Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few months, you would have seen the newest and most wanted collection from Urban Decay was ready for it’s release. After the success of the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows five years ago, which became one of Urban Decay’s most iconic palettes, they have jumped down the rabbit hole again. In celebration of the film Alice Through The Looking Glass, the limited edition Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass palette is a tribute to our most loved characters from the book and film, and the pop up palette features twenty brand new shades, inspired by each character.
With every Urban Decay release, the hype is insane and I, for one, have been dying to get hold of this ever since I saw the promotional shots of the psychedelic, kaleidoscopic artwork that adorns the box. Lift the lid of the box and open the doors to find a 3D butterfly, whilst favourite quotes from the book stop you in your tracks. ‘We’re all mad here’ states the Cheshire Cat, and with that we pull open the drawer to find an exhilarating array of bold brights and soft shades. With each column of shadows representing a different character, the shadows can be used to recreate the looks of each of them or mixed up to create your own signature style.
‘I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours’
Alice, as you can imagine, is very soft and pretty with that signature periwinkle blue of her dress making an appearance in the palette.
Looking Glass – Pale pink demi-matte
Reflection – Soft Peach matte
Dormouse – warm brownn matte with gold micro-sparkle
Metamorphosis – vibrant periwinkle blue with micro-sparkle
The Mad Hatter has the shades that I have been drawn to the most. Vivid brights and bold shades, and a vibrant orange that is right up my street
Hatter – vibrant green with micro-sparkle
Gone Mad – aubergine with pink iridescent pearl
Paradox – vibrant orange with gold pearl
Cake – saturated blue-pink with silver micro-shimmer
Mirana, the White Queen is soft and gentle, with easiest shades to wear in the palette
Lily – opal pink pearl
Duchess – peach with pink and micro-sparkle
Kingdom – copper bronze pearl
Chessboard – medium brown matte
Iracebeth, the Red Queen. Off with her head! Not with these shades, my dear.
Heads Will Roll – vibrant turquoise with gold micro-sparkle
Bandersnatch – deep teal matte
Salazen Grum – metallic crimson
Royal Flush – pale beige shimmer
Time, a peculiar creature who is half man, half clock. Industrial, metallic and dark.
Time – black-navy satin with soft iridescent micro-sparkle
Dream On – metallic purple-silver
Chronosphere – metallic deep bronze
Mirror – grey taupe satin
‘I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then’ – Alice
Using these shadows have been a joy. From quite a natural day time look, to a full blown Mad Hatter look, I’ve been blown away by the whole palette. I’ve found that using a white base such as NYX Crayon in Milk helps to make the colours pop whilst on the eye, and with colours as vivid as Hatter, Cake and Heads Will Roll, it really brings them out to their full potential. They wear as well as most other high end shadows, and although some shades have caused me a few problems with blending; Paradox blends out to nothing if you aren’t careful, and some of the metallic shades are harder to work with than others, they still work after spending a little extra time on them. As with all the Urban Decay releases, there are always some shades that you think wouldn’t work. Bandersnatch, a deep teal, looks scary to look at but makes such a beautiful and unusual addition to a smoky eye. As the colours are all brand new and specially created for the release of Alice Through The Looking Glass, there’s no way you will have a duplicate in another palette. I’m really starting to throw myself out of my comfort zone and wear shades that I wouldn’t normally.
The Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass palette is sold out at the moment, both online and in store but there will be top up stock coming soon. Make sure you visit Anoushka Loves tomorrow for the full low down on the Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipsticks.
*Contains PR Samples