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Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland vs. Book of Shadows Vol. II

January 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Reviews, Swatches

Are you excited about Urban Decay’s new Alice In Wonderland palette? Are you ready to rush out to your nearest Sephora or Ulta and scoop it up into your makeup collection with welcoming arms? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may want to put your amped-up-debit-card into low gear, look at the swatches below and save yourself $52…especially if you already have the Book of Shadows Volume II palette in your possession!

Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland vs. Book Of Shadows Vol. II

Any of you who frequently comment in makeup forums may already be familiar with the rumor that Urban Decay re-packages previous collections with different names and releases them into the wild with a lot of hype about how great the new limited edition product is. Well, considering the fact that UD recently came out with their Alice In Wonderland (AIW) palette, I decided to do some comparison swatches with the Book of Shadow Volume II (BOS II) palette that I got back in December. Let’s just go ahead and put this whole nasty rumor to rest…wait. Actually…gee! These colors actually DO look a lot alike (all images are clickable). AIW is swatched in its entirety on the top row. BOS II is swatched beneath AIW and as small dots on top of AIW.


Beneath AIW are swatches from BOS II. Here are the list of colors as the compare to each other from Left to Right (the first color listed is from AIW. The colors they’re vs. are from BOS II):

  • Underland vs. Ecstasy
  • Alice vs. Jinx (Flipside is also swatched beneath Jinx and above Alice).
  • Oraculum vs. Half-Baked.
  • Queen vs. Sphynx.
  • Chessur vs. Nylon (Nylon is swatched above Chessur).
  • White Rabbit vs. YDK (beneath) vs. Sellout (above)
  • Wonderland (1 of the AIW shadows that didn’t have a match/close dupe)
  • Curiouser vs. AC/DC.
  • Muchness vs. Nylon.
  • Mushroom vs. Mushroom (real original name, don’tcha think?)
  • Midnight Tea Party vs. Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (beneath) vs. Sellout (above)
  • Vorpal vs. Misdemeanor (beneath) vs. Gunmetal (above)
  • Absolem vs. Homegrown
  • Drink Me, Eat Me vs. Midnight Cowboy Rides Again
  • Mad Hatter vs. Twice Baked
  • Jabborwocky vs. Perversion

How they compared in my eyes:
-Underland vs. Ecstasy- Even though Ecstasy has a darker undertone to it, it’s not considerably different from Underland.
-Alice vs. Jinx vs. Flipside- Alice is one of the few colors in this palette that doesn’t really have a dupe. Flipside comes close, but has a green duo-chrome effect to it that makes it difference from Alice. Jinx is simply to dark to compare with Alice.
-Oraculum vs, Half-Baked- Almost identical. Half-Baked doesn’t have as much of an orangey tone to it but the similarity is undeniable.
-Queen vs. Sphynx- Although I knew the two wouldn’t match, I still figured I’d swatch them. Queen is one of the few colors that didn’t have a dupe or a close match.
-Chessur vs. Nylon-- Identical
-White Rabbit vs. YDK (beneath) vs. Sellout (above)- White Rabbit doesn’t have an exact dupe but Sellout does come close to it. I don’t really care for White Rabbit anyways though due to the high amount of chunky glitter. Chunky glitter in eyeshadow = MAJOR glitter fallout EVERYWHERE which is a no go in my book.
-Wonderland- No comparison.
-Curiouser vs. AC/DC- No comparison.
-Muchness vs. Nylon- Muchness actually doesn’t match. But it’s dupe would be MAC’s Paradisco.
-Mushroom vs. Mushroom- I think the identical name gives it away.
-Midnight Tea Party vs. Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (beneath) vs. Sellout (above)- Midnight Tea Party and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (MCRA) are exact matches color-wise. The only difference between them is that MCRA has more glitter that Tea Party.
Vorpal vs. Misdemeanor (beneath) vs. Gunmetal (above)- No match. Both BOS II shades are much darker than Vorpal, however Silver Ring by MAC is an easy dupe for Vorpal.
-Absolem vs. Homegrown- They’re practically twins separated at birth.
-Drink Me, Eat Me vs. YDK- YDK is too dark of a brown to match Drink Me, Eat Me (DMEM). However, I have the same problem with DMEM as I do with White Rabbit…chunky glitter.
-Mad Hatter vs. Twice Baked- More twins. These could’ve been Siamese twins that were separated by the UD packaging team.
Jabborwocky vs. Perversion- Although the 2 look the same in the pictures, Perversion actually has a deep, dark green or teal shimmer to it. This shimmer, however, doesn’t stand out very much, hence, why these two colors look the same.

Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland vs. Book Of Shadows Vol. II

I swatched the palettes earlier today, and within minutes I was ready to drive the 80+ miles back to Nashville to return my Alice in Wonderland palette. Out of all 32 colors, only 4 of them were truly different (Queen, Wonderland, Curiouser, and Vorpal) while the other were exact matches or close enough to get by without. I’m sorry Urban Decay, but adding chunky glitter to the same eyeshadow, providing a pop-up scene around the mirror and a new color name does not constitute a “limited edition” worthy title. In my opinion, it denotes a lack of imagination and effort in trying to create a “UNIQUE” color. If I wanted a chunky glitter color (along with glitter all over my face from the stupid eyeshadow) then I’ll add glitter myself. Expect to be receiving a slightly used Alice in Wonderland palette to your factory by Monday morning because I’m returning to re-packaged crap first thing Saturday when I head out to Nashville along with this lovely letter…

Dear Urban Decay Cosmetics,

I’m not an idiot and neither is the rest of the world. Stop mistaking us for people who can’t tell the difference between one eyeshadow and the next just because you put it in fancy new packaging with a pop-up mirror scene that would entertain a 5-year-old. Your lack of originality and your implication that the world is stupid is not flattering to your image. Please take your “iconic” packaging for your primer potion, and stick it you-know-where.

Best wishes for a more imaginative and unique future,
Francine

 

 

***Disclaimer:*** Trust me. Urban Decay sure as hell didn’t endorse this review, cause if they did, I’d probably be fired. Haha.

Comments

58 Responses to “Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland vs. Book of Shadows Vol. II”
  1. uk ed hardy says:

    it’s one thing to rename existing colors and put them in a palette, but it is completely ridiculous to put the same colors from one palette into another palette that is being released so soon after the first! I mean, at least put a year between releases or something!

  2. Beth says:

    Hey…i know it must be annoying to get home and realise most colours are the same…. i actually emailed UD myself about this, and was told that the AIW book of shadows was not supposed to be full of new shadows, they were just standard UD colours given names relating to AIW after the film was released. i have both the book of shadows II and the alice in wonderland book. i knew they were VERY similar shadows, but i LOVE AIW sooo much, i just had to have the 2! =] so yeah just filling you in on what i know about both, and im sorry you lost your money for a product you dont want =[

  3. Mitch says:

    I have both UD vol II and the Alice in Wonderland and I love both. Yes there are a few that are the same and the Wonderland set does come with a card with pictures of all the colours and also a section which tell you all the real names of the shadow. The card is presented for all to see underneath the transaparent containter it come in. This is so people see and know what they are buying. A few are the same with some favourite classics thrown in. If you were to buy 16 singles eyeshaows think of the cost so even though there are a few repeated from UD vol II it still is well worth the money.

  4. Amber says:

    This is why you have to do research on things before you buy them. ;]
    The Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows was my first shadow purchase from Urban Decay, but i even knew that they were just giving already existing colors a different name and repackaging and selling them to promote the movie for those who are major Alice fans.

    The box even contains a list of the real names of each color…i thought they made it pretty clear that this wasn’t anything really “new”…just new packaging basically…

  5. Adam Poules says:

    There is alot to choose from there every shade under the sun. I only have two diffent shades they do me just fine. I wouldnt mind purchasing one of these though. A new colour for every occasion. The metallic look is great.

  6. misseyelovero1 says:

    i must warn many people that if you have make up like 120 palette, coastal scents, nyx in your make up trash then dont be fooled to waste your money on ebay or bid, because you could leave yourself in postion where you have to paynd then you feel do i really need this!!! people are really crazy on ebay they are paying £85.00 to £101.00 its not really fair because thats not the orginal retail price. i have seen many youtube videos where you get people raving over eyeshadows. my advise is ask your self if you really need this, now that it is limited edition people are paying more, and its a trick played well by seller and bidding is very disapointing because you get high bidders then you, im like would you really pay 80 90 100 pounds just on eye shadows, once the fancy book runs out, you’ll be trashing the box in bin. i really want to get the truth across because i discovered that the purple gold etc in alice in wonderland was actually in many other paletes i own. thats what you should look out for.

  7. misseyelovero1 says:

    you see what people dont realise is that you can get the same similar colours from the market,or cheaper eye palettes. i own the nyc and black palette. but i heard that two are similar too, my friend brought 3 urban decays and she was disapointed she spent all that money, she went home and swatched other colours from other palettes she had, she called me and said i swatched some colours compared and i already have these colours.. so overall it means you might have them colours lying in your make up trash but you dont realise until you check.

    *Another thing is that,, urban decay have attracted many people to these fancy showy boxes, i would say always buy it from a RETAIL PRICE NEVER BID ON EBAY!!!! THE PRICE WILL INCREASE TIL THE ENDING TIME. LOL

    * THE FACT THAT YOU GET PRIMER POTION FREE AND 2 PENCILS OR 1 HAS ATTRACTED MANY PEOPLE.. WHEN IN MATTER OF FACT YOU CAN GET SIMILAR COLOURS IN CHEAP VERSION, LIKE JET BLACK PENCIL, RIMMEL EYE KHOL, IN GREEN. ITS ALWAYS BEST TO LOOK FOR SIMILAR COLOURS, WHO WOULD KNOW WHAT YOU ARE WEARING. LOL

    MAKE UP ON A BUDGET IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA AND WISE OF YOU TO THINK YOU ARE ACTUALLY SAVING MONEY,

    * DONT WATCH YOUTUBE, OR RAVING SITES THAT TALK ABOUT MAKE UP THAT INFLUENCES YOU TO BUY PRODUCTS.

    BE CAREFUL,, DO NOT BUY A PRODUCT THAT YOU CAN GET SIMILAR IN COLOUR OR SIZE ETC,,,
    ITS ALL FANCY, BUT SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY… ALICE IN WONDERLAND URBAN DECAY[ PEOPLE HAVE PAID 100′S OF POUNDS FOR THIS, I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I FOUND OUT. ITS TEACHED ME HELL LOT.

    THANKS FOR READING MY ADVISE. GOD BLESS. X

  8. sanakermani says:

    thanks for the review and swatches!

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