Monday, May 16, 2016

Swatches: Urban Decay's Alice Through the Looking Glass palette

I apologize for my hiatus! It's been a busy couple of weeks.


I got this over a week ago, and have been playing with it every day, but I didn't get a chance to actually swatch every shade and take pics until this weekend. So, without any further ado...let's start with some packaging photos.



This palette hearkens back to the days of Urban Decay's Book of Shadows palettes, which were bulky and impractical, but OH SO PRETTY. Truly... if you are a fan of palette packaging, and especially of Alice in Wonderland, you're going to love this one.





The actual eyeshadows are in the little pull-out drawer that you see in the last picture.


I've owned a LOT of Urban Decay palettes large and small, and this is the most unique design I've ever seen them do. I know that at some point, I will have to depot this for practicality, but I am really loath to do so because of how beautiful this is.

Each column of shadows represents a different character from the new Through the Looking Glass movie, so I swatched them accordingly, top to bottom. These are all new shades.

Column 1: Alice

Looking Glass, Reflection, Dormouse, Metamorphosis
Column 2: Mad Hatter

Hatter, Gone Mad, Paradox, Cake
Column 3: Mirana

Lily, Duchess, Kingdom, Chessboard
Column 4: Iracebeth

Heads Will Roll, Bandersnatch, Salazen Grum Royal Flush
Column 5: Time

Time, Dream On, Chronosphere, Mirror
Overall, the quality is what you can expect from Urban Decay: pigmented, blendable, easy to work with. Some of the shadows felt a little more densely packed than usual, so I had to work a little harder with my brush, but it was nothing that presented any serious issues. 

Standout shades for me include: Hatter, Metamorphosis, Paradox, and Lily (which is my favorite - duochrome!). Time is not a color I would wear often, but it was absolutely dreamy in terms of the texture and pigmentation. Dream On is a little grittier, reminding me of UD's Moondust/Stardust eyeshadows, and would look really great layered on something else.

As I said, I've been reaching for this palette a LOT since I got it. It's fairly versatile - you know I love bright crazy shades and interesting textures - but I still found that I had to supplement using my Naked Basics/Basics 2 palettes because there aren't really any medium neutral matte base shades. But other than that, this palette has been a dream to work with, just because of the wonderful variety of colors and finishes. 

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