Monday, 1 October 2012

Urban Decay - The Vice Palette

The minute I saw the new Vice palette from Urban Decay, I had to get my hands on it. Twenty shades of shadow & all of them previously unreleased - how could I say no to that?

It's only recently that I've developed a bit of a thing for the Urban Decay palettes, two of my favourites have been the Smoked palette & the 15th Anniversary palette. I think that the Vice palette may well end up becoming a favourite, too.

The packaging on the Vice palette is beautiful, yet understated, especially in comparison with the 15th Anniversary palette.
It's also quite sturdy, this palette could easily be packed for a trip without much fear of any breakage.

Pop it open and inside there's a good-sized mirror, a double-ended brush & 20 shadows.

What's so great about this palette is the mix of eyeshadow textures - whilst some are metallic, there's also some that have a satin-type finish & some mattes as well. Having a great selection of colours is good, but a variety of colours in different finishes is even better.

The colours in the Vice palette are -

Desperation - a medium to dark grey with a touch of brown to it. A shimmery, satin-type finish with a soft texture that's not overly powdery, good pigmentation.

Muse - warm, dark brown with glitter. A little on the powdery side, good pigmentation.

Jagged - dark brown with a touch of olive & gold. A little on the stiff side & a bit powdery. Applies sheerly with a lot of fallout.

Blitz - bright, yellow-toned gold that has a soft texture, good pigmentation & applies very easily.

Penny Lane - warm, bright golden-peach metallic with a soft texture, good pigmentation & easy application.

Junkie - metallic green with a touch of blue & gold glitter. Soft texture, good pigmentation.

Chaos - Bright royal blue matte with a hint of shimmer added, good pigmentation & soft texture.

Occupy - Dark metallic grey with a hint of a blue sheen, silver & blue shimmer. Soft texture with good pigmentation.

Unhinged - bright teal that leans toward the blue, soft textured-metallic with good pigmentation.

Black Market - shimmery black shadow, not as deep as Blackout, soft texture & good pigmentation.

The first sets of swatches - these were done using the shadows dry & without primer.
Desperation, Muse, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane - with flash

Desperation, Muse, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane - outside, no flash

Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market - with flash

Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market - outside, no flash

The last ten colours in the Vice palette are -

Provocateur - pink with a touch of purple, metallic finish that is incredibly chunky (rather like MAC's Rose pigment), lots of glitter. Good pigmentation, but a lot of fallout.

Rapture - warm, dark purple-plum frosty metallic shadow, a little on the stiff side, but great pigmentation.

Vice - slightly red-toned deep violet purple, frosty finish that's very like Rapture's, good pigmentation.

Noise - vivid, bright pink with a satin finish & a touch of glitter, a little stiff but good pigmentation.

Armor - frosty metallic shadow with a touch of glitter, looks very grey in the pan, but has a slight brown cast on the skin. Soft texture, good pigmentation.

Nevermind - brown with a golden-bronze cast metallic finish, incredibly soft & smooth with great pigmentation.

Echo Beach - light gold with a hint of beige, metallic finish that is extremely soft & has fantastic pigmentation.

Anonymous - pale, creamy ivory matte shadow with a great, soft texture, good pigmentation, very light in tone.

Freebird - pale peachy pink, metallic finish with glitter. Soft, but a little on the powdery side & a slightly chunky feel, good pigmentation.

Laced - warmish, rosy beige-brown matte shadow. Good pigmentation & soft texture.

Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor - with flash

Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor - outside, no flash

Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced - with flash

Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced - outside, no flash

Although a couple of the shades are a little chunky & have a tendency to cause a bit of fallout, this is still a good palette. The colour selection is good and there's a mix of finishes that can create everyday looks or something more dramatic.
The Vice palette is definitely getting a thumbs up from me.

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