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Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is 20 years old this year. The film that revived John Travolta’s career and made Uma Thurman über cool thanks to her portrayal of Mrs Mia Wallace (backed up by one of the best soundtracks ever), is the inspiration behind Urban Decay’s new limited edition Pulp Fiction collection* – a complete change in direction for them too.
I had a framed photograph of Mia Wallace on my bedroom wall for years (the famous shot used in the poster of the movie). That iconic black bob, blood red lips and nails to match still remains classic, understated and criminally gorgeous.
What started off as a lipstick and nail polish then grew into a sizeable collection to include an eyeshadow palette, lip pencil and eyeliner and it’s fair to say Urban Decay pays a mighty fine homage to Mia.
The eyeshadow palette (£17.50) unfolds to reveal five neutral shades, three of which are completely new. The shiny case features the fateful Ezekiel passage from the Bible recited by Jules Winnfield, from which the eyeshadows take their names.
From top to bottom we have:
Righteous – a light cream matte
Tyranny – a warm brown matte
Vengeance – a deep taupe-brown matte-satin
Furious – a white satin
Anger – a black satin with slight tonal sparkle
Each shadow is nothing short of the quality Urban Decay is famous for – velvety soft, pigmented and dead easy to blend. I love Tyranny – the colour reminds me of a chocolate fudge gelato and Vengeance is equally delicious. Helpfully there is a ‘Get the Look’ card with a step-by-step guide included on how to recreate Mia’s look.
Unusually a glitter liquid eyeliner has been thrown into the mix. The heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Gunmetal (£14) is a clear base with black and silver glitter. It’s a water-based, buildable formula with peach and cucumber extract to condition the skin and carrot extract to smooth and soften. The product is also paraben-free.
It’s the only item I would skip buying as it doesn’t excite me greatly and it’s not something I would reach for repeatedly. If I am in need of a glitter eyeliner (which I’m not as I find them pretty pointless), I can find cheaper alternatives in Superdrug.
Lipstick Mrs Mia Wallace (£15) joins the series of Urban Decay’s brilliant Revolution lipsticks with a matching 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil (£13) with the same namesake. I have a few of Revolution lippies so I am familiar with the rich, creamy formula and the slick bullet that makes for easy application. I cannot get enough of Mrs Mia Wallace – it’s my kind of deep blood red.
Mia’s nails also get attention and I have a feeling I will have to buy back-ups because it’s THE red I’ve been missing for years. I was in love with Miss Selfridge nail polishes when I was at school and Trash was my absolute number one choice – a deep burgundy red with a gold shimmer until that (and the entire range) was discontinued. Well it’s been reincarnated in the form of Mrs Mia Wallace thanks to Urban Decay and I, for one, could not be happier.
The formula is excellent with opacity in one coat though you ought to layer on a second for optimum colour. I kept this on my nails for three days with no chipping. However I struggled with the brush as it’s really thin, which means the risk of picking up too much product to speed up the process and making a mess. Still, I can let that one slip when the colour is stunning.
If you were too young to remember when Pulp Fiction came out, I hate you. Having said that, there couldn’t be anything better to introduce a new generation to a cult classic (and for fans to revisit the movie) than this brilliant and clever collection. Let me know what you think of this, honey bunnies.
Urban Decay’s glorious Pulp Fiction collection is available from Debenhams and House of Fraser in store and online, Selfridges Birmingham and at feelunique.com and beautybay.com to name just a few.
Five years of blogging and you would think I’ve seen my fair share of beauty products yet half a decade on, some things cross my path that give me a buzz. By Terry is one of them.
Today I had a sneak peek at the new launches from By Terry hosted by the great lady herself, Terry de Gunzburg at London’s National Gallery.
From By Terry, the new Rose Infernale Fall Collection offers a Trio Blusher (£72), new tinted shades of the Rose de Baume Nutri-Coleur (£35) and intriguingly, Eye Powder-Kajal (£29) due for release in September.
Meanwhile the Cellularose® Cleanse skincare collection is made up of the Cellularose® Cleansing (£42) Oil, Cellularose Hydra-Toner (£40) and Cellularose® Nutri-Pure cleansing balm (£42).
On top of that there is the arrival of two new delicious fragrances from Terry de Gunzburg. Rose infused scents are my weakness and sure enough, these two new additions to Terry de Gunzburg’s collection turned me knees to jelly.
Rouge Nocturne is the red and Rouge Infernale is the violet and I can’t pick which of the two is my favourite. Rouge Nocturne is perfect for day time wear whereas Rouge Infernale is sensual and a little wicked.
The fragrances arrive in the perfumery hall of Harrods on 1st September exclusively before rolling out to other stores later.
I will have a review coming soon on them as well as more details on the other products. For now feast your eyes on these pretties…
(I’m getting heart palpitations over the I.N.G.U – I Never Give Up Making Colour eye and face palette – such pigmented colours! It’s limited edition and exclusively available to buy at the National Gallery where the Making Colour exhibition is on show.)