Urban Decay: Theodora Palette – Review, Swatches & Photos
Before I proceed with the review, I just wanna let you guys know a few things. Aside from the fact that this is a picture heavy post, some of you might consider this ‘lengthy’, which I totally understand. However, I will be reviewing all of the items that came with the palette, (three items overall) so if you want, you can use the links below to navigate all over this post and go through whatever section you want. (Although I would really appreciate it if you read the entire post ^_^;)
The Theodora palette comes with six full-sized eyeshadow colors, (two of the pans have two shades on them or “duo shades” as Urban Decay calls it, therefore makes them eight) one travel-sized 24-7 Eyeliner, one full-size Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color and a “Get The Look” instruction card. Both palettes (Theodora and Glinda) retail for $49 at the Urban Decay website, but you can buy them here at Stuff In Style. for PhP 3,500 (less 20% if you use the discount code which lasts only for this month, I believe)
The palette is housed in a metallic case, which I first encountered when I bought my Naked 2 palette. However, according to some of the reviews I’ve read online, this palette’s packaging is very similar to the Urban Decay’s Build Your Own Palette. The only difference is that this palette does not come with an eyeshadow brush applicator but instead, it comes with a travel sized 24/7 eyeliner. Since it’s practically the same as the BYOB palette, the eyeshadow pans are detachable hence allowing you to customize your palette if in case you would like to replace one or more shades in this palette. It also has a large mirror allowing you to see your entire face not only your eyes while your doing your makeup.
As previously mentioned, this palette comes with 6 full-sized eyeshadow pans (2 of the pans are duo-shades), mostly light, warm and darker neutrals, ideal for creating a perfect day or night eye makeup. This palette is very handy because you can either do the simplest neutral eye makeup, ideal during the day time, or go full on heavy with dramatic, darker shades when you’re going out at night.
Broken – Pale cream eyeshadow with satin finish*
Beware – Warm brown matte eyeshadow*
Bewitch – Dark Charcoal Brown Eyeshadow with Satin Finish*
West – Deep Metallic Brown*
Spell – Duo-Shades: (1) Black with Green Satin and Gold Shimmer (2) Gold Metallic with Tonal Glitter*
Jealous – Duo-Shades: (1) Pale Green Pearl (2) Dark Green Pearl*
L-R: (Top Row) Broken, Beware and Bewitch; (Bottom Row) West, Spell, and Jealous
In general, all of these eyeshadows are extremely pigmented, they have a buttery-smooth consistency, and they have a great color pay off. Surprisingly, none of these eyeshadows were powdery, so perhaps there’s something new in their formulation. I had no problems applying them in my eyelid. They went on smoothly and they were very easy to blend. I noticed, however, that there were some fall outs while I was applying ‘Spell’. It wasn’t a big deal, but since both of the shades have a glitter/sparkle finish, it’s quite understandable that you’re bound to end up with glitter fall outs under your eye. As for the lasting power, without an eye primer, these eyeshadows lasted me for more than six hours (I caved, I washed my face right after) without creasing nor fading.
24/7 Glide On Eyeliner Pencil in “Zero” (Travel Size)
Included in this palette is a travel-sized 24/7 glide on eye pencil in the shade of “Zero”. Basically, this is just a classic black eyeliner that most of us wear. What I really love about this eyeliner is that, it glides on smoothly without gaps even when I’m tigtlining. That’s actually the main thing that impressed me the most aside from the fact that it’s really easy to use. Usually, no matter how pigmented or creamy my eyeliners are, when it comes to tightlining, I end up poking my eye once or twice before getting the job done. Aside from that, it has a really good pigmentation, it doesn’t smudge and it doesn’t fade. You won’t end up at the end of the day having raccoon eyes or having merely eyeliner residues on your lid. As for the wear, the eyeliner lasted on my eyelids for more than six hours, (it came off when I removed my entire makeup) still intact, with zero smudges.
Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in “Theodora”(Travel Size)
This lip product reminds me a lot of my Revlon lipstick in ‘Cherries In The Snow’ precisely because it looks like a bright cherry red lip color with a lot of shimmer. I’m not really into red lipsticks, at least, not until it’s December, but this lip color made me want to rethink my position. This lip pencil, as the name states already, is SUPER saturated, and really glossy. I didn’t have any problems applying it on my lips, it went on smoothly, and it didn’t settle on the fine lines of my lips. According to some of the reviews I’ve watched & read, this is actually F-Bomb just like Naked which was renamed as Glinda for the Glinda Palette. But who am I to know? I don’t have F-BOMB or Naked. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a nude lip color that is as pigmented and glossy as this one? Dang! Anyway, I’ve worn this lip color for more than six hours (it came off when I removed my entire makeup) and since it has a really bold color, it doesn’t fade quickly, but once it does, it leaves a really beautiful stain that still covers the entire lip.
| 6 full-sized eyeshadow pans + 1 travel-sized eyeliner + 1 full size Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color + BYOP = for the price of $49
Comes with an instruction card which can be helpful if you really would like to imitate the look of Theodora
Beautiful yet sturdy metallic casing
Comes with a large mirror enough to look at your entire face when youre doing your makeup
The entire palette is customizable
The palette is very handy since it already comes with the eyeliner inside
The eyeshadows provide a really good color pay off and have a buttery smooth consistency.
The eyeshadows are mostly neutrals therefore making it wearable day and/or night
Eyeshadow lasts up to more than 6 hours without creasing
Easy to apply & blend
The eyeliner is very creamy and very easy to work with
Eyeliner doesn’t smudge nor does it fade
The lip pencil has a really strong color and is extremely glossy
The lip pencil fades in to a beautiful red tint that still covers your entire lip
Available online @ Stuffs In Style
| If you have the original Naked palette you don’t need this anymore since the shades are pretty similar to one another
Pricey (despite the huge savings)
Fall-outs, specifically at the e/s shades with sparkle/glitter finish
Does not come with an eyeshadow applicator
The palette doesn’t really hold the eyeliner in place
Not available locally, therefore even if you would like to customize your palette, you can’t
I HATE NEUTRAL SHADES!
If you’ve been with me ever since I’ve started babbling about eyeshadow palettes you’ll know that I am crazy about neutral shades. They just tend to grab my attention more rather than colorful, vibrant eyeshadow palettes. Although this palette offer mostly neutral shades, something about this palette is really different. (I can’t put my finger on it, sorry :P) Further, since you have only eight eyeshadow colors in this palette, you’re forced to mix and match and be creative with your eye look. Also, the formulation of this palette is way better, it looks like they changed something. Even the matte eyeshadow is buttery smooth.
Moreoveer, the fact that you get six full-sized eyeshadows (well eight if you count the duo-shades), a ‘Build Your Own Palette’ case, a full-sized Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color and a Travel-sized 24/7 glide-on eye pencil for $49 is a huge deal. I went to Super Sale Bazaar last year and there was a booth selling a BYOP there and it costs PhP 2.000.
The downside, however, is that youu will encounter some fall-outs, most of them will come from those with sparkle/glitter finishes. Also, since the palette is not available locally, should you wish to customize, you might have a problem finding single eye shadow. But who knows, I might be wrong.
The Glinda palette, maybe (waha :P)
So I bet you’re asking me why I bought another neutral palette? As I’ve mentioned earlier, neutral palettes are a serious head turner for me. I go crazy over them, whether they’re from the drugstore (either local or foreign brand) or even high end, I just fall completely in love with them. But now, the fact that this palette came from Urban Decay, it really made me go cray-cray and as I’ve mentioned in my instagram post, it’s an ‘impulse buy’. Not that I regret buying it, I don’t, but what I meant by ‘impulse buy’ is that it’s not something that I will buy on a whim.
However, before I bought this, I really considered the Glinda palette. I really looked everything up from swatches to the possible eye looks that I can do, and it’s just not me. I mean, I can use it of course but they’re just so light and shimmery. I don’t think I can wear those eyeshadows on a daily basis or even if I’m going out of my friends. At least when I’m going out for a trip, I can bring the Theo palette with me (because it’s a lot sturdier and a lot more travel-friendly than most of my neutral palettes) and still do either the most subtle eye looks or the most dramatic ones. So for me, this one is still the winner.
Anyway, how about you guys? Do you like this palette? Are you more of a “neutral eyeshadow” kind of girl or are you adventurous and you want more bright, bubbly, shimmery colors? In short, are you Theodora or Glinda? (not the witch! the palette!) Let me know!