Wet n Wild California Dreaming Collection Review & Swatches (LE Summer 2015)

Wet n Wild killed it with the release of their spring polishes this year from the Silver Lake Collection. If that wasn’t enough, here is a whole new collection that’s freshly hit stores! These is a whole display of new limited edition polishes, lip products and bronzers. Sprinkled among the LE items are some permanent ones, so don’t get tricked!

This collection features five muted creme shades and a new top coat. I don’t want to call them pastels exactly because they’re brighter than the typical pastels we think of. One of the first things I noticed when I saw these in store was the price. They retail for $2.99 each! If you are familiar with Wet n Wild MegaLast polishes, they have always been $1.99 each. I wonder if they will be exclusively pricing their limited edition polishes at this price or if they are going to implement it to their whole line.

In this post, I will be reviewing the five new limited edition shades along with comparisons! Keep reading to see my thoughts, I’m gonna try to keep this one nice and short.


The new top coat will get its own post soon. I haven’t gotten the time to put it to the test. I’m not sure if this is Wet n Wild’s version of the popular natural sunlight top coats every brand is releasing but I have a hunch it is. I will try to dig up more info once that post is up! I’m not even sure if this top coat will be exclusive to this collection or whether Wet n Wild will include this with their core line.

Clear the Air Top Coat

Sun Settle Down is a peachy pastel orange creme. It was a little streaky on the first coat, I ended up needing three coats in total to even things out. This is a cantaloupe melon color that is a rare sight.

Sun Settle Down- 3 coats, no top coat


Just for reference, here is a bottle comparison with Is Mai Tai Crooked? from OPI’s Hawaii Collection (Spring/Summer 2015). Sun Settle Down is significantly lighter and is a peachy orange rather than a coral orange.


What is a summer collection without a yellow. Bee-U-Tiful is a banana cream polish with a formula similar to Sun Settle Down. This custard yellow is different from what I would expect from a summer collection. That’s what makes it unique and a winner!

Bee-U-Tiful- 3 coats, no top coat


This next one is a bright pink. It has a great formula the best of the three so far. Re: In Carnation is a Barbie pink with a purple tone running through, yet it is slightly muted. It’s not a neon pink, but that combination will make it pop against any skin tone.

Re: In Carnation- 2 coats, no top coat

I don’t own many pinks in my stash, so you may need to help me out with this one. I feel it could be a sister of Essie Cascade Cool.

Green Tease is a pastel pistachio green. The formula was really good on this, it performed as well as Re: In Carnation. This green is a gorgeous shade but honestly, I wasn’t as stunned as I thought I would be.

Green Tease- 2 coats, no top coat


We have seen this color a great deal recently. OPI That’s Hularious! (Hawaii Spring/Summer 2015) and Zoya Tiana (Delight Spring 2015) are very similar. Tiana has some blue running through it and That’s Hularious! is a touch more yellow.


The moment you saw Green Tease, you may have thought it looked exactly like the green from the Silver Lake CollectionTree Hugger. I thought the same thing! Luckily, these two are very different from one another. Tree Hugger is a crelly polish and Green Tease is a creme. There is also a color difference between them. Green Tease is warmer toned and more yellow, while Tree Hugger is cooler and more blue.

I&R: Green Tease, M&P: Tree Hugger

I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again. Every brand is releasing a baby blue. Thank goodness this one’s not so much of a baby blue. Sky Me Mine is a rich sky blue. It’s darker than all the pastel blues I’ve tried recently and I like it. Did I mention the formula is outstanding? Yup. I may need to get me a backup…

Sky Me Mine- 2 coats, no top coat

To give an idea of the color of Sky Me Mine, here it is next to two newly released blues that I have reviewed. China Glaze UV Meant to Be is darker and L’Oreal Wispy Clouds is much lighter.



Before we get to the run-down, I would like to mention my camera had a tough time photographing these swatches. It may be time to get a new one soon… I know my pockets won’t be looking forward to that…

What are my top picks? Well, I really can’t decide. Almost all the shades are unique and the formulas were good. Nothing gave me a hard time and I’m happy with this collection as a whole. I can say there was one that I feel you can skip on. Green Tease isn’t a must have if you already own a pastel pistachio green. I feel that because I own That’s Hularious and Tiana, there was no need for another polish in the same family.

If you’re looking for some great polishes at a good price, this collection is a must. Even at the new higher cost of $2.99, that’s still a bargain for the quality of these. That doesn’t mean I am okay with this new price Wet n Wild!

So if you see these, grab them quick! I have a feeling these are going to or have been flying off the shelves faster than you can say “$2.99?!” Haha. I couldn’t resist!

That was quick right? I wanted to keep this short so I could post it up as fast as I possibly can. I know many had trouble finding the Silver Lake Collection and I want to make it so the chances of you locating these polishes are as high as they can be. I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t been posting as often as I would like to. Hopefully, this will change in the coming week!

Update: I did not have good results from the top coat. I applied it and waited, I even went out to let it cure with natural sunlight. I was sure it was dry. It looked find several hours later but then the next day I noticed I had dents in my polish!

Also take a look at the new Wonder Gel line released late 2015, early 2016. They are Wet n Wild’s new line of gel-like polishes that claim to not only last but also have a formula that requires just 1 step. Take a look at my experience here and judge for yourself!



    • chezadrienne says:

      Oh no! Hunting for polish is a pain. I know I had to go everywhere for the WnW Silver Lake collection, I probably went to every drugstore within a 20 mile radius! You know, when you finally find it, that feeling is the best in the world! I really hope they’ll pop up soon in your area.

      I don’t know where else to recommend going to find them. Maybe CVS? Kmart? It’s a very good collection, but honestly I don’t think there is anything too unique. Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear line has some great colors and are very affordable. They’ve just come out with some new permanent shades, I’ll be reviewing them this week! Sinful Colors is of amazing quality and super cheap. They’re actually on sale this week at Walgreens for 99 cents!
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

    • chezadrienne says:

      I’m so sorry! I tested it out and it was not very good. I believe I mentioned it either in another post or on an Instagram post. It didn’t hold up my polish and I get dents in my polish the next day. I was really let down by it.
      It was a limited edition product so I think Wet n Wild was trying to test out the waters for their new Gel-like polish line, the Wonder Gels that have been newly released. I do have a review on a few shades from that new line and I didn’t have much from that either! I think it might be my body chemistry or something! I’ve heard a bunch of positive reviews from other people so if you’re looking for something that claims to have great wear-time, try out their new line!
      Once again, I am terribly sorry I didn’t update this post! Thank you so much for letting me know and also for taking the time to read and comment!

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