I have a confession to make. For years I have read post after post and watched video after video about Urban Decay’s famous eyeshadow palettes. From the Naked palettes to the Electric palette and the Vice palettes of the past few years, I have lusted after each and every one from afar but I have never been able to bite the bullet and hand out the money to own one of those palettes. Now that has all changed with the stunning Vice 4 palette making it’s way into my life and it’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
The Urban Decay Vice 4 palette retails for $70 CAD / $60 USD and is a limited edition holiday palette that follows in the sparkly, jewel toned footsteps of the past Vice palettes.
Inspired by Urban Decay’s infamous Oil Slick eyeshadow (black with a multi coloured glitter), the Vice 4 palette comes in utterly stunning packaging that resembles a piece of glass shattered into an oil spill. Inside are 20 never before seen shadows, a massive mirror (my new favourite for doing my makeup) and a pretty decent double ended brush.
Those 20 eyeshadows reflect the various tones and colours that can be found in that infamous Oil Slick eyeshadow. An array of rich jewel tones against deep smoky neutrals in a wide range of finishes from velvety smooth mattes to shimmers, metallics and shades packed with micro-glitter.
The shadows are formulated with Urban Decay’s exclusive Pigment Infusion System – “a proprietary blend of ingredients that deliver rich, velvety, blendable colour that lasts and sparkle that stays in place.” This results in 20 insanely pigmented shadows with show stopping vibrancy and unbeatable shine.
11 of the 20 shadows have a heavy micro-glitter that is absolutely stunning on the eye but also makes them slightly dry and powdery and results in quite a bit of fall out during application but not during wear. The remaining shadows are split between 4 incredibly creamy matte shadows and 5 smooth shimmer and metallic shades.
Each row of eyeshadows is styled in a colour co-ordinated story with a focus on a certain tone or shade. The first row is the most cool toned of the palette with Bones ( an oyster satin with pearl), Grip ( a taupe with iridescent micro glitter), Deadbeat (a black satin with micro glitter), Beat Down (a deep metallic violet with blue micro glitter) and Pandemonium ( a cool burgundy with micro glitter).
The second row is still relatively cool toned but features an overall pink/purple theme with Framed ( a light neutral matte satin), Fast-ball ( a metallic peachy pink with micro glitter), 1985 ( a metallic fuschia with micro glitter), Underhand ( a burgundy brown satin) and Harlot ( a metallic lavender).
The third row is full of beautiful sea greens and blues with Discreet ( a soft dusty mauve matte), Grasshopper ( a metallic emerald with green micro glitter), C-Note ( a frosted green with micro glitter), Arctic ( a bright teal with tonal sparkle) and Robbery ( a deep metallic brown gunmetal).
The last row is a warm lovers dream with Bitter ( a reddish brown matte), Flame ( a bright orange with gold micro glitter), Low ( a brown matte with iridescent glitter), Crowbar ( a black with golden metallic pearl and micro glitter) and Delete ( a deep chestnut brown matte satin).
The majority of the shades in this palette are absolutely stunning and apply seamlessly. They blend out beautifully and build to create gorgeous multi dimensional looks. There is a decent amount of fall out during application but once on the lids there are no issues. A few of the shades perform less than spectacularly, Grip, Low and Delete all have a drier texture and apply quite patchy but overall the palette is wonderful.
I have absolutely fallen in love with this palette and I think it is such an amazing gem to have in my collection. If you don’t mind a little bit of glitter in your life and you like to be creative with your eyeshadow looks then I think this is definitely something that you would love to play with.
The Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette retails for $70 CAD and is available at Sephora and Urban Decay’s website.