It’s that time of year again! The holiday palettes are beginning to come out of the woodwork. I wanted to start with the most highly requested one here on the site: Urban Decay’s Vice4! I was so excited by preliminary swatches and I liked the array of colors that were included in the palette as well. Within Vice4, you get 20 brand spankin’ new eyeshadows, 11 contain shimmery ‘micro-glitter’ and the other 9 are a mixture of matte and satin finishes. Urban Decay also incudes a dual-ended brush, in customary fashion.
For the most part, there are a lot of great performers in this palette. My favorite colors in the palette are 1985 (appropriately named!), Fast Ball, Flame and Grasshopper. The color payoff with these shades is outstanding. Flame instantly gave me flashbacks of my beloved, but discontinued MAC Firespot eyeshadow (which I hoarded). I did compare the two and found Flame to have more gold than the orange in Firespot, but they are VERY close!
The disappointing duds in the palette for me are: Low, Crowbar, Discreet and Pandemonium. Low and Crowbar are nothing more than pure glitter, loosely piled into the pan. Even as you try to dip the brush in, the eyeshadows begin to crumble and fall apart. Their application is worse. Discreet is one I got excited about in the pan, but it didn’t show up in application on me AT ALL. I tried layering it several times and applying it wet, but to no avail, NADA! Where’s the color? Pandemonium is beautiful when swatched, but it’s another one that lacked pigmentation upon application and I felt like I was applying more straight up glitter than an eyeshadow.
Overall, I personally couldn’t take this palette with me anywhere just by itself and feel confident in creating daytime friendly, wearable looks. I do feel like it does require partnering with a more neutral palette like Naked1. I feel like it’s a pretty good palette, if you’re looking to add more color into your eyeshadow looks, despite the minor negatives mentioned. Pretty good, but not the best Urban Decay palette I’ve tried …
What do you think of the new Vice4?
UD eyeshadows used:
- Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (inner half of lid) – sold as a single by UD
- Crowbar (outer half of lid)
- Naked2 & Faint (crease) – from UD Naked Basics1 palette