Ariel Storylook Palette Review & Swatches

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Hi Guys & Dolls!

It seems like the whole beauty community is smitten with the Ariel Storylook palette. Review after review rave about the packaging and just how “OMG ARIEL” the whole thing is. I’m not here to say those people are lying- I think many people will truly fall in love with the palette for it’s clever and beautiful packaging, few stand out shades, and will simply overlook its flaws. Because that’s what you do when you’re in love right? I feel like it’s my job to be an advocate for YOU and tell you what is worth your money. I don’t think this is a great way to spend $55.

I’ve started something new with this review: FACTS, PROS, CONS, and HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT. Let me know if you like this format, I think it helps keep it organized.


  • This eyeshadow palette is $55 for 20 eyeshadows, so the cost per eyeshadow is about $2.75 each.   Each shadow contains 1gm of product.
  • The palette is branded as Sephora/Disney, and is made in the USA.
  • The Palette was available momentarily for Sephora  VIB members, but then it was set to “unavailable” after a few days; It will be back on the website when the rest of the collection launches either in late June or early July.
  • The shadows pull out of the box with a ribbon tab, and are in a palette that can be lifted out of a navy velvet case.
  • Each of the colors are named after something in the film.


  • The Packing is incredible. They really did a great job of capturing the essence of the film without using direct stills. I almost want to keep it for that.
  • The names are super cute!
  • A few stand-out shades are Atlantica, Fins, Flotsam, Jetsam, Caspian Sea, and Ursula.


  • Powdery/not pressed hard- means a lot of product is picked up quickly, can cause waste and a lot of eyeshadow “fallout” on the face.
  • Powdery Texture- Can make eyelid look creepy, cakey, and dry.
  • Too much “Slip” means they over blend making it difficult to be precise and can make color appear muddy/not as tidy.
  • The colors tend to fade.

Here’s How I Feel About It: Companies  keep making palettes with “A” for Awesome packing/branding and then drop the ball with the actual product. And I’m sick of it. This palette is $55 dollars. I could overlook the powdery texture, over-blending and a few blah shades for less money. But after buying into the hype and wanting to love it, and still being disappointed, I’m compelled to return it because I feel my $55 would be better spent on something else. I also want to note that not ALL brands do this- Just this year I reviewed the Urban Decay OZ palettes and I was floored by them; The OZ Palettes had spectacular branding, beyond-expectations shadows. You may think I’m being too harsh being that this is Sephora Brand, but I think the Sephora regular shadows are pretty great, so I was disappointed with this. They do swatch nicely, but that’s because they are so soft/powdery that a lot of product gets picked up. it looks fine on an arm swatch but in practice it makes your eye looks dry or cakey. I haven’t fully made up my mind if I’m going to return it, but I think I should because all this palette makes me want to do is use my other shadows that are similar in color but perform better.


Please see my Comparison/Dupe list post here.

Review in a Nutshell: These shadows are powdery and overall I feel underwhelmed but this palette. Your $55 and mine are better spent elsewhere. And where’s the red? No seriously.

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first row in palettefirst rowFirst Row L-R  Blue Lagoon, Scuttle, Flounder, Sebastian, Flotsam

second row in palettesecond rowSecond Row L-R Sea Shells, Les Poissons, Caspian Sea, Your Voice Unfortunate Souls

third row in palettethird row

Third Row L-R  Atlantica, Fins, Sick of Swimmin, Ursula, Sha La La

final row in palettelast row

Final Row L-R Triton, Wanderin’ Free, Jetsam, Sea Witch, Treasures Untold


This product was purchased by me; this review is based on my own opinions & experiences.

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  1. June 25, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    omg your so right what the frack, flounder and sebastian eye shadows are terrible colors ew, very dissapointing.

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      June 26, 2013 / 2:48 am

      OMG Flounder is so bad!!!

  2. Brenlyee
    June 25, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    I love this format Cora!! Makes it very easy to read and pick up the important points.

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      June 26, 2013 / 2:48 am

      Rock on! It makes it easier for me to write as well!

  3. Brenlyee
    June 25, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    I love this format Cora!! Makes it very easy to read and pick up the important points.

  4. June 25, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    I love the palette, but some of the colors are meh (like Ursula). I I love Treasures Untold, Sea Witch, Caspian Sea and Sick of Swimmin’.

    • June 25, 2013 / 11:20 pm

      I don’t understand why Ursula is a brown with what seems to be a purple tilt. In what world is Ursula brown? I love this palette, but was hoping that her color would be a fierce black with purple glitter, or something similar.

      • Cora (vintageortacky)
        June 26, 2013 / 2:51 am

        That would have been AWESOME!

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      June 26, 2013 / 2:49 am

      Why is Ursula not Purple/blue?! ugh!!

  5. June 25, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    That’s a real shame, as this idea has the potential to be an awesome product. It’s so disappointing when products that really *should* be great fall short.

  6. June 25, 2013 / 8:59 pm

    I really appreciate your honesty! And now I’m not too worried about missing out on this one…

  7. June 26, 2013 / 4:27 am

    I felt the same way about the Disney Villains sets back in the fall! I just want to buy this for the packaging. The colors look great on your arm …If they gave it a little more thought perhaps it’d get an “A.”

    • Er
      June 29, 2013 / 1:46 am

      But “innocence beware!” came from that collection…(? Currect me if i’m wrong, wasnt mac/non drugstore obsessed yet)

  8. Catherine
    June 26, 2013 / 8:22 am

    Pretty sure you just saved me from myself. I was thinking about getting this palette and after seeing this and your dupe post, it has changed my mind.

    Loving the new format for you reviews! <3

    Ps; I don't get why they made Sebastian that color….it's a horrible color to associate with such a good character!

  9. Holly Kemp
    June 26, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    I love make up, its my lassion, im a young teen and i almost went to buy this, but after this, im not wasting my money, thank you!(:

  10. Liz
    June 26, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    Flounder and Sebastian are awful! Why would they make poor Sebastian a *cooked* shrimp color? poor dude. Flounder should be BRIGHT yellow. As far as most of the other colors, I really feel like Urban Decay has this covered, especially with Sea Witch and some of the other hues. What’s up with les poissons? When I think of fish I do not think of brown. I would want sparkly, amazing, shimmery, glittery things, like a school of fish they flicker back and forth.

    P.S. Caspian Sea reminds me a lot of my UD Flipside eyeliner pencil.

  11. Yari
    June 27, 2013 / 6:30 am

    I love love love your honesty. Thank you so much for this review. Rock on!

  12. GlowMulvi
    June 27, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    It’s a shame since the colors swatch so beautifully. :/ I was hoping for a knock-out pallet for $55. Sephora makes some fantastic products so I feel like this pallet should have been awesome. What a disappointment. And like you, I was a little peeved that there was no red. Sha La La seems a poor substitute for one of the most memorable colors in the movie. Hopefully some of the other products in the line will be better.

  13. Er
    June 29, 2013 / 1:42 am

    I think its a good thing when beauty gurus are honest. Isn’t that the point?
    I kind of knew this palette wasn’t worth the money. ( don’t like most shades)
    But as a long time Ariel stan (age 6) you made me not feel like i’ll be missing out on not owning this palette. So I applaud you.(corny) thanks!

  14. Jess
    June 29, 2013 / 11:01 am

    Thank you so much! Money is super tight these days, we need more people like you!

  15. June 30, 2013 / 11:24 am

    I really appreciate how thorough your review was… I have really been thinking about buying it, especially with the gorgeous packaging, but I agree that there are way too many new palettes that entice with packaging and then have kind of not bad, but definitely medicore shadows. I loooove my Oz palettes though!

  16. July 1, 2013 / 7:15 pm

    I’m just subscribed, thank you so much for the honest review ^_^

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