Boogie Oogie Oogie With Urban Decay’s Rollergirl Palette
Revisit the glory days of roller disco, when girls in itsy-bitsy shorts and knee-high tube socks flocked to skate rinks adorned with plastic palm trees and neon signs and lit using everything from traffic lights to strobe lights, where they skated to jams like Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock,” Leo Slayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” Chic’s “Le Freak,” and Sister Sledge’s “He’s the Greatest Dancer.” Yep, the Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette ($32 at UrbanDecay.com or Sephora.com) celebrates the zest for color we affiliate with the ’70s, while also tapping into the current neon makeup craze.
The lid of the flip-top eye shadow palette (which has a convenient magnetic closure for easy toting) features a collage of black-and-white images in a scrapbook-esque style, each depicting an African-American model sporting a white bikini, scrunched-up white socks, and old-school roller skates, her hair in natural Afro style. One photo shows her from a side angle, nestled in a mod cocoon chair, her legs bent but her skates placed firmly on the floor. A full-length shot shows her standing face-forward, her hip cocked ever so slightly. And yet another photo zooms in on her lace-up skates, as she points her toe with one foot and leans back on her heel with the other foot. A floral wallpaper pattern can be seen behind her skates, with tiny yellow and fuchsia spheres at the center of the black-and-white daisy print. The brand name, Urban Decay, is stamped over this photo montage in a multi-line, rounded macrame font with a gradient hot pink color scheme and a light gold letter outline ,completing the groovy effect. Once you flip open the lid, you’ll find a nifty mirror and an floral motif illustrated in black against a white backdrop, with hints of and pink and gold foil details adding unexpected bursts of color.
The golden base of the Rollergirl palette features a funky circle print, with each dime-sized sphere containing arrow-like strips in gradient shades of gold, as well as hot pink triangles on either side of its diameter. The four eye shadow shades in the palette (as well as the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil), really pop against this disco ball-flavored background.
Now that we’ve established how fun the packaging is, let’s get to the main attraction: the eye shadows shade. Urban Decay knows metallics and neutrals are key for summer — in 2009, it decided to accompany its popular golden bronze Baked shade with a deeper brown bronze Twice Baked color, the coppery rose gold Twice Baked shade, and the frosty teal Flipside color, bringing this munchie-licious foursome together in the Get Baked palette; and, similarly, 2010’s Summer of Love palette included a punchy purple color Flash) to accompany the tarnished gold Maui Wowie, Smog shade, deep brown bronze Smog, and rosy copper Chopper shades. This year, the brand stuck to its winning combination of shimmering neutrals paired with one bright, statement-making color — this time, the über bright pink Woodstock shade.
The remaining three shades in the kit consist of: Verve, a shimmering oyster-meets-champagne shade exclusive to this set; Suspect, a deep golden shade with a slightly dirty feel to it and dimensional shift particles, previously featured in the Book of Shadows Vol. III kit released last September; and Darkhorse, a deep muddy brown shade with gold and bronze pearl particles, previously seen in the best-selling Naked palette. The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey, a chocolate brown, completes the eye makeup offerings.
A miniature, travel-ready 0.12 oz. Lip Junkie lip gloss tube in Crush, a sheer hot pink shade, accompanies the set. The plumping gloss volumizes, soothes, and cools lips, giving them just a touch of color and a glazed, slightly icy sheen.
After the jump, you’ll find swatches of all the shadows in the kit and the Crush lip gloss shade, as well as a sample look created with them. Boogie on for more fun!
Check out the four eye shadows in the Rollergirl palette (from left to right): Woodstock, Verve, Suspect, and Darkhorse. You’ll also find a swatch of the Whiskey eye liner shade at far right.
Moving right along, here’s what the Lip Junkie gloss in Crush looks like on the skin. As I mentioned when I first reviewed the Lip Junkie collection back in Fall 2010, these glosses contain Maxi Lip, a collage-boosting ingredient that plumps lips without the tingling or burning we associate with volumizing glosses, and boast a refreshing minty taste.
Next, you’ll find a look I created using three of the shadows in the Rollergirl kit. I started out by lining my upper lash line with the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey. Next, I brushed the Darkhorse shade along my lids,working my way from the inner corner of the eyes to the outer corners in soft strokes, but concentrating the color beneath the crease area. To highlight the eyes, I then used the Oyster shade all along the crease, blending it with the Darkhorse shade along this section and creating an arched shape. Last, for a bit of a pop, I brushed the Woodstock color onto the inner half of lids, making sure to blend it with the Darkhorse color at the center of the lids. I then pulled out MAC’s Studio Fix Lash mascara and applied two coats to lashes. All done!
Here’s the complete look. Since the eyes had so much going on, I kept the lip look simple, applying just a hint of the Lip Junkie gloss in Crush. I also kept the skin natural-looking, sweeping on just a tad of Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in Bronze