Elvira Mistress of the Night

December 7th, 2017

AUTHOR | LAUREN SISNEROS

Well hello, guys and ghouls and lovers of makeup and macabre! I have something pretty cool to try out for you! I have, in my hands, the official Elvira Mistress of the Dark makeup palette by Lunatick Cosmetic Labs. A palette created by and for none other than The Elvira, for the 35th anniversary of the movie Mistress of the Dark. Now, I am an Elvira die hard, so if my beloved Cassandra Peterson put out something mediocre, I don’t know how my cold, black heart could take it. Elvira puts her personal stamp of approval through her company Queen “B” Productions. No merchandise with her likeness gets sold without her approval, so things seem promising. Let’s start off with the packaging. It’s pretty spot on. It is a small coffin-shaped palette, (adorable) with Elvira in her iconic pose lying on it. The mirror on the inside is Elvira’s dagger. While I love it the idea of the dagger for the mirror, it is unpractical. The mirror is very small, and pretty much feels like a “just for aesthetics” addition, so if you plan on using this regularly for checking or applying makeup, this is going to prove challenging. There are also little pop-ups of a candelabra and a spider web, fitting and a nice added touch of flare. The palette comes with five eyeshadows and one blush color. The eyeshadow colors are; Aunt Morgana, a slightly shimmery light wine; Battitude, a matte turquoise; Macabre, a slightly shimmery red; Unpleasant Dreams, a matte black; and Bone, a matte white. The blush is a matte dusty rose/peach called Super Unleaded; which I use a lot as a transition shade. You can basically use this palette to create Elvira’s iconic look, which is exactly what an Elvira themed palette should do! The color pay off is pretty decent, Unpleasant Dreams (black) and Bone (white) seem the most pigmented, but they all perform better with a primer or base before the shadow. All the shades are a little on the chalky side, but not incredibly so that it can’t be worked around easily. I would not suggest foiling these shadows as they all have a matte base and will not work well when wet. The shadows blended together nicely, however they tend to lose color, especially Battitude (turquoise) if worked too much. My suggestion is to use ones ring finger to apply the blue shadow after all others as you will get less fallout, and the color will appear more intense. (The ring finger is the weakest finger making it the best for working around the delicate eyes). The palette cost $35, and I’d say it’s a fair price for the quality of the product. Elvira didn’t “wow” me, but she also didn’t let me down. Currently, the palette is still available from Lunatick Cosmetic Labs. Personally, I love this palette, I think every Elvira fan should get this. I’m thinking about ordering another one, just to keep on my Elvira Shrine. Hopefully, you get your Mistress of the Dark fix soon! Unpleasant Dreams.
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