Have you ever come across a product shrouded in hype, yet was totally underwhelming in store? That was my experience with Wet n Wild‘s Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana. One way or another we have all heard of this, we have all seen this hundreds of times at the pharmacy, yet I was not convinced to buy it until I had Walgreens coupon. I know, it’s cheap enough as it is, and worth every penny!
Whether it’s YouTube, MakeupAlley or Reddit, this “bronzer” that is actually a highlighter is all over the place with raving reviews. Naturally I wanted to try it, but every time I picked it up in store it just looked bland, boring, unexceptional. I probably picked it up and put it back five times before making up my mind.
Don’t mind the loose powder.
I mean, look at it! It looks more like a finishing powder than a highlighter. No matter how many reviews and swatches I looked at I could not believe it until I bought it for myself. Even up close I can’t see any shimmer or highlighter properties hence I was still skeptical after getting under the lid.
The packaging is plain and simple. It contains a whopping 13g of product, SPF 15, and an expiration date. (I don’t always follow those expiration dates…but I will with this.) Normally I use a fan brush for highlighter, but for this I use a brush that is stiffer as I find the powder packed in tightly. If that makes sense.
I did a heavy swatch for this and in retrospect a lighter swatch would have done. It has a light shimmer effect which is somewhat visible above. The keyword for this highlighter: subtle. This is a perfect everyday highlighter that gives you just enough glow but not a diva-like shimmer. Ok, I am a fan of the diva shimmer but for those days when I feel down-to-earth, this is what I use. It can be built up, but I have other products for that.
It is a great highlighter for every day of the year, every occasion, and probably suits every skin tone. For $3.99, how could you not buy it? Worth. The. Hype.
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