Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette: Review and Swatches

The two new palettes from Urban Decay really stand testimony to how versatile they are as a brand. From the mainly neutral mix of the Gwen Stefani collaboration palette (reviewed here) to the Vice 4- at the opposite end of the spectrum bursting with bold, bright colours. As a self confessed neutrals lover you'd think the Gwen palette would be the easy favourite, but I have to say I'm completely obsessed with this too. Having twenty gorgeous shades in one palette makes it extremely versatile, and I've been enjoying amping up my usual neutral smokey eye with a bit of colour. It's definitely inspired me to change up how I do my makeup!

Sticking with their 'Urban Decay' theme, the angular cracked glass design on the outer case is actually inspired by an oil slick meaning you get the duochrome/ rainbow kind of effect with the colours. All of the shades have never been seen before, and there are good mixture of shimmers, glitters and mattes. This palette would of course be a bold makeup lovers dream, but even if you usually go down the all neutrals route like me there's plenty you can do with this palette. While you might look at some of the brighter shades and feel like you wouldn't get your wear from them, you can easily run a small amount under the lower lash line or as a wash of colour on the lid and smoked out with a more neutral shade for a look thats still really wearable. There's a massive mirror in the lid which would make it your ultimate travel palette; while this is not a small product it's still thin and light enough that it wouldnt take up too much space and the huge range of different looks you could get from it would make it well worth bringing along. There's even an double ended blending and shader brush in the lid which is surprisingly good, and could be used without any other brushes if you needed to.

Even if you're all about the neutrals, don't disregard the Vice palettes by thinking they only contain shades you wouldn't wear, you really can get a huge range of looks from these; they allow you to go either completely bold or just add a fun twist to your usual look. As with all Urban Decay shadows the formula is top notch, I was especially impressed with how silky the mattes are in this palette but every one is just gorgeous.

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  1. I love the look of that bottom row, especially bitter! I've been obsessed with orangey-brown mattes recently, blended into the lower lash line with a bit of dark brown - I'd definitely buy Bitter as a single if I was able to!

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  2. This palette looks amazing! I think the top row is my favourite :)

  3. It definitely is a beautiful palette! I don't think I'll get it this year, though, mostly because I've already finished shopping for makeup for the remainder of 2015. However, I wouldn't turn it down if somebody offers me one. :-P

  4. I have this palette, and I adore it! Fastball and Flame are my two favourites! It's a shame to see so many people shun the Vice palettes, they really do have a lot of gorgeous neutrals in them.

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