Last week’s post showcased the decidedly mad beauty of the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipsticks which all of you were wowed by although quite a few of you felt you’d never get the wear out of them.Well today I’m moving on to the equally crazy but seriously stunning Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette and I have a funny feeling a lot of you may want this in your stash something awful.
We’re talking 20 brand spanking new limited edition shades wrapped up in a flamboyant colourful palette here. I have to tackle the packaging first because it’s simply above and beyond. Housed in kladediscope carboard packaging, this feels weighty and well made and, most importantly, it looks a million dollars. Adorned with colour and Alice in Wonderland quotes, this has a pull out drawer containing all 20 eyeshadows and a dual ended brush while the top part opens up to reveal a mirror. As an added extra and because we’re all clearly worth a little drama, two little doors covered in another quote (I’m not strange, weird, off or crazy, my reality is just different from yours) open to reveal a bloomin’ 3d butterfly. Instantly my other palettes look painfully ordinary but I’ll try not to judge them. So it’s safe to say this is a total winner on the packaging and is as fun and unique as you could ask for.
Beyond its strangely beautiful looks, there’s a seriously great summer palette to play with that I think will work equally well for Autumn/Winter. This has a really great mix of shades that offers the fun colour you expect but also manages to be quite grounded as a palette which means I’ve actually been able to wear a lot of these shades out and about, no mean feat for a bona fide neutral addict. It has smatterings of green, pink, blue and orange but also a base of plenty of browns and russets with some softer lighter shades. It’s a smoky warm palette, but surprisingly wearable. Cleverly, each column of colours corresponds to a character but you can also mix and match to do your own thing. As I mentioned, all the shades here are new which is always an added bonus.
Looking Glass Pale pink demi-matte
Hatter Vibrant green with tonal micro-sparkle
Lily Opal pink pearl
Heads Will Roll Vibrant turquoise with gold micro-sparkle
Time Black-navy satin with soft iridescent micro-sparkle
Reflection Soft peach matte
Gone Mad Aubergine with pink iridescent pearl
Duchess Peach with pink shift and micro-sparkle
Bandersnatch Deep teal matte
Dream On Metallic purple-silver
Dormouse Warm brown matte with floating gold micro-sparkle
Paradox Vibrant orange with gold pearl
Kingdom Copper-bronze pearl
Salazen Grum Metallic crimson
Chronosphere Metallic deep bronze
Metamorphosis Vibrant periwinkle blue with micro-sparkle
Cake Saturated blue-pink with silver micro-shimmer
Chessboard Medium brown matte
Royal Flush Pale beige shimmer
Mirror Grey-taupe satin
The Alice and Mirana columns are the tamest here, Iracebeth and Time’s are the smokiest and richest and unsurprisingly, the Mad Hatter’s column is the most vibrant. The shades in the sunshine are pretty extraordinary looking and I actually couldn’t contain myself and swatched all 20 like a mad thing. Not every shade here is as perfect as the next but the vast majority are pretty magnificent, pigmented, super smooth and vibrant. Some are patchy for no particular reason which is a disappointment, especially in the final ‘Time’ column, but the winners more than make up for those lagging behind. I’ve been dipping in and out of this palette and playing with different shades and overall, I have to say I think this palette is beautiful although it won’t work for everyone. Considering I’ve spent over €50 on a Dior 4 eyeshadow quad that was so subtle and hard annoyed the heck out of me, this is a different beast entirely, offering a huge amount of interesting and varied shades with great quality despite a few disappointments, all wrapped up in a sublime little package.
Nope it’s not quite perfect (what palette is?) but it really is wonderful and if you like to mix up your look a lot you could easily survive off this and not pine for anything else. However, if like me you tend to stick to more neutral based palettes, admire this from afar but think carefully before you decide to splurge. It’s a bold palette and although you can mix softer looks, there’s no point spending a huge chunk of change on this unless you’re going to get the use out of everything. For me personally, I wouldn’t buy it only because I wouldn’t get enough use out of the shades, but I’d buy this in a heart beat for a colour loving mate, safe in the knowledge they’d adore this.
The Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette is €50 and available from counters and online (although I can’t find it in stock anywhere!)
So ladies does this palette tickle your fancy or not?
*This review contains samples but it also contains no b******t