Swatches + Review: Wet n Wild Spring Forward Collection 2013 – Going in the Wild & Nude Awakening

If you saw this post, then you would know that we’ve been on a wild goose hunt for these Wet n Wild limited edition palettes.  Ever since we heard of these elusive palettes surfacing in the LA area, we went to EVERY. SINGLE. CVS/Walgreens/Rite-Aid (for good measure) in existence, only to be disappointed at every store.  It wasn’t until my sister went back to Virginia and her podunk little town, “it’s a quiet village” and searched ALL the drugstores there before finding these palettes.  And was it worth it? Half yes.

Going in the Wild


Going in the wild
photographed in sunlight without primer

This is definitely the weaker of the two palettes.  The color selection is very appropriate for spring, it has a lovely mint green and some lavenders/lilacs which is on par with the spring trend.  However, most of the colors were sheer and needed lots of layering to build opacity.  There is a yellow shade that barely shows up and the lavender is also very faint.  There are no true matte shades in this palette, the closest to matte would be the lavender crease shade, which is a pretty color if you build the color.

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As you can see from the swatches, the brow bone highlight shades are very light and that yellow is almost nonexistent in the first picture. The mint green is probably the most unique shade in this palette, so if you wanted it just for that color it might be worth it

Nude Awakening


Nude Awakening

This is probably what everyone was fighting for when these limited edition palettes came out.  I missed out on Sparkle Til Morning so I wasn’t going to miss this.  And it’s safe to say I am glad we were able to track this palette down because it was worth it for this palette alone.

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This palette offers 2 matte shades (the left browbone and crease colors), and the other colors offer a nice satin finish. I don’t own the Naked palette, but I do have lots of Wet n Wild shadows and I have never been disappointed thus far in their ability to dupe high-end brands.   These shadows perform more like the coveted Wet n Wild 8-pan shadows we’re all used to.  They are buttery, pigmented, and easy to work with.  It’s a user-friendly palette and the colors coordinate well with each other.

Bottom Line

Swatch comparison of Going in the Wild vs Nude Awakening

Swatch comparison of Going in the Wild vs Nude Awakening

Going in the Wild offers a few interesting colors; however, the color payoff is lacking in a few of the colors. The palette is good, but not great. Of the two palettes in the Wet n Wild LE 2013 Spring Forward Collection, Nude Awakening is definitely worth the potential time and effort it takes to find the palettes. If you already own Urban Decay Naked, it might not be worth the headache of trying to search for Nude Awakening. But again, we don’t own Naked and cannot give an accurate comparison. If you happen to stop b a pharmacy that is still selling Nude Awakening, BUY IT. Do not pass Go. Do not hesitate! It’s $5 worth spending.

We may do some inspired Disney looks in the future, I’m feeling very Daisy/Mulan/Rapunzel with the Going in the Wild palette and Pocahontas with Nude Awakening.  I think I can channel my inner Pocahontas with the neutrals and a pop of turquoise.  We shall see.

Until our next adventure,



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