Wet n Wild Girls Just Wanna Have Funds Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Review+Swatches

Wet n Wild says "Oh yes, this is just what you think it is: five amazing shades in one convenient package for an unbeatable price! Each eyeshadow palette features five distinct shades that can be mixed-and-matched to create a unique look for every style. From matte to ultra-shimmer, these long-lasting, high-pigmented formulas contain a jet-milled base and silicone technology for satiny-smooth, crease-resistant wear. Enriched with macadamia oil, each shadow provides continuous moisture that improves the appearance of the delicate eye area". While there are five permanent palettes in this range (of which I've tried none), I'm reviewing a limited edition palette from the Fall 2015 Here's to the Wild Ones Collection called Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. These five pan palettes contain 6 grams of product and cost just $4. Wet n Wild is cruelty free. This little palette was made in China.

Wet n Wild's five pan Color Icon Palettes come in a flimsy black plastic palette with a clear flip top lid. Flip that lid open and you'll find five eyeshadows in an assortment of sizes, in a kinda erratic arrangement - I would've preferred a quint of equally sized pans in a more user-friendly configuration. Wet n Wild also includes a sponge tip applicator and a shitty little brush - both are pretty much useless, mine are in the trash where they belong. A label is affixed to the back of the palette, offering a full ingredient list and a diagram that offers application tips. Packaging is flimsy and non-recyclable.
I'm a big fan of Wet n Wild's Color Icon Eyeshadows, I think we all are - they're easily the best eyeshadows you can buy at the drugstore. That being said, I think there's been a bit of a decline in their overall quality in the last couple of years and there's some evidence of that in the Girls Just Wanna Have Funds palette. These eyeshadows are soft and smooth, with varying levels of pigmentation. Application is more uniform - all five eyeshadows apply and blend easily. I'm sorry to report that I've had some wear issues with this palette - these eyeshadows are prone to fading after five or six hours, with a hint of creasing. A primer improves Girls Just Wanna Have Funds' longevity, but not significantly. Maybe macadamia oil isn't the best eyeshadow ingredient?
Girls Just Wanna Have Funds has a seasonally appropriate and cohesive neutral green color scheme. This affordable palette has a great mix of light and dark shades, but I wish there was a greater variety of finishes - just one matte would've been nice. Despite the lack of mattes shades, you can create a handful of different looks with Wet n Wild's Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, ranging from a simple neutral look with a green twist, or a deep and dramatic emerald toned look.

Shade 1, labeled as the Browbone shade, is a soft, frosty white gold. This highlight shade isn't exceptionally pigmented, its like a sheerer version of Urban Decay's Bootycall, a shade exclusive to the Naked2 Palette.

Shade 2. the Base shade, is a velvety and richly pigmented spring green with a soft, shimmery finish. Quality wise, I feel like this is the best shade in Girls Just Wanna Have Funds - smooth, pigmented, and blendable, its a beautiful lid shade.

Shade 3, aka the Eyelid shade, is the crown jewel of the Girls Just Wanna Have Funds palette! This is a deep emerald green with subtle gold shimmer. This gorgeous green is a bit darker than it looks in the pan. As beautiful as this eyeshadow is, I'm not in love with the formula, which is slightly dry, but with good pigmentation.

Shade 4, this palette's "Definer", is a richly pigmented blackened green with olive glitter. This eyeshadow is soft and blendable, but there's a bit of shimmery fallout involved. If you already have Wet n Wild's Comfort Zone Palette, this shade will look familiar. its nearly identical to the blackened olive shade, but a bit darker and less green.

Shade 5, the Crease shade, is this palette's dud. This is a neutral, medium brown with a satin finish. Thiss shadow is on the sheerer side (that's two layers above), and its dry and stiff in the pan, making application a bit problematic.
I like Wet n Wild's Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. There's nothing like a good green eyeshadow, and there are several in this quint! Four of the five shades are pretty damn good, and even the lesser quality shadow is still workable. I feel like Wet n Wild has made better shadows in the past, and I'd love to see them bring back the old Color Icon formula, but this formula will do - its better than most eyeshadows in this price range. If you can still find the Girls Just Wanna Have Funds palette, it's worth picking up. I'm glad I have it, and I'll definitely reach for it often - how could I ever forget about that perfect emerald green?

Talc, Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Stearate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Polybutene, Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Blue 1 Lake/CI 42090, Iron Oxides/CI 77492, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Mica, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007, Yellow 5 Lake/CI 19140]

This product was gifted to me.