I'm such a sucker for Ariel stuff. She is my favorite Disney princess. I have Ariel t-shirts, pajamas, the fancy Diamond Edition Blu-Ray DVD combo pack of the film, a gorgeous Ariel mug, of course the Sephora Ariel Storylook palette, and now the E.L.F. Ariel Treasure Within Beauty Book. I have also been told by more than one little kid that I have red hair "like Ariel" (yes, it's out of a box, but still...).
|The palette opens up like a book.|
|The nautilus shell is actually a mirror!|
|The side with the nautilus shell opens to reveal a face chart.|
|Here's what the whole palette looks like fully opened up.|
After first seeing this collection on Nouveau Cheap, I knew I was going to have to track down the face palette. I considered buying it online as soon as it showed up on drugstore.com and walgreens.com, but by the time I had decided to do so, it had sold out (well, drugstore.com has it on backorder). Sheesh. Worse than a limited edition MAC collection. Anyhow, after looking up on walgreens.com what stores supposedly had it in stock, I did some driving and was able to find it! The store also had the brush set, but I decided against it, because, with the exception of the shader eyeshadow brush, they didn't look like brushes I would really use. The crystals on the handles and the little carrying case were cute, though.
The shadows are on the sheer side, but pack a little more punch over a primer. The only matte shade is the purple called "Seashell".
Swatches dry, with no primer:
|top row: Sand Dollar, Coral Reef, Tropical Wave|
|middle row: North Star, For Shore, Siren Song|
|bottom row: Seaweed, Seashell, Brilliant Sea|
The bronzers are fairly dark, have a little sheen to them, and give lots of color.
The lipgloss is decently pigmented for a gloss, isn't sticky, and smells and tastes sweet.
The eyeshadow brush is quite nice and soft. It is better than the brush that came with the Maleficent eyeshadow set from last fall.
The E.L.F. Disney Ariel Treasure Within Beauty Book retails for $10 USD.
Part of me wishes Disney had been more faithful to the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and kept the story a tragedy with the little mermaid throwing herself into the sea because she can't bear to kill the prince she loves and then transforming into seafoam and then becoming a spirit. Quite beautiful, but maybe a little much for the traditional Disney audience.