So, here it is! One of the most anticipated palettes of the year – the Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland Palette to co-incide with the Alice Through The Looking Glass Disney film. When something is super-hyped it’s often a disappointment but truly this is not so here. In fact, I think it’s rather a brave palette – full of shades that will challenge the consumer but totally in keeping with the fantasy element of the story.
When I first opened the drawer and pulled out the tray full of shadows, I thought for a second I was looking at a graphic rather than actual product. This is high, high production because it is pristine – completely pristine and the black and white elements trick the eye for a moment.
You can see how the whole thing folds out – the 3D butterfly is under a set of ‘doors’ with gold lettering that says. “I’m not strange, weird, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” Words to live by! There are other written details – on the mirror is says, ‘we’re all mad here’, and on the front of the drawer are the words, “I know who I was when I got up thi morning but I must have changed several times since then.”
The attention to detail on this palette is incredible – right down to the brush.
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On to the most important thing – the swatches! There are no surprises in the quality – it’s the usual UD standard with creamy, blendable colours that give generously on pigment. I have a favourite shade – in fact, I cannot wait to get it on my lids! It’s Time, a rich, grey-navy sheen.
There are no filters on these colours. Starting bottom to top: Looking Glass, Hatter, Lily, Heads Will Roll, Time, Reflection, Gone Mad, Duchess, Bandersnatch and Dream On. Dream On is the only one I had a little problem with swatching – it’s more of an over-wash of shimmer than a saturated colour.
The magic really starts to happen in the bottom two rows if you like colours that you can get very creative with. From bottom to top: Dormouse, Paradox, Kingdom, Salazen Grum, Chronosphere, Metamorphosis, Cake, Chessboard, Royal Flush and Mirror.
All the shades are sheens, other than: Hatter, Reflection, Heads will Roll, Bandersnatch, Dormouse, Metamorphosis, and Chessboard.
The Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland Palette will be £45 from 5th May. I think the internet might break. In case you missed the first Alice palette a few years ago, I have it in my ‘keep forever’ box and have a couple of pictures here – it’s interesting because you can see the evolution and all the similarities.
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