Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Urban Decay Glinda Palette - Good Witch?

Darn Urban Decay caused me to break my resolve to cut back on my makeup spending when they came out with their two limited-edition Oz palettes.

I've already reviewed the Theodora palette here, so it's time to take a closer look at the Glinda palette.

Just like the Theodora palette, I love the exterior design of the palette. I actually love the ethereal quality of this palette a bit more than the other one, but they are both beautiful. I also like that the palette is metal and relatively sleek compared with palettes in the Book of Shadows series.

My slight disappointment when this palette arrived was this:

Tornado wasn't quite attached. Thankfully this was a minor issue compared with my issues with the Theodora palette. I pulled out my hot glue gun and glued the pan back in.

On to the swatches!

Left to right: Tornado, Aura (dual shadow), and Magic
Tornado is a deep, plummy purple shimmer.

Aura is a dual shadow that consists of a blue shift shade and a pink shift shade. Here's a picture that shows the color-shift nature of the shadows a bit better:

Magic is a mid-toned pinky purple shade that has fine golden shimmer. The shimmer doesn't really translate into swatches or on the lid.

Left to right: Illusion, Oz (dual shadow), and South
Illusion is a satiny peach shade. It reminds me a lot of the shade Bootycall from the Naked 2 palette.  It makes a really nice lid shade.

Oz has a gold shade with chunky silver glitter and a silver shade. The chunky silver glitter is unfortunate because I'm sure there will be fallout. *sigh* Here's a better look at the glitter:

South is a really nice warm grey/taupe shade with silver shimmer that also doesn't translate onto the lid.

Also included with the palette is a mini 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Rockstar, which is swatched below.

I love Rockstar. It's a great color for people afraid of color because it is dark enough that it isn't initially obvious that it is purple.

The final product included with the palette is a Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Glinda, which is the same as the permanent shade Naked.

I was hesitant about this color when I ordered this palette. I can't do shades that are too light. They make me look dead. This, however, is a mid-toned nude that looks really nice. It's a great everyday color. The formula is feels creamy but not heavy on the lips. I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of it.

Just like with the Theodora palette, this one also came with a look card:


It's always nice to see how the company intended for the colors to be used. I haven't actually tried out this specific look yet, but I do plan to eventually!

Final Thoughts

This is another winner from Urban Decay. The one glitter bomb is a minor disappointment, but one in two palettes from Urban Decay is a pretty good average. The other shades in the palette are neutrals and colors that are relatively easy to wear, which is great. I'm very happy that I've added this palette to my collection.

If you haven't read my review of the Theodora palette, I would urge you to check it out though. I had some issues with the palette itself that I think it important to note.  It leads to to question the durability of the palette over time and the quality about the customizable palettes in general.

Did you add the Glinda palette to your collection? Are you excited about the movie Oz the Great and Powerful? I'm excited about it, but I don't know if I'll end up seeing it in the theater just because the only movie theater near me isn't very good and probably won't end up showing it.


  1. ooo I really like that collection.. too bad it is way out of my price budget at the moment.. but I saw the colors and thought instantly WANT!

    Ok so i have to point out that it is funny (maybe Ironic) that the shadow that detached was tornado... :) made me giggle

    1. It's a really fun collection.

      Hahaha...I didn't even think about the fact that it was Tornado that didn't stick. :-)

  2. I really like these palettes. They both look so pretty. I think I would get more use of the Glinda palette. I really want them, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going to get them.

    1. Good luck deciding. I hate to encourage since you are on a spending ban, but these are LE, so don't wait too long before deciding. Who knows when they will disappear for good.

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  4. I picked up the Theodora palette a few weeks ago, but I really want this one as well. Your swatches look beautiful! Too bad about the glitter bomb, but they all look lovely. I just too a quick peek at your Theodora review and the problems you were having. I then checked mine to see if it had the same issue, and I noticed that one of them does pop up and won't stay down! How annoying. Good that they sent you a replacement, but awful that it's the same thing again. Ughhh. Anyway, great review! :)

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    1. That stinks that yours doesn't stay down correctly either. For a palette as expensive as it is, this shouldn't be a problem. :-(

  5. I've been eying these since they came out, and I definitely want one of these palettes. The packaging is super cute and I've always had good luck with UD palettes, so I'm sure this is a great buy. I'm still debating between the 2 palettes, but I'll definitely have to pick one of these up next chance I get.
    I found your blog through the blog hop, and I'd love it if you'd check mine out. I'm following through GFC.
    Have a nice weekend!

    1. Glinda is the more unique of the two, so if you would use those colors, I would go for that one (if you don't get both).

      Thanks for stopping by and following!

  6. I can't believe one of the pots had fallen out! What a bummer. Great review, though!
    P.S. Found ya through Monday Beauties

    1. It was really disappointing! Thankfully, it was an easy fix.

      Thanks for stopping by!