Hello, everyday cosplayers! Today we’re going to try something a little different: I’m going to review a nerdy makeup line for you. If you like this sort of thing, let me know and there will be more! ^_^ Now, on to the fun.
If you didn’t know about it, drugstore beauty brand e.l.f. began a partnership with Disney last year and have been carrying Disney-themed products available at Walgreens drug stores in the United States. I was pretty excited to find out about this, as I love the Disney theme park exclusive line (Beautifully Disney), but it can get pricey with palettes selling for $27 US and such. Not overwhelming by any means, and the product is good, but it’s hard to find if you’re not in the parks and beyond the price point for many people looking for a fun theme set.
Enter e.l.f. short eyes lips face. This brand is super affordable and available at many drugstores as well as places like Target. Even their most expensive products top out around $15 US, which puts them in a very affordable range. Their Disney collections thus far have been individual princess themed, though they did a large collection for Maleficent last year. The beauty blogs started buzzing two weeks ago with news of a Frozen themed line coming in March, along with coordinating nail polish from Orly. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to get my hands on this collection the day it came out and swatch it all for you!
As you can see, I got a reasonable sized haul, including a left over Maleficent palette that I will swatch another time. They also had makeup bags in various sizes and gift boxes, but I was definitely more interested in the makeup itself. The centerpiece item for the collection is the Elsa Beauty Book, a complete set of face products including eye shadows, highlighter, two liners, lip gloss, and a shadow brush.
Behind the mirror is a guide sheet on how to create two different “looks” using these products, one based on Elsa as a princess and one based on her as the Snow Queen. Before I tried the looks, though, I wanted to see what the colors themselves looked like.
As you can see, the colors all have a soft shimmer to them, which makes perfect sense for someone with magical ice powers. I did use a primer for these (my go-to is the classic Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion) but you can see that the colors fade significantly near the bottom where there isn’t primer. I liked the colors right off the bat because they aren’t too wild and all blend very well together.
My next step was to follow the instructions inside the book, so I did one on each eye to see what I thought. Honestly I liked the overall way the shadows blended, though I’m glad I had my primer or I’m not sure how well the colors would have shown. I was also surprised that I liked the lip gloss, as the ones that come with other items are more often a miss than a hit. I used the pencils that came with the kit, too, and they worked fairly well. The brush shed a lot of bristles, though, so in future I’ll use my own. (Apologies for the slightly-too-warm lighting in these photos, but I think you can get the general idea. Also you get the “pleased with my makeup right now” smirk. Yes.)
Of course I also had to try the products “off book” and create a look that I’d wear every day. I tried to go bigger on the purple and eyeliner to be more “Elsa-like.” Overall I liked the shadows and will probably use them again, and for the price ($13 US) it’s a good buy. However, if you don’t need or want the eyeliners, gloss, highlighter, etc, you can buy just a shadow palette for $7 US.
I have to tell you, I LOVE this palette. It’s got gorgeous colors, with the added greens and blues, plus near matches to the colors from the beauty book, so if all you want is shadow, this is better bang for your buck.
Here is the swatch of this palette, and you can see both with and without the primer how they colors all look. I’m also a sucker for glitter, shimmer, and shine, so the sparkles in this one are right up my alley. I’ve been experimenting with this palette all week and can tell you that (with primer) the colors stay all day, but the green and blue do blend together a little too well. They’re pretty together, but if you’re looking for distinct color blocking on your lid, be very careful.
The Orly polishes came either individually for $7 US (and there are a LOT of colors to choose from) or in “Sister Duos” which made them more affordable (the pack is $11 US, or $5.50/bottle). I love Orly and these colors are so bright and creamy I wound up with five of them. You can see that four of the five went on like creams, and covered my nails in one to two coats. The color “Frozen,” however, needed three to four to create a more opaque look, though since I assume it’s meant to look like ice, the two coat look I’ve got in this photo works just fine. Add a silver glitter top coat and you’ll have little ice crystals on your nails.
So there you have it! Fun, Frozen themed makeup and nail polish to add a little extra sparkle to your everyday cosplay adventures. Let me know if you like this, and if there’s anything else you’d like me to try out for you in the future! Until then, keep geeking out with your chic out. ^_^