Palette Spotlight: Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette by Disney/Sephora

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…

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…AKA Fall 2012, Disney Consumer Products released the following news:
SEPHORA and Disney Consumer Products have collaborated on a series of captivating beauty collections inspired by beloved Disney Princess characters entitled Disney Reigning Beauties. Each of the limited edition seasonal collections focuses on the individual style, personality and story of one featured Disney Princess, bringing her to life in a beautiful way that inspires women to create their own princess moment.”

Princess Ariel’s collection – including the 20-eyeshadow palette we are looking at in depth today – was described as follows: “This summer dive into a daring journey of curiosity and discovery with the Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA, an assortment of color cosmetics, a signature fragrance and princess-worthy accessories that are inspired by the world under the sea and the bold determination of Ariel from the classic Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid. The Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA captures the ethereal, yet vibrant colors depicted in the film in a stunning array of treasures beyond your wildest dreams.”

Cinderella was the first princess to get the Sephora treatment (the one Storylook palette I don’t have, sob), followed by Jasmine in Spring 2013, and Ariel in Summer 2013. And after this amazing tri-fecta of amazing-ness, there is… nothing. Press surrounding the Ariel launch indicated that it would be the last Princess collection, but no reason was given as to why. I have to imagine that this was a mutually beneficial partnership, financially and otherwise, between Disney and Sephora. Who knows, maybe they will resurrect this project and give us some new princess products? A girl can dream… of a Belle palette, perhaps? Or Aurora?

The official (very Disney-fied) palette and shade descriptions:
Storylook Eyeshadow Palette Volume 3 Ariel Edition ($55) – “Dare to Dream”
Chase the life you desire with this customized palette of 20 bright and brilliant shades, each inspired by and formulated to match the hues from the film. Encased in a keepsake box with original artwork that portrays Ariel in her grotto of collected treasures, these lustrous shades invite you to dare to dream and let your curiosity lead the way with a complete eyeshadow wardrobe.

Shades include:
Blue Lagoon – The moon shimmering on the lagoon (shimmering blue)
Scuttle – Ariel’s skintone while talking to Scuttle (shimmering pinky beige)
Flounder – Flounder coming out of the water (matte nude)
Sebastian – Sebastian’s face (matte coraly pink)
Flotsam – Flotsam in the shadows (deep blue charcoal)
Sea Shells – Ariel’s sisters singing (shimmering ivory)
Les Poissons – Chef Louis’ bloodthirsty shadow in the ‘Les Poissons’ scene (dusty satin muave)
Caspian Sea – Light reflecting through the water on Atlantica (shimmering rich turquoise)
Your Voice – Ursula striking a deal with Ariel (glistening silver pearl)
Unfortunate Souls – The smoke during Ursula’s finale (matte lavender grey)
Atlantica – The shimmering turquoise colors of Atlantica (shimmering sea foam green)
Fins – Ariel’s fin under the sea (glittery mermaid green)
Sick of Swimmin’ – Ariel’s first breath of air with legs (shimmering opalescent)
Ursula – Ursula’s skintone in the shadows (pearly purple)
Sha La La La – Fish chorus singing to Ariel and Eric (matte dark fuchsia)
Triton – The King shooting his triton (shimmering gold)
Wanderin’ Free – Ariel imagining herself with legs (shimmering pink champagne)
Jetsam – Jetsam’s fins in the shadows (deep teal with dark iridescent glitter)
Sea Witch – The Sea Witch in all her power and glory (pearly violet)
Treasures Untold – Glistening water from the King’s triton (opalescent pale pink)

A week of looks with Ariel…
Weekend: I started early with a bright blue look for a Saturday night dinner event. I definitely feel out of my comfort zone with these bolder, colorful looks, but I have to admit, it is kind of fun to experiment. I used Treasures Untold all over my lid, up to the brow bone for a good base and highlight. I used a liner brush and Les Poissons on my eyebrows, and then Caspian Sea on my upper and lower lash line (gorgeous, gorgeous blue!). Wanderin’ Free darkened up my crease, and patted Your Voice (gorgeous in the pan, horrifying to actually use – glitter and fallout everywhere) in the middle of my lid for a little sparkly pop. I finished up with a fluffy brush and swirled Flounder all over to smooth out any harsh lines.
Monday: Swept Scuttle all over my lid, with Sea Shells as a brow highlight and in the inner corners, and Wanderin’ Free in my crease.
Tuesday: Used a dense brush to pat Triton all over the eyelid, and a thin line of Ursula on my upper and bottom lash line. Both shadows are gorgeous on the pan but have issues when applied – Triton just has too much sparkly fallout, and Ursula is not pigmented enough to stand out, although I think if it was applied wet, and/or over primer (I was in a rush and forgot to do primer – eek!), it would make a big difference.
Wednesday: Used my crease brush to apply Wanderin’ Free (such a gorgeous champagne shade!!) all over my lid and into my crease. Definitely a one-and-done type shade – my eyes look bright and lovely with it all on its own. I also took a fluffy brush and blended a bit of Sea Shells onto my brow bone and at the corners of my eyes, for a little extra pop.
Thursday: After primer, patted a layer of Sebastian over my eyelid. Swept Atlantica (warning: glitter bomb! Pretty and iridescent when applied, but very, very messy to work with) on the upper crease. Took a smudge brush and lined my upper and lower lash lines with Jetsam. Got a little creative and used a small contour/blush brush to apply Sha La La on the apples of my cheeks (so pretty! I really can’t imagine using it as an eyeshadow, but it lends a nice healthy glow to the face as a blush).
Friday: In a rush (isn’t that always the way!) and just tapped a light dusting of Treasures Untold all over my lid for a brightening, no-I’m-not-an-insomniac effect.

This is such a gorgeous palette in terms of packaging, and it really does pull at the heartstrings for this nostalgic thirty-something girl with a long-time affinity with Ariel. I’m glad I used it exclusively this week, because it gave me a chance to experiment. Ultimately, it is just not a palette that I reach for on a regular basis, and using it this week reminded me of why. There are several shades that are just not ever going to make it into a regular rotation for me, because they are so bright and bold (Sha La La – although I did love it as a blush!, Blue Lagoon, Fins). They are fun to look at, and make the palette gorgeous overall, but just don’t translate well to my skin tone and general makeup vibe. And the glitters and shimmers that I gravitate towards have huge issues with quality and fallout (Your Voice and Triton, most noticeably). I do quite like Scuttle, Wanderin’ Free, and Les Poissons, for neutrals, although they aren’t that unique in terms of eyeshadow colors. I ultimately think that where this palette shines is with the mid-to-deep tones – Flotsam and Jetsam are great smoky colors that I love as liners, and Ursula is a really lovely purple that isn’t too sparkly.

Sadly, unless you have a bazillion dollars and can get it on eBay or through third parties on Amazon, this palette is not an easy find.

Check out previous palette spotlights here (In the Moment) and here (Nude ‘Tude).


MOTW: We In Luck Here

I thought this bright coral would be the perfect mani to fondly remember the dog days of summer…

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Isn’t it a gorgeous color? This is “We In Luck Here” from the Ariel collection that Sephora/Disney put out last year. Of the three Princess collections (Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel), these were the only nail polishes to come out under the Sephora Formula X polish brand. I find the brushes to be a little difficult to work with, but the colors are stunning.

I really wish that Sephora/Disney would continue with these Princess collections, but unfortunately that doesn’t appear to be the case, as there has not been a new collection announced and some of the press around the Ariel collection referred to it as the “final chapter” in the collaboration. These are high-end, sophisticated and gorgeous products – not your run-of-the-mill collaboration by any means, so it really is a shame to see it come to an end. A lot of thought and creativity went into these products. Personally, I would *love* to see a Belle collection. Hello? Mickey? Are you listening??

We reviewed the Jasmine collection here, and I’ve featured another polish from the Ariel collection for MOTW before. Check out The PolishAholic for gorgeous swatches of the whole Ariel nail collection, too.

How about you? What are you wearing on your nails this week?


MOTW: Feeling purple-y

I stood before my overflowing nail polish drawer last night, and wasn’t drawn to any particular color or combination. Then I set eyes on Indigo Punk from Butter London, which is gorgeous but I hadn’t used yet. I grabbed a few more purple polishes and figured I’d end up with something fun. And I did:

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My thumb and pinky fingers are two coats of Sexy Divide by Essie, and a top layer of Indigo Punk.

My pointer finger is two layers of Sexy Divide, with a matte top coat.

My middle and ring fingers are a layer of the light purple Sephora polish (from the Disney Jasmine collection but no name on the bottle) with a layer of Indigo Punk and another top layer of the Sephora. Not exactly a jelly sandwich but in that same vein. A pastel sheer sandwich? This turned out so great, it really makes me want to experiment more with different sheer/glitter combos.

Overall, I really love how this turned out, and I’ve already received several compliments this morning.

How about you – what’s on your nails this week?


MOTW: Some pre-V-Day sparkle…

I’m anti-Valentine’s Day in all way, shape, and form. But you wouldn’t know it by my nails this week…

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Accent nail is Sephora/Formula X in “Off the Hook” from the Ariel collection of the Sephora-Disney collaboration.

Pink sparkles are a base layer of “Berry Tale Romance” (Sephora/OPI from the Jasmine collection) topped off with “Rosie Lee” from Butter London.

It’s a little more girly than I usually gravitate towards, but I kind of love it!

What’s on your nails this week?


Disney Collection at Sephora: Princess Jasmine

Fabulous, Harry – I love the feathers!

Jasmine CollectionIf you’re between the ages of 10 & 40, you probably get the reference above. I seriously cannot use the Princess Jasmine Disney-Sephora makeup collab without that song running through my head (he’s got the monkeys! let’s see the monkeys!)

Admittedly, this is genius, genius marketing right here. A whole generation of girls – like myself – who grew up with Disney princess both old (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty) and new (Ariel, Belle, Jasmine) are now adults. Makeup-wearing, makeup-buying adults. And, let’s face it, who among us isn’t tempted to think that they are actually a princess in disguise? Personally, I was about 11 when I realized that my real, royal parents were not going to come and reclaim me. (And this was well before The Princess Diaries came out – I had an active imagination to say the least).

Thanks to my amazing inside connection at Disney, I was able to get my hands on the Storybook Eyeshadow Palette, the One is Never Enough Nail Set, and the Three Wishes Eyeliner Set. In typical Disney fashion, every last detail of these products is accounted for. The shades all have clever, movie-appropriate names. The barcode is even in the shape of a genie. This is definitely fabulous territory we’re in, Harry.

But it’s not just lip service – these are great products. The eyeshadow palette is GORGEOUS. The packaging is absolutely exquisite (I just couldn’t get pictures on my camera to do them justice – better pictures can be found here, here and here) and the shadows apply well and look fantastic. I’ve been experimenting with the eyeshadows quite a bit – I love a bold eye, and this assortment is perfect for that.

My one disappointment was that the nail polishes I’ve tried so far do not have good wear time. Or rather, I have not yet experienced good wear time with them. But the colors are gorgeous and the quest continues.

I’ve heard rumors online that the next Princess collaboration is going to be Ariel. Rest assured, I will be ALL over that. I spent most of 1990 being convinced that I was destined to be a mermaid. (Active imagination, remember?)

Have you tried any of the Princess Jasmine products? Who is your fave Disney princess?