The E.L.F. Devious Dramatic Eyes Palette ($9.99) is inspired by Disney’s Evil Queen from Snow White. This is one of three palettes available exclusively at Walgreens that recently launched for a limited time for Halloween 2012.
I recently tried out and reviewed the Cruella Palette for you and decided today I’d give the Evil Queen a whirl. She always had a rather killer smoky purple eye look going didn’t she?
Let’s take a look!
The palette features eight E.L.F. Eyeshadows, faux lashes and glue, and mini eye primer, liner, and lip & cheek pencils. Like Cruella I believe the value of the palette is the cover art and design. If you’re a Disney fan you’ll sure want to pick it up or just a general collector of interesting makeup pieces.
The palette is made of a sturdy cardboard featuring the Evil Queen on the cover and inside on a fold out face chart. I wouldn’t say that the palette is incredibly well made but it does have some collector’s value to it.
If you’re judging it by the makeup alone I do think you’ll be disappointed. For the amount of product inside, by E.L.F.’s typical pricing, this is actually quite expensive. You can get considerably bigger palettes for less than $10 from the brand and this contains merely eight shades of shadow and some extras…I’m judging it by E.L.F.’s normal pricing so I think you can agree this isn’t a lot of product for the price.
On that note the quality is also lacking which makes the $10 seem even more pricey…
I found some redeeming qualities in Cruella’s Eyeshadow selection however, the Evil Queen’s shadows fall victim to being a tad too chalky, powdery, and a bit on the sheer side. They build well enough but they prove very difficult to contrast with as the shades meld together or dust away as you blend. Sponge applicators are helpful to build color up but I find the fact they fade so easily when blending which is very irritating. Applying eyeshadow shouldn’t be this challenging.
I’ve never been a fond fan of E.L.F.’s Eyeshadow Primer unfortunately so this is not a great aid to use with the shadows. Using it in conjunction with the shadows does not extend their wear nor does it keep them from creasing and gradually fading away altogether.
I mentioned it before and I’ll say it again in this review..I find the Cheek & Lip Pencils a joke. These are dense pencils that are not creamy in the least. They are difficult to apply on lips never mind scratching them across your cheeks to use as a blush. The formula is dry, hard, and will prove unblendable on skin. As for the liquid liner, it appears separated and a bit oily in the container so I was not comfortable trying it on my eyes.
There is a face chart inside for creating a Day and Night look. I think it is one of the nicer parts of the palettes as it includes detailed instructions for getting the look and features the Evil Queen’s face on a very nice lithograph style print.
Overall, so far, this Disney Palettes are proving poor quality in terms of the makeup however, I do believe they have some collector’s value to them if you’re a fan of Disney or just obscure, unique makeup pieces. However, if you’re headed into the purchase because you like E.L.F. or want a palette that will recreate the Evil Queen’s look, well, I’d go with something else from the brand or check your own stash for shades of purple you can use in a look as the quality isn’t really here.
Very cute design but the makeup is just poor, poor, poor…!
Own any of the E.L.F. Disney Villain Palettes?
How have you fared with them?