Thursday, February 21, 2013

Urban Decay Oz The Great And Powerful Theodora & Glinda Palettes - Photos & Swatches

Honestly, I don't think any other brand comes out with palettes quite as awesome and amazing as Urban Decay does. Ever since the Alice in Wonderland palette from like 3 years ago, I've always been impressed and have coveted Urban Decay's eye shadow releases. Just to give you a quick rundown, here are just a few of the palettes they've released since the Alice palette, and the majority of them have been received with rave reviews: Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked Basics, 15th Anniversary, I ♥ NY (BOS 4 - or 5?), Smoked. 
So, when Urban Decay announced they were going to have palettes based off of the upcoming Oz movie, I was pretty excited and sure that I was going to purchase them. 
There are 2 palettes that come with the new standard of their packaging - Glinda and Theodora. The case is the tin like case that is similar to the Naked 2 palette. The shadows come in detachable little pots so you can stick them in their new palette system that they released last year.
Aside from the fact that the shadows are amazing quality, the sets Urban Decay comes out with are generally also a great deal. Each palette also comes with a liner and a Super-Saturated lip color. I was particularly excited about the Super-Saturated lip color because I hand't ever tried them and I believe they've never come in a palette before.
Each palette retails for $49 and can be bought at Sephora, Ulta and Urban Decay's Website. 

From the Sephora website: 
What it does:
Inspired by the Disney film’s theme of good witch vs. bad witch (and the good witch/bad witch dichotomy in all of us), Urban Decay created two collectible palettes loaded with beautiful, never-before-seen shades. Recreate Theodora’s captivating, edgy look with eight all new and exclusive eye shadows in six pans (this set includes two duo-shades that are split in half, with a different color on each side of the pan). Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. 
Theodora
This set contains:
- 6 x 0.05 oz Eyeshadow in Broken (pale cream satin), Beware (warm brown matte), Bewitch (dark charcoal brown satin), West (deep metallic brown shimmer), Spell (black satin with green and gold shimmer and gold metallic with tonal glitter), Jealous (pale green pearl and dark green pearl)
- 0.03 oz 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero (black)
- 0.1 oz Super-Saturated High Gloss Color in Theodora (bright red cream)
- A card with step-by-step instructions on how to get Theodora’s look from the film
Mila Kunis Photo w/ Get The Look explanation


Theodora Super Saturated Lip Pencil
Theodora is a warm toned tomato red. The texture of the Super Saturated lip pencils are sort of like a glossy lipstick. It's got a slightly stickier feel than your regular lipstick, and is fairly moisturizing. It's quite pigmented - the swatches above are just one swipe. 
The product itself is sort of on the softer side.

Broken, Beware, Bewitch, West Eye Shadows
The first four shadows in the Theodora Palette are Broken, Beware, Witch and Spell
  • Broken - pale cream toned satin finish shadow. The formula for this was fantastic! It was very pigmented, soft and it wasn't chalky at all. The slight shimmer in the pan doesn't really translate in swatches.
  • Beware - matte warm toned medium brown. It reminds me a lot of Naked from the Naked Palette. I feel like there is an abundance of shadows like this from Urban Decay so I sort of wished they had something different, but I know they included this so there would be a good quad of neutrals to choose from.
  • Bewitch - satin finish charcoal brown. This isn't as soft and buttery as Broken or Beware. It's a decent color, but not the greatest. I personally don't own very many cool toned brown satin or matte colors so it's convenient for me to have it in this palette, otherwise I would've picked a different one from a different brand.
  • West - mushroom brown frost. Like most of Urban Decay's frost finish shadows, this had an incredibly easy to work with formula. This is also a typical Urban Decay color - I feel like it's similar to Smog from the Naked palette, as well as a ton of different colors from Mac and drugstores. It definitely does complete the quad of neutrals though.

The photo above was taken in natural light, the photo below has all flash photos. As you can see, the shadow Bewitch looks REALLY different above and below. The flash in the camera picked up the satin finish really well so that's why it came up much lighter than in natural light. It's definitely much more color accurate in the photo above than in the photo below.
Clockwise from Top Left: Broken, Beware, Bewitch, West

Spell & Jealous Eyeshadow Duos
Each palette comes with two duos. Theodora's come with two duos that are pretty Witch-appropriate.
  • Spell - black with a green and gold glitter/shimmer shot through it on one side and the gold is a very gilded, frosty gold with a chunky glitter as well. These aren't the greatest, as the glitter falls out really easily, but the gold color is nice, if you ignore the glitter. The black is ok, the swatch above was layered about three times.
  • Jealous - frosty pair of green shadows. One side is a light chartreuse green and the other is a sunny sort of grass green. These had a much better formula than the other duo. It's sort of the perfect pair of greens for something Oz themed.
Glinda

What it does:
Inspired by the Disney film’s theme of good witch vs. bad witch (and the good witch/bad witch dichotomy in all of us), Urban Decay created two collectible palettes loaded with beautiful, never-before-seen shades. Recreate Glinda’s ethereal, spellbinding look with eight all new and exclusive eye shadows in six pans (this set includes two duo-shades that are split in half, with a different color on each side of the pan). Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. 
Michelle Williams as Glinda
This set contains:
- 6 x 0.05 oz Eyeshadow in Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer), Aura (iridescent white with blue shift and iridescent white with red shift), Magic (pinkish purple with golden shimmer), Illusion (pale peach satin), Oz (gold with gold glitter and silver with silver glitter), South (warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter)
- 0.03 oz 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Rockstar (deep eggplant)
- 0.1 oz Super-Saturated High Gloss Color in Glinda (light sheer nude)
- A card with step-by-step instructions on how to get Glinda's look from the film 
Glinda Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
This I was actually super excited about when waiting for these palettes to come in. After looking at everybody's swatches online, it looked pretty much like one of my future favorite MYBB (my lips but better) products. 
The color is a medium nude with a slight red tone to it. On my lips, it just slightly accents my natural lip color, which is more of a red tone than a nude or pink. 
Personally I think it'll look better on medium and light skin tones - since it's a midtoned color it may not show up as strongly as you'd like.
Tornado, Aura, Magic
  • Tornado - eggplanty purple frost. The formula for this was pretty average amongst Urban Decay's shadows. It's not the most exciting or interesting of the bunch since I have a ton of purple shadows, but it's a pretty decent shadow for those of you that may not have that many purples. I'd probably use this more as a liner for under the eyes than as a shadow since it's a pretty dark purple.
  • Aura - first duo of the palette. One side has a pastel blue flash and the other has a vibrant pastel pink flash. Gorgeous and would work really well as inner corner highlight colors. They'd probably show up better over a black or dark base. 
  • Magic - cool toned pink shimmer. This may be my least favorite of the entire bunch, including the Theodora palette. It's not the greatest quality shadow, and I don't really wear pinks since they can be so finicky to work with around the eyes. There's a slight gold shimmer to it, which is nice, but again, it's just not a color that I'd wear all that often. 


Illusion, Oz, South
  • Illusion - peachy light gold. This had pretty good color payoff. It'll look really nice against blue eyes. 
  • Oz - the Oz duo comes with another bright strong gold frost and is paired with a very strong silver frost. Both of these have chunky glitter in them as well. Again, the fall out is a problem with these shadows. It seems like that's the final frontier in terms of what Urban Decay has to work on in their shadows.
  • South - cool toned taupe frost. It's got a slight pewter like tone as well. The formula for this was very pigmented and perhaps the best of the shadows in this palette.

Honestly, I think Urban Decay assumes that you'll purchase both palettes and use them together. Yes, they function well individually. There's great combinations of colors in both that can contribute to many wearable everyday looks but the fact that one comes with 4 neutrals and the other comes with a lot of frosty brights, it seems like they'd assume people would buy both because they're limited edition fan based products.
Both of these palettes are available at Ulta, Sephora and Urban Decay's website.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome review and photos. These look like great palettes! :)
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