Sunday, February 14, 2010

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows Palette Non-Review

Look what I have here!

Are you getting curiouser and curiouser?

Well hello there, limited edition, there are only 200 of it in THE WORLD and I HAVE ONE Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows Palette (Alice for short).

No surprise that what I had at hand is Alice because its very distinct packaging alone is a dead giveaway

You've probably seen the reviews and swatches online, as there are a lot of them. Lauren already did a review and swatched the palette while Liz took some close-up photos of what's inside. So as not to seem repetitive, let me just tell you what I like about Alice and what I already did with the palette.

Glittery and shimmery eyeshadows don't sit well on my face. I assume it's because my face gets too oily at times that color shimmer eyeshadows don't stay too long on my eyelids. When I read a review that says Alice is not for anyone who's looking into neutrals and subdued colors, I thought I was screwed. I read this just after I placed my order and sent the payment. As excited as I am to get this palette on my hands, I was also a bit apprehensive. A make-up noob like me would not know how to handle this gem.

Alice comes with Urban Decay's 16 best-selling eyeshadows, a travel size bottle of Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and two 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

Looking at Alice's range of colors, it's easy for any newbie to show up in public with blue eyeshadow and have people think "Did she put make-up on in the dark?"Alice (the eye shadow) and Underland can be very dangerous in the hands of anyone who does not know what to do with it.

True, a lot of what's inside Alice may be too shimmery for anyone who likes neutrals, but aside from Midnight Tea Party, most of the colors in Alice are very work and regular-day safe.

My favorites so far have been Chessur, Muchness, Drink Me Eat Me, and Mad Hatter. Mostly neutrals, because, well, I'm just really into neutrals lately.

There's really not much to dislike about Alice, but I have few (just two really) qualms about it. One is that I really don't see myself using the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Flipside. I like colors on my make-up, but I am not THAT adventurous. 

Second (and I am sure a lot of you will disagree with me on this), the little genie bottle did not live up to its hype. Sure, the colors do pop out more with the Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but after a long day, eyeshadow still tend to clump on my lids. This never happened with my Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer. Then again, I already mentioned that my eyelids can get oily; maybe gel primers work better for me than cream ones.

Anyway, here are some of the looks I've pulled using Alice.

Fancier than a Cheshire. Not really.

Using Queen, Curioser, Underland, and Drink Me, Eat Me
Please excuse the unprimed and yucky face. I was just too excited to try the eyeshadows.

Using Wonderland, Absolem, and Oraculum.
Those specks of shimmery things you see on my face? Leftover glitters from Midnight Tea Party. That eyeshadow has crazy glitters! Use with caution or you will still be dusting off glitters from your face the next day. Or look like a drag queen. Your choice.

Check out Riz who got one, too!

9 comments: said...

Me thinks I should be investing in makeup more often. That lilac/purpley shade looks really pretty. :)

Mara Ruiz said...

It is! :) And I couldn't agree more with investing in make-up AND knowing how to apply it yourself. It saves a lot of trips (and money) everytime you have to dress up for events :) said...

True. So much better to do your own makeup rather than having a stylist give you a cakey, doll-like look. Haha! Nothing beats the feeling of putting on eyeliner and knowing you're rocking the look. ;)

DK said...

number 3 and the one with green looks very lovely! ako ay kinilig! ang ganda ng effect :)

reading the comments, can you have like a small tutorial for dummies on how to wear make-up? :) that will really help.

also, what would you suggest the first few eye colors I should get? (my boss said I need to wear more make-up)

Mara Ruiz said...

@DK, magtututorial na ako? Lolz. Liz ( recently posted one. OK yun. Pero sige, I will try my best. Lolz. My eye make-up is particular to monolids though because that's what I have.

I got my first few palettes from Bought the shimmer palette and the 88-piece matte palette. OK sya for its range of colors (kasi may neutrals, bright colors, etc). But if you don't want to buy too much make-up at once, go for quads because at least the colors already match each other.

My first few colors were something similar to this: (Haute Sunset), and then I moved on to purples and violets (

I'm still new to make-up myself so I'm still experimenting and finding out what works for me or not (blue eyeshadow does not. Lol), but I'd be glad to help out :)

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Leng said...

oooh. wanted to get that also bu it'll be sayang on me, i tend to buy a lot of stuff but not use them!

the green eyeshadow looks great on you though.

btw, the ones we have here have circular palettes, not rectangular. =D

Mara Ruiz said...

@Leng, it's one of those things that is nice to have but either you can or cannot live without. I was mostly convinced to get it because it's a limited edition and I've heard a lot of good things about UD palettes :)

Anonymous said...

The glitter in Midnight Tea Party will stick and stay in place with a decent primer. (Much like the non-"Alice" shadows Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and Uzi.)

I've found that taking it off carefully with one of those pre-moistened face wipes takes it off well without spreading it all over the face.

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