Sephora’s third limited edition “storylook” palette, Ariel, is already sold out online, but I’m seeing it in stores. It’s a colorful palette that offers very little in the way of neutrals, but you can create a wide variety of gorgeous looks with it.
This palette is just stunning in terms of quality. Nearly every shadow was buttery, highly pigmented and a dream to work with. Those that weren’t so spectacular were still very good. I did not experience any glitter fallout, so you can enjoy the few glittery shades without worry. There’s a variety of finishes – matte, satin, shimmer and one or two glitters.
What there isn’t is much in the way of neutrals. There are only a handful of brownish or gold/beige shades. This is definitely a color palette with just enough neutrals to work within colorful looks. The colors are not particularly bright or “rocker” – they appear to be based on the colors of the sea, so they’re more soft and muted than some eyeshadows. If you’re interested in color but a little uncertain, this is a great palette to get started with.
Blue Lagoon is a satin-shimmer medium blue with a slight green undertone. Scuttle is a shimmery champagne. Flounder is a matte golden yellow. Sebastian is a matte apricot. Flotsam is a deep gray with shimmer.
Sea Shells is a pale yellow shimmer. Les Poissons a rosy bronze metallic. Caspian Sea is a green teal metallic. Your Voice is a light silver glitter, but how much of the glitter actually made it to my skin depended on the brush I used to apply it – oddly enough, brushes worked better than sponge tips (what I use for swatching) on retaining the glitter. Unfortunate Souls is a deep matte periwinkle or grayish blue – it’s pretty unique and I really gravitate toward it.
Atlantica is a light sea foam green satin. Fins is a medium green with slight yellow undertones and gold flecks of glitter. Sick of Swimmin’ is an opalescent white that shows hints of pink once applied. Ursula is a plummy brown satin that can work in both brown and purple looks. Sha La La is a deep magenta that’s not completely matte but not quite even a satin.
Triton is a yellow metallic. Wanderin’ Free is a light peachy metallic. Jetsam is a deep, near-black green metallic. Sea Witch is a deep purple satin with blue undertones. Treasures Untold is a near white satin with hints of peach.
I apologize again for being late on this one, but if you get a chance to purchase it, grab it!