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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Urban Decay Vice palette- Not so nice...

Let me start by saying that when I review a shadow, I review on bare skin applied with a brush to get a true read on the pigmentation. If a shadow requires a primer or a sticky base, it is too much work for a lot of people.

This palette is full of shadows that require work to get them to work. It is not a grab and go palette; not something you can just throw on in a hurry.



The packaging on this palette, is the best part of the palette! It is sleek and sturdy. The palette is inside a box, and has a piece of foam to protect the lettering on top of the palette.




 
The front of the palette (shown below) has a push button to open.

 
 
 
 
 
The palette itself has a nice mix of neutrals and brights. There is also a mix of glitter, shimmer and matte shades.
 
 

Double ended brush
 
 
 
The Swatches:
Row 1- Desperation, Muse, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane
 
 
This row is the best of the palette. It only went downhill from here. Jagged was the worst shade on this row. It was just chunky glitter with no pigment. The other four shades were quite nice.
 
Row 2- Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market
 
Chaos was the worst shade of this row. It had zero pigmentation and applied streaky. Black Market was also difficult to work with and required multiple applications to appear even.

 
Row 3- Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor
 
 
Provocateur was similar to Jagged and just full of chunky glitter and no pigment. Noise was a beautiful pink, but when applied with a brush would not blend or stick to the skin. The other three shades were okay, but nothing special.
 
Row 4- Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced
 
 
This row was the lightest and mostly skin toned shades, but the pigmentation was not bad. Freebird was very sheer and was difficult to use, but not as bad as Provocateur and Jagged were.
 
 
If you click and enlarge the picture you can see the fallout on the palette just from swatching the shades. I found glitter in the non glittery shades because of the mess they created.
 
 
 
 
Overall, I am just not a fan of this palette. I expected more from Urban Decay. Maybe the awesomeness of the Naked and Smoked palettes have spoiled me, but these shadows just missed the mark. What really saddens me is that these look so beautiful in the pan.

You can make this palette work if you want to. Primer helps the less pigmented shadows and a sticky base like Pixie Epoxy will hold the glitter in place.

Makeup Geek has dupes of many of these shadows, and the MUG ones are better pigmented and more affordable. You can buy them HERE. Check out my review of some of my Makeup Geek shadows HERE and HERE.

For a more detailed description of shades, visit Temptalia HERE.