Monday, December 16, 2013

Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Review

Recently Urban Decay came out with their limited edition Vice 2 eyeshadow palette - retailing for $59. Urban Decay has, by far, the best eyeshadows out there. I've tried eyeshadows from a lot of different brands and the only brand that even comes close to Urban Decay is LORAC. Other than LORAC, Urban Decay's eyeshadows are on their own level! 

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous.. like EVERY other palette Urban Decay has created! I'm sure most brands are envious of the creativity that Urban Decay possesses!


The individual eyeshadow photos and descriptions below were taken from Temptalia's blog post: Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches: Part 1 and Part 2. If you have never read her blog, I highly suggest you go check it out! She is an absolutely amazing beauty blogger and has tons of reviews and beautiful swatches! You can click here to get to her site! (My camera was picking up the colors as beautifully as Temptalia's).

Smokeout is described as a “dark taupey-black satin.” It’s a darkened, charcoal brown–it’s almost too sooty to be a taupe to me. It had a satiny sheen, nice color payoff, and a soft, smooth texture. It was very slightly powdery, and a little goes a long way – this is the kind of shade that seems almost fragile, because the powder just dances off the surface as soon as the brush touches it.
Lovesick is described as a “black matte with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish and silver micro-glitter. It had so-so color payoff; the underlying matte color was a bit dry, so it went on somewhat faded and uneven, while the micro-glitter doesn’t really bind with the powder, so it tends to sit on top and can be dusted away (or prone to fall out).
Shellshock is described as a “bright metallic silver.” It is, indeed, a bright, metallic silver with a very strong, frosted and metallic finish. The color payoff is intense, and the texture is so buttery that it’s almost creamy. I recommend applying less than you think you need, because this product binds together very well, but it also would stick and thicken over any creases/lines on my lid (so then it looked caked on).
Coax is described as a “medium metallic pink with golden iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium pink with slight cool undertones and pale gold sparkle. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery, though there was some stray sparkles that fell out while worn.
X-Rated is described as a “baby pink satin.” It is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly.
Prank is described as a “deep navy matte with turquoise floating pearl.” It’s a deep, dark navy blue with blue-teal shimmer. Like Lovesick, though, the shimmer floats (which Urban Decay mentions) and doesn’t really come through. I tried using this several times to get the teal shimmer to come through, but it never did – even when I layered over a white base. It ended up looking like a blackened navy. The texture is noticeably powdery, so it was prone to sheering out.
Madness is described as a “bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-glitter.” It’s a medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation and had a soft, buttery texture that applied very evenly and smoothly.
Strike is described as a “antique gold shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, medium yellow gold with a frosted finish. There are bits of silver micro-glitter that I saw in the pan, but I didn’t see any translate to the lid or even swatched. It had really nice color payoff with a soft, smooth texture.
Stash is described as a “deep olive green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark, muted olive green with khaki and forest green shimmer. It had a soft, frosted finish. The texture was a little drier compared to the the average Urban Decay eyeshadow, so it didn’t apply as intensely or as smoothly as I expected.
Poison is described as a “charcoal satin with iridescent micro-sparkle.” It’s a dark gray with brown undertones and very, very fine teal shimmer. It had a drier consistency, so the payoff was somewhat prone to sheering out and looked faded when swatched. A lot of product actually comes off the pan when I was applying this to the lid, but if you try to blend it, then it gives off a rather faded appearance.
Radar is described as a “metallic brown shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a golden bronze shimmer/sheen and warm, orange undertones. It has a frosted, metallic finish, and it had a really crazy texture. The texture felt creamy and more like a cream eyeshadow than a powder one. It really held together very well–like a cream – and I didn’t have any fall out with this shade, despite it being more sparkly. It had rich color payoff, too.
Damaged is described as a “bright metallic emerald shimmer.” It’s a deep forest green with cool undertones over a dirty khaki/olive base. It had a soft, frosted finish and a slightly metallic sheen. The color payoff was nice, and it applied very smoothly.
Voodoo is described as a “metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark cool-toned purple with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was slightly dry and a smidgen powdery, so it didn’t apply as intensely as other shades did.
Betrayal is described as a “bright purple satin with blue shift.” It’s a light-medium lavender with pink undertones and a bluish-violet sheen. It had more of a pearly, metallic finish. The color payoff was decent to good, but there was some sheerness, and the texture wasn’t as buttery or as smooth as other shades.
Derailed is described as a “medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe – a mix of brown and gray – with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff with a buttery, smooth, silky texture that made it a dream to apply.
Dope is described as a “warm champagne satin.” It’s a pinky-peach with a satiny sheen and warm undertones. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery. I used this shade mixed with Habit for highlighting for each combination of eyeshadows I was testing for this palette.
Toxic is described as a “metallic copper-pink shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, coppery brown with subtle pink tones and copper micro-glitter. The texture was somewhat dry, though the color payoff was decent. I did have some fall out occur when wearing this shade.
Habit is described as a “light nude matte.” It’s a light beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is soft, buttery, and very creamy (though it’s a powder). It blends well against the skin and didn’t look chalky.
Ambush is described as a “metallic brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark bronze with warm, reddish-copper undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable.
Rewind is described as a “medium brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral brown with very subtle gray-ish tones with a matte finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and a soft, smooth, and buttery texture–but it wasn’t powdery.


There is also a dual-ended brush - very similar to the Naked 2 palette brush. 

I am completely obsessed with this palette and haven't even had it a week yet! I am so glad I bought it! If you want to purchase this palette, go here!

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Disclaimer: All reviews are my own honest thoughts and are not influenced in any way. I am not affiliated or linked to any of the brands mentioned in this blog. This product was purchased by me with my own money.

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  1. I love how detailed this review is! The fact that you wrote a bit about each shade and showed swatches on your fingers and arms shows me that you worked really hard on this! Thank you so much for sharing with us! Great review!! :)

    Neya |

  2. This palette looks amazing! Voodoo is probably my favorite color in the palette. & I definitely agree, Urban Decay eyeshadows are the greatest! Great review!