I always look forward to new collections from Wet n Wild. They never disappoint. This time when I saw the new spring collection, I was afraid that it was going to be a let down. The colors looked very similar to last year’s spring colors. I thought maybe they were trying to pull an Essie move on us. You know how tricky that brand can be! So when I compared them, I breathed a sigh of relief to see that they were different. Different enough to the point where you can distinguish one from the other.
I scooped up all four to show you and I can’t wait to dig in! Don’t these colors get you excited for spring? The perfect pastels to get you excited for all the season will bring. I’ll also compare these to shades from last year’s Silver Lake collection from the spring too!
Love Fest is a crelly pink that can be described as a rose quartz, one of Pantone’s colors of the year for 2016. It took 3 coats to get this opaque but what you end up with is a very jelly, shiny pink. For those who love a good French manicure, this may be a good option. I don’t think this is a very unique shade, so if you have something like this, there’s no need to look for this one.
Love Fest- 3 coats, no top coat
I thought it would be helpful to compare this to OPI Small + Cute = ♥ from the new Hello Kitty Collection. Love Fest is a cooler pink but these two have similar formulas. For me, I prefer the tone of Small + Cute = ♥ but you can’t argue that getting this Wet n Wild polish is much friendlier for your budget!
I&R: Love Fest, M&P: Small + Cute = ♥
For your blue option, here is Breeze On By. It’s a cross between a cornflower blue and periwinkle. Let’s just call this a periwinkle blue because these names get confusing sometimes and this is the color I see predominantly. This has better coverage than Love Fest. It’s another crelly. I ended up needing just 2 coats.
This is when I noticed that I really like the brush and formula combination. When a polish requires to be built up and it isn’t the most opaque, having a wider, flat brush is really helpful. Not to mention this is also curved so it’s a nice guide to follow the curve of your cuticles. It was good for building up the polish but for my smaller nails, it was a tad annoying to get the brush to get into bare corners. It wasn’t too much trouble though. I’m certain that for most people, you won’t have this problem and you love this brush style!
Breeze On By- 2 coats, no top coat
If you’re wondering how this compares to last year’s blue, this one is much more saturated. Wear Skinny Jeans from spring 2015 is a lighter and has micro shimmer, a Essie Bikini So Teeny type of color. This color is more like Essie Lapis of Luxury but not as muted, it’s brighter and more pastel.
I&R: Breeze On By, M&P: Wear Skinny Jeans
(L-R) Wear Skinny Jeans, Breeze On By, Lapis of Luxury
If you’re looking for a lavender purple, take a look at Lay Out in Lavender. This is a lavender crelly with a formula like Breeze On By. I also needed 2 coats for this one. I love these types of colors when I’m feeling girly but I don’t want to wear pink. Forget pretty in pink, try pretty in lavender. Very cute.
Lay Out in Lavender- 2 coats, no top coat
Reject the Mainstream from last year’s spring collection is not as light as Lay Out in Lavender and more of a pink-based purple. The formula is also a creme rather than crelly, so you don’t have that squishy effect. Essie Go Ginza is similar to Reject the Mainstream if you want to find something that’s like it and available. Essie Lilacism is similar in color to Lay Out in Lavender but the formula is a creme.
I&R: Lay Out in Lavender, M&P: Reject the Mainstream
(L-R) Lilacism, Lay Out in Lavender, Reject the Mainstream, Go Ginza
The last of the four is a mint green. Kiss My Mints is a shade that’ll make any mint lover happy. It’s that springtime polish you need to have, well actually you probably already have it. It’s not the most unique but it’s still quite pretty. The perfect spring mint. This had the most creme-like formula of them all. It does have the slightest touch of a crelly formula. I needed 2 coats for this one yet again.
Kiss My Mints- 2 coats, no top coat
This color is very different from the green from last year’s collection. Tree Hugger is a pistachio ice cream green and this is a mint. Two ice cream flavors I enjoy… Getting back on topic, I also pulled out Green Tease from Wet n Wild’s Summer 2015 collection and that wasn’t a match either. I added a pic below for you to see just how different these are. I thought I would also throw in OPI That’s Hula-rious! for those of you who may be looking for a color like these two limited edition polishes.
(L-R) Kiss My Mints, Tree Hugger, Green Tease, That’s Hula-rious!
You can’t have a mint polish and not have it compared to the famous Mint Candy Apple from Essie! These are very close but Mint Candy Apple is more blue and with less white mixed in. This difference is not as noticeable as the picture below, if you were to see it, you would be able to tell these are two different colors. Essie Blossom Dandy is also not as white. OPI Gelato On My Mind is the closest match.
Mints have been appearing left and right and with spring around the corner, I am almost certain that this is only the first of mint polishes to appear at the drugstore. I wonder how this compares to the mint in their new Wonder Gel line, is that a comparable dupe?
Last year’s collection had 6 polishes, this year’s has 4. I’m not sure exactly why it’s so much smaller but I believe it is probably because this was part of a pretty big spring release. Not to mention the brand has recently done a huge rehaul of their line. Wet n Wild has been busy!
Let me get into how I feel about these as a whole. Yes, the colors are nice. I can give them that. It is a little overdone though. Everyone loves a good pastel for spring, I sure do but I’m tired of seeing the same old thing. Nothing about these screamed unique to me. I did like the touch of crelly but the formulas didn’t seem to benefit from that.
I just think this could have been better. Many of these shades are some that we probably have. This is a great collection for the average person but for someone who has been painting their nails for a while, you can agree that these aren’t that special.
They are cute and for $1.99 it’s hard to argue. If you have a few bucks and you love pastels, give one or two a try. As always, I found this collection at Walgreens. That’s my favorite place to go for new drugstore collections but you’ll be able to find this at Rite Aid and CVS too. Wherever carries Wet n Wild around you.
Now, if you’ve been there done that perhaps you should save your money and see what else the drugstore has to offer. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Sinful Colors has in store for us for spring!