If you hadn’t have guessed by my blog name, I am a huge lover of Alice in Wonderland, it is my all time favourite story. Urban Decay are also my favourite makeup brand, so when I heard that they will be collaborating with Disney and bringing out a collection inspired by Alice through The Looking Glass, I knew I had to get my hands on it! When Urban Decay finally released images of the collection I was awestruck. The packaging is stunning and all the colours are so vibrant. The collection itself consists of 5 Lipstick Shades and a 20 Shade Eyeshadow Palette. I decided to get the eyeshadow palette and lipstick in Iracebeth.
“Inspired by the new fantasy-adventure film release of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, these five limited-edition shades of Lipstick pay tribute to our favorite characters: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana (the White Queen), Iracebeth (the Red Queen) and Time, a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.”
Of all the shades which were released with this collection, the shade Iracebeth stood out most to me. I absolutely love a bright red lip, especially in a matte finish so this is perfect for me. This lipstick is inspired by the Red Queen, and it is certainly accurate to the colour of her huge red hair or heart shaped lips. The lipstick packaging features the pretty kaleidoscope pattern of roses and butterflies.
The quality of this lipstick is astounding, it’s so pigmented and I managed to wear it a whole evening long without need to reapply. The matte finish is flawless and completely non drying. This lipstick applies like a dream. Costing only £16 I can not fault this lipstick, it’s the perfect pop of red to brighten any make up look and I know I will get a lot of use out of this over the summer months.
“Using the visually stunning Alice Through the Looking Glass as our inspiration, we painstakingly created the perfect mix of 20 ALL-NEW shades, then arranged them all in columns by character and put them in an intricately designed, collectible palette. Match up the columns to steal their looks or mix up these shades to create countless others. From softer shades inspired by Alice’s look in the film to bold, bright shades like those seen on the Mad Hatter, it’s all here.”
Okay, we have to talk about the packaging on this palette. It’s honestly like a work of art. It features bold, colourful kaleidoscopic patterns of flowers and butterflies, and is decorated with quotes from the film. As soon as you lift the lid on this palette it’s like falling down the rabbit hole into wonderland. The palette has it’s own decadent looking glass with the infamous words “We’re all mad here”. Just when you think this palette couldn’t get more perfect, you open up the doors inside to a 3-dimensional pop up butterfly. The amount of thought that has gone into designing this palette is incredible, I just want to display it in a glass case in my room, but that would be highly impractical.
Once you’ve stopped drooling over the pretty packaging, the drawer opens to reveal 20 vibrant shadows, arranged in columns left to right inspired by Alice, Hatter, Mirana (The White Queen), Iracebeth (The Red Queen) and Time. I’ll admit when I first saw the colours in this palette I was slightly reluctant to purchase, as a few of these shades are out of my neutral-loving comfort zone, but every shade is so gorgeous and inspiring that I know I’ll be able to create some amazing looks with this palette, and make up is all about experimentation, right?! There are some vibrant and daring shades and some more wearable shades, this palette has a colour for every mood! The shadows themselves have a lovely high quality formula, which is to no surprise as Urban Decay are known for their brilliant shadows. There are a couple of shades which I am slightly disappointed with in terms of their texture and how they apply, but I will get onto those later!
Okay, so let’s get to the swatches!:
Starting with the Alice column, the colours are (left to right): Looking Glass, described as a pale pink demi-matte, though this shade barely shows up on my super pale skin, it would be perfect all over the lid or to highlight the brow bone for a matte look. Reflection, described as a soft peach matte, I am really impressed with this shade, it’s so simple but perfect for spring. Dormouse, described as a warm brown matte with floating gold micro sparkle, this is a lovely transition shade. Metamorphosis, described as a vibrant periwinkle blue with micro sparkle, this is the perfect Alice shade of blue and one of the brighter shades in the palette, I’m not sure how I’ll use this one yet but it is a gorgeous shade.
Next we have the Mad Hatter column, the colours are (from left to right): Hatter, described as a vibrant green with tonal micro-sparkle, this shade is such a lovely green and applies so well. Gone Mad, described as aubergine with pink iridescent pearl, I can’t get over this shade it’s such a perfect purple colour, it will look amazing swept under the eye for a instant night look. Paradox, described as a vibrant orange with gold pearl, wow this shade is incredible, applies buttery smooth and looks gorgeous in the sunlight. Cake, described as saturated blue-pink with silver micro shimmer, this shade is so bright and would add a pink pop to any eye look.
Next we have got Mirena column, the colours are (from left to right): Lily, described as an opal-pink pearl, this is such a gorgeous colour to highlight the lid and brow bone. Duchess, described as a peach with pink shift and sparkle, what a pretty colour! I know this one will get plenty of use. Kingdom, described as a copper-bronze pearl, another gorgeous pearl colour, and I am obsessed with all things copper so I love this one. Chessboard, described as a medium brown matte, this shade is very wearable and is a total staple colour.
Next up is the Iracebeth column, (from left to right): Heads Will Roll, described as a vibrant turquoise with gold micro sparkle, this is a perfect mermaid shade. Bandersnatch, described as deep teal matte, I was pretty disappointed with this one, it had little pigmentation and felt kind of powdery. Salazen Grum, described as a metallic crimson, this is such a nice shade and applies like a dream. Royal Flush, described as pale beige shimmer, I love this one, another pretty, shimmery shade.
Finally we have Time, probably my favourite column in the palette (from left to right): Time, described as a black-navy satin with soft iridescent micro sparkle, I can’t cope with how perf this shade is, photographs don’t even do it justice, it’s also really pigmented. Dream On, described as metallic purple-silver, this colour was kind of disappointing, as it didn’t really show up the same as in the pan. Chronosphere, described as a metallic deep bronze, another beaut of a shade which applies flawlessly. Mirror, described as a gray-taupe satin, this is a really lovely and pigmented shade.
Overall I am so pleased with my purchases from this collection. The lipstick is perfect and the eyeshadow palette is out of this world. Though it is not the most travel friendly palette and is obviously not for the minimalist make up collector, I am so in awe of the whole design and thought that has gone into this palette and whole collection. At £43 it is obviously not a budget palette, however for 20 amazing shadows and such decadent, unique packaging I think it was worth every penny. I am so proud to own such a marvellous collectors piece which really captures wonderland to me. Yet again Urban Decay do not disappoint!
Unfortunately this collection was limited edition and has since sold out online, however I believe it is still available at select Urban Decay counters and retail stores so if you haven’t managed to get your hands on one I would certainly ring up and ask. If not there are plenty of people selling the collection on eBay, of course for a ridiculous mark up price, whether you want to part with your hard earned money to these awful resellers is entirely to your discretion! 😉
Did you manage to snap up any of this collection? If so what did you get? If not, are you kickin’ yourself for not snatchin it up!? Anyone else looking forward to this movie as much as I am? Let me know down below!