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.
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!
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.
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).