E.L.F. Devious Dramatic Eyes Evil Queen Palette Review & Swatches

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?


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  • 10/23/12 18:04 Tammie:

    lol, cheek pencil??? Who even thought of that.


  • 10/23/12 18:14 Liza Chung:

    I disagree
    I loved the lip pencil and found it surprisingly creamy
    I put it on before heading to a concert and it lasted all night
    The shadows aren’t great but what do you expect for $10? This is more of a collector piece as you mentioned


    • 10/23/12 18:42 the Muse:

      i guess I got a fluke, the pencils are really HARD so def can’t use on my face or my mouth for that matter :(


      • 10/24/12 6:40 Tiffany Martin:

        I’ve noticed that sometimes with ELF even in the same product that quality can vary. Sometimes I have to throw out repurchases due to that issue, so maybe you did get a flukey product >:


        • 10/24/12 10:37 the Muse:

          that’s very true, the quality is inconsistent.


  • 10/23/12 19:20 amy:

    I agree about the primer. After hearing & reading all the hype about it, I took a chance and tried it. I didn’t go out of my way to find it, either (not all Target stores near me carry the brand), and it was only a dollar, so it was no big loss. Although I never hahve issues with creasing or major fading (so I can’t comment about those issues), I do like my shadows to be intense; this does nothing in that regard.

    As for the pencils, I’ve bought palettes in the past, and they’ve all been decent. I don’t use them on the lashline, though, but they work for doing a cut crease, or as lip liners. As you stated above, it could have been a fluke.

    That said, as much as I want to buy this (big Disney fan), I just can’t justify even $10 for a mediocre palette. There are so many other products out there calling my name. By the way, maybe it’s just the lighting, or you’ve got mad skills, but the eye look you did actually looks quite good, considering the lack of quality in the product!


  • 10/23/12 20:17 Nat:

    Muse, it’s like your lids were made for makeup. I wish mine were wider; my eyes are too narrow and don’t show off shadow the way yours do. :(


    • 10/24/12 10:48 the Muse:

      ha not really but thanks nat ;-D


    • 10/24/12 12:21 Tiffany Martin:

      I agree with you, Nat. I think she has great eyes for makeup ^_^


      • 10/24/12 12:28 the Muse:

        thanks guys! ;-D you’re awesome…!


  • 10/23/12 20:24 Jeri:

    u look great in purple


    • 10/24/12 10:45 the Muse:

      aw thanks jeri!


  • 10/23/12 20:57 Eli Caroline:

    Purple looks really great on you.

    I had been debating if I should get this palette or not. I do like the colors/texture of the Cruella shadows.

    Thanks for swatching these. They do look a bit chalky.
    I think I’ll skip this one.


    • 10/24/12 10:50 the Muse:

      thanks eli :) <3! if you’re going to get one go with cruella, the naturals are considerably nicer than this palette :-/


  • 10/24/12 8:21 Sarah S.:

    I haven’t hunted these down because the reviews have been so meh, but I must say you look really pretty in these photos, anyway! Sometimes the photos make a not-good product look better!


    • 10/24/12 9:09 the Muse:

      aw thanks sarah!


  • 10/24/12 14:44 Majick:

    Not so good review and yet you look SMASHING!


    • 10/24/12 14:56 the Muse:

      you’re TOO kind my dear! felt the look came out very messy :( but thank YOU!


  • 10/24/12 15:49 OrangeLipstickBlog:

    LOVE the purple eyeshadow on you!!!

    These lip/cheek pencils make me laugh because I can just see someone who is new to makeup getting this and drawing red cat whiskers on their face. (And then finding them to impossible to blend out!) Poor, poor folks!


    • 10/25/12 16:45 the Muse:

      aw thanks girl! LOL exactly exactly! my god seriously!? someone mentioned in comments the pencil was very creamy but sadly mine were HARD!


  • 10/24/12 17:22 Miss D:

    Wow, how is it possible that even with a super chalky palette to work with your photos still come out beautiful? You look great, Muse and I luv the eyeshadow color on you. :)


    • 10/25/12 9:31 the Muse:

      aw jeez miss d thank YOU!


  • 10/27/12 8:46 Sarah:

    I got this and the night villain instructions reference Maleficent’s colors, not the evil queen. I bought it to go along with an evil queen costume. I haven’t tried it yet.


  • 10/27/12 16:13 Ruthless:

    The price tag is probably higher due to liscensing fees from Disney


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