Urban Decay has recently released their Vice 3 palette and I was jumping up and down with anticipation to get my hands on it. The palette comes with 20 brand new shades that you cannot purchase individually. When you buy the palette, you also get a very nice makeup bag and a dual-ended brush. What won me over is the fact that I can create complete eye looks with this one palette rather than needing to pull out other eye shadows to complete my makeup. Unfortunately, this palette does have a few cons and I think that it makes the palette a turn-off. While all of the shadows are pigmented, several of the shadows are very powdery. Because of that, I don’t think that this palette is a must-have.
P A C K A G I N G:
The packaging is pretty awesome. I’m not in love with the actual exterior graphic design but it’s not a big deal. The case is very sturdy and that’s all that matters to me. I really, really like the huge mirror that comes with the palette. I also like how the mirror stands up on its own rather than needing to be held up. It stands up at the perfect angle to see my face and get my makeup done. The mirror is also large enough for me to use for styling my hair. Along with the actual palette comes with a matching case that can easily be doubled as a storage case for my purse. Lastly, I love the extra slot at the bottom of the palette so that I can always have my favorite eye brush on hand. Oh, I also forgot to mention that this palette magnetically closes. It’s very nice.
B R U S H:
I don’t really like the brush that came with this palette. When I tried to use either end of the brush to pick up some color from the palette, it created a lot more fallout than a classic “C” brush or fluffy blending brush for ALL of the colors. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed with it. I’ve been happier using my fingers to place color where I need it and then using my synthetic shader brush from Coastal Scents to blend everything together.
Q U A L I T Y:
The quality for most of the shadows is decent. However, some of the shadows are a bit powdery. You can see this in the swatches below. What disappointed me the most was the shade “Last Sin”. If you’re familiar with the shade “Dust” from the Naked 3 palette, “Last Sin” is twice as crumbly. “Last Sin” crumbles apart as soon as the brush touches the shadow. The more “matte” shades in the palette are noticeably more powdery in comparison to the jewel toned shadows in the center of the palette. I quote “matte” because the shades are a satin but appear matte on the skin. When looking at the “matte” shades in the palette, you’ll see shimmer. Along with “Last Sin”, I’ve also had issues with “Revolver” (the darkest shade in the palette). This particular shade continues to sprinkle black powder on my face even after my eye makeup is complete. Quite honestly, this palette is very sub-par, especially for Urban Decay. The only shade that met my expectations of UD quality is “Sonic” (the red shade). It’s the only shade that performed the way a high-end shadow should perform.
B L E N D A B I L I T Y:
Most of the shadows blend like a dream. As previously mentioned, the most troublesome shade of the palette is “Last Sin”. Aside from that, all of the shades are very smooth, buttery, opaque, and the shades layer very nicely. I have had no issues with splotchiness or with color fading as I blend the shadows together. The longevity of the eye shadows is excellent so long as a primer is used.
P I G M E N T A T I O N:
All of the shades are super rich and pigmented! Swatches are done in natural lighting. If I used flash, the shimmer would distort the actual color of the shadow. You can see flash photos below of the shadows.
V A R I E T Y:
This palette comes with a large variety of shades. You can create neutral eyes, colorful eyes, smoky eyes, and pretty much any type of eye look you wanted. You get plenty of highlight shades, crease shades, and liner shades as well which will help complete all of your makeup looks.