I’ve never bought an Urban Decay Book of Shadows, so this limited edition Alice in Wonderland palette was the perfect opportunity to try out some of the most popular Urban Decay shadows.
Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous. That scene of Alice in the forest is just delightful, although practically-speaking, the mirror is not much good, as the lid doesn’t stay up on its own. I’m not so bothered by that though, as I always need a big mirror to do my makeup anyway.
The shadows themselves are beautiful. I find them nicely pigmented, and if you’re a neutrals person like myself, there’s plenty in this palette to love. I like the range of colours and finishes in this palette – you really can create so many different looks with this. There are glittery colours in this palette, but the only ones that I would rate as night-time only because of the high amount of glitter are White Rabbit, Curiouser, Midnight Tea Party and Jabberwocky. I actually reached for White Rabbit as a brow highlight today and ended up with a line of glitter under my eyebrow (I’m going to save that one for inner corner highlight, or for layering over other colours at night). There are also really smooth, shimmery colours in this palette like Oraculum, Queen, and Muchness; and there are colours that are between glitter and shimmer, like Wonderland, Mad Hatter, and Chessur. As I used this palette for the first time, I actually had the feeling, like Alice, that nothing is as it seems: there are so many colour combinations to create beautiful, flattering looks that you can experiment for ages and still come up with new looks.
The 24/7 pencils are as you would expect: rich and long lasting (though not as long lasting as my Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof). I haven’t experimented much with Flipside, but I do love the richness of the teal, and I’m already liking it underneath Jabberwocky along the lower lash line. The Urban Decay Primer Potion is very cute and convenient to have in this palette for travel.
I really love this palette. If I didn’t have this palette, I would fight tooth and nail to get it. Sadly, after emailing both Sephora and Urban Decay, I’ve discovered that this is well and truly sold out online in the States (unless you can find it instore somewhere), so between now and it’s release in the UK, Ebay is your only bet, and the prices are getting crazy. UK girls be warned though, there are only 2000 set for release, so get your name onto any waiting list you can!