Saturday, 25 June 2016

Lipstick Matchmaker - The Perfect Vice Lipsticks for Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette

If you've been lucky enough to get your hands on this beautifully mesmerising palette, then you would know just how special it is. It's varying colours of bold to neutral shades are on all out wish lists, but if you're not used to mixing shades together to find different looks, eyeshadow palettes like this can often be left to one side just to be looked at.

I want this to be wearable, so I've gone out and explored the new Urban Decay Vice lipstick collection and have hand-picked shades that would go perfectly with each colour in the Alice Through the Looking Glass palette. So whether you're blending or using a colour on it's own, you know roughly what sort of shade to have on your lips.

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Let's start with 'Looking Glass' - barely there and soft, this is a perfect base but if you want a gentle sweep of colour to neutralise eyelids this can also be worn on its own.
I chose Gubby for this. Gubby is part of the Metalised Vice collection and it's pale, perfect and very natural. For the girls that want that naked look, this is the perfect combo for you.

Next on the list is 'Hatter', a daring emerald green that's bright and vivacious. It may look like lip colours are limited for a shade like this, but you actually have a lot more to play with when it comes to green. You could easily opt for nudes and browns to really bring out the earthy tones. You could go for purples to enhance the hue, or you could go with pinks. I chose pink in this instant and found the perfect match for 'Hatter' to be Wrong Number - a dashing delicate pink that makes for a perfect coupling with Hatter in the Spring.

If you're after subdued shades with a kick, then 'Lily' is the eyeshadow colour for you. Underneath the neutral base lies a iridescent pinkie purple that is truly stunning in sunshine. To bring out these shades, Seismic is the way to go. A dose of a purple lip is just what will make 'Lily' take over.

I've heard good things about 'Heads Will Roll' and this colour goes really well against hazel eyes. It's very bold so you need a lip colour that's a little more subdued but can hold its own. Snitch is perfect. It comes in Vice's sheer form so it's not as bright as matte or cream finishes, but is just enough colour to make it an ideal companion.

Funnily enough, 'Time' was the toughest for me to make my decision. You wouldn't think it considering it's just a dark shade that is perfect for smokey eyes. But that's just the problem because Time goes will so many colours. You could easily pick a red for a dramatic look, or a pink to soften the darkness. I, however, think Stark Naked is just right. Nothing looks more elegant than a gorgeous nude lip against a dramatic smoky eye look.

'Reflection' has a lot of orange undertones so you need to stay away from lip colours that are too orange. It's best to choose something a little more neutral and Backdoor is perfect. It's more of a brown and slightly metallic so it's the ideal antidote to Reflection's matte warm tone.

If you want dramatic eyes, 'Gone Mad' is a must-try and I love wearing it with Tilt. Tilt is from the Comfort Matte collection and is currently my favourite Vice lipstick. It's red but more on the orange spectrum so it's ideal for Summer and goes beautifully with the underlying purple tones of Gone Mad.
'Duchess' will likely be the least wearable colour of all from the palette just because orange on eyes tends to be an acquired taste, but if you did want to go for it, pair it with Trance. This soft nude with a pearlised finish will neutralise the orange deepness of Duchess.
'Bandersnatch' is the first eye colour I tried and this beautiful blue goes so well with Unicorn. Unicorn can be found in the Comfort Matte section of Vice and is somewhere in-between nude, pink and coral. It's dreamy and can imagine this being the star of the range.

Don't be frightened of 'Dream On'. Out of all the shades this has the least colour pay-off and only leaves your eyelids with glistening shimmer, so it required a lipstick that knows how to lead the way. Ez is... red. That's really the only way to describe it. Loaded in colour and in shine, it will run the show against Dream On.

'Dormouse' is also a warm colour with some orange hues (lot's of oranges in this palette). Best to opt for a nude lipstick with this hue, so go for Uptight.

Onto 'Paradox' and you've guessed it, another orange. I'm noticing a theme here. Just like the rest, a good nude goes a long way and Weirdo will compliment the rich, indulgent tones of Paradox really well.

Styled like a bronze goddess, 'Kingdom' is ideal for blue eyes and perfect for everyday wear. Because of this, it needs a lipstick that's just as wearable and nothing is more wearable in this collection than Liar

Ok, so I have no idea how to pronounce 'Salazen Grum' but I do know that I love it! It's a shimmery bronze with an abundance or red so it needs a lip colour that can steal the show without overwhelming. If you think you're not over Frozen fever just yet, Bobby Dazzle is not just the lipstick for Salazen Grum, but it's also the lipstick for you.

'Chromosphere' is more of a neutral bronze and I've matched this with 1993 making it an ideal pair for everyday wear.

I really love 'Metamorphosis'. It's a unique colour that I've never seen before. A stunning azure blue always goes great with a pink or a coral and wearing with Brat is an instant pretty look for the summer.

'Cake' won't be to everyone's taste (pardon the pun) but for those of you with a cool skin tone, you will revel in this colour. This luxurious pink is eye-catching and daring, and suits something that makes it look a bit more demure. And that colour is Walk of Shame.

Oh, lookie here! Yet another warm tone with a few orange flecks! 'Chessboard' is a matte hazel brown and is suited by the rich tones of Ravenswood so well.

This is probably my favourite match - 'Royal Flush', a sultry champagne and Vice lipstick in Bad Blood. No, it's not just because I'm a Taylor Swift fan, it's because this look is pure Snow White perfection. Subtle sheen eyes with a daring lip. It's just perfect!

And last, but certainly not least, we have 'Mirror'. This gleaming grey can be worn for a more wearable smoky look. I love grey! Sometimes much more so than black for eyeliner and nothing goes better with this cool tone than a bold purple. Which is why I think Venom matches this perfectly.

So these are my Vice lipstick shades to the Alice Through the Looking Glass palette. Let me know which of the shades you love and how you wear your eyeshadow palette!

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