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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.

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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.

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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.

urbandecay_pulpfiction_linerIt’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.

urbandecay_pulpfiction_eyeLipstick 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.

urbandecay_pulpfiction_lipstick urbandecay_mrsmiawallace_lipstickswatchesMia’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.

urbandecay_mrsmiawallace_nailpolish urbandecay_pulpfiction_nails2The 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.

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Illamasqua: Once

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2014
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There are two things to be happy about: it’s Friday and Illamasqua’s new collection Once* is out today.

Three new products define Once with a blusher – Naked Rose reissued from the 2012 Naked Strangers collection but there isn’t a lipstick in sight. Instead the main focus is on the eyes (always my favourite part which Illamasqua caters for spectacularly) with a subtle nod at the lips, cheeks and nails.

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There are two new shades of their Sheer Lipgloss (£16.50) to coo over – Opulent (rainbow beige) and Exquisite (pink oyster). They shimmer beautifully and smell like candy.

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One nail colour also features and it’s a stunning antique teal with very fine old gold glitter called Melange. It’s my second favourite from the collection, pipped to the post by the debut of three Vintage Metallic Eye Shadows (£16.50) in perfect autumnal shades.

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Courtier is a dusky rose, Embellish is a rich cocoa and Bibelot is a rustic golden teal. I would best describe the Vintage Metallics as a cross between Illamasqua’s cream pigments and liquid metals as they give a fantastic shimmer yet have a cream-gel texture.

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The packaging is identical to the Precision Gel Eye Liner pot, which enhances the look and feel of the product. In fact it looks premium with the rose gold lid, which perhaps is a sign that Illamasqua is moving in that direction.

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Evidently these are my pick of the bunch and I have strong hopes this will be the start of a new line for the brand. I can picture a rich jewel colour like a deep purple or garnet – those would have me keeling over.

I won’t dwell too much on the blusher Naked Rose (£21.50) because for a brown girl like me, it’s wasted as it’s far but pale beauties like Do Not Refreeze and Tales of A Pale Face will love it.

Once is a thing of beauty and I believe it will have longterm lovers of the brand flocking towards it. Mind you, it’s not too obscure to frighten newcomers, I’d say it’s a gentle collection to lure you into the world of Illamasqua. And with that thought, I’m going to leave you with these incredible images.

Once_promo1 once_promo2 once_promo3 once_promo4Once is available online and at all Illamasqua counters nationwide as well as the flagship store on Beak Street.