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Review: Wet n Wild’s Flights of Fancy Collection

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Review: Wet n Wild’s Flights of Fancy Collection

Amy Petrucci 6 min read
cruelty free, makeup, product review, beauty

With sneak peek images of Wet n Wild’s new Fire Dragon vs Ice Dragon Collection floating around the interwebs, I wanted to take a moment to showcase another one of the brand’s limited edition collections, Flights of Fancy. Let me preface this by saying Wet n Wild is my favorite cruelty-free drugstore brand. They create quality products at a fraction of the cost of high-end brands. Case in point, their PhotoFocus Foundation ($5.99) is one of my favorite foundations EVER and the highlighters are probably some of the best on the market today. They’re innovative, on-trend, and budget-friendly. I’d estimate that about 80% of their products are vegan. They now clearly label vegan products on their website and with “V” stickers on the components.

They have also been killing the limited edition collection game for the past couple of years. Always on trend or ahead of the curb, they created collections like Unicorn Glow (I picked up the Unicorn Highlighting Brush that had white bristles and a black iridescent handle shaped like a unicorn horn), Midnight Mermaid (A darker take on the mermaid trend that had lovely metallic liquid lipsticks and liquid eyeshadows in moody shades), and Goth-o-Graphic (The grungy skull collection that gave us the MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder in the shade Moon Tears aka the most stunningly smooth, pigmented highlighter ever).

This summer, they released a lighter, flirtier collection adorned with hummingbird patterns called Flights of Fancy. A portion of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Los Angeles Audubon Society, a nonprofit that protects birds and their habitats. The hummingbird was chosen to symbolize habitat restoration for the Allen’s Hummingbird, a native and endangered California species. More information about their collaboration can be found here. The collection can be purchased together or separately on the brand’s website here.

After reading and watching several reviews, I picked up only a selection of the collection. Keep reading to see my thoughts.

ColorIcon Baked Blushes

ColorIcon Baked Blush (Left to Right): Hummingbird Hype, Dare to Soar, Don’t Flutter Yourself

Product Description:

Radiate like never before with these new blush colors that blend beautifully onto the skin to achieve a mesmerizing tropical glow. The formula’s micro-fine pearl pigments boost skin glow for a polished look.

This product is:

  • 0.19 OZ. / 5.4 grams each
  • $4.99 each
  • Not vegan as it may contain carmine

The ultimate hits of this collection are the Coloricon Baked Blushes. First off, there are hummingbirds stamped onto these blushes. HUMMINGBIRDS, ladies and gents. Put a bird on it and I’m in love. These are stunning, glowy shades that apply with a sheer wash of color, and can be built up to your desired intensity. The shimmer is super-fine, so it’s not chunky or glittery. They apply smoothly and blend easily. I found that I can use these blushes four ways: as regular blush, as a blush topper, as highlighter (with the exception of Dare to Soar), and as eyeshadow. I’ve worn these blushes alone when crunched for time, and they always come through for a healthy, glow-from-within look. The shade selection is stunning for the spring and summer. That being said, if you’re looking for a matte blush, I would steer clear of these since they are so glowy.

ColorIcon Baked Blush Swatches (Left to Right): Don’t Flutter Yourself, Dare to Soar, Hummingbird Hype

Pro Blush Brush

Blush Brush

Blush Brush Product Description:

Give your cheeks some blushin’ love like a pro. This brush packs in the bristles to deliver just the right amount of cream or powder blush to them apples.

  • Ultra-soft and densely packed synthetic bristles
  • No animals were harmed in the making of these brushes
  • Ergonomic handle for a comfortable hold

This product is:

  • Synthetic
  • Vegan
  • $7.99

This brush is the bomb dot com. If you haven’t gotten your hands on Wet ‘n Wild’s pro brushes, I strongly believe you’re missing out. Their brushes have comfortable ergonomic handles that make for easy application. This purple metallic brush was made specifically for the Flights of Fancy Collection. The bristles are slightly tapered which diffuse and blend quite nicely. It also picks up pigment easily. One to two taps onto a blush and you’re good to go.

ColorIcon Lip Gloss & MegaLiner Eyeliners

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Color Icon Lip Gloss Swatches (Top to Bottom): Pout of Paradise, Love Bird Affair / MegaLiner Liquid Eyeliner Swatches (Top to Bottom): Winged ‘n Wild, Gilded Wings, You Are My Wingman

ColorIcon Lip Gloss Product Description:

Give your lips a vibrant summer pout with these ultra-pigmented glosses that deliver a brilliant, mirror-like finish. The super-rich formula features Vitamin E to improve lip texture and Murumuru Seed Butter which has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties to keep lips soft.

This product is:

  • 0.12 FL. OZ. / 3.5 mL each
  • Vegan
  • $3.99 each

2018 is the year lip gloss returned with a vengeance. After 4 years of super-dry, matte, liquid lipsticks, gloss arrived in the knick of time to make everyone’s lips juicy and kissable again. The tone of this collection is very light, airy, and natural so Wet n’ Wild choosing to only release lip glosses for Flights of Fancy seems fitting. I picked up the orange (Pout of Paradise) and red (Love Bird Affair) shades because they are unique, and I didn’t have anything like them in my collection. What makes this lip gloss formula special is that it’s creamy, surprisingly opaque, not sticky, and super comfortable. They wear well alone or on top of other lip products. For $3.99, I think they’re a steal.

MegaLiner Liquid Eyeliner Product Description:

Wing out with an unexpected punch of matte and metallic colors made with long-lasting, high-definition pigment that will have your looks soaring. Features a unique blend of polymers that create rich, fluid lines that stays put and an easy-to-control, flexible brush for a precise application.”

This product is:

  • 0.12 FL. OZ. / 3.5 mL each
  • Vegan
  • $2.99 each

I was really on the fence about picking these eyeliners up. On one hand, the colors are unique and pretty: a deep forest green (Winged ‘n Wild), a shimmery gold (Gilded Wings), a nude peachy-pink (You Are My Wingman). On the other hand, after 2-3 uses of the eyeliners from the Midnight Mermaid collection which started to clump and fall apart after only one week, I was wary that these would perform the same. While these aren’t the most precise liners, they do look nice on the eyes. The MM eyeliners were metallic which I believe led them to become a crunchy mess. The Flights of Fancy liners don’t have chunks of glitter on them, and the tips aren’t pointing in different directions, so they’re several steps ahead in my opinion. I’m not super-crazy about these, but for $2.99 they’re an affordable and colorful option to standard black and brown liners.

Perfect Pout Lip Scrub Product Description:

Deliciously sweet and made with extra fine sugar, these will buff away dead skin from your lips, keeping them soft and feeling heavenly. Features Murumuru Seed Butter which has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties and Tucuma Seed Butter that acts as an emollient, lubricant and moisturizing agent.

This product is:

  • 0.35 OZ. / 10 g
  • Vegan
  • $3.99

This is a cute little addition that compliment’s the overall summer-theme of this collection. There are two flavors available: Pecker Up (watermelon) and Citrus Elixir (orange). I chose Pecker Up because what’s more summery than watermelon? It has a pleasant, sweet taste. The sugar is a bit chunkier than I would have liked (I prefer the formulas by Lush and Jeffree Star which are much more fine), but it still does a good job of exfoliating. My lips feel super soft afterwards. Packaging wise, it’s in a pretty small, cheap plastic container so I feel like the product is a bit more on the skimpy side.

Final Thoughts: I’m glad that I was selective about the items that I purchased from this collection. I do not regret skipping out on the Primer Water Spray (it’s filled with alcohol), eyeshadow quads (reviews say the shadows are inconsistent), nail polishes (I just have a lot already), and the entire lip gloss collection (again, I just have a lot already). I definitely think the blushes, blush brush, and lip glosses are totally worth picking up. All in all, I think Wet n’ Wild curated a cohesive, thought out, and beautiful collection for the summer.

Originally Published on August 8, 2018. All photos by Amy Petrucci from CompassionateChic with the exception of the Flights of Fancy Collection Box and Lip Scrub stock photos from Wet ‘n Wild’s website.

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