Urban Decay released another one of their Vice palettes for Holiday 2015. I got the palette in December and have been testing it since. If you like Urban Decay eyeshadows and are not afraid of bold shades – this is a palette for you! It allows you to create both neutral and very eye-catching eye looks with very little effort. I have to highly praise the color choice of the Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette that makes it a perfect palette for so many women out there!
Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00) is the Vice sequel you’ve been waiting for. We loaded Vice4 with 20 addictively gorgeous, never-before-seen shades of our iconic Eyeshadow. This limited-edition palette even includes a huge mirror, a double-ended brush and a coordinating bag. And unlike most sequels, Vice4 will keep you hooked and coming back for more.
Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette has one of the most promising descriptions I’ve ever come across. It is not only the fourth palette form the Vice range but a better one. It comes in quite a large palette made of plastic that houses a full-sized (and actually a huge one!) mirror that is big enough to act as a normal mirror for both your eye and face makeup. That makes this palette a very good option on-the-go. Besides mirror and eyeshadows there is a very good double-ended eyeshadow brush in there.
The palette comes together with a very nicely designed black pouch that has a corresponding broken-down facets pattern on it. You can use this bag to keep your palette in it or you can use it as a usual makeup bag to store your makeup or brushes.
I also love the dimensional oil-slick web design on top of the lid. I find it esthetically pleasing although I have to warn you to take a very good care of it as you can easily break it with extra pressure.
It contains twenty limited-edition and new to the palette eyeshadows ranging from very light pastel shades to bright pinks and greens and up to deeper and darker blacks and aubergines. The amount of product you get is 16 g or 0.6 oz. Each eyeshadow pan weighs 0.8 g or 0.03 oz which is 0.5 g (0.02 oz) less than you get with each individual eyeshadow in every Naked palette. Although, you still get 20 different eyeshadows compared to 12 eyeshadows that come in each Naked palette.
Bones is officially described as an ‘oyster satin with pearl‘ and is a very light beige shade with strong gray undertones and almost iridescent finish.
Grip is officially described as a ‘taupe matte with iridescent micro-glitter‘ and is a warm-toned taupe shade with finely milled gold shimmer and tons of silver specks. The finish of it is shimmery.
Deadbeat is officially described as a ‘black satin with iridescent micro-glitter‘ and is a medium-deep black shade with tons of iridescent glitter specks that translate into a shimmery finish on the skin. Glitter particles are barely visible on the skin and may cause a tiny bit of fall-out if the shadow is being sheered out.
Beat Down is officially described as a ‘deep metallic violet with blue micro glitter‘ and is a very deep royal purple shade with neutral undertones and a huge amount of finely milled blue shimmer that makes it appear cooler on the skin. The finish is metallic.
Pandemonium is officially described as a ‘metallic plum with iridescent micro-glitter‘ and is a warm-toned darkened purple shade that has a lot of iridescent shimmer along with silver glitter specks that make it appear glittery rather than metallic on the skin.
Framed is officially described as a ‘light neutral matte satin‘ and is a warm-toned light beige shade with slightly peachy undertones and a satin finish.
Fast-Ball is officially described as a ‘metallic peachy pink with pink micro-glitter‘ and is a light peachy pink shade with slightly orange undertones and a strong metallic finish. There are a couple of sparse silver glitter specks here and there that do not show up on the skin at all.
1985 is officially described as a ‘metallic fuchsia with fuchsia micro-glitter‘ and is a bright cool-toned fuchsia shade with a huge amount of pink and iridescent shimmer that translates into a slightly metallic finish on the skin.
Underhand is officially described as a ‘burgundy-brown satin‘ and is a deep darkened plum shade with a strong burgundy-red base that makes it very warm-toned. Due to the incredibly high amount of finely milled iridescent shimmer in it this shade it has a very strong metallic finish with a purple sheen to it.
Harlot is officially described as a ‘metallic lavender‘ and is a light cool-toned lavender shade with finely milled multi-colored shimmer and a strong metallic finish.
Discreet is officially described as a ‘soft dusty mauve matte‘ and is a light grayish mauve shade with cool undertones and a completely matte finish. This one is a gorgeous crease shade!
Grasshopper is officially described as a ‘metallic emerald with green micro-glitter‘ and is a warm-toned bright emerald green shade with tons of green and silver shimmer and a very strong metallic finish.
C-Note is officially described as a ‘frosted green with micro-glitter‘ and is a medium dark bottle green shade that looks warmer in the palette but leans cooler on the skin. It has a ton of multi-colored shimmer in it that adds a gorgeous frosted sheen to it on the skin.
Arctic is officially described as a ‘bright teal with tonal sparkle‘ and is a bright teal shade with multicolored shimmer and tons of silver specks. It has a gorgeous turquoise sheen to it and a strong metallic finish.
Robbery is officially described as a ‘deep metallic brown-gunmetal‘ and is a warm-toned pewter shade with a beautiful silver sheen to it.
Bitter is officially described as a ‘reddish brown matte‘ and is a medium-dark terracotta brown shade with a completely matte finish.
Flame is officially described as a ‘bright orange with gold micro-glitter‘ and has a very bright orangey-red base packed with a huge amount of large gold glitter. Even though glitter particles are huge this shade does not have that much of a fall-out and is easy to apply both wet and dry.
Low is officially described as a ‘brown matte with iridescent glitter’ and is a darkened gunmetal brown shade with tons of multicolored (mostly silver) glitter particles. The finish is very glittery and has the most fall-out out of all eyeshadows in the palette.
Crowbar is officially described as a ‘black with golden metallic pearl and micro-glitter‘. It is a very deep blackened brown base packed with a huge amount of very finely milled gold, olive and green shimmer together with larger gold glitter specks. The finish is very glittery as well.
Delete is officially described as a ‘deep chestnut brown matte-satin‘ and is a medium-dark brown shade with neutral undertones and a completely matte finish.
This palette definitely allows you to create a ton of different looks – cool-toned and warm-toned, bright and neutral, smoky and elegant. I went for a brighter combination of teal and terracotta shades that I normally stay away from as greenish shades are not my favorite ones. Although I was sincerely surprised how green made my brown eyes pop! I used a combination of Framed, Bitter and Delete in the crease slightly building it up and blending shades together. As for the lid shade I went for a brighter Arctic shade adding a tiniest bit of Grasshopper to it. And I finished the look with a thin black liner along the lash line that helped me to frame the eye and balance out the brightness of the Arctic shade.
Urban Decay Vice 4 is one of the most colorful eyeshadow palettes in my collection. In terms of shades diversity its main competitors would be a couple of my Zoeva and Sleek palettes. I love the formulation of the Urban Decay single eyeshadows and I also find the Naked palettes to be of a very good quality. The Vice 4 eyeshadows are closer to the Naked palettes in terms of color-payoff and blendability and I do actually enjoy using these together with my all-time favorite NARS Smudge Proof eyeshadow base (as I never use any of my eyeshadows without the base). Most of the shades are intensely pigmented and are great for layering. These blend beautifully and are easy to build up.
All in all, it is a very nice palette and a very good option for those craving more colorful eyeshadows. My favorite ones would be Pandemonium, Underhand, Discreet, Arctic, Robbery, Bitter, Flame and Delete. Other shades are quite beautiful as well and do help to create interesting makeup looks that may suit any occasion or event. For best result I would advise you to use a good and sticky eyeshadow base as the majority of shades have glitter particles in them and do your eye makeup first to be able to clean up the fall out right before applying the foundation.
I am so happy to see Urban Decay releasing such a beautiful and colorful palette and not sticking to Naked palettes only. It is truly great to have a diversity of eyeshadows in your favorite formula. Even though this palette is a limited edition it is still available on the Urban Decay officially website for a reduced price ($39.00) that makes it even more appealing!
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