Urban Decay have released the Vice 3 Palette along with their holiday collection this year. They did this for the past 3 years, I missed the first one (which I am still annoyed at myself for not getting), last year was the Vice 2 (which you can see my review here) and naturally the Vice 3 was to follow.
There were some ‘Vice 3’ Palette images leaked a few days before release and I wasn’t expecting it so it took me by surprise and naturally I had to get it the day it launched – because I am a self-confessed Urban Decay Obsessed Freak!
The packaging was a little different this year because the palette actually came in a zippered pouch which can be used as a small makeup bag. It has the same pattern on the bag as it does on the palette. The streaks of colour is a really nice eye-catching design and I really like it. The Pouch has a nice sturdy zip on it and is long and wide enough to be able to carry a large handful of brushes comfortably without the concern of the brushes being bent. So a thumbs up for the bag!
The front of the palette is a metallic silver with the coloured streaks and a raised lime green ‘Vice’ on top. I love how the palette looks, but its a fingerprint magnet so you are going to have to deal with a smudgy palette or channel your inner OCD and polish it off every time you touch it.
The Palette also comes with a double-sided brush as a lot of the palette do. One side is a flatter thicker shadow brush and the other end a longer blending type brush. Personally I don’t rate the UD brushes that come in palettes, I feel they don’t really do much which is unfortunate as I think if they changed them and improved the brushes they would really top off the UD brand. Anyhoo…
There are 20 new shades in the palette, all of which are exclusive to the Vice 3 palette. The colours are set out a bit differently this year. They are designed to work together when you look at them down in columns as opposed to across the palette which adds a bit of something as the previous palettes didn’t seem to have much rhyme or reason, just the shadows put together in a palette.
The colours are a bit more neutral in this palette which is good as it caters for a wider audience. Personally I love UD for their crazy out there colours and it is what I have come to expect from them. (I guess I got the electric palette earlier this year so I can’t complain). It also contains more matte shades which is nicer for more wearable looks and makes the palette more complete. The first column and the last one can be used for every day neutral looks and the colours in the middle can be added in to any look to add that little something extra.
When it comes to the quality of the shadows, Urban Decay has certainly delivered again – The ‘matte’ shadows are creamy, pigmented, blends amazingly. They are ever so slightly powdery which can cause a big of fall out but nothing compared to other matte shadows I have seen. The shimmery shadows are the usual highly pigmented, creamy formula that they do so well. There isn’t a shadow in the palette that I find disappointing.
Here are some swatches of the shadows going down the palette in groups – these are taken in natural light and are all a single swatch.
Truth* – A light pink cream shade
Undone* – A pink based beige
Downfall – A midtone warm brown
DTF* – A mauve taupe mid tones brown
*While these swatch as matte shades, they do have the smallest amount of shimmer to them – it doesn’t transfer however so I would still call them matte shades.
Dragon – A bright lime greek with a gold undertone
Freeze: A shimmery mermaid green
Heroine – A semi-matte deep navy blue (has a small amount of shimmer like the ones mentioned above)
Brokedown – A dirty antique gold shimmer
Vanity – A stunning jewelled amethyst purple
Lucky – A coppery orange shimmer
Reign – A shimmery golden brown
Bobby Dazzle – A shimmery frosty white
Alien – A highly pigmented shimmery light pink with a gold undertone to it.
Alchemy – A shimmery raspberry pink shade
Bondage – A deep shimmery blackened purple
Sonic – A shimmery coppery red
Last Sin – A shimmery pink champagne shade
Angel – A shimmery taupe light brown
Defy – A deep greyish purple
Revolver – A deep blueish black with a hint of shimmer
I picked this palette up from the Urban Decay Website and used the personal shopper service with Myus.com mail forwarding service. Each shadow contains .8gms of product and comes with a $60 price tag. It may seem a bit high, but with the worth it.
This palette is a great all round palette and I highly recommend it to everyone out there.
What do you think? Will you be picking this one up?