I was a bit bummed I missed out on getting the box collection of Wet n Wild‘s recent Mermaid-themed collection, so when the Spring Goth-O-Graphic collection launched, I made a point to order right away!
Here’s what the collection ($39.99, ordered through the Wet n Wild site but out of stock at the moment) came with:
The whole theme seems like an “eff you” to the unicorn trend, while providing a balance of makeup geared towards the unicorn trend, as well as “anti-unicorn.” For example, The Liquid Catsuit Eye Shadow in Goth Tears is a gorgeous pink and purple duochrome that screams, UNICORN!, while the Liquid Catsuit Lipstick Death to Unicorns is a sparkly dark gray that screams GET AWAY FROM ME UNICORN!
So let’s jump into swatches and thoughts; I wasn’t 100% happy with my purchase but there are some amazing products among this set.
Liquid Catsuit Liquid Eyeshadow
Left to right: Goth Tears, Nyctophilia, Mystic Dreamer and Pure Intention
I own a couple of the Mermaid collection liquid eye shadows, but shamefully, I haven’t tried them yet. But I was eager to try these. I’ve used two of them so far – Goth Tears and Mystic Dreamer. And I was happy with how they applied and performed.
I used them each in the center of my eyelid for looks (I’ll share looks with the products later in the post), and patted them on. I found, actually, that using the applicator was best for application. I had no creasing with these shadows, but didn’t really use them across the lid into the crease to truly “test” that. There was no glitter/sparkle fallout, although Nyctophilia looks a little glittery, so I’ll have to see if there’s any with that one. This was also the most patchy when I did a hand swatch. The others swatched nicely.
Goth Tears looks like a total, lighter dupe for Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter + Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Sea Siren, which I featured here recently.
Overall, I like these liquid eye shadows and I will continue to use them.
Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick
From left to right: Death to Unicorns, Gunmetal Heart, Pastel Grunge and Wicked Pink
I was most looking forward to the lippies and highlighters, and unfortunately, the lippies were a disappointment.
First, I wore a combination of Death to Unicorns with Gunmetal Heart blended out from the center of my lips. I was surprised at how sheer Gunmetal Heart was, but also by how dry and hard to apply Death to Unicorns seemed to be. The combination was actually really pretty, but I didn’t feel it was easy work to apply it.
I also combined Pastel Grunge and Wicked Pink in a lip look, using Pastel Grunge to sort of outline my lips and Wicked Pink to fill in. Again, Pastel Grunge was a bit dry, I had balls of product on my lips as I tried to make the formula work/apply. Wicked Pink was easier to work with, but felt very sheer, as well.
Overall, if I’d purchased these lipsticks at the drugstore, I would take them back.
MegaLiner Metallic Liquid Eyeliner
Left to right: Pink Coffin, Skull Prayer and Black Butterfly.
I clearly remember how much I wore the same look of a green shade of Wet n Wild MegaLiner Liquid Liner paired with a simple, nude liquid eye shadow I had from Clinique in my 20s. Maybe it wasn’t MegaLiner back then, I don’t know. But it was the best $2.99, bright green eyeliner I’d ever had and I loved it.
That’s why I continue to be disappointed every time I try one of these limited edition liners, and they aren’t the quality I remember from my green go-to liner. I bought all three of the Mermaid ones, and tossed each after one use. And here I am again, these three liners in my possession, I’ve used each one once, and after I write this, I’m tossing them.
The formula is thick, so it was hard to get a nice clean line on my lid. And, the brushes were flared out, as if in production they got put into the tubes carelessly and the brushes splayed. The white one was the only one that was not splayed. The purple is less so than the pink – you can’t see the thin hair sticking out from it in this photo but check out the pink, Pink Coffin:
So nope. The formula also felt thick on my lids and in the outside corners when I attempted small wings.
Overall I would return these if I’d purchased them at the drugstore. I will likely never purchase this eyeliner type again unless the formula is improved.
MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder and Highlighting Stick
Top: Hell-O Darkness and bottom is Moon Tears
Now we’re getting back into the good stuff. The highlighters of this collection are SO much better than some of the other products.
I haven’t used the highlighting stick yet, except for the swatch, and I found the swatch easy to apply. I have some solid/cream highlighters but I don’t gravitate towards them and I’m not sure if I’ll use this much. I’ll try it soon.
Moon Tears is AMAZING. The glow this put on my face was lit! I’m not sure what else to say. You need this highlighter, if you love highlighters!
Overall I probably wouldn’t have purchased the highlighting stick separately but look forward to trying it while the loose powder is a huge WIN in this collection and I need a backup!
MegaGlo Highlighting Powder
From left to right: White Raven and Purple Ashes.
These are the pressed highlighting powders in the collection. Both of them are beautiful, providing such a pretty glow on the face!
I did feel I had to build up my swatch a bit, as well as on top of my cheeks and cupid’s bow, but that wasn’t too big a deal.
Overall, I think I need a backup of both!
Looks with the products
In this look, I used Moon Tears as my highlighter – tops of my cheeks, cupid’s bow, nose, forehead. It’s stunning!
In this look, I used Goth Tears in the center of my lid, Skull Prayer in the outer corner and Black Butterfly on top and across the lid as liners, Death to Unicorns and Gunmetal Heart on my lips, and White Raven as my highlighter.
The look shown in these three photos, I used Purple Ashes as my highlighter, Mystic Dreamer on the center of my lid, Pink Coffin to line my lid, Pastel Grunge and Wicked Pink for my lip look.
Worth the money?
Based on my experience, I wanted to see if the box was worth the money. I saved a tremendous amount getting the whole collection than just the pieces I wanted. But, did the cost of the products I loved mean the box paid for itself?
Nope. The products that worked for me total $36.93, so I lost a little money on this purchase. Unless I add in the highlighting stick, which was the one thing I wouldn’t have purchased separately, since I won’t use it much. That would make my total $43.92 and worth it.
I wouldn’t have known about the lippies or liners, for example, but returns would have been easy at the drugstore.
Did you pick any of the Goth-O-Graphic collection up? What are your thoughts?!