I swear, I had no intention of buying it. Me, with absolutely no need for another eyeshadow palette, no matter how beautiful. You can ask Bobby: I met her in the street about half an hour beforehand, and I told her that I was on my way to Debenhams to just look at it, and then to buy the new Urban Decay highlighter. But in the end, standing there with my voucher from the last Debenhams press day burning a hole in my pocket, I couldn’t just walk away.
“What would you do?” I asked the beautician at the counter (they love me in there – I think I smell like burning money). “I came in for the new highlighter and the One & Done. I’ve still got plenty of use to get out of my beloved Urban Spectrum palette. I have every colour of eyeshadow under the sun. I have no need for this in my life.”
“Well,” she said, “the highlighter is part of the permanent collection and this will sell out. I’m just saying.”
I’m not sure how I missed the fact that my favourite makeup brand had teamed up with Disney around the first Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movie to create a limited edition palette – but this time, at least, I was on the ball. (Incidentally, I am very aware that, like, “serious” movie fans hated the first film but I loved its zany, colourful world – and I definitely hope to catch Alice Through the Looking Glass too.) The new palette features 20 specially-created shades, arranged in column by character – although, this being Urban Decay, you’re encouraged to go off-piste and mix and match to create your own looks.
So far I’ve been wearing the more subtle Alice and Mirana looks to the office, but let’s be honest – those Mad Hatter shades are screaming my name, and I’ve got my eye on the vibrant green Hatter at the top of the second column in particular to wear with my favourite shirt on dress down Friday this week (yes, I match my eyeshadow to my outfit, doesn’t everybody?). A shoutout here too for the tiny sample I had of the Urban Decay Eden eyeshadow primer, which is the most effective thing I have ever used at keeping shadows locked on my tired eyes and which will be getting replaced this weekend once payday arrives…
You know, I wasn’t originally going to blog this but I’m glad I did: I’m finding myself falling in love with all the colours again as I list them here and look at the swatches. I’m all about the colour when it comes to eyeshadow and I couldn’t be happier with this selection – at £43 for the palette, this worked out at a little more than two quid per colour which is frankly ridiculous value when compared to the amount I’ve traditionally spent on my single shadows. If you’re swooning over that shimmery purple-silver Dream On in the Time column, you’re not alone – it’s not quite a replacement for my beloved Grifter but it will do in a pinch until Urban Decay get fed up of my emails and bring my favourite colour back.
Hey, we gotta talk about the palette itself because it is honest to god a work of art: kaleidoscopic artwork inspired by the film, Cheshire Cat quotes that reflect the palette’s contents and a 3D, iridescent butterfly in the lid. It’s so beautiful that I’m actually storing it in its original box, because I’m bad enough at caring for my makeup than to be trusted with cardboard packaging. But while the Gwen Stefani palette might be solid enough to throw in a suitcase, or the Urban Spectrum promises an afterlife as a jewellery box, I don’t really mind – the most beautiful things are always the most fleeting.
If you fancy getting your hands on this palette it’s still available from the Debenhams website – but be quick!