There’s a Walgreens very close to my office building, so despite its less-than-stellar cosmetics selection, I take a walk through it often in case any new releases make an appearance on the shelves. Just a few days ago I stopped by and was startled to see a full display of the new ELF Disney Villains nail polish sets and storybook collections. These lovely boxes of joy are exclusive to Walgreens and are themed around some of the best parts of old Disney movies: the iconic villains. Although I’ve been trying to dial down my spending recently, I couldn’t resist taking the Maleficent storybook collection and the 12-piece nail polish set home with me.
Initially when I saw the nail polish sets on the store shelf, I thought that they were individual 3-piece sets for each of the 4 villains because of how they were arranged. It wasn’t until I reached for the box that I realized that they were square boxes with each side featuring a different villain. 12 nail polishes is definitely more than I need, but for $9.99 it really isn’t bad on the wallet. So why not? There are some pretty colors in there!
Now, I’ve never tried ELF’s nail polish before, so I felt like I was gambling a bit on the quality. Last night I applied Smoky Brown, a darker brownish gray from Cruella’s side, and I’m enjoying the shade a lot. I did not apply a top coat in the interest of testing the quality, and I’ve noticed that it took a pretty long time to dry and it does seem takes damage relatively easily. On the other hand, I felt satisfied with just one coat of it. I think a top coat will help remedy the issues that I’m having.
It also has a sort of plastic-like quality that allows dried polish to be scratched off of skin really easily. I like that – I believe one of the best lazy girl’s strategies for getting a tidy application of nail polish is to not worry about drawing outside of the lines, wait until the polish dries, and then use a wet towel to rub the polish off of skin. I’m pretty precise with painting my left hand, but I always have to employ this strategy for my right hand because I can just never get it just right with one step.
One last thing I’ll note is that the Smoky Gray does not have any lingering smell. An unabating odor is something that I’ve experienced with Wet n Wild nail polish and I fear from other cheap nail polishes. But no issues here! That’s a relief.
Here’s a look at Smoky Gray on my nails:
Lovely for fall, huh? With the combination of Halloween and the overall deepening of colors that takes place throughout this season, it occurs to me that villains are a perfect theme for a cosmetics collection this time of year. The only thing I’m missing is Disney-themed names for all of the polish shades, but seeing as how the names have no bearing on the actual wear of the products, I can deal.
I’ll keep snapping photos as I continue to try out other shades from this collection. Have you picked up any of the ELF Disney Villains products?
Update: you can see photos of Gina Girl, a sparkly Maleficent shade, here.