A little while after I posted my tints and jellies comparisons back in March, a representative from Wet Paint got in touch with me about their line of jellies. Not too long after that, they sent a generous sampling of their jellies to play with. In all, I got eight colors to try: I Am Aquagirl, Waterfalling for You, Go Fly a Malachite, Raincoat Slicker, Jelly Rancher Red, Voice of Raisin, Inky Nights, and Jazzberry Jam. (Note that Wet Paint recently redid their naming; these colors were formerly known as Angel, Wicked, Anguish, Willful, Wild, Kudos, Loco, and Lust.) It's hard to tell some of them apart in the bottle in indirect light, but I assure you that's not the case on the nail, as you'll see soon.
I chose Voice of Raisin for my first full hand swatch. This plum-colored beauty is a proper jelly. Three coats gave me good coverage and excellent squishy-ness. I did not use topcoat; it was this shiny all by itself.
I paired up Jazzberry Jam, a deep purple, with an accent of Inky Nights, a deep blue. These look very similar in the bottle until you tip them to the side.
I used only two coats of Jazzberry Jam; it's quite pigmented. I used three of Inky Nights. I'd call these both vampy jellies; they're dark, but not so much that they look black in normal room light.
I used the three blues and greens together: Waterfalling for You is a true blue, I Am Aquagirl is a teal, and Go Fly a Malachite is a yellow-leaning green. I swatched each color at three coats, no topcoat; they are all squishy and shiny. On my index finger, I did a gradient with all three (brushing right from the bottles, no sponge involved) and topped that with I Am Aquagirl all over to smooth out my transitions.
Another angle on my odd gradient:
Having seen how nicely these layered with each other in the gradient, I was anxious to try more combinations. I laid down a metallic silver base (Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine Toast) first then added some Wet Paint. Silver plus, left to right: two coats of Waterfalling for You, two coats of Waterfalling plus one coat of Raincoat Slicker (a yellow jelly), two coats of Waterfalling plus two of Raincoat, one coat of Waterfalling plus two of Raincoat. It's just like they taught us in art class: blue and yellow make green, all sorts of greens. The formula on the Wet Paint colors is thin enough that even the nail that had five coats (silver plus four jelly) didn't look goopy or thick, yet it's not at all runny. I was impressed.
My next layering experiment involved Jelly Rancher Red, which as you might expect is red, and the aforementioned yellow Raincoat Slicker, again over a silver metallic base. Left to right over silver: two coats of Jelly Rancher, two coats of Jelly Rancher plus one Raincoat, two of Jelly Rancher plus two of Raincoat, one of Jelly Rancher plus two of Raincoat. It's one of the easiest and smoothest ombre manis I've ever done.
I loved the glow of these with the silver behind them; that effect only got better in low light:
Before I set the warm colors aside, I did a couple of quick comparisons. Raincoat Slicker of course brought to mind OPI I'm Never Amberassed from the Sheer Tints line. Top to bottom, two coats each: Wet Paint, OPI, Wet Paint, OPI. The Wet Paint is more pigmented and applied easier (surely OPI could have managed to make their tints less goopy).
Wet Paint Jelly Rancher Red reminded me of L'Oreal Jolly Lolly. Two coats each below: Wet Paint, L'Oreal, Wet Paint, L'Oreal. The L'Oreal red is definitely more pink leaning than the Wet Paint. The formulas were similar.
I did some jelly sandwiches, too, but I'm going to save those for a Part II, as I've already taken up plenty of your attention today.
You can see the whole line of jellies (19 in all!) on the Wet Paint website and buy them there for $8 per 15 ml bottle. They also have creme, shimmer, and metallic base colors for $6 a bottle as well as shimmer and glitter toppers for $8. In the Featured Collections section of the shop, they have some trios of three colors for $15 total; the Fall Collection has a purpley base, the Voice of Raisin jelly, and a pearly topper. Of course there's a Wet Paint Facebook page, where you can see plenty of swatches and nail art.
I'd never tried this brand before; I was quite favorably impressed with the formula and pigmentation of these jellies, and now I'm curious about their other polishes.
The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider, and I get to keep the polishes for my own use.