A Beauty Review of Beautifully Disney
By Angela Dahl (@AngelaDahling)
Beautifully Disney, Disney’s new make-up line that launched this month, solves the dilemma of how respectable lady nerds can represent their Disney love through grown-up beauty products. The line has all of the ingredients for demand: it’s exclusive to the Anaheim and Orlando locations, the products are limited edition, and the simple black packaging is reminiscent of other luxury brands. When I heard the news, I thought my fairy godmother must’ve finally granted my wish and sped over to Vault 28 at Downtown Disney faster than Cinderella peacing out of the ball at midnight.
The launch for this season is “Wickedly Beautiful,” meaning it’s princesses vs. villains, brights and pastels vs. darks and glitters. The pairs are Ariel and Ursula, Cinderella and Lady Tremaine, Snow White and the Evil Queen, and Aurora and Maleficent. The display has the princess products on one side and the villain products on the other (as it should be). There are two eyeshadow quads – one of natural princess-type colors and one of smoky villainous-type colors – and a lip gloss and nail polish for each character.
The nail polish is of solid quality and probably has the best value out of all of the products. The princess nail polish colors make sense: shiny green for Ariel, creamy magenta pink for Aurora (although there was definitely a missed opportunity to do a blue that reflected pink. I’m just saying.), pale blue for Cinderella, and a bright apple red for Snow White. The colors for the villains don’t make as much sense. For one, the color for the Evil Queen, a sheer black with magenta glitter, is confusing. That is one queen who would’ve never worn glitter. They should’ve done the lime green of the poison she dips the apple in (and they could’ve called it “Have a Bite”! Gah!). If you’re gonna go with iconic colors for the princesses, the same should’ve been done with the villains, for continuity’s sake… and for the sake of the hardcore Disney fans who will spend way too much time trying to figure why those colors were chosen.
My biggest problem with Beautifully Disney is the price point. When it comes to Disney, you already go in with high price expectations (I think a soda at Disneyland is like $5.00 plus your firstborn now), but $27.95 for an eyeshadow quad is pretty ridiculous, especially considering they don’t have testers or a return policy for the products! I was pretty outraged when I found this out. Like a Maleficent-turning-into-a-
The quality is just not worth the price, and that goes for both packaging and the actual make-up. I can literally peel off the Ariel sticker on my lip gloss, and then it turns back into a pumpkin: an ordinary lip gloss. MAC partnered with Disney about two years ago for a villains collection, so the comparison to MAC products is inevitable. From what I was able to purchase, the lip glosses are basic and nonsticky, but they don’t have the lasting power of MAC glosses. And, from what I’ve heard, the eyeshadows don’t have staying power too. Either the price needs to be lowered, or the quality needs to be improved, stat.
There is so much potential for greatness here, so hopefully there will be some changes, at least in return policy, by the time the next line of products comes out. The next launch is for the 2013 spring/summer season and is called “Unlock the Spell,” the advertising for which has a silhouette of Belle. The launch for the 2013 fall/winter season is called “Fiery Spirit” and will feature Pocahontas, among other Disney ladies who’ve yet to be represented.
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars