Here is a fun little fact, the name of my blog "Blog of Shadows" actually takes its inspiration from Urban Decays "Book of Shadows" Palettes - since they used to be my absolute make up staple! I recently took a trip to the states and even though money was tight out, I went a few souvenirs less for this bad boy. You could say it was my vice (lol bad joke) but seriously, this palette is a babe!
The Vice palette screams luxurious, with a silky velvety feel to the palette and at the press of a button the lid slowly slides up to reveal all the make up goodness. Encrusted with UD on the front, Urban Decay really got it right packaging wise. It feels sturdy, looks lovely and lasted a flight on a place with minimal protection. Pretty impressive!
The palette comes with a double ended brush, one end a blending brush and the other your basic flat eyeshadow brush. While I haven't had a chance to use them yet, they are very soft and the blending brush looks wonderful. Its a really nice addition and makes a nice change from the primer potion they always seem to throw in there!
But lets get onto the eyeshadows themselves, that is what we are all here for right?
All twenty eyeshadows are brand new, meaning you won't have any in your collection already (debatable though!). They all have the newest eyeshadow formulation which I had not yet tried but am pleased to say it really is an improvement on their older eyeshadows.
I will insert some quick swatches row by row here, and then keep scrolling down for in depth close up swatches and a review on each individual shade.
|Desperation is a cool toned brown, it actually came out a lot more pigmented than I first imagined. It has a very nice buttery soft formula but does kick up a little bit in the pan because it is so soft. Intensely pigmented though.|
|Occupy is a really nice smokey blue jewel toned shade. Again pigmentation is nice, it does have a little bit of glitter fall out issues but really its nothing that can't be fixed. I didn't find this shade to be very WOW, but that is just me.|
|I really love this shade, its a beautifully pigmented jewel mermaid blue. Again the texture is just lovely and smooth, pigmentation is amazing. I can't complain and really can't wait to use this shade!|
Overall I love the Vice palette, out of 20 colours, only 3 were duds for me in terms of quality and formulation, either being too sheer or having too much fall out. 17 of the colours though have EXCELLENT payoff and were a dream to work with. With soft buttery quality, excellent blendability (even the mattes) and pretty much all of them had brilliant pigmentation. I really cannot complain. I got this when I was in the US for $60 but it is not yet out in the UK. I expect it will be released October sometime so keep your eyes peeled in your Debenhams/House of Frasers. It is definitely worth checking out!
I hope you enjoyed this very long and picture heavy review. Will you be getting the Vice palette? Will it be going on the x-mas list perhaps?
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