Today I thought I would do the first of my Christmas gift ideas post and this one features a very pretty palette. Some of you may already now I was lusting after the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette, and with the aid of a few well placed hints and strategic nudges it found its way to my graduation presents pile. Despite the heavy hint dropping I was still really surprised to be gifted this and very relieved that they didn’t mix it up with Vice 1 which I already have! Today I am opening it up, swatching and sharing my thoughts on it.
Now firstly the packaging, I loved everything about the last Vice palette except the rubbery NARS-esque finish to it and was really happy to see this one lacked that finish. Other than that it is exactly the same, it opens with the same swish motion, comes with the same duo ended brush and is equipped with the huge mirror. The outside packaging is a plastic purple marble style look with a glitzy UD symbol on it. I love how sleek it is, not bulky at all and not too heavy either. Packaging wise, it is 5 stars from me.
Now on to the eyeshadows themselves, in my opinion Urban Decay have one of the very best eyeshadow formula. They are so creamy, pigmented and really easy to blend. Individually buying the shadows can get pricey which why I almost always pick up the palettes as it works out to be better value for money. This palette retails for £42.00 which works out to be £2.1 per shadow – in my eyes a bargain! The palette contains 20 exclusive shades made up of mattes, shimmers and metallics. Lets get swatching!
The first row is mostly made up of neutral shades, and probably the row which will get the most wear from me. We have Dope (warm champagne satin), Toxic (metallic copper-pink shimmer w/tonal micro-glitter), Habit (light nude matte), Ambush (metallic brown satin) and Rewind (medium brown matte). The matte shades are so creamy, and I always whoop when I see a matte shade in an UD palette. I’m realy looking forward to working with Toxic as pinks like that work well with brown eyes.
Next row up contains more shimmery gem stones shades, some with glitter and some not. Radar (metallic brown shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Damaged (bright metallic emerald shimmer), Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer w/iridescent purple micro-glitter), Betrayal (bright purple satin w/blue shift) and Derailed (medium metallic taupey-brown). I love this row also, the emerald green shade is stunning and I can see myself using quite a bit on Asian makeup clients. One of my favourite shades is in this row, can you guess which?
The pigmentation on this row didn’t show up too well on camera, however they are just as rich as the others. We have Prank (deep navy matte w/turquoise floating pearl), Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer w/blue micro-glitter), Strike (antique gold shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Stash (deep olive green shimmer w/iridescent micro-sparkle), Poison (charcoal satin). Another one of my favourite shades is in this row but I wish I included Madness in to my favourites now. It’s such a beautiful blue.
Now the final row. This row has some absolute beauties and a bit of a miss too. We have Smokeout (dark taupey-black satin), Lovesick (black matte w/iridescent micro-glitter), Shellshock (bright metallic silver), Coax (medium metallic pink w/golden iridescent micro-sparkle), X-Rated (baby pink satin). I love some of the colours here a lot however was slightly dissapointed in Lovesick as its not as pigmented as the rest. I guess for a less strong smokey eye this would work well, hey every cloud has a silver lining!
I thought I would limit myself to four favourites, in my head I was thinking if I had to make a quad what colours would I choose? I chose the shades due to their uniqueness, these four shades were unlike anything I had come across before. First up the beautiful gemstone shade Betrayal, it’s multifaced with a duotone finish, I adore it. Next is Shellshock which is almost like liquid silver, it’s so opaque and creamy and just glides like butter. The same thing can be said for Coax, the finish for both of these are very similar and I cannot wait to create looks with it. And finally Prank – the camera does not do this shade justice. It’s a deep navy matte with turquoise shimmer running through it, so rich, so pigmented and just beautiful. Sigh.
The palette retails for £42.00 and it is limited edition so if you wanted to bag it or yourself or as a gift I would highly recommend picking it up as soon as possible. You can find it here at Debenhams online.
That is it for today’s post, it is a picture heavy one but with a palette this beautiful it deserves as many pictures taken of it as possible! I am an extremely happy bunny to receive this beauty, it definitely has a safe happy home with me and I will be bringing you looks I create with this as soon as I can. Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss those posts! Hit that button below & until next time have a great day. Tanzina x