Monday, July 18, 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette - Swatches & 1st Impressions


I'm a bit late sharing this purchase (got it in April), but it is still available (unlike another palette that I had picked up more recently).  I picked up the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass palette.  I love the colors that U.D. puts out in its larger palettes (such as all the versions of the Vice palettes) so, needless to say, I was drawn to pick up this one.  I got mine at Ulta, but it's also available at Sephora and, of course, Urban Decay.  I actually redeemed my Ulta reward points to pay for the bulk of the price of the palette, which is currently $60 - plus I had an email coupon for a freebie Ulta brand mascara with purchase.  I ended up getting a bargain that day.
The packaging is a bit bulky, reminiscent of the old Book of Shadows palette
The upper "layer" has a hidden 3D butterfly underneath doors that say "I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours."
The pull out drawer containing the shadows say "I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then."
 The mirror says "We're all mad here"
Swatch time!  As usual, I did not use primer or anything to intensify the swatches.  Some of the swatches have been built up.
1st column: Looking Glass, Reflection, Dormouse, Metamorphosis
I think I built up Looking Glass and Reflection (nearly my skin tone)
2nd column: Hatter, Gone Mad, Paradox, Cake
I believe all one swipe
3rd column: Lily, Duchess, Kingdom, Chessboard
I believe all one swipe
4th column: Heads will Roll, Bandersnatch, Salazen Grum, Royal Flush
I believe all one swipe (Bandersnatch was very heavy handed)
5th column: Time, Dream On, Chronosphere, Mirror
I believe all one swipe, but Dream On is one that does need built/used on a sticky base

Dream On is probably the weakest shadow out of the palette, basically looking just like a glitter topper.  Bandersnatch is also weak on initial swatch, but it can be built up.  Lily and Duchess both have a bit of a duochrome finish to them.  Looking Glass (pigmentation is weaker but can be built), Reflection and Chessboard are the only truly matte shades - Bandersnatch swatches matte but there is a tiny bit of shimmer in the pan, with others having a matte base but a bit of shimmer or glitter added (Metamorphosis, Hatter, Heads will Roll, Doormouse, Cake).  There are quite a few metallic shades: Paradox, Kingdom, Salazen Grum, Chronosphere, and Time.  Royal Flush is metallic, but a bit drier/chunkier and not as pigmented as the other metallics.  Mirror is a "soft metallic" - not nearly as intense as Time.  Gone Mad I would describe as just a medium-deep purple with multi-colored shimmer; just lightly blending my swatch with my finger made it almost disappear so definitely needs a sticky base and some careful technique to get it to not disappear on the eye.

For some reason this year in the Spring and now into the Summer, I haven't been very inclined to put much, if any, eye shadow on.  Partly due to time constraints and partly due to my eyes being unusually irritable so any pretty shadow and liner work gets ruined.  I do hope that as I get healthier and hopefully my allergies get under better control I will be able to play with this palette (and all my other pretties) much more.

When I have taken the time to do a complete eye look, lately it's been on the more neutral side with a pop of color - typically a green, blue or turquoise - on the lower lash line.  Of course, while I'm writing out this post, Paradox is really jumping out at me since I discovered earlier this year that I like the way that orangey-rusty colors look against my blue-green eyes.  One of these days I'll be able to play in my makeup again....

Did you pick up the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass palette?  Are you interested in getting it?  Waiting for it to go on sale eventually?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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