I can’t get the stupid Cruella song out of my head every since word popped on E.L.F.’s new Villain Eye Palette Collection. I sing it in the shower, I hum it at work, God what an ear worm to have.
As you know E.L.F. released three Disney Villain inspired Eyeshadow Palettes for Halloween 2012. The palettes are $9.99 each and available exclusively at Walgreens (in most cases they can be found in the Halloween section of the store).
The palettes are made from a sturdy cardboard and feature essentials for creating a Villain themed eye look.
I got my hands on Cruella’s Eyeshadow Palette recently.
Here are my thoughts.
E.L.F. did a fairly good job with the packaging of these palettes. Visually speaking this is what will sell the palette to many beauty junkies. There’s some very nice art work of Cruella smiling all
pretty evil-like on the cover and inside E.L.F. included a rather wicked how to chart featuring instructions for creating two separate eye looks. There’s also a small mirror on the inside flap.
The palettes are made from a sturdy cardboard however, they aren’t very travel friendly and may get crushed, show signs of wear, etc..if you decide to travel with them.
Cruella’s Palette features eight eyeshadows, lashes, lash glue, liquid eyeliner, and two lip and cheek pencils. You can create two looks using the shadows which are called Day Evil and Night Villain. Obviously, you can also mix and match any of the shades to create other looks as well.
I’m not a false lash girl so I don’t really have a review prepared for the falsies included. I was impressed with the shadows as they have fairly nice pigmentation and an easy to blend formula. The lighter shades are a bit sheer (top quad) but the bottom shades have very good color pay off. The palette/makeup does have a strange scent, kinda plastic-y? If you’re sensitive you might want to sniff it prior to purchasing. I find most E.L.F. makeup has this scent so it isn’t unusual to this palette.
As I said the eyeshadows are fairly decent and on par with some of E.L.F.’s larger eyeshadow palettes. They have a nice color pay off with a velvety feel. Most of the shades contain shimmer and two mattes for using to color wash or line with. You do need to prep well as I find E.L.F. Eyeshadow fades and creases as the day progresses. Good primer (not the one included) will keep them looking their best.
The things I didn’t like about the palette were the primer, liquid liner, and lip and cheek pencils. I’ve tried E.L.F. Eyeshadow Primer in the past and don’t feel like it does much for holding my shadow in place. Within three to four hours of wear my shadow begins to crease so including this mini primer in the palette is a waste as I won’t use it. The Lip & Cheek Pencils are rubbish. There’s no nicer way to put it. They are hard and have an old feel. Using these on your cheeks E.L.F.? Seriously? I think not never mind the fact they tug horribly on lips. And finally the liquid liner I was not comfortable using since it looked oily and separated in the tube.
So in the end I love the idea of the palette. Disney Villains don’t get enough cover time and I love E.L.F. for creating a fun collection around some of them. This is a key selling point for the palette and for collectors.
The makeup leaves a lot to be desired. The shadows are of fair quality but the rest just wasn’t great in my opinion. Plus I think $10 might be a little expensive as most of the products are mini with merely eight eyeshadows. By E.L.F.’s current price range, $10 for this little amount of product, is actually expensive….! You can get a massive palette featuring a ton of shadows for $8-$10 from the brand yes?