I have to admit writing reviews is boring. Its kind of like writing a school essay where you have to think and think before putting down the right words. Give me an eye look tutorial and I can write it in my sleep but a review, that’s a tough one. But still, when I think I write a blog where I put out my views, writing a review is part and parcel of it. And that’s my justification for taking so long to write about my favorite eyeshadow palette from last year, Urban Decay’s Vice 2. Urban Decay’s Vice 2 is the successor to 2012’s Urban Decay’s Vice which I don’t own unfortunately as I wasn’t much makeup aware at the time. It’s a limited edition palette just like its predecessor, but has been touted as being much better than it, in terms of color choices and pigmentation. It was released in September 2013 and ladies, if you can still find it now, grab it because its an awesome palette.
So let’s start with the packaging. The palette is made out of a sturdy plastic case, in urban Decay’s signature purple color. There are various shades of purple in a swirling design on the case as if its purple smoke. There’s a nice stylized ud embossed on the top in a diamond form, which looks pretty cool. The palette opens by pressing a button a button in the front, so no chipped fingernails, no arm wrestles trying to pry open the lid. The lid pops up and doesn’t go all the way to the back, rather it stays put at an angle. Now this is an advantage if you’re the type that keeps your palette on a table and does her makeup. Not so good for those who like to hold the palette in front of them while applying eyeshadows. The palette has a full size mirror which definitely helps when you are applying full face makeup. Like the Naked palettes, Urban Decay has given us a dual ended brush with this palette as well. It has a flat shader at one end and a tapered blending brush at the other end. It’s a decent brush but personally I never use palette brushes. They just can’t compete with my Sigma ones. Getting past the minor distractions, lets move on to the real star of the show, which are the awesomely pigmented (aren’t all UD eyeshadows), jewel toned eyeshadows of this palette. The greens, blues, purple immediately catch your eye, and you know you’re smitten. Urban Decay gives us twenty all-new, yes twenty!, never before seen eyeshadows in Vice 2. The texture varies from frost to shimmer to satin and matte. There are only two matte eyeshadows in this palette (hey, I ain’t complaining). The pigmentation as always is excellent. There is some eyeshadow fallout, but nothing problematic. The eyeshadows are soft, smooth, except for Radar which is a little gritty, and blend easily. Fill Weight: 20 x 0.8 g NET WT. 20 x 0.03 oz My one and only gripe with this palette is, why did UD have to put three similar looking eyeshadows in the palette : Smokeout, Lovesick and Poison. None of them are complete black. They are soft black or smokey grey and don’t really differ much from each other. It would have been nice if they could have kept a warm plum or a copper shade, in line with the jewel color theme of the palette. Here are some close-ups of the eyeshadows in natural light And now some in the camera’s flash light As you can see in the flash photos, there’s a whole lot of shimmer, glitter, micro-sparkle going on in almost all the shades. A total love fest for a shimmer shadow lover like me. But UD has tried to make a complete package by throwing in a blending shade like Rewind and a matte highlight as well as blending shade like Habit. Moving on to the individual eyeshadows and their swatches. I have taken the pictures of individual eyeshadows in indoor light and flash light. However, the swatches are in flash light as the indoor light did not do justice to the colors at all. But still, I have tried to keep the pictures true to color.
Smokeout is a dark charcoal brown black and is satin in texture.
Lovesick is a black matte with silver micro-glitter.
Shellshock is a bright silver with a metallic foil finish.
Coax is a metallic pink with purple under tones. It looks cool in the pan but when I applied it, it looked quite nice, maybe because of the purple in it.
X Rated is a cool baby pink with a satin-y sheen. It’s the only eyeshadow in this palette that I will find no use of as its too cool.
Prank is a deep navy with turquoise shimmer. It has a matte texture and is one of my favorite shades in this palette. It has amazing pigmentation and color payoff.
Madness is a bright metallic blue with blue glitter.
Strike is a slightly antique gold with gold shimmer.
Stash is a deep olive green shimmer shade.
Poison is a charcoal grey with iridescent glitter sparkle. I found it to be quite similar to Lovesick.
Radar is a brownish bronze with golden shimmer and glitter. It’s a warm shade with a gritty feel.
Damaged is a deep forest green with emerald shimmer. It has a metallic finish and is an absolute favorite of mine.
Voodoo is a metallic purple with purple micro glitter. This is one of the most unique shades I have come across and after Damaged was the second reason for me to get this palette.
Betrayal is a duochrome. It is a lavender purple with some blue shift to it. Another unique shade.
Derailed is a metallic taupe-brown shimmer shade.
Dope is a pink champagne with a satin finish. It’s a nice browbone/inner eye corner highlight shade.
Toxic is a nice rose-gold shimmer shade and the third reason for me to get this palette. Hehe
Habit is a light beige/nude matte shade. It is quite similar to my skin tone and a good choice for blending shades in the crease area.
Ambush is a shimmery metallic brown with copper under tones. It looks brown in the pan but when applied, the reddish-ness of the shade comes out. Another nice duochrome.
Rewind is a slightly cool brown matte shade and a good choice for a transition shade in the crease area. Phheww that winds up the twenty awesome shades of the palette.
An overview of all the shades and swatches.
Row 1 Row 2 Row 3 Row 4 The palette costs $59 on Urban Decay’s website but is sadly not available in this part of the world. One can order from online websites like LookFantastic if its still available or order from local online websites here like Estilo or AlShop.
Is it a Hit? A 100% YES! It is an excellent palette with beautiful wearable colors, shades have awesome color payoff and pigmentation, has some unique duochrome shades, overall a nice versatile palette.
Is it a Miss? Some glitter shades have fallout, three shades are quite similar and one or two could have been given a miss easily, not locally available, expensive although for twenty good quality shades the price is forgivable.
Hope you all liked my picture-heavy post on this palette. The shades are so lovely that I could not stop taking enough pictures. It’s still available at Estilo.ae so you can still grab it here in UAE before it goes out of stock.
Till Next Time,