Hello ladies !! Happy Thursday !! As I'm holidaying and staying up late way too much I'm a little behind on a social media front - SORRY !!! I shall be back to form from Saturday onwards :) Enough about that:)
Today I have something special for you. URBAN DECAY VICE 4 is one of those palettes you may go by in the shop and say; meh, I prefer neutrals, and COMPLETELY MISS OUT. I did for the last 3 years... I was never a fan of colour and only recently started experimenting with colours, textures, formulas, finishes. Result? I am obsessed with it. Someone asked me recently, if I have to choose one of the Naked palettes in my collection, which one would I go for and I said neither. I know, I know - stop gaping - I still LOVE my Naked palettes, I just think that, if you are an Urban Decay virgin - I'd go for Vice 4 any day. Here's my reasoning - You are still able to create a daytime look with it (more about it tomorrow) and you can experiment with different textures, finishes and colours unlike any !!!
Let's start with packaging. Palette comes in the black pouch/makeup bag designed to match the palette itself. Holographic lines crossing at irregular intervals on matte black material with holographic UD logo. Vice 4 palette is a stunner in its own light. Purple/green lines again crossing at irregular intervals on black matte plastic with shiny black lines. I must be totally messing up the description and my camera definitely not giving it enough credit. Inside we will find a large mirror making it a perfect travel companion. Yes, I'm aware palette isn't really compact but with 20 shadows both matte and shimmers, neutrals to colour, it's the perfect one to take on a holiday with you. I have it with me now and loving the choice :)
Double ended brush will not be replacing any of my eyeshadow brushes but again, as with Naked Smoky it's been upgraded and I have used it today - not bad at all. Worth keeping that's for sure. One end is a duo-fibre blending brush and other end is a fluffy eyeshadow placement brush. You can also use it for in crease blending but it's rather on a small side.
Palettes hides 20 square paned eyeshadows and I must admit, I prefer these to the Naked format. Shall we look into each single shade now? As you wish. I swatched them by the column and not the row view. So please bear with me :)
Bones - a pearly sheen light beige with cooler undertones, semi-opaque pigmentation.
Framed - a matte light-medium peachy beige/orange with warm undertones, good colour payoff.
Discreet - a matte muted, light-medium lavender with subtle, warm undertones, ok pigmentation.
Bitter - a matte muted, medium-dark brown with warm, orange-red tone, great pigmentation.great in crease, transition shade.
- a faded, medium taupe with warm, brown tones and light sparkle, sheer coverage, one of the less easy-to-use shades in the palette, due to glitter fallout and slight pigmentation.
- a sheen bright, medium coral pink with warm tones & micro-glitter, decent color payoff that works better applied wet or over sticky base.
a sheen bright, medium-dark green with emerald green sparkle. Good colour payoff.
- a medium coral-orange with gold glitter and sparkles, semi-opaque pigmentation with a bit fallout if applied dry. Great with a little Duraline mixed in. Colour wise this is my favourite shade, shame about less than great pigmentation. Stunner though!!
- a dark, charcoal gray with ridescent teal shimmer. Good pigmentation, hardly any fallout. Little powdery so slight less blendable. Use light hand for the ease of application.
- a frosted sheen bright fuchsia, good pigmentation & easy to work with. Micro-glitter doesn't translate on the lid. As 1985 is the year I was born, it's a shade I will be using over and over ;)
- a muted, smoky medium-dark green of a metallic sheen with gold sparkle finish, good pigmentation and blendable. There's a lot of fallout to be experienced so either use a very light hand or try using a slightly wet brush.
- a muted, dark brown with large chunks of silver glitter, semi-sheer colour. A lot of glitter fallout.
- a pearly sheen, bright medium-dark purple with micro-glitter, good pigmentation but glitter gets lost in the brush.
- a medium-dark plum of a frosted finish, great pigmentation.
- a bright medium-dark blue/teal of a metallic finish with teal sparkle, great pigmentation. I experienced quite a bit of fallout so I recommend application wet for less fallout and increased pigmentation.
- an olive green with gold glitter over a metallic finish, good pigmentation, but a lot of fall out when applied.
a frosted sheen, blackened plum with pink sparkle. Lots of glitter fall out during application, ok pigmentation.
- a sheen pale lavender, nice pigmentation. Looks silvery on the lid.
- a muted warm, dark taupe brown, great pigmentation. Sheen finish with micro glitter.
- a matte, dark brown/red, great colour payoff.
This isn't the best and easiest palette you can work with. As there's quite a bit of shades where fallout is a norm, it's better to do your eye makeup first. If you're inexperienced, cleaning up may be a b**** ;) Pigmentation of most shades is really good and shades are really unique. I am totally in love with quite a few and have been using this palette since Monday. I found myself suddenly inspired when doing my daytime and evening makeup. Wear time is great given a good base is used. I swap in between MAC Painterly and UD Primer.
*I have a little surprise waiting for you tomorrow... Great collaboration coming up :) Two posts... Two looks using Vice 4. Daytime from me... Evening from...??? I hope you love it as much as I do <3 *
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