Saturday, March 23, 2013

Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette Review and Swatches

 Most people know the story of the Wizard of Oz, beloved book and 1930's movie, but it didn't start, or even begin there! Oz The Great and Powerful, the prequel book to the above mentioned has now been turned into a star studded new movie featuring such great actresses as Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis! With these glamorous ladies playing such powerful characters comes glamorous looks. Urban Decay's Oz The Great and Powerful palettes for Glinda and Theodora allow you to recreate (includes a look card, face chart and even how to!) the beautiful makeup looks of these characters. Are you ready to be whisked away to oz?

 When i first saw the pictures for the Oz Great and Powerful palettes the first one to catch my eye was Glinda. Soft shades of pink, purple, along with iridescent, and metallic shades i was just about sold. Not only do these shades really suit the look of Glinda but they also suit my personal style. Girly, bright, and playful. There is enough range of colors in this palettes to get creative with a fun and bold look, but also enough sheer shades and everyday shades to make this palette work for everyday looks. I wouldn't call this palette neutral but it does have shades that can work for the neutral lover.
 On the front of the box is Oz the Great and Powerful in large golden letters against a very soft white, pink, and peach celestial background. On the back is the listing and crushed visual of the colors along with a full face look of Michelle Williams in character.

The palette itself is just a bit smaller than the box it comes in and it is housed in a metallic tin. The design on the box is the same design on the palette itself. This palette snaps closed. The only item that is external from the palette is the Glinda Super Saturated High-Gloss Lip Color. It would have been nice to see it housed all as one, but this isn't too much of a big deal. In the palette is a mirror on one side and the shades on the other. The shades are in the new Urban Decay format in that they are not pans but rather stand alone shadow refills that can be placed into other palettes from Urban Decay or placed into an eyeshadow case to use individually (not included). The eye pencil is in the center of the palette and there is no brush included (i would have liked another Urban Decay brush, but this is also not a deal breaker. The palette is roughly the size of my hand.

As i said above the shades are in their own little individual refill trays. They can be popped out, moved around, placed in other palettes, or placed in individual shadow holder (not included). In order to see the name of each color you have to pop it out to see the sticker on the bottom. They are in this palette in a sturdy way but i would be cautious in removing them. I had an issue removing one and it went flying out and broke a little on the side. 

 The shades (popped out below with their names visible) are (almost!) what you would expect from Urban Decay. With only one real failure of the 6 i am overall pleased with the quality. For these shades a primer isn't needed but it also doesn't hurt. Adding a primer can add time to how long these shades stay intense. The shades will last on the eye for about 5 hours before slight fading, with a primer they can last upward of 8. Tornado is a rich burgundy purple  that applys with great pigmentation. It is the darkest of the shades included and would be great for a smokey eye, contour color, outter v shade, or even used as a liner. Aura is broken up into two different shades. Both are intentionally sheer. One is a violet iridescent sheer while the other leans a bit red/pink iridescent sheer.  This shade is perfect under the brow bone and great for softening other colors. Mix the violet side of Aura over Tornado to soften the shade down a bit. Magic is a soft blue based pink. This shade is decently pigmented. Bright but not over powering. Would make a great lid shade or even a crease shade if using Illusion on the lid. Illusion is a sheer nude shade. Depending on your skin tone you can use this as an under the brow bone color, highlighter, or lid color. I like to use this as an all over the lid color as a base for the other shades. Oz is another duo shade which contains two metallic shades. One is a bright gold with gold glitter and the other is a silver with silver glitter. This is the only shade that fails on quality due to the glitter fallout. These shades would have been great without the glitter or had the glitter adhered to the lid. Based solely on their metallic color they are fantastic and glide one opaque and very bright. The glitter falls off onto the cheek, lashes, and even into the eye. The last shade, South is a darkened metallic grey. This shade is light enough to be a great lid shade but also dark enough to create a smokey eye look, use as a crease, or outer V. Use South in the crease to blend out Tornado when doing a smokey eye with a bit of Aura in the corner and line the bottom lid with the silver OZ.

Glinda Palette Oz the Great and Powerful Tornado, Aura, Magic, Illusion, Oz, South. Without Flash.
Glinda Palette Oz the Great and Powerful Tornado, Aura, Magic, Illusion, Oz, South. With Flash.

In addition to the eye shadows, this palette contains a 24/7 eyeliner in Rockstar and a Super-Saturated High-Gloss Lip Color in Glinda. While the Lip Color is a full size the liner is a sample size. Rockstar is a burgundy purple that reads quite dark on light skin. It looked like a brown almost black on my skin tone. The Lip Color was true to the pencil and looked exactly like it does on Michelle Williams on the look card included.

24/7 Eyeliner pencil in Rockstar and Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Glinda

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner pencil in Rockstar
Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Glinda

Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Glinda

Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Glinda

The look card that is included is a picture of Michelle Williams from the film Oz the Great and Powerful in full character. The face chart on the back is done in the form of "paint by numbers" in that each number corresponds to a shade or step on the left. 

I created my own quick eye look (and you can see the glitter fallout under my eye!). I used Illusion on my lid, Magic on my crease, Aura in the red/pink side under my brow, Tornado on my outer V to contour, and OZ in silver under my eye as a liner. I lined my eye with the Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Rockstar.

Urban Decay Oz The Great And Powerful Glinda Palette look

You can find the Urban Decay Oz the Great and Powerful Glinda Palette in Sephora or on for $50.

1 comment:

  1. I would buy this product & I love your ingenuity in creating a new look with the same palette. Well done!