Friday, May 6, 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection Review

When your favorite brand of eye shadow collaborates with Disney to release a collection inspired by one of your favorite childhood books, the results are truly magical! This match made in makeup heaven makes perfect sense. Urban Decay’s pigments are unique, whimsical and bold and Wonderland is a world of daydreams, fantasy and eccentric characters. With the new adventure film set to hit theaters on May 27, this extraordinary array of vibrant color inspires creativity and imagination.




Before I start swooning over the remarkable eye shadows and distinctive lipsticks, let’s take a minute to appreciate the packaging! This trippy pop-up palette features colorful kaleidoscopic artwork woven out of psychedelic flowers and beautiful butterflies. It also features several quotes from the film. The mirror reads “We’re all mad here,” the doors say - “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours” and the front edge of the palette displays the words - “I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then.”


Behind the doors hides a pretty three-dimensional, pop-up butterfly!


It’s clear that UD was going for the “wow-factor” while evoking Alice’s strange, mysterious world and they certainly succeeded. This is definitely not a palette you are going to tuck away in some drawer and since the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows Collection nearly broke the internet 5 years ago, I foresee the same obsession with this beauty.

The eye shadows are housed in a pull-out drawer and each vertical row represents a different character with their own unique color inspiration.

Alice - Looking Glass (pale matte pink), Reflection (soft matte peach), Dormouse (warm matte brown with gold sparkle) and Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue with micro-sparkle)
Mad Hatter - Hatter (vibrant green with sparkle), Gone Mad (aubergine with pink pearl), Paradox (vibrant orange with gold pearl) and Cake (saturated blue-pink with micro shimmer)
Mirana The White Queen - Lily (pink pearl), Duchess (peach with pink sparkle), Kingdom (copper bronze) and Chessboard (matte brown)
Iracebeth The Red Queen - Heads Will Roll (vibrant turquoise with shimmer), Bandersnatch (deep matte teal), Salazen Grum (metallic crimson) and Royal Flush (pale beige shimmer)
Time {a peculiar creature who is part human, part lock} - Time (black-navy with sparkle), Dream On (metallic purple), Chronosphere (metallic deep bronze) and Mirror (grey-taupe)




Each Shadow features Urban Decay’s signature infusion system that gives every shade it’s velvety, texture, rich color, staying power and blendability. The fantastic selection means you can mix, match and blend to create endless combinations and the pops of pink, green and peach are perfect for the season. If you prefer something seductive for those long summer nights, the sparkle finishes range from glittery to metallic and the deep brown, teal, charcoal-black and bronze create smoldering smoky effects. You might look at these hues and think they are extremely striking but the gold, pale pink and warm browns are very neutral so you can tone things down a bit.


In true UD style, the pigmentation is fabulous and the texture is silky smooth with a luxurious creaminess that applies and layers well to enhance vibrancy. The only sheer color is Dream On which has a nice glittery overlay that you can pair with other shadows.


The versatility of this palette compliments all complexions and although I have a lot of eye shadow, Through the Looking Glass adds a unique flare to my collection. Paired with Urban Decay’s popular Primer Potion, the vivid, multidimensional pigments stand out even more and last all day without fading or creasing. The palette definitely lives up to the hype and retails for $75.00.


Since Alice in Wonderland is all about transforming (not conforming) and embracing the things that make us different, the collection also features 5 edgy lipsticks that will make your pout stand out. The shades range from nude and classic matte red to metallic purple, dazzling gunmetal blue and deep shimming berry. The trendy tubes are designed with the same colorful kaleidoscope artwork and embossed with the UD stamp.


At first I thought the glitter infusion was as mad as the Hatter but it actually works! The micro particles add a pretty glimmer which isn’t messy or discernibly chunky. The metallic lipsticks seem to differ in pigmentation, the navy starts off sheer and can be enhanced to medium coverage with a light sheen whereas the purple and berry provide a medium to full finish with less shine. The blue has a little more drag upon application but for the most part they glide on smoothly with a comfortable creamy texture to keep lips soft and supple.


The bright red is sexy! It has a rich, decadent cream formula that drenches lips in bold color for hours of wear and the finish is completely matte and non-drying. What qualifies as nude varies by skin tone and although this one didn't look like my match it works because the color pay-off is sheer. Although the selection isn’t large, these uncommon hues capture the style of Wonderland perfectly and help recreate some of the signature looks from the film. The lipsticks retail for $21.00 each.



If you are you on the hunt for exciting color this limited edition collection is now available at urbandecay.ca and Sephora. I recommend getting yours early because there is already quite a demand!

2 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I love the shadows. The lipstick colours scare me a bit though

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  2. Everything about this collection is AMAZING!! I just love the packaging. Would love to add the palette and a lipstick to my makeup collection. xoxo

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