A few weeks ago, I posted a review of the (extremely hard-to-find) Urban Decay Theodora Palette. Today I’ll be reviewing it’s companion palette, the Urban Decay Glinda Palette. Great News! At the time of publishing this review, the palette is still available, and at a spectacularly discounted price!
In January of 2013, Urban Decay released 2 limited edition palettes in collaboration with Disney’s “The Great and Powerful Oz”. Today I’ll be taking a look at one of these palettes, the Glinda Palette. The Glinda Palette was (obviously) inspired by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and contains a selection of 8 colours in 6 pans, designed to help you create looks inspired by the Glinda character in the Disney movie.
Like the Theodora Palette, this palette is very sturdy, and relatively compact. Although I have not seen the standard Urban Decay “Build Your Own Palettes”, I believe this one is bigger, as on the Urban Decay website, all the BYO Palettes are only designed to fit 4 pans.
The 6 pans of eyeshadow in this palette are all removable, making the palette itself a great collectible keepsake, able to be refilled, even when the shadows are used up.
As well as the 8 shades of eyeshadow, this set also comes with a mini eyeliner pencil and a full-size “Chubby” style lipstick pencil.
Tornado is a deep eggplant purple with what appears to be a blue microshimmer running through it. It applies with a smooth, creamy texture and blends out beautifully. When applied over a dark cream base, it creates a breathtaking smoky eye.
Aura is a split-pan with 2 different duochrome whites running through it. The first is described as having a violet iridescence, although I would describe it more as a blue duochrome. The second is described as a rose iridescence, which I would say is a fair description. These are both quite creamy, although they are also very soft, which can cause a little bit of fallout if you’re not careful. They work well as an inner corner highlight, and the blue side can work well as a very obvious brow highlight. I would be very cautious about using the rose side as a brow highlight, as the pink undertones can make your brow area look very puffy and inflamed.
Magic is a soft rose pink with gold microshimmer. Depending on the lighting it can look pink, peach or somewhere in-between. It’s probably the least pigmented shade in this palette (but still a shadow I would describe as having great pigmentation). It’s another colour that I would recommend very careful placement as this shade of pink, if not blended with the right colours, can make your eyes look a little irritated.
Illusion is a creamy pearlescent flesh-toned peach. It has no visible microglitter, but offers a strong shine to the skin. The texture is incredible, and it just glides onto my skin. Rather than using this as a brow highlight (I generally prefer a matte brow highlight) I like to use this shade in the centre of my eyelids to add dimension and make my eyes look bigger.
Oz is a lot of fun in theory, but is much less effective in practice. It’s another split-pan shadow with one side being chrome silver and the other side being a slightly antiqued gold. They are both lovely shades, however they both contain generous amounts of chunky glitter that tends to fall-out all over my face, no matter how much of a sticky base I apply first. In the swatch picture below you can see the glitter fall-out all over my hand, and unfortunately when I wear this shadow, that glitter ends up all over my face.
South is an absolutely beautiful stand-alone eyeshadow. It’s an ultra-creamy textured metallic taupe brown that works as a perfect one-shadow eye look. Pat it all over your eyelid, up to the crease, then use a clean fluffy brush to blend it out into your crease and voila, you’re done. This shadow is one of those rarities that can make the simplest eye look appear incredibly complex.
Ginda Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Pencil / 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Rockstar
The Super Saturated Lip Pencil in Glinda is an opaque neutral pink/nude. The texture is creamy and non-drying, and has pretty good lasting power (although not as long-wearing as Theodora). It’s a great “everyday” lip colour, and fades off gracefully if you don’t have the time or inclination to reapply.
The Eyeliner Pencil in Rockstar is a product I am already familiar with, as I own the full-size version. The formula is incredible, although this style of pencil is becoming more commonplace now with brands like Rimmel and NYX coming out with similar ultra-creamy, long wearing pencils. The colour is a reddish purple-brown, making it quite good for a soft dsytime appropriate look, especially for green eyes, or for people who are not confident working with highly pigmented products. If you’re looking for an inky black pencil, I would recommend Urban Decay Perversion.
The Urban Decay Glinda Palette also comes with a small sheet of instructions to help you to recreate Michelle Williams’ makeup from the movie “Oz, The Great and Powerful”
The RRP of the Urban Decay Theodora Palette is $49.00USD, however it is currently on sale for $24.00 USD from Urban Decay.
If you’re not in the US, it’s also available (at full price) from BeautyBay.
*This palette was purchased by Makeup Utopia.