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ABH Month – Modern Renaissance VS Wet n Wild Rose In The Air

Hey Lovelies

It’s the second Monday of February and this means another Anastasia Beverly Hills blog post. As you can tell by the title, today’s post will be a comparison post. I know these types of posts are quite popular because there are so many of us who look out for really great and affordable dupes for some high-end products. I don’t know if it’s just me but I can’t always justify spending a ridiculous amount of money on some products when there are great alternatives out there.

I’ve done a comparison post on the ABH Modern Rennaissance palette against the Bad Habit Royals palette, which was well-received as it has the most views on my blog. If you’re keen on reading how these match up then please click HERE.


There’s been so much buzz around the new Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadow palettes. They reformulated their shadows and changed the packaging and I must say, I quite like the change. I’ve reviewed one of these in the past called the “not a basic peach” palette and the mattes performed really well but the “metallic” more “shimmery” shades were a bit of a letdown.



The ABH packaging has that soft lilac mauve cover which is really pretty but still not a big fan of the velvet material. The palette comes with a good size mirror as well as a brush. It contains 14 eyeshadows varying from warm browns, pinks and oranges. It’s easy to see why it’s a cult favourite.

The Wet n Wild in comparison is a 10 pan palette that comes in a hard travel-friendly case with a transparent top. Has no mirror or brush but that’s not altogether unexpected for a drugstore palette because cheaper packaging lowers the cost. I love that they made the transition shade pans larger than the rest because many of us hit pan on those shades first. A pretty ingenious idea.


Eyeshadow shades and comparison

Is the Rose In the Air a true dupe? Let’s see how these weigh up against each other.

The shade selection is appealing with a stunning selection of warm shades for everyday looks, a few vibrant mauves and bright pinks that allows for some creative looks. Side by side, the palettes look identical. Now for my favourite part, the swatches!



Every shade in the Wet n Wild palette has a match and as you can tell by the swatches, 99% of them are straight up dupes. The bottom transition shade in the wet n wild palette had me a bit confused but after swatching it I was certain that it was a dupe for Raw Sienna even though Raw sienna is a bit more cool toned. Love letter (the pinkish shade) and the wet n wild dupe are a tad bit different when swatched but look identical on the eyes.

The four shades that were not included in the Wet n Wild one are:

  • Golden Ochre
  • Vermeer
  • Burnt orange
  • Venetian Red

In terms of formula, both palettes shadows feel soft and swatch well but the ABH palette is definitely more pigmented.  I was surprised to find that the Rose in the air mattes blended out easier than the ABH shadows but the ABH shadows do however keep their intensity much better but I guess that’s because they’re more pigmented? The ABH shimmer/metallic shades are stunning, you don’t even need a wet brush for these to show up vibrantly and more shimmery whereas with the wet n wild shimmer/metallics you definitely need a wet brush to get the desired effect.

I created a looked by using one palette on each eye and wore my makeup for close to 9 hours. I was amazed by how well the wet n wild shadows lasted, the colour was a touch fainter than the ABH side but still looked pretty darn good.


Final Thoughts

I’m pretty impressed with the Rose in the air palette and feel that it’s a great dupe for the ABH Modern Rennaissance eyeshadow palette. Wet n Wild is one of my favourite drugstore brands and I’m excited to compare some of their new releases because I see there’s a dupe for the ABH Prism palette as well as for the ABH Soft glam palette. These aren’t available in SA yet, only their US online store but I sure hope they make these available to us real soon.

So… would I recommend this R119.95 eyeshadow palette? Yes, if you don’t mind having to make the shimmers work for you. I do prefer the shimmers from their previous Color Icon palettes. I have the old comfort zone palette and those shimmers are better than some of the shadows in my high-end palettes.

Let me know if you own this palette? What are your thoughts? Do you own both and if so, do you agree with what I’ve mentioned above?

My blogger friend “Simone” over at “An Ordinary Gal” and I have decided to collaborate with today’s post. She’s also doing a comparison post between a high-end and drugstore palette. So same same but different. lol. I’m headed that way because I love the high-end palette that she’s reviewing and eager to see which drugstore brand is up against this palette.

Click HERE to check it out.



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