and the Definer color right below it seemed like a dupe for NARS Galapagos. Upon swatching, it turns out neither of them are dupes. As you can see above, Amber Lights is much more orange. The W'n'W Crease color is gold, but not as warm as Urban Decay's Half Baked. In terms of Definer vs. Galapagos, yes, they're both brown bases with gold glitter. However, the Wet'n'Wild shade is much more warm-toned, sort of red based in comparison. Plus, the gold shimmer running through Definer is more noticeable (surprisingly). When I swatched them side by side I found them to be too different and didn't even bother photographing it, LOL.
wet n wild walking the red carpet palette review
wet n wild walking the red carpet palette review
wet n wild walking the red carpet palette swatches
All in all, I find the color selection of the Walking the Red Carpet to be pretty unique. Specially for a neutral drugstore palette. Like I said, it's not without its flaws though and I'll talk about those in the shade-by-shade review below:

01. Browbone (column 1): Yes, yes!! Finally, a drugstore palette that includes a matte light highlight shade. Although I prefer shimmery highlight colors for the inner corners, I think what looks best as a brow bone highlight is a light matte shade. It also serves as a transition color. This eyeshadow has medium pigmentation and a soft texture. Sadly, it's quite powdery.

02. Eyelid (column 1): This shade is light but it's still pigmented and soft. It reads a bit grey on me though. 

03. Crease (column 1): This is the shade that brings down the quality of the whole palette for me. It has a nice texture but poor color payoff. It has a satin/matte finish.

04. Definer (column 1): This is a great standard matte brown eyeshadow. It has nice texture and pigmentation. Perfect for the crease or defining the lash line.

05. Browbone (column 2): This is a standard frosty pearl color. I like my highlight shades a bit warmer so I don't use this much. However, it has nice pigmentation and texture.

06. Eyelid (column 2): This shade is very interesting. It reminds me of Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadows which are essentially pressed glitters. Some might find that this has too much fallout, but just remember to apply it in patting motions like you would any glitter.

07. Crease (column 2): This is my favorite shade from the entire palette. It has nice texture and pigmentation. I find it really unique too.

08. Definer (column 2): My second favorite shade of the palette, this also has great texture and pigmentation. It's a really nice warm brown.

In summary, I think the palette is really versatile. Most eyeshadows read matte on the eyes which is a plus for me, but there's still some shimmer to play with. The texture is soft and a tad crumbly (this is the norm with Wet'n'Wild eyeshadows) so be careful not to drop it. The pigmentation is great except for the Eyelid and Crease (column 1) shades which are so-so. The Browbone (column 1) shade kicks off excess powder when you swirl your brush in it but that doesn't translate into application. If I had to grade it, I'd give it a B+. If I take value into consideration, I'd give it an A because you get 8 shades for only $5 (less if you buy during sales or use coupons).

47 comments

  1. This is such a gorgeous palette! I grabbed one last week (along with a polish and shadow brush from WnW) for a blog giveaway. I might have to keep it after seeing your swatches haha! :) I love love love the eye look you did with it!

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    1. Hahaha, I grabbed both on the same day. One to give away and one for me xx

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  2. This is a gorgeous palette! I still can't find it anywhere, but it definitely is a gorgeous one to have around. Hopefully I can snag it up soon since Walgreens has a 25% off as well as a $1 off coupon in Sunday's paper!

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    1. Oh, I hadn't seen. That's a great offer x

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  3. It looks amazing, I wish WnW was available in my country...

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  4. These shades are so amazing !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  5. Where did you find the palette? I always have the hardest times finding limited edition drugstore items.

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    1. Derp. Can't believe I forgot to mention that. I found this at Walgreens. The display is very small and easy to miss, but I've seen it at a few locations x

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  6. All the colors are very pigmented, it's a shame they do not sell these pallets in drugstores here. Thanks for your detailed review~
    xx

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    1. I hope they become more widely available in the future x

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  7. Wow all of those colors are great, I usually love wet n wild palettes, Ill have to try it!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  8. Such a versatile looking palette, you could create a multitude of different looks. Ahhhh why won't wet n wild come to the UK already! xx

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  9. Oh wow! Those colours look amazing!!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  10. This palette looks gorgeous, if only Australia had Wet n Wild products! I'm loving the unique gold shade and the first definer shade, definitely like how there are mattes incorporated in the palette :)

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  11. The colours are amazing. Wish I could get it in the UK.
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  12. This is a gorgeous palette. All the shadows look pigmented and pretty
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  13. I like that palette, because it has more matte shadows. Especially matte highlighters.

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  14. This looks like such a pretty palette, and all the colours in it look really wearable! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD | YSL Lipstick Giveaway | The Little Deer Sunglasses and £20 Voucher Giveaway

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  15. I really couldn't tell in stores whether I'd like this palette or not… now I'm regretting not nabbing it!! Your swatches were super helpful as always Coco; hopefully I can still find this in store for myself ^__^

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. Since you already like Wet'n'Wild eyeshadows I think you would really enjoy this. Some people have said they're too crumbly. I don't have a problem with that though. I love the color selection in this <3

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  16. Love both of the definer colors! Wet n' wild has some awesome products for great prices! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

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  17. That palette is to die for! Such a shame we cannot get it in the UK xox

    Eliza
    www.beautifullyshallow.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Oh this is lush! I wish we had Wet n' Wild here!

    Honey Go-Lightly

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  19. This actually looks like a really great palette. The look that you created is beautiful.

    xo Ashley

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  20. Beautiful shades! I'm surprised I haven't ordered any of their famous 8 pan palettes yet! I'm trying so hard not to buy too much affordable make up and save up for high end bits this year but it's so tempting when I see quality like this!

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  21. God that's gorgeous - wish I could get my hands on it! xx

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  22. It looks really lovely! I'm very drawn to the first column, it's a shame you didn't like it as much as the second! I love the glittery gold shadow, though it's not something I can see myself wearing much!

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    1. Color-wise I really love the first column, but the second column has better pigmentation xx

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  23. Beautiful colour, quite glad we don't have wet'n'wild for once as I think I would have got sucked in and I don't need another neutrals palette

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  24. Wow the shades are super pigmented! I can't wait to try my first Wet N Wild palette!

    Nhi | Miss Blushaholic

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  25. Such a pretty palette! I agree ^ SUPER pigmented and lovely. xo

    moonrivergirl.com

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  26. Oh my, this looks absolutely stunning! So smooth and pigmented and love those shades. Thanks for the helpful swatches, as always! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  27. This palette is gorgeous!! I really like all the shades it comes with! haha the matte highlight is such a plus! :D

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  28. This palette is so pretty! I only saw the purple palette when I was in the store, but I'll have to go look for this one!

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  29. What an awesome looking palette! Unfortunately the only stores in Canada that sell Wet N Wild are Walmarts and they never have any other palettes beside the purple and green shaded palettes. I hope I can find this online somewhere!

    www.melissatee.com

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    1. Ugh, yeah :( Walmart never gets the LE stuff

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  30. I think it's nice that they have put the name of where the colour goes actually on the eyeshadows. It would be good for people who are just getting into makeup and don't really know much about applying it.

    Great review as always

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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    1. yes! I remember I used the Maybelline Stylish Smokes quads years ago and they were also labeled. It helped me learn a lot about placement x

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  31. That gold shadow looks AMAZING - I will be keeping my eye out for it!

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  32. Wow! This looks like an amazing palette!

    marieaimelavie.blogspot.ca

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  33. Wow, for such a cheap price, this looks great! I've been looking for a good but cheap eyeshadow palette. I hope we have this in our country.

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  34. Does anyone know if this palette or the other one are available in or near Delaware? I am really interested in the one you are reviewing, it's so GORGEOUS! Any help would be appreciated, I've looked everywhere it seems and can't find it.

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    1. I think Nouveau Cheap has an app for spotting LE drugstore releases on a map. You can check there. The display is very very small though, really easy to miss.

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  35. Wow! What a great palette and it's so cheap!

    http://www.evithefashionista.blogspot.ca/

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  36. I loooove the colors in this palette. I just hope that it's available locally. We have very limited Wet n Wild products here :(

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  37. Putting it on my wishlist. The combo of the shades you're wearing looks gorgeous!

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