As many of you know, Urban Decay is about to open a standalone store in Metrotown mall in Burnaby on Sept. 10th so I decided to do a little countdown in the form of as many Urban Decay posts until the opening! I am starting off with the Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette*($75.00 CDN) which had my heart going pitterpatter as Alice in Wonderland was one of the first VHS (yes VHS!) movies my parents purchased when we moved to Canada. I watched it almost every afternoon after school and the ethereal dreaminess of Wonderland had me captivated each time. For those of us who purchased the original Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows, this palette will be extra special!
The Alice Through the Looking Glass collection contains the eyeshadow palette as well as five limited edition lipstick shades which I will share in another post later this week.
Right away, the packaging is eye-catching and engaging.
The arrangement of eyeshadow shades may look a bit confusing at first, but they are arranged by character in columns from L-R: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana, Iracebeth and Time. Having not seen the new movie yet, I am not familiar with the last three names, but seeing the colour groupings certainly helped in putting a look together.
Most of the swatches were very pigmented with "Cake" and "Hatter" being among my favourite colours, but took a couple of swipes to build up. "Paradox" surprised me with its "one swipe swatch" and was a shade that I knew I had to use for this look!
This row of shades had some truly standout colours! "Heads will Roll" is a stunning matte turquoise with gold sparkle, but had a bit of fallout. This is one of those colours that I loved so much it didn't even matter. "Salazen Grum" is an absolutely gorgeous metallic crimson that I know I must somehow incorporate into a Fall look. "Chessboard" is one of the few matte shadows I have liked and "Kingdom" is a metallic copper that had me mesmerized.
This column of colours was pretty awesome. "Dream On" doesn't look too pigmented compared to the other three shades, but it is actually a beautiful purple-silver that looks almost angelic on its own. I can imagine that it would look beautiful layered over other colours.
I wanted to use every bright colour in this palette, but I picked out shades mostly from the "Mad Hatter" column. I also took the opportunity to create some sort of crazy forest girl look and use my paper flower false lashes!
Skindinavia Primer Spray*
Dior Diorskin Star Studio Makeup SPF 30 in #021
Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush in Dark*
Urban Decay Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel in Dark*
Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on eyelids.
Apply Paradox on the first two thirds of the lid.
Apply Cake on the outer V of lid and smoke out.
Apply Hatter along lower lash line.
Line upper lash line with Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion*.
Line lower water line with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet.
Apply Outerbeauty Paper Lashes in the style "Jasmine".
Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Blush in Quickie
Urban Decay Comfort Matte Lipstick in Iracebeth*
Final verdict: I was very pleased with the shades in this palette as they felt novel and FUN. Yes, there were some great neutrals as well, but I would not get this palette for the neutrals. I would get it for the more adventurous shades and the experience of playing outside the boundaries a little!