Oooooooh mama. Alice in Wonderland is my all time favorite Disney movie, so when I saw that Urban Decay was creating a palette and lipsticks inspired by the new release of Alice Through The Looking Glass, I was pretty damn excited. Urban Decay had done an Alice in Wonderland palette around five years ago, but it was when I wasn’t as into makeup so I didn’t even know it existed, haha. This time around, I couldn’t wait to get the palette in my hands!
The Urban Decay Alice Through The Look Glass Eyeshadow Palette is a real beauty. The packaging, of course, is to die for. It is perfectly trippy, weird, colorful, etc- just like the movie. When you open the top, it reveals a mirror and a quote, “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” If you lift up the little flaps that the quote is printed on, there is a pop-up butterfly inside. This is probably the coolest packaging I’ve ever seen- I’m obsessed.
The shadows pull out from a bottom drawer, and I’d say that’s the only thing I don’t like about the packaging (but at the same time, how else could they have done it with the way the rest of it was set up?). There are 20 shadows (all new, too!) that are arranged in columns by character (from left: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana, Iracebeth and Time).
I actually swatched and photographed these shadows twice. The first time around, I used an Elizabeth Arden primer underneath the swatches that I’d never used before (just the first primer I grabbed), and some of the shadows seemed to be performing pretty poorly and the primer was balling up underneath them. I had a feeling that it probably wasn’t the best primer, so this morning I re-swatched everything over the Maybelline Master Prime Shadow Base and hallelujah, they were performing a thousand times better!
The only shades that I am a little disappointed in are Gone Mad and Bandersnatch, the aubergine and the deep teal matte. They don’t apply as deep as I’d like and they just don’t have the vibrancy I was expecting, even when built up to be darker. The other 18 gorgeous shades totally make up for them, though! I’d like to note that Dream On applies terribly with a brush, but is pretty beautiful when applied using your fingers.
Also, because there’s so much shimmer in this palette, a lot of these shadows have a fair bit of fall out. I’d definitely recommend using a Shadow Shield or doing your eyes first so you can wipe away the fall out afterwards without messing up the rest of your makeup.
I swatched these by character to make it easier to get an idea of what kind of looks you could create with each color combo. If I had to pick a favorite character color combo, I think I’d say Time.
- Looking Glass (a pale pink demi-matte)
- Reflection (a soft peach matte)
- Dormouse (a warm brown matte with floating gold micro-sparkle)
- Metamorphosis (a vibrant periwinkle blue with micro-sparkle)
- Mad Hatter
- Hatter (a vibrant green with tonal micro-sparkle)
- Gone Mad (an aubergine with pink iridescent pearl)
- Paradox (a vibrant orange with gold pearl)
- Cake (a saturated blue-pink with silver micro-shimmer)
- Lily (an opal pink pearl)
- Duchess (a peach with pink shift and micro-sparkle)
- Kingdom (a copper-bronze pearl)
- Chessboard (a medium brown matte)
- Heads Will Roll (a vibrant turquoise with gold micro-sparkle)
- Bandersnatch (a deep teal matte)
- Salazen Grum (a metallic crimson) – possibly my favorite shade in this palette. It’s just STUNNING.
- Royal Flush (a pale beige shimmer)
- Time (a black-navy satin with soft iridescent micro-sparkle)
- Dream On (a metallic purple-silver) – apply this with your finger for the best pigmentation, it’s pretty non-existent when applied with a brush
- Chronosphere (a metallic deep bronze)
- Mirror (a grey-taupe satin)
This palette retails for $60 at Sephora and is limited edition, so don’t wait if you want it! PS- I had to share this gem of a review on the Urban Decay site, because it’s hilarious.
There are five different lipsticks in this collection, and they retail for $18 each at Sephora:
- Alice (a sheer nude with pink shift) – Sheer Shimmer
- Mad Hatter (a bright purple shimmer) – Metallized
- Mirana (a matte berry with tonal shimmer) – Metallized
- Iracebeth (a bright red matte) – Comfort Matte
- Time (a gunmetal-navy with silver shimmer) – Metallized
Iracebeth is easily my favorite (and the most wearable, in my opinion). It’s a gorgeous bright red and I know I’m going to be wearing this one a ton. I was pleasantly surprised by the Metallized lipsticks, they were a lot less in-your-face shimmery than I was expecting them to be. I will definitely wear Mirana and Mad Hatter, though Time is a little outside my comfort zone ;) Alice is a pretty sheer nude shade, and much to my surprise, it actually suits me. Woooo!
Are you an Alice In Wonderland fan?