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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.
OK, I am a few months late with Urban Decay’s Electric palette and this is in spite of buying it on the day it was released but it makes a change to visit something after the mad flurry for swatches on other beauty blogs.
I wanted to take my time with this product, which is why it was buried in my drawer, waiting for the ideal opportunity to break into.
The Electric Palette is not for the weak, it’s not for the whimsical-floating-on-a-cloud lot either. That’s what the Naked palettes are for. Electric is a chaotic and insane palette of acid tones, neon shades and bright colours – it’s crack for eye-make-up addicts.
It’s about time Urban Decay stepped away from the comfort zone and done something spectacular and Electric signals the move to be bold and play bold.
Some will argue these kind of colours have already been done by Sleek but I’ve not been convinced by some of their palettes because their quality doesn’t measure up. Let’s be straight about this, Urban Decay makes the finest, most buttery soft and blendable eyeshadows. Eye make-up takes on a whole new meaning in fact.
With such faith in Urban Decay and with my devotion to the brand, I had big hopes for Electric. The packaging alone is brilliant – robust, slick and solid.
Open it up and you’re met with 10 pressed pigments, which aren’t limited to the eyes only. Urban Decay boasts of a new and special formula created to make these intense shades, which are a mix of shimmers, glitters and mattes. You can adjust some of these shades to work as eyeliners, blushers and lips – even on hair too.
As I explained, I’m a lover of Urban Decay eyeshadows, but this is the first time I feel let down by some of the shades. You see, the results vary with a handful of them falling foul.
I used six shades to create this look:
These were Thrash (bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl), Fringe (teal), Gonzo (turquoise matte), Chaos (royal blue), Urban (metallic purple) and Jilted (metallic fuschia with blue shift).
The one colour I struggled repeatedly with was Thrash. It faded away almost immediately upon application and I delicately patted it on with a brush. I know anything yellow is usually difficult to work with when it comes to eye make-up but Thrash by Urban Decay’s high standards didn’t cut the mustard – even with the use of a primer. As for blending, it was a nightmare to attempt it when Thrash withered away so quickly. (By the way, all pictures were taken in natural daylight.)
I discussed this with the wife, Leanne and she suggested I use NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk to allow the powdery glitter shadow to stick to it. Usually I use Milk but on this occasion I didn’t think I would need to. Any way, I will try it, if anything it will create a neutral base for the colours to pop.
The remaining colours I used are classic UD, easy to blend and beyond beautiful with Gonzo my favourite because I am a total sucker for anything turquoise.
Interestingly I had been told by a few (and read some posts too) that the shades stain the skin even with a primer but I didn’t find this to be the case. The products came off effortlessly with a micellar water cleanser.
It’s a dynamic, blow-your-mind palette but it comes with some teething problems. I’m going to attempt to work around these because I’m in love with the colours and am determined to get along famously with them. I would like to know what your thoughts on working with Electric are. Disappointing or out of this world?
Electric will set you back by £38, which equates to £3.80 per colour.