Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

House of Thorns

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad ($2.99 for 0.16 oz.) is the last of the limited edition quads from the brand for the spring. It was, unfortunately, another dud–one shade was good (beyond wear time), one shade was so-so, and the remaining two were dismal.

Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #1 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #1 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #1 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)
Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #1 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #1 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

House of Thorns #1

House of Thorns #1 is a golden bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was drier and more firmly-pressed in the pan, which made it more of a challenge to pick up product and to apply it evenly to bare skin. It seemed to get better as I wore away some of the rose pattern (or a few layers of product), which yielded mostly opaque coverage and marginally smoother coverage when applied with a wet brush. It lasted well for six hours before fading noticeably.

Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).Chanel Lueurs Ambrees #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Chanel Patine Bronze (840) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Tarte Starfish (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Sephora Coconut Shell (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Anastasia Paris (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Estee Lauder Metal Saffron (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Urban Decay Distilled (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “powerfully pigmented” with a “butter-soft” texture that “glides on like a dream.” The majority of the eyeshadows are on the drier side, sometimes feeling loosely pressed and other times more chalk-like and truly dry to the point where a primer became a must for getting good adhesion and wear out of the formula. Most of the matte shades were quite pigmented, and I found they actually applied better to bare skin than some of the shimmers, which often appeared faded and muted in practice compared to how they appeared in the pan. The pigmentation varied from decent to mostly opaque depending on the shade, and the wear was typically between five and seven hours on me.

I did not keep most of the previously-released trios and palettes from the brand as mine, but when I compared 2018’s formula to the prior one (and mine are likely five or more years old), the previous formula was far better for their shimmers–slightly more slip, creamier in feel, and typically more pigmented and true-to-color on the lid. I think the mattes, overall, are improved as they are more blendable and pigmented on the lid.

Ingredients

Talc, Silica, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, o-Cymen-5-ol, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Water/Eau, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Mica, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine/CI 75470, Black 2/CI 77266, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide/CI 77510].

Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #2 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #2 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #2 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)
Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #2 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #2 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

House of Thorns #2

House of Thorns #2 is a blackened, emerald green with cool undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had rich color payoff applied both wet and dry, but wet application yielded an inkier base that made it appear darer overall. The texture was soft, drier and prone to fallout, but it at least went on evenly and didn’t sheer out too readily. I was able to diffuse the edges without too much effort. It stayed on nicely for six and a half hours before fading on me.

Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Morphe Diva (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty TFX11 (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Makeup Geek Epic (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Mothership (P, $7.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Huda Beauty Emerald #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Dose of Colors Nightsky (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Smashbox STFU (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Hundred (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “powerfully pigmented” with a “butter-soft” texture that “glides on like a dream.” The majority of the eyeshadows are on the drier side, sometimes feeling loosely pressed and other times more chalk-like and truly dry to the point where a primer became a must for getting good adhesion and wear out of the formula. Most of the matte shades were quite pigmented, and I found they actually applied better to bare skin than some of the shimmers, which often appeared faded and muted in practice compared to how they appeared in the pan. The pigmentation varied from decent to mostly opaque depending on the shade, and the wear was typically between five and seven hours on me.

I did not keep most of the previously-released trios and palettes from the brand as mine, but when I compared 2018’s formula to the prior one (and mine are likely five or more years old), the previous formula was far better for their shimmers–slightly more slip, creamier in feel, and typically more pigmented and true-to-color on the lid. I think the mattes, overall, are improved as they are more blendable and pigmented on the lid.

Ingredients

Talc, Silica, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, o-Cymen-5-ol, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Water/Eau, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Mica, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine/CI 75470, Black 2/CI 77266, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide/CI 77510].

Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #3 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #3 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #3 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)
Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #3 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #3 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

House of Thorns #3

House of Thorns #3 is a deep red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer–at best–coverage applied dry with lots of jabbing at the surface to dislodge product off of the ridiculously, firmly-pressed texture and was difficult to blend out. Applied with a dampened brush, the coverage improved to medium, but it was impossible to blend out–it was only workable stamped onto the skin as a liner. It started to show signs of fading after five hours of wear on me.

KKW Beauty Hanami (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).Anastasia Venetian Red (PiP, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Icon Day Eyes #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Pretty Vulgar Snitch (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Fahrenheit (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Urban Decay Fire Starter (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Missy (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Huda Beauty Mauve #6 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Milani Time to Un-wine (PiP, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandalous (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “powerfully pigmented” with a “butter-soft” texture that “glides on like a dream.” The majority of the eyeshadows are on the drier side, sometimes feeling loosely pressed and other times more chalk-like and truly dry to the point where a primer became a must for getting good adhesion and wear out of the formula. Most of the matte shades were quite pigmented, and I found they actually applied better to bare skin than some of the shimmers, which often appeared faded and muted in practice compared to how they appeared in the pan. The pigmentation varied from decent to mostly opaque depending on the shade, and the wear was typically between five and seven hours on me.

I did not keep most of the previously-released trios and palettes from the brand as mine, but when I compared 2018’s formula to the prior one (and mine are likely five or more years old), the previous formula was far better for their shimmers–slightly more slip, creamier in feel, and typically more pigmented and true-to-color on the lid. I think the mattes, overall, are improved as they are more blendable and pigmented on the lid.

Ingredients

Talc, Silica, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, o-Cymen-5-ol, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Water/Eau, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Mica, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine/CI 75470, Black 2/CI 77266, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide/CI 77510].

Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #4 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #4 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

Wet ‘n’ Wild House of Thorns #4 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)
Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #4 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #4 Color Icon Eyeshadow (2018)

House of Thorns #4

House of Thorns #4 is a soft black with warm undertones and a matte finish. The swatch might look like I reversed it on readers as a hidden test, but the dry version was actually much, much more pigmented than when I tried to use it wet. The texture was very dry, but it had enough give that it did yield good pigmentation applied dry and blended somewhat along the edges. When I used it with a wet brush, though, it seemed to instantly harden the surface of the pan and did not want to transfer or spread out over my skin at all. This shade wore well for five hours before starting to fade on my skin.

Ciate Beauty (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Icon Disco Eyes #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Sephora Black Lace (304) (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Milani Black Tie Affair (PiP, $5.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Chanel Affresco #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).NARS Fauna (DC, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar).Viseart Tuileries (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Stila Essence (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild The Night’s Quad #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).LORAC Black #7 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “powerfully pigmented” with a “butter-soft” texture that “glides on like a dream.” The majority of the eyeshadows are on the drier side, sometimes feeling loosely pressed and other times more chalk-like and truly dry to the point where a primer became a must for getting good adhesion and wear out of the formula. Most of the matte shades were quite pigmented, and I found they actually applied better to bare skin than some of the shimmers, which often appeared faded and muted in practice compared to how they appeared in the pan. The pigmentation varied from decent to mostly opaque depending on the shade, and the wear was typically between five and seven hours on me.

I did not keep most of the previously-released trios and palettes from the brand as mine, but when I compared 2018’s formula to the prior one (and mine are likely five or more years old), the previous formula was far better for their shimmers–slightly more slip, creamier in feel, and typically more pigmented and true-to-color on the lid. I think the mattes, overall, are improved as they are more blendable and pigmented on the lid.

Ingredients

Talc, Silica, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, o-Cymen-5-ol, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Water/Eau, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Mica, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine/CI 75470, Black 2/CI 77266, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide/CI 77510].