Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Review and Swatches

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Wet n Wild has done a huge overhaul of their line. There is a huge assortment of new products that I’ve been spotting here, there and everywhere these days. The product that interested me the most were their new polishes.

I have always been a fan of Wet n Wild’s nail polishes. They usually have impeccable formulas and colors for a budget-friendly price. Now they’re expanding their nail range with this new line of Wonder Gel nail polishes. I was most interested and drawn to the claim they make that it lasts up to 2 weeks of wear in just 1 step. So let’s get into testing and swatching these 3 new colors!


The formula of these Wonder Gel polishes were developed using the same technology used in dental veneers, making the lacquer more durable with a shine that lasts longer than others. With gel in the name, you can already guess that Wet n Wild states that these will deliver the same effect as a true UV gel polish. Although the effect is intended to be the same as a true gel, removal is supposed to be just as easy as a regular nail polish. No soaking your nails in acetone! Instead of curing with UV light, these cure with regular ambient light. That means they’re extremely sensitive to light, hence the black bottles. I know it’s annoying that we can’t see the true color of the polish, but this is how to keep the formulas from curing in their bottles.

The wonder part of the name refers back to the 1 step formula, Wet n Wild also states that you do not need to use these with base or top coat. It’s just 1 step. What exactly do they mean by 1 step? Will they be perfect in just one coat like they show in the commercials? You’ll see in a little bit.

The bottles are the exact same to their Megalast ($1.99 at Walgreens), all except that they are fully opaque black bottles to guard their formulas. I found that the brushes on these are pretty similar too, though I feel they might be a hair thinner in width.


I chose three polishes. I originally went to Walgreens, where I first spotted this new collection, and I picked up Cyantific Method. The display didn’t have any shades that were unique to me, so I just chose to go with a blue to test out the line.

Then when I went to CVS, I saw that their display had a few that weren’t at Walgreens. I went home with two, Wasa-Be With You? and Air Apparent. I’m not sure if these two are CVS exclusives or if these colors will be part of a totally separate display set to release for spring. I’m hoping it is the latter, that way you can get your hands on these two pretty pastels!

First of all, how cute are these names?

Cyantific Method is an average medium blue creme. A cyan is a green leaning blue. This is in no way a cyan. It may be a cute name, but it doesn’t even match the shade. That’s a little misleading… The formula was watery, extremely thin. When you apply this, it’s murky, like it’s lacking in pigment. There is no way that you’ll be able to apply this to opacity in just one coat. No way. The second coat went on nicely over the patchy first coat, that was nice.

Cyantific Method- 2 coats, no top coatIMG_1303IMG_1313

It turns out I have an exact dupe in my collection. Essie Avenue Maintain is the same exact color, except its formula is actually much much better. I would choose that over this Wet n Wild one any day!


I&R: Cyantific Method, M&P: Essie Avenue Maintain

When I look at Wasa-Be With You?, my mind instantly thinks of spring. This is a light fresh pear green. The formula was a little better than Cyantific Method but due to how light in color this is, the formula isn’t the best. Be careful with these thinner formulas, your polish may end up pooling your cuticles.

Wasa-Be With You- 3 coats, no top coat

This is reminiscent of Essie Chillato. Chillato is much more of a yellow green than Wasa-Be With You?.

The last one I have is Air Apparent. This is a very pretty almost white with a hint of periwinkle. This shade caught my eye instantly in the display and I knew I would get lots of use from it when spring finds its way back into our lives. It’s like the little sister of Essie Bikini So Teeny! It’s the perfect on trend color, now the formula was okay. Good for such a pale color. Depending on the thickness of your coats, you’ll need 3. On some of my nails I got away with just 2 coats, while some needed that third coat to remove some streaks.

Air Apparent- 3 coats, no top coat

For a polish that claims to be long-lasting, I didn’t get very good results. I wore Cyantific Method for 3 days and just look how badly it look. These polishes were formulated to work without base coat and top coat so I wore it on its own. The picture I’m showing is after 3 days but it was already looking bad at the end of the first. No way these would be able to last 2 weeks! Not for me anyway!


From this experience, I don’t think I’m in a rush to get any more shades. That’s not just because of the performance of the polishes, it’s also due to the lack of colors. Most of them are your average colors. For some different choices, check out CVS, it seems they have a different range of colors but their collection isn’t as extensive as Walgreens.

I’m happy I picked up Wasa-Be With You? and Air Apparent. They’re shades that are unique to my collection and I will be using when it gets warmer. I love these two shades! If you’re looking into getting some fresh colors, these are some great ones. The formula on these two aren’t the best, but that’s what you’ll usually get with such light colors. I was really disappointed in the color of Cyantific Method. It wasn’t as richly pigmented as I thought it would be, it was much too watery and it is not a unique blue.

Would I choose this formula of their normal Megalast polishes? Megalast easily wins. The colors are vivid and some are even one coaters! Plus, their price for one is just $1.99! That’s $3 less than these! I hope they won’t be abandoning that line. I always look forward to their seasonal limited edition collections!

These new 1 Step Wonder Gel polishes from Wet n Wild are available now in stores and online for $4.99 each. They will be available anywhere Wet n Wild is sold and will be permanent in the line. I’ve seen them in Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid. This week at Rite Aid, Wet n Wild polishes are on sale for 40% off and CVS is having a 25% off sale on all Wet n Wild products. If you can get these on sale, they’re worth a try! I’d be much happier spending $3 rather than $5. Who wouldn’t?


  1. Ariadna says:

    Ooh the colors are pretty but if they don’t last even a week? Pass. Specially since there are prettier colors at the drugstore for much cheaper. 🙂

    • chezadrienne says:

      At least on me they didn’t last very long at all. I’m going to try to give them another chance though just to be sure because I think that may have just been the case with Cyantific Method. I’ll be back to report my findings!
      Yeah I know! $5 is up there for Wet n Wild. There is a little peely coupon available on some displays. I haven’t been lucky enough to find one yet but that would be great stacked on top of the Rite Aid sale this week!

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