OMG! This is about as exciting as make up gets for me. Today I’m blogging about the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection. The collection includes five limited edition lipsticks, as well as an eyeshadow palette.
I can’t actually believe that the original Alice in Wonderland palette was five years ago, I blogged about that palette at the time, but appear to have lost the post in my blog move. The original Alice palette was a big deal, it sold out almost immediately and it was beautiful. The Alice Through the Looking Glass products are equally beautiful and are inspired by the film release of Alice Through the Looking Glass which is released next week.
I’m going to start by showing you the eyeshadow palette (£45). It’s truly a thing of beauty. I should say tight now this post is going to be picture heavy. I think for now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
So, what you have is the most stunning palette, housing 20 all new shades of eyeshadow and a double ended brush. The box itself is a work of art decorated in a kaleidoscopic pattern and Alice quotes. Once you lift the lid you’re greeted with a mirror and two doors, lift the doors and find a beautiful butterfly who’s wings flap as you move the doors, it’s truly beautiful. When you pull out the draw, you’ll find a brush and the twenty eyeshadows.
The eyeshadows are in a variety of finishes and shades from smooth buttery matte, to glitter to satin and a few in between. It’s truly gorgeous.
Now for swatches, two photos in two different lights, each swatch has been done over Urban Decay Primer Potion, and in rows, from Left to Right. Looking Glass, Hatter, Lily, Heads Will Roll, Time, Reflection, Gone Mad, Duchess, Bandersnatch, Dream On, Dormouse, Paradox, Salazen Grum, Chronosphere, Metamorphosis, Cake, Chessboard, Royal Flush and Mirror.
This is one seriously beautiful palette that more than lives up to the hype, grab it if you can!
Moving on to the lipsticks, these are £16 each and amazing, I love them more than the eyeshadow palette if that’s even possible.
Left to Right for both of the next pictures. Mirana, Mad Hatter, Alice, Time ad Iracebeth.
It’s not until you see these on that you really see their beauty so I’ll comment on each shade.
I loooove this shade. Mad Hatter is a bright purple with shimmer. I think the shimmer is slightly blue-y, but it’s truly lovely. I love purple lipsticks anyway, they are great for when you want to be slightly unconventional but aren’t brave enough to go for one of the more unusual shades!
Alice is one of my favourites and the most wearable. It’s also one of the hardest to photograph. It’s a sheer nude, and really pretty as shown above, but what the swatch and the picture above don’t show is that it has a pink shift. The pink shift is nigh on impossible to photograph but it’s GORGEOUS, and as your nude fades through wear, the pink shift becomes more and more apparent. Truly a gorgeous shade This is the best photo I managed to get of the shift.
Time is the shade I was most worried about wearing, I never thought I could wear a blue lipstick, but this is really special. It’s a gunmetal navy with silver shimmer, the shimmer is not apparent in my opinion, it wears more as slightly metallic. That’s a good think. This is gorgeous!
Finally we have Iracebeth.
The lipsticks from this Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection are all amazing, I can’t think of a bad word to say about them. What a treat!
So there we have it, a not-so-quick look at the new collection. If you’re tempted by anything you’ve seen, I’d get on and shop really quickly as I predict a sell out!
The Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection is available from Urban Decay Online as well as from counters nationwide.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes
Gwen is such an incredible style icon, the collection was bound to be a) hotly anticipated and b) beautiful. I’m just doing a quick run down of the products available today, but I want it all, especially the blush palette and the eye palette! Gwen was totally involved in the design of the range and it really shows.
I’m going to start with the Blush Palette which is £35.
The palette features six shades, Cherry is a light pink satin, Easy is a deep rose with gold shimmer, Angel is a champagne nude shimmer, Lo-Fi is a soft bronze matte, Hush is a medium pink with gold shimmer and OC is soft pink with a peach shift. Honestly, this is just beautiful and thanks to the inclusion of bronze and highlight shades, it looks like a contouring dream.
Next up is the Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, £40.
This is just beautiful isn’t it? A stunning range of neutrals in a variety of finishes, with the bottom row allowing you to add colour and dimension as required. It goes without saying that Urban Decay do eye shadows perfectly, the formula is always spot on, and I imagine these are no different…. WANT!
The Gwen Stefani Brow Box is £19.50.
The Brow Box is only available in Bathwater Blonde, and contains two brow powder shades, a mirror in the lid, tweezers, and two angled brushes. There’s also a wax included to keep your brows in place. I’m not a blonde and I like brows dark so this wouldn’t be good for me, however, it does appear to be the same as the ordinary Brow Boxes in terms of content, and that is available in two shades and is the same price. Will have to check it out, I do love a good brow product!
Next are the Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils. £14.00 each.
I must apologise for the low quality image there. The Lip Pencils are available in six shades, to match the lipsticks (I’ll show you next). They are creamy, waterproof formula… and most importantly for me, they prevent feathering.
Finally the Gwen Stefani Lipsticks, £16 each.
So there you have it, an extremely covetable collection, I’d be happy to own any of the items, but especially the palettes and lipsticks.
The entire range is available from Urban Decay online now. Happy Shopping!
Delighted to bring you this review today. The Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette.
Inspired by an oil slick, the shades and packaging are absolutely beautiful. Be warned though, if you love the look of this after my review, you’d better get it quick as its Limited Edition. I’ve dithered over too many Urban Decay palettes in the past and missed them, I’m trying to spare you the pain. Trust me.
Okay so the box is nice.
Okay so a little word about the palette before I start on the swatches. It is, as I’ve already said, Limited Edition, and the retail price is £43. For your money you get 20 eyeshadows and a brush, which I forgot to photograph, sorry. The brush however is worthy and I have been using it. There entire lid is a mirror inside and it has a magnetic closure. The shadows are in a mixture of high impact colours and neutrals in a variety of finishes, most are shimmery but there are mattes, satins as well glittery shades.
Moving onto the swatches, they are all done without primer, so you can imagine that if you were to use primer you could get more oomph. I like to show shadows without primer because I believe an eyeshadow should perform without primer, and these most definitely do. I have swatched in columns, working left to right, each is just one swipe of the finger.
Starting with Bones, Framed, Discreet and Bitter.
Love this column. I absolutely love Discreet (third from the left). It’s a cool toned neutral, with a tiny hint of mauve. I’d also like to add that Bitter, the shade on the right, trebles in impact with a second swipe.
Next, Grip, Fast Ball, Grasshopper and Flame.
Third column, Deadbeat, 1985, C-Note and Low.
Love these shades also, Deadbeat is a nice black and blends well. 1985, that glorious purpley pink has a touch of duochrome-y goodness but a little bold for my conservative tastes while Low, the brown is a touch gritty thanks to the glitter but a nice shade.
Next up we have Beat Down, Underhand, Arctic and Crowbar.
Wow. Okay Beat Down (first on the left) is beautiful, it has a stunning shimmer in a bright violet that makes it look illuminated, actually the same can be said of Underhand (second from the left) and Arctic (third from the left) each of these is so full of dimension, they glow. Crowbar however, as you can see from my swatch is full of chunky glitter. I’m not sure how best to apply this without considerable fall out, I suspect a primer and patting motion would be most successful. Its a beautiful olive green shade.
And finally, Pandemonium, Harlot, Robbery and Delete.These shades are amazing. Firstly I’m going apologise for my picture of Harlot, both in the pan and in the swatch, I just couldn’t get my camera to co-operate with this shade which is a huge shame as its beautiful. While it looks frosty lilac in my photograph, its actually much more special in the flesh, it has a pink tone to it it goes beautifully with all the other shades in this column. All of which I love.
This is a beautiful palette, and one that should please both neutral and colour fans alike. The performance of all the shadows is good to excellent with no obvious duds. The glitters are hard to work with, but still beautiful and they wear well, and of course, with a primer, they stay put all day. I’ve had a little play with all of the shadows now, and with apologies for the low quality photo, this has been my favourite look so far. Excuse the crazy eyebrow!!!
Discreet as a base, grip in the outer corners and Fast Ball blended in. I’m fairly sure I added a few others into the mix as well, but those are the ones I definitely recall.
Absolutely love this, and highly recommend, but move fast if you want one for yourself!
The Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette is £43 and available from www.urbandecay.co.uk/
*Palette received free of charge for review purposes.
I don’t think the trend towards matte lips is going away any time soon, which is good news for me since they have long been my favourite finish. I much prefer a matte, or nearly matte finish to a glossy look, and generally speaking I prefer the feel of them too.
The new Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks promise huge amounts of pigment, a matte and velvety finish, while not sucking all the moisture out of your lips, a common problem with matte lipsticks.
The Matte Revolution Lipsticks range of shades (there are 9 I believe) are for the most part bold, offering high impact colour.
A word about the packaging, which I failed to capture in my photos. They feel heavy, expensive and high quality.
The shades I have are (L-R) Bad Blood, Stark Naked and Blackmail.
And swatched in the same order:
They are all just amazing. As promised the pigment is indeed heavy and the colours are amazing. Bad Blood is a true red, Stark Naked a nude shade that is opaque enough to cover my very pink lips, and Blackmail is the most amazing blackened berry shade.
Application on all is easy, they have that slight drag that you get with matte lip products, but they go on well with one swipe. They vary slightly in matte-ness, with Stark Naked being the most matte, and Bad Blood having a slight hint of a sheen.
I am wearing Stark Naked all the time, its incredibly wearable.
Bad Blood is amazing, and please excuse this photo, its sort of cringey-sultry-shouldhavebrushedmyhair-y.
I haven’t taken a photo of me wearing Blackmail because quite frankly it would put you off. Its sad, its my favourite colour, but it really doesn’t suit me at all, but if you can wear very dark lips, I would highly recommend.
I can’t think of anything there isn’t to love about these lipsticks, they apply really well, they last really well on my lips and I love the packaging. The price at £15.50 is reasonable. I think they feel like a much more expensive lipstick. I’m not saying they are cheap, but as I say it feels like a £20+ lipstick in all regards.
Available now from Urban Decay counters nationwide and the Urban Decay Website.
*Lipsticks received free of charge for review purposes.
Who doesn’t love Urban Decay? Not many people I know that’s for sure, and my blog stats tend to point towards my Urban Decay posts being my most popular. It’s fortunate then that I have a few more posts lined up!
Starting today with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm*.
The Illuminating Beauty Balm promises to minimise the appearance of pores, lines and wrinkles, while feeling lightweight on the kin and offering radiance. It’s oil free, which is great for my spot prone skin and can be worn alone, or under foundation if you want to add radiance in that way. It’s not only cosmetic though, it promises to also offer long term anti-ageing benefits, by way of protecting the skin from daily stress, as well as improving elasticity.
Love the packaging too, I really like how Urban Decay design fun products, that don’t lack class.
Unfortunately, the same holds true when you apply to your face, look closely and you’ll see a fine sprinkling of quite obvious shimmer, all over. That said, take a step back and its no longer as obvious.
Thanks to the hormones, my skin is a bit blemish-y at the moment so I’ve not worn this without putting foundation over the top, but wearing it in that way works really well for me. It may be something to do with the fact that I wear the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, but these two products go together really well. That glitter/shimmer is no longer apparent but the radiance is and its really effective.
I rarely skip a highlighter these days, as my skin is lacking in radiance, but with this under my foundation I found my face isn’t as flat without a highlighter meaning I feel happy to skip that step.
It wears really well, and my foundation applies perfectly on top of the BB with no conflict. I’ve also tried it with Clarins Everlasting Foundation with the same results.
I’m not sure how happy I’d be to wear this alone, solely because of the shimmer aspect, its not densely packed with shimmer, its more sparkles dotted all over your face, but again, I may be overly critical, just take a step away from the mirror and they are not apparent at all.
Under foundation though, this is fantastic, works really well for me and wears well too on my fussy skin.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm retails at £23.50 and is available from Urban Decay online and counters nationwide.
*Product received free of charge for review purposes.
Delighted to be blogging about the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I received this to review, in addition to the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation which is my favourite foundation. I’ve actually already reviewed it and I love it, you can see my post here.
Moving on to the Naked 2 palette. I already own the first Naked palette and there’s no denying the Naked palettes just really work. From the varying textures in the palette, to the wearable shades, to the excellent formula both in terms of application and wear time and not forgetting the versatility, Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are just a brilliant idea, taking you from subtle looks to dramatic looks with just one palette, if you are not a makeup hoarder one palette could cover all your eye shadow needs, if you are a hoarder, then get them all!
And lets not forget, so popular have the Naked palettes been they’ve spawned a thousand nude and natural palettes from other brands, and they haven’t stopped coming yet, and its easy to see why.
Naked 2 is filled with taupe toned neutrals, in a variety of finishes, from ultra shimmery to ultra matte, from the softest cream shade to the darkest black and everything in between.
The palette itself is a taupe neutral metal with a satisfying click shut and a hinged, mirrored lid. Also included is a double ended brush and Primer Potion samples.
Before I go into the eyeshadows in more depth, a quick word about the brush. It makes a huge change for a brand to included a quality, useable brush with a palette (hello premium brands that include sponge tipped applicators!), and I love Urban Decay brushes and the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is next on my wish list, having had it used on me in store and played about with it, it’s just amazing. So, the eyeshadow brush is great too and more than passable for on the go application.
Moving onto a closer look at the shades and swatches, you’ll see a photo of four shades, names underneath each shade, followed by swatches of the same shades in the same order. Swatches are all on bare skin, no primer.
Stand out shades for me are Tease, Busted and Bootycall, for no other reason than they are my favourite shades. Pistol was a little disappointing in the swatch, but let me tell you it’s incredible over primer. All of the shades are amazing over primer, if you don’t have Urban Decay Potion Primer eye primer, I’d recommend it, these eye shadows work amazingly well without primer, but they are incredible with. It not only affects the depth of the colour but increases the wear time.
If I had to choose between this and the original Naked palette I’d choose this one purely for the addition of the black, I wear a lot of black eye make up, and not just at night-time, so having a great black, handily packaged with my other shadows is a real bonus for me.
I’m no make up artist, but here’s a subtle little look I wore the other day, along with the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation.
Definitely recommend this one. As I say you can’t go wrong with Urban Decay eye shadows in general, but this is my favourite Naked Palette.
You can purchase your own Naked 2 Palette for £38 from Urban Decay online.
*Both the palette and foundation were received free of charge for review purposes.
You might remember I recently blogged about the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Make up and I promised I’d be back with a review of the powder I bought at the same time, the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder. I don’t know why brands insist on giving products such lengthy names but I’ll be referring to it as just the powder from now on!
At £23, it’s not the cheapest powder on the market, but I’ve spent more before now, so for me its an okay price. I love everything about the packaging. Once you open the external box, you get this lovely little pouch.
Inside you have your palette, its a good quality plastic, in a metallic, bronze-grey shade.
Press the button to open up and inside you’ll find your powder and a mirror inside the lid. Under the lid you’ll find a spongy applicator which I forgot to take a photo of but it’s nothing you’ve not seen before.
In terms of application it goes on beautifully, leaving a natural flawless finish. I picked up shade Medium Light as I was advised by the Urban Decay counter assistant, which seems to be perfect for me.
On my skin it sets my make up well and isn’t too matte and apparently there are optical blurring pigments to help minimise imperfections and leave you looking soft focus. It goes really well with the Naked Skin Liquid Make up and lasts on my skin most of the day, I find it needs retouching at about 2pm ish most days.
Here’s how my skin looks with both the foundation and powder, no filters or retouching. However, please excuse the photo, a) its back when my hair was very dark, b) it was just a quick snap taken to show a friend with my phone, c) clearly I wasn’t using my new hair routine for frizz free moisturised hair.
Mine was £23 and I bought it from the Urban Decay counter in Debenhams.
I was applying my foundation this morning and realised it’d make a good blog post because its a fantastic product. I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup a couple of months ago, I shall refer to it as Naked Skin from here on in!
I’m not sure what drew me to it, I can get really quite bad skin, and all the impressions I had about this product were that it was very light.
To just explain in a bit more depth about my skin, I have ageing skin, I suffer quite badly with hormonal spots,as well as quite extreme dryness on and around my nose. If that wasn’t enough, I am starting to get pigmentation marks around my eyes (up close they look like freckles but from a distance, dark circles) while the skin around my nose and nostrils can be quite red toned. Don’t I sound lovely!
The official description of the foundation is that it feels as though you’re wearing nothing, has a luminous demi-matte finish with a result that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as making you look airbrushed.
Starting with the range of colours, the range is excellent with 18 shades I believe. The numbering system really helps to loacte your perfect colour. Warm toned skins should look for shades ending in .0, cool tones finish in .5. I had an in store assistant help me to colour match and we agreed shade 3.5 was absolutely perfect for me. It isn’t a shade I would have chosen for myself, I would have chosen paler, but I have to admit she was right.
On my hand it looks not right at all!
Its an extremely liquid formula so when pumping out, I would advise not pumping out too much, it’ll run off your hand before you can use it all. I was keen to see if such a lightweight formula could cope with my redness and blemishes, as well as not clogging in the dryness on my nose. I couldn’t have been more pleased and surprised with the result.
This is a foundation where I find I use the least out of any I’ve ever tried, a little goes a very long way and blends beautifully, even on my dry patches much to my surprise, this is highly unusual and I find with most foundations I require primer on my nose, but this is not the case with this foundation.
Coverage is similarly surprising. For the first time I feel my skin looks as though I’m not wearing foundation, my tones are evened out so that redness is far less evident. Regarding blemishes and spots, I always use concealer, no question, however I’d go so far as to say coverage with this on small blemishes is excellent, bigger blemishes would mean you couldn’t skip the concealer, but as I say, I never do anyway.
It has an excellent wear time on my skin too, lasting a good 8 hours without shiny patches or obvious fading, and as I’m one of those people that touches their face a lot, this has been really tested.
I couldn’t be more pleased with this foundation, its passed my expectations quite considerably, it suits all but my most spotty days. I find its great for days (like today – excuse the hair) where I don’t want to look made up, but it gives such a good finish its also ideal for a really polished make up look.
I’m just including this next photograph to demonstrate how flawless it is around my nose. Around the sides of my nostrils, around my nose piercing, my skin gets terribly flaky and dry, and foundation makes this look much worse, but it really isn’t the case with this foundation.
There are only two people I wouldn’t recommend this product to, those with quite serious acne, and those who like a heavily made up finish from their foundations, this looks incredibly natural.
I also purchased the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder which I will put in another post in due course but suffice to say I’m so impressed I’ve got the Naked Concealer and the Illuminating Beauty Balm on my wish list.
The Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup is a pricey (but worth it) £27 for 30ml, but do remember, you need to use very little.
I purchased mine from Debenhams.
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but purples don’t work on me really so I’m trying hard to make them work because I like purple!
Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation in light (reviews on this coming soon)
Sheer Cover Light Concealer
Mac Mineralize Blush Duo in Rhapsody in Two
Mac Please Me lipstick
Sleek Palette (original) purple & pinky purple
Sleek Palette (original) gold to highlight
ELF Brow Kit in Medium
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner Rockstar on waterline
Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara
It was a bit more vibrant in real life and less pink. I dunno, I don’t think I can make them work really.
I realised yesterday I had even done a face with Mac Viva Glam Cyndi. It’s a really beautiful shade and I’ve worn it a lot since I got it. Gaga didn’t really appeal to me but I knew I’d love Cyndi. What I really like is that the colour is very buildable. One swipe for a sheer reddy coral which you can build to be a vibrant bright almost red. I’ve gone for a medium look here 🙂
I used Mac Chartreuse pigment & the green from the Urban Decay Alice palette on my eyes and a touch of Benefit Coralista on my cheeks.
and here’s a good swatch of Viva Glam Cyndi.
I’m waiting for the new collections to get on the Mac website – I want several bits from each. What about you?