I realize I’m a bit late to the Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette ($45, available here) game, but it happens to be the newest palette in my collection filled with colours that are just so un-me and colourful as if the rainbow itself is fitted inside a palette. I hadn’t intended to purchase this palette at all because the colours are not my kind of colour, so it wasn’t until this beauty popped up at the Sephora sale section, and armed with a further 20% code as a VIB Rouge, I snagged one to test out and at least for the blog.
Truth be told, I was mad excited for the package to arrive – it actually got here 1 day after I ordered, and on Christmas Eve too, so it definitely made the deal so much sweeter! Bless the people working around-the-clock at the Sephora warehouse because wow! You guys got 3 of my packages so quickly before Christmas!
I haven’t bought any of the previous Vice palettes so I can’t really compare it to the ones from previous year’s but I can tell you that this palette is gorgeous! Stunning! Makeup eyecandy! And a total babe! Oh, upon opening the box, and seeing the matching makeup case, and the well-made palette, I can tell it was going to be a great relationship!
This year’s Vice 4 palette has a “dimensional web of broken-down facets layered over a matte black lid. Rich, metallic inks give the case a mesmerizing, oil-slick effect and hint at the shades inside” and a sturdy and slim packaging which makes it absolutely drool-worthy. Urban Decay did not skimp on the thought process nor the design and it truly reflects in the final product! It was so much fun to take pictures of this palette mainly because the lights reflect so beautifully off the case.
Inside the palette are 20 brand new shades of eyeshadows which features Urban Decay’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System resulting in eyeshadows that are pigmented with an easy-to-work-with blendable texture, and minimal fallouts. The hues included in the palette range from the subtle light greige, mermaid teal, to a black satin that would look amazing as a dress colour!
I am usually a fan of Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes – the success of the Naked palettes, and subsequent eyeshadow palette releases (including the Pulp Fiction one that was released last year I think?) makes Urban Decay as one of the best brands to go to when it comes to investing in a good eyeshadow colour or palette.
Not only that, they’ve also included a double-ended brush, and a full-sized mirror inside, making this palette an excellent value and a one-palette makeup accessory to carry around. The bag that comes with it can easily be used for your Kindle or iPads if you wish to use it for other purposes.
In terms of quality, I feel like this palette is average which is probably unheard of in the realm of Urban Decay eyeshadows. Some of the colours, particularly the deeper, jewel-tone hues have incredible payoff from the first swipe, and stays true to the colour. The lighter shades is where I feel the biggest problem lies – it’s simply difficult to get the intensity like the deeper shades, and felt a lot drier compared to the others. To be honest, the lighter colours are more important to me as I like to use them as all over colour on the lid, so having several under-performing neutral shades in the palette is really disappointing, no matter how much of a discount I got.
The colour selection is mighty impressive, and definitely a keeper if you are looking for bright colours to add to your collection. This isn’t a palette for the faint-hearted, and not a palette you can rock on a daily basis because let’s face it. No one can rock magenta, purple or deep green eyes every single day of the week (If you can, kudos to you!)
Overall, I have a bit of a mixed feeling towards this palette – I love everything about the aesthetics from the packaging to colour selection, but am slightly bummed about the lighter colours. While I think the brighter colours more than make up for it, I wished this was a more well-rounded palette.
Fortunately for you, I accidentally ordered 2 palettes, knowing that this palette will sell out quickly, and that many will likely still want to get their hands on it! While it was a bit of a miss for me, I hope someone else will have a good (and much better) experience than me, so let’s kick off the first giveaway of the year on the blog with this palette!
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Have you tried Urban Decay eyeshadows? Do you collect the limited edition releases?