Growing up, Sleeping Beauty was always my favorite Disney movie. The backgrounds are hand painted gorgeousness, it has a magical medieval flavor, and the music is is, well, Tchaikovsky. That tune that’s playing as Aurora walks up the tower staircase to her needly doom? Killer. And then there’s Maleficent, one of my favorite villains, period. I love her power and elegance, her minions and raven, devil horns and green flames. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on ELF’s new Maleficent look book this weekend when I saw it pop up at a nearby Walgreens (they also have versions for Ursula, Cruella De Vil, and Snow White’s Evil Queen – all good options!). I’ve been trying out some of the products and have photos to share with you.
The outer packaging for these Disney products by ELF is really nice (though disposable) and features watercolor paintings as well as instructions for a couple of looks using the products that re included. You get a handful of nice products, some of which are minis and others which are full size. I think that in general ELF products tend to be pretty impressive, especially considering their super accessible price point.
Let’s take a look inside:
In the kit you receive an eye primer, eye shadow compact, lip gloss, pencil eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, mascara, and eye shadow brush. It’s a lot for $9.99, I think! The eye shadow compact, liquid eyeliner, mascara, and shadow brush are all full size, while the lip gloss, primer, and eye pencil are minis.
I’ll get value out of all of these products. Here are some brief notes on each one:
Eye primer: While you can see in the swatch that it is a light, peachy flesh tone, it blends out very easily and I’m not sure it really retains any impact on the color of the primed surface once it’s been fully blended into skin. I like the texture of the primer, as it feels even more smooth and lightweight than Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. The amazing thing about this product is that the full size version is only $1. And it works great!
Eye shadow: I think that the quality of these is really nice, as they’re soft and easy to blend. The peach, light gray, darker gray, and greenish shades are all lightly shimmery, while the brown and black shades have more of a satin finish. Each of the Villain look books come with different eye shadow shades, and I think that these Sleeping Beauty-themed colors are very lovely. Luckily, my preferences for both villain and color options came together in one look book that I really enjoy.
Lip gloss: This shade is really pretty! Like the eye shadow compact, each of the look books come with a different lip gloss shade. I’d tend to think that the eye shadow colors would most likely dictate which look book one would choose to purchase, but I’m also really happy to get this color of lip gloss. It doesn’t have a scent, but it does have a lightly sweet flavor.
Pencil eyeliner: Nothing stellar, but good. It goes on easily, is blendable, and I didn’t experience any smudging or transferring throughout the day. It’s small, so it’d be nice to travel with. You can see in the swatch that it’s pretty dark, and I’d say it definitely has better pigmentation than Wet n Wild’s basic eye pencil, which would be a comparably priced option if purchased individually.
Liquid eyeliner: When I first opened this, I was a little concerned about the brush as it looked like the bristles didn’t stick together perfectly at the tip. But truthfully, I actually really like it. I don’t have any issues with stray hairs causing trouble, and I could get a very smooth, thin line with no trouble (and I’m no whiz with liquid eyeliner!). Again, no issues with smudging or transferring over the course of a day.
Eye shadow brush: Definitely a winner for me. I already own a handful of ELF brushes, and I think they’re great. When I opened my look book, the brush was pushed up against the plastic and was a little bent from being packaged that way, but the first thing I did when I brought it out of the box was thoroughly clean it, and it’s shape was restored perfectly. No hair shedding occurred during it’s bath. I’ve used it several times since purchasing and it’s a great one to have in the collection.
Mascara: I’ll have to get back to you about this one. I don’t have any experience with ELF mascaras, and truth be told I already have too many mascaras to justify opening a new one at this moment. I have 4 mascaras open right now and 2 more ready to go, but I’ll definitely let you know when I break into this one!
Next up: Trying them on!
Here are a few photos of me wearing some of the products. In the photos below I’m wearing a few of the eye shadows in a daytime-friendly look.
This was a simple eye look to create. I put the lighter gray all over my lid, and then blended the greenish color on the outer 1/3 and blended up into the crease. I used the black shadow on my lash line and the peach shadow on my brow bone. The green shadow is my favorite one in the compact, I think. It’s really very pretty and blends effortlessly. The pigmentation is impressive, too, and it’s much deeper than I anticipated.
In case you’re curious, in the above photos I’m also wearing: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (review here), L’Oreal True Match crayon concealer in N1-2-3, Clarins Graphic Expressions Blush & Face Powder on my cheeks (limited edition for Fall 2013), Sephora Collection Atomic Volume mascara (review here), Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 10-light blonde (review here), and Korres Cherry lip gloss in 33 Natural.
And next, here’s a glimpse at the Maleficent lip gloss and liquid eyeliner:
I know my bangs are sort of blocking your view, but I think you’ll see that I have a nice thin line of ELF’s liquid liner on my upper lash line, and I’m also wearing that beautiful Maleficent lip gloss. I’ll be popping that business on my face all through the fall and winter.
And, if you’re interested, I’m also wearing: Dreamworld Hermetica mineral foundation in Rhea II C (one of the “peach” shades), Dreamworld Hermetica finishing powder in Moon Glo (one of the Glo Worm powders), Dreamworld Hermetica blush in Morianna (I’m actually not seeing this shade on their website at the moment), eye shadows from the new BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette (review coming very soon!), and Sephora Collection Atomic Volume mascara (review here).
Additional product info:
If you’re the kind who likes to inspect the back of the box, I have that info for you too.
All in all, I’m loving this one. I’m supposed to be reducing my spending, but I don’t regret snatching this up one bit. I also picked up the ELF Disney Villains 12-piece nail polish collection that same day (also $9.99), and you can see some photos of that one here. I think it might be a godsend that my Walgreens didn’t have any additional Villains products beyond those two, because I’d have a hard time resisting them.
Have you picked any of the Villains up? Which one’s your favorite?