Review: Wet-n-Wild CoverAll Collection

A reader asked me to review the Wet-n-Wild face products I hauled in January, and I have tested these wonderful little tubes and pots of goodness for months. There really isn’t a product I don’t adore at least a little bit (though one I still haven’t figured out how to use…) and so without too much preamble, find to follow my thoughts on the Wet-n-Wild Cover All collection, and the new(ish) setting spray.


Primer: Excellent. A lotion-like consistency and face-feel, though as it sets it gets a bit velvety and tacky like a serious silicone primer. I think it smooths out my imperfections and helps keep me a bit more matte. I also think it makes a nice base on which foundation can stick. Repurchase? YES!

Color Correcting Palette: I don’t know how to use this. I picked it up after digging so hard on the other CoverAll products and because color-correcting is all over Sephora for waaaaay more than the $4.99 I paid for this little disk. It is very thick and very creamy and I get the whole green on red cancels out the color…purple on yellow cancels out the color…etc. But I feel like I put this stuff on my face and blend it out to nothing and then I’m right back where I started only sticky. Repurchase? Probably not.


Cream Foundation: Excellent. This has become my second favorite drugstore foundation. It is inexpensive, sits so nicely on my skin, wears well throughout the day, is a good color match, doesn’t oxidize, and helps keep my face a little more matte. It is comfortable to wear and it doesn’t break me out. Repurchase? Most definitely.

Pressed Powder: Very soft, but very dry and delicate, so putting a brush in this compact kicks up a lot of product. But it sets the cream foundation very nicely and adds just a little more coverage. Repurchase? Maybe, but there are so many other pressed powders I want to try, and I don’t really dig the packaging on this.

Setting Spray: I like this some days and I like it not-so-much other days. When it works, it works well and smooths out any powdery look my products have produced while sort of suction-cupping my makeup to my face for all day (slightly dewy) wear. It feels like hairspray for my face. But when it doesn’t work it comes out of the spray nozzle in huge, uncomfortable drops of tackiness, smears my mascara all over my face, and muddies up my look…and I haven’t been able to find a rhyme or reason for why some days it does wonderful things and some days it underperforms. Repurchase? Maybe. But like the pressed powder, there are other setting sprays and fixing mists I want to try. This one is small and cute and inexpensive though, so I won’t rule it out.

Have I missed any Wet-n-Wild Cover All products? Any other face staples I should rush out and find? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

More soon,


Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.


Girl Doesn’t Have an Expensive Face

These are the products I’ve been using on an everyday basis, with slight variations to lip color or mascara. I’ve included only products I’ve purchased myself, excluding anything I’ve gotten from a subscription service to provide an accurate idea of the “cost” of my face.


Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control $16.00 at Sephora.

Foundation: L’Oréal Infaillible Pro-Matte Foundation (In 101 Classic Ivory & 102 Shell Beige) $11.99 at Target.

Eye Shadow: It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Palette $42.00 at Ulta.

Mascara: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara $6.99 at Ulta. 

Lip Treatment: Smith’s Rosebud Salve $6.00 at Sephora.

Lip Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss (in Créme Brûlée) $4.99 at Ulta.

Lip Cream: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (In Zurich) $5.99 at Ulta.

Total across three stores (not including taxes!): $105.95



So, from Sephora and Target I bought primer and foundation and lip salve at full price because I’d convinced myself I needed those things exactly at that moment and couldn’t wait for deals or coupons. When I repurchase the foundation I will wait until Ulta has L’Oréal at 40% off, or at least buy-one-get-one at 50 % off.

Everything I purchased from Ulta was discounted first by deals and then by coupons because Ulta always has a $3.50 off $10.00 or 20% off one item coupon running. The eyeshadow palette was on super-deal one day only for 50% off and I snatched it off their website. I had to pay shipping but. worth. it. The lip products and the mascara were all purchased during 40% off “brand” sales which Ulta does periodically with the drugstore brands they carry.

Primer: $16.00

Foundation: $23.98

Eye Shadow: $26.95

Mascara: $4.19

Lip Treatment: $6.00

Lip Gloss: 2.99

Lip Cream: $3.59

Total (not including taxes or coupons!): $83.70

Taking into account that mascara should only live to be 3 months old (but who actually throws out half a tube of perfectly useable mascara?) and that primer is a half size but that the eye shadow and lip products have much longer lasting power… if these potions and tinctures lasted me an average of sixth months and I wore them seven days a week, my face costs about $0.46 a day.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer $5.99 at Ulta.


The short of it: Nothing to write home about, but decent enough for the price point.


The long of it: This primer is really thick. Like, REALLY thick. It feels tacky and doesn’t smooth over the skin in any way the could be considered luxurious. It reminds me of paste, white and scentless, but it doesn’t feel heavy or drying on my skin. It only keeps my very oily face matte for about five hours under foundation.


I could be looking for reasons to critique this primer, but it seems to make my liquid foundations look powdery. It also seems to (occasionally?) make my foundation bunch up around my nose and breakdown quicker than usual. I write “(occasionally?)” because despite applying the same products with the same tools, this primer didn’t seem to wear consistently. Some days it just seemed to wear better than others. I don’t know why.

And though the tube claims use for over and under makeup, this is NOT something I would cake on top of my foundation. It is way too thick and way too tacky to do anything pleasant to the finish of a tinted product.

But it preforms better on bare skin, moderately blurring out the tone and texture of my post-acne complexion. I think if you’re a serious oil-slick like me, this primer might be worth testing as it is under 6 dollars and nearly every place you can find it has a reasonable return policy. But if you’re looking for a primer to do some long-wear, heavy-duty mattifing, this product isn’t likely to wow you.


Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Product purchased by Girl.