Maybelline Wet Shine Nail Color in Juicy Tomato

Throwback Thursday! Maybelline — Juicy Tomato (Wet Shine Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Brand: Maybelline

Back in the early 2000s, and possibly the late 90s, as well, Maybelline nail polishes came in these cute, squat little bottles. No matter what line it was (Express Finish, Wet Shine, Wet Shine Diamonds, and so on), this was the bottle. The exception was, if I recall correctly, Colorama polishes, which came in teeny and hilarious looking bottles with little dunce caps. And you know what? Maybelline nail polishes totally rocked back then. They were some of the best nail polishes in the drugstore, for my money. Apart from Express Finish—those were kind of crap, albeit with some awesome colors.

One of these days, I’m going to have to round up all my retro Maybellines and take some pics. (If you have any of these oldies, I’d love to know which ones!) But for now, here’s a swatch of my favorite Maybelline, and one of my favorite polishes of all time.

That’s Maybelline Wet Shine Wet Look Nail Color in Juicy Tomato (130)! It is a redder version of the color of traffic pylons. It’s crazy bright but not neon. It’s the most orange a red can be without actually being orange. It’s got a phenomenal formula that is still smooth as a baby’s butt after 12+ years. You can use it as a one-coat wonder if you like a perfectly even, nearly-opaque jelly look. You can use two to get a plusher, jellier look.

I used one coat in my swatch. Slap on a glossy top coat and you’re set for summer! I especially like this one for a pedi, since I find it a little distracting on my fingernails. I am, unfortunately, pretty easily distracted.

Maybelline Wet Shine Nail Color in Juicy Tomato, swatch

The brush is a little funky: the bristles are quite long! But it’s still pretty easy to handle.

Nowadays, Maybelline nail polishes kinda suck by comparison. What happened?! I’d like to blame L’Oréal, who bought Maybelline in 1996, but L’Oréal’s polishes are not that bad.

Also, I’m no chemist, but this polish was probably manufactured before everyone started going 3-Free, and yet, I don’t see toluene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl phthalate on the ingredient list. Someone well-versed in chemistry will have to confirm that those ingredients aren’t hidden beneath some other name, but isn’t that interesting? (Click the pic for a larger version with a more readable label!) There is acetone in it, though! So much for not adding nail polish remover to your polish?

Maybelline Wet Shine Nail Color in Juicy Tomato, ingredients

Maybelline Wet Shine Wet Look Nail Color was sold in the early 2000s (and possibly earlier), but has long since been discontinued. It was 0.5 fl oz / 14.7 mL and drugstore-priced.

Maybelline’s parent company, L’Oréal, now claims that, with a caveat, they no longer test on animals:

L’Oréal no longer tests on animals any of its products or any of its ingredients, anywhere in the world. Nor does L’Oréal delegate this task to others. An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.

They also have a comment regarding testing required in China.

Maybelline was started in 1915 by a teenage boy named Tom Lyle Williams. He named the company after his sister Mabel, who inspired him to create a mascara-like product. The company has been owned by L’Oréal since 1996, and is based in New York, NY, USA.


21 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Maybelline — Juicy Tomato (Wet Shine Nail Color) Swatch & Review

  1. Oh my gawd! They just don’t make them like they used to huh. This shade is magnificent!
    I have only 2 Maybelline retro nail polishes:
    Salon Finish in Nude Beach
    Ultimate Wear Taupe to Coral – a duochrome!
    I haven’t opened either of them in years.
    Yeah the new ColorShows aren’t as good.

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  2. Wow, this color is seriously a throwback, I use to collect these the wet shine nail colors. It became out of control, I probably could have built myself a home out of them lol.

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  3. Oh my gosh, I remember that line! I had a really unfortunate sort of shimmery browny-mauve shade in that bottle – it was as ugly as it sounds, unfortunately!


  4. So impressive that it’s formula is still smooth to this day! I have a couple old NYC polishes from the 90’s and they are still creamy too! Then I also have OPI polishes that don’t even last me a year. Lol They turn rock solid and not even thinner can save them. 😮

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  5. Yeah I don’t know what it is but it has happened to every single OPI polish I have ever owned. Maybe it is due to the climate where I live or something, who knows. haha


  6. OH MY GOD! You have no idea how much I love these old school nail polish posts! Major throwback!!! Very interesting that this doesn’t seem to have the nasty trio as this was well before everyone started going 3 free!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  7. I had this polish and it was my absolute favorite! Only color I’ve found that comes anywhere close is Opi Tazmanian Devil Made Me Do It. 😦

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    • Haha, that’s awesome! 🙂 I had that OPI as well, and the color is similar, but the opacity isn’t, if you know what I mean? Juicy Tomato is more jellyish 🙂 I suppose diluting the OPI with some clear polish could get you partway there… 😀 Thanks so much for sharing!


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