Sunday, September 23, 2012

E.L.F. Disney Villain Palettes Swatch and Review!

Ok, I know you guys are fanned out across the country right now hunting down these limited edition  palettes from E.L.F featuring 3 deliciously evil villains: Cruella Deville, The Evil Queen and my all time favorite, Maleficent.  The first part of this will be photo/swatch heavy and at the end I will give you my thoughts about these palettes.  To get this up in a timely fashion I had to forgo individual color swatches.  All swatches done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

*Click images to see enlarged photos

Cruella Deville



Day Look



 
Left to right: Lip/Cheek, Puppy Love, Coat of Dreams, Cruelty, Sewage

Night Look



Left to right: Lip/Cheek,  Spelled, Maniac, Little Beasts, Extinction



Evil Queen



Day Look



Left to right: Lip/Cheek,  One Bite, Vanity, Narcissistic, Potion

Night Look



Left to right:  Lip/Cheek,  Fairest of the Land, Majesty, Peddler's Cloak, Poison Apple


Maleficent



Day Look



Left to right:  Lip/Cheek,  Spindle, Sceptre, Fog of Doom, Fauna

Night Look



Left to right:  Lip/Cheek,  Misfortune, Forest of Thorns, Deep Sleep, Diablo

Liners


 Two of the kits come with the black and Maleficent comes with the glitter liner.

Thoughts and Review

First off, are these worth the hell and agony many of you are going through to find these?  As collector pieces or for badass novelty factor...yes, probably you would feel this was worth the struggle.  The artwork on the covers is luminous and the detail on the face charts is really quite stunning.  The palettes are beautiful in that regard.  Quality wise?  50/50  Let me show you why.  On their own over bare skin these shadows are really not that special.  Over the included E.L.F Eye Primer, again, not that great.  I did these over Too Faced Shadow Insurance and a few colors did well, Misfortune, Spindle, Extinction. But not enough to make this palette lust worthy in my eyes.  However, E.L.F shadows do something amazing if you apply them over a sticky base.  Take a look.

Potion over Too Faced Shadow Insurance


Potion over Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Shadow in Thermal


Fauna over Too Faced Shadow Insurance


Fauna over Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Shadow in Thermal


See?   E.L.F shadows become pretty damn near fantastic when applied over a nice sticky base like a creme shadow or NYX Jumbo Eye pencil.  If you are willing to put some time into your application then yes, these are very, very worth it.  *Update I was asked in commets which was my favorite.  For overall quality it is Cruella.  It has the best pigmentation and is a very functional neutral palette.  Next would be Maleficent and lastly Evil Queen. I was diapoointed in the lack of pigmentation in the Queen palette.  You can combat poor pigmentation with a sticky base

I was surprised my favorite item of all the kits were the lip/cheek pencils.  They were creamy and spreadable, not dry as I expected.  I would not use these on my cheeks personally, but I would use them all on my lips.  Definitely more then just a lip liner.

I don't use false lashes myself (lack of skill) but each set comes with a slightly different lash style.  You will need to trim these, but other then that, they look fun.

Quite a few of the shadows are powdery, again, not so much over a base. Fog of Doom and Majesty were particularly disappointing.  On their own I don't get much fading, but I don't have much pigmentation to begin with.  Over a sticky base (I really recommend Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Shadows) most of these are superstars; pigmented, fade and crease resistant.

All in all, I am glad I got the palettes.  I am not sure how much I will use them, since I have dupes of nearly each color that aren't so tough to work with, but for sheer cool factor, they are worth it.

Where to buy: Walgreens Only
Price: $10.00

Tools to help you find Disney Villain Palettes

Nouveau Cheap Interactive Villain Guide

E.L.F. Walgreens Palette Locator

12 comments:

  1. I'm glad I didn't go out of my way to find these. Seems I have all those colors in other palettes I have. Althougg they are a good concept, I would rather not spend the money when I don't need to. Thanks for your review.

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  2. I am checking out the Whip Hand eye creme. That good, eh? Hmmmm

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    1. It's like Fyrinnae Pixy Epoxy and a MAC Paint Pot rolled into one. I really love them. I think I have four now. Thermal is white in the pan, but goes on fairly transparent and leaves a subtle wash of gold shimmer. You can layer anything on it!

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    2. Because of this review [and comment], I just ordered Thermal! Thanks for sharing, Crystal! Oh and I'm probably going to try and hunt down one or two of these E.L.F. Disney Villain Palettes at a local Walgreens. Fingers crossed I find some.

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  3. These all look so pretty and well pigmented

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    1. I should say well pigmented over the primer

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  4. Those are cute--I love the concept and the packaging, but I have so many eyeshadows that I'm not keen on trying to make these palettes really shine. Thanks for the really thorough review and swatches!

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  5. Nice review! I'll definitely be on the lookout for these. Do you have a favorite one?

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    1. Over all I think Cruella has the best quality and if you like neutrals it's a solid choice. After that probably Maleficent, but only when used with a sticky base. I wasn't crazy about Evil Queen. It disappointed me most, since the colors are so rich in the palette and so not rich when worn...unless again you use a sticky base.

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  6. These look super fun!! Great review :)

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  7. I love mine mostly for the collector factor and Cruella was my favorite as well. I had to ask about them though they only had the nail collection out. Thanks for all your awesome posting :)

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