L to R: Dormouse, Paradox, Kingdom, Salazen Grum, Chronosphere, Metamorphosis, Cake, Chess Board, Royal Flush, Mirror
When the live action Alice in Wonderland came out in 2010, I wasn’t into make up so I missed out on the first Urban Decay Alice palette. I was so happy to hear that they were bringing out a palette for Alice Through the Looking Glass, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
The packaging of the palette is one of my favourite things about it, I love the quotes from the book, that are on the different sections of the palette. “We’re all mad here”, one of the most famous quotes from the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book features on the mirror. “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours” is on the ‘doors’ of the 3D butterfly and “I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then” is on the drawer the shadows are in. The tray the shadows are in also looks like a bit of an optical illusion – I thought it was a piece of paper over the shadows when I first opened it up! It’s also great that the tray is removable, so you don’t need loads of space to put the palette down while it’s all open.
There are 20 shadows in the palette and all of them are based on a character. That’s what I love about this palette – if you wanted to recreate that character’s look for a fancy dress party or even as a day-to-day look, you know which colours to use for them. Alice’s shadows are Looking Glass, Reflection, Dormouse and Metamorphosis. The Mad Hatter’s shadows are Hatter, Gone Mad, Paradox and Cake. Mirana’s (The White Queen) shadows are Lily, Duchess, Kingdom and Chessboard. Iracebeth’s (The Red Queen) shadows are Heads Will Roll, Bandersnatch, Salazen Grum and Royal Flush. Time’s shadows are Time, Dream On, Chronosphere and Mirror.
I found all of the shades really pigmented apart from Looking Glass and Dream On, which I’ve found I have to build up a bit to reach the shade they show up in the pan. The shadows all last really well on the lid with a primer, I keep my make up on for around 8-10 hours and they’re still firmly on when I’m about to remove my make up.
I paid £45 from House of Fraser for 20 shadows, which works out at £2.25 per shadow so I think it’s extremely reasonable. Especially for such a pigmented and varied palette! Plus you get a pretty matching eyeshadow brush. Unfortunately this is limited edition so I can’t find a link to post on here, however you may be lucky enough to find one somewhere. Look out for looks with this palette featuring on the blog nearer the time of release of Alice Through The Looking Glass on May 27th!