I don’t know what it is about palettes like this but they just get me all heart-eyes-emoji over them. Even though I’m definitely more Naked-palette than Vice when it comes to Urban Decay. I can’t help but see a rainbow of colour and get a little over excited. That’s the thing about me, whilst my make-up may be largely in the neutral family… I am a total sucker for colour in every other area of my life. And who can’t be sucked in by the beauty of this Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Collection?! It has a butterfly on the palette for goodness sake. It’s gorgeous.
So as you probably guessed from the intro and if you have spotted this palette and collection on instagram then you will already know it’s not one for the faint hearted. It’s definitely got a touch of the Mad-Hatter to it… The packaging really is gorgeous, taking the whole ‘trippy Lewis Carol’ theme across it all from the psychedelic/ kaleidoscope rose print to the giant blue butterfly. The palette also has layers to it – with the mirror (with the ‘We’re all mad here’ printed on it) and the doors with ‘I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours’ that opens to reveal the butterfly. Then underneath is the drawer that pulls out to reveal twenty eyeshadows. On the edge of the drawer there’s another quote ‘I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then’.
I love how the quotes have been chosen and placed through the palette. It seems fitting for such a playful and creative story matches a playful and creative palette with endless possibilities on how you could wear it. And as the quote implies – use a few little pieces of make-up to add some colour and create who you feel like being that day.
Because of the somewhat haphazard way the shades are organised, it’s easy to sort of overlook that there’s actually a really good blend of neutrals and brights in there. In fact of the 20 shades there are 12 that would easily count and neutrals. So in fact, the majority are easy to wear, mixed in with the bright blues/purple and green shades to mix things up. My favourite shades from the palette are Duchess – a rose gold sort of shade and Chronosphere – a shimmering khaki.
Then of course we have a selection of five lipsticks. In quite an array of unusual shades. Of course there’s a classic red but there’s also a deep aubergine, purple, yellowy-nude and a blue… The shades are as follows (left to right in photos):
Mad Hatter (Metallized) – Mid toned purple
Mirana (Metallized) – Deep aubergine
Time (Metallized) – Mid toned blue
Alice (Sheer Shimmer) – Yellowy nude
Iracebeth (Comfort Matte) – Bright red
Yep, those are not colours that your average wall flower will be desperate to wear! Strangely enough I was really drawn to the blue one when it first arrived and gave it a whirl. It was a no from me, I’m neither cool nor skilled enough with make-up to make it work for me. It just made me look like I might have been a little bit dead. BUT that’s not to say this will be awesome on someone else. I can totally see my buddy ZoeLdn pulling it off. Of course would help that it matches her hair!
Whilst the blue shade isn’t for me, I do really like the two purple shades and they’re a little more interesting than your average lipstick. I do like a purple shade in general – the only thing that makes me hesitate is the metallic finish isn’t as flattering on my dry lips as it is on a non-chapped person.
If you’re a Disney lover though, this will always be a hard one to resist. There’s something very special about it as a palette – some real gem shades in there and unusual one. I love the third row down on the palette – all gorgeous orange shades that are unusual but wearable. The lipstick shades… the red is a beauty, but the other four are really unique.
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