Urban Decay Vice 3 – Review, Photos & Swatches
Hey loves! I know, I know, I got this palette a month ago and it’s only now that I’m finally reviewing it. I have a friend hounding me here and now that I’m getting more and more palettes, I guess I should start with this one, yes?
Urban Decay came with another Vice palette, and ever since with their first one, I’ve always been wanting to get it, I just end up getting a different palette instead. Like for the first palette, I ended up getting Lorac Pro, and for the Vice 2, I ended up getting the Smashbox Master Class Palette 2 instead. But for the third and the latest one, right after I saw the palette’s photos, shades and swatches, I knew I had to have it. The color combination of this particular palette just got to me and from then on I know that I will be choosing this over the Lorac Mega Pro palette.
Product Description/Claims according to Urban Decay:
You can never have too much of a good thing. Satisfy your eyeshadow vice with 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades—from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smoky red-black.
With so many different finishes—matte, satin, sparkle and even metallic (to echo the iced-out metallic look of the palette itself), this palette is made for experimentation. The shades are arranged in columns: neutrals on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smoky shades on the right. Pair up the vertically color-coordinated quads or go wild and mix them up. Our Pigment Infusion System™ gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.…
Urban Decay never disappoints in their packaging. From what I have noticed, the packaging of this one is quite similar to the other Vice palettes, in a way that it has a clam shell style case, a full-sized mirror, and that dual ended brush. The cover is really reflective, it has some light streaks at the middle then the neon green ‘Vice’ logo embossed at the top. It attracts fingerprints like crazy and if you’re not too careful with it, scratches can become easily visible due to its mirrored packaging. It also comes with a pouch large enough to fit the palette and maybe some lipsticks or brushes that you might want to bring with you. You can also use it as your ‘kikay kit’ when traveling. It also comes with a synthetic dual ended brush that has a flat shader brush on one side and a blending brush on the other.
This palette contains 20 shades composed of warm toned neutrals, reds and blues. The reason why I really bought this palette was because of the pinks & reds that are in this palette. If you have been following me in my blog you will know that I love wearing neutrals and I often incorporate them with red-toned eyeshadows. That’s why when I saw this palette, I already know that this would be perfect for me.
All of the shades in this palette are very pigmented especially when used over an eyeshadow primer. They have a rich color payoff which is something that you really would expect from Urban Decay shadows. One thing I noticed though is the shade ‘Alien’. Though it is very vibrant at the palette, when used, it doesn’t stay 100% true to color. You will really need to pack it on, and without an eyeshadow primer, it can be quite tricky since these shades, especially the lighter ones, the more you use it the more powdery they become.
What I have noticed from this palette is that Urban Decay decided to divide their color themes in to columns. First column is the neutrals, with two matte shades. I really love this column. Aside from the reds, these are also the shades that called out to me. All of these shades are very pigmented and silky to the touch. ‘Truth’ is a nice shade for highlighting my brow bone and inner tear duct area. None of these shades are powdery except the matte ones which are ‘Truth’ and ‘Downfall’ but from what I notice, they only become more powdery the more you use it.
Ah the blues. Not really fond of blues and greens when it comes to eyeshadows, I must say but these shades, and the texture of these shades are awesome. All of these are buttery smooth and they’re very creamy to the touch. My favorite shade among all four is ‘Freeze’
The third column can make a decent quad, if you ask me. Well, all of them can, but I see this color combo all of the time. Like all of the other shades, they’re very pigmented, and silky to the touch. My favorite among all four is ‘Lucky’. I also like ‘Bobby Dazzle’. It’s the perfect shade for that New Year’s Eve look and you want to pop a beautiful iridescent shade in your inner tear duct.
And of course, my favorite column. The reds. Perhaps the reason as to why ‘Alien’ is quite uneven is because of its dry texture. Don’t get me wrong, as I’ve mentioned, it’s still pigmented, but compared to the other shades, ‘Alien’ is not as buttery and soft as the other shades. My favorites in this column is ‘Alchemy’ and ‘Sonic’.
Last column are the cool-toned neutrals. I love that they included these shades here, because despite the majority of warm-toned shades in here, they still managed to include at least a couple of taupey-shades. I love ‘Last Sin’. Definitely a cooler version of UD’s ‘Sin’. The same as others, it also becomes powdery the more you use it. My other favorite is ‘Angel’.
Despite some of the shades being a bit powdery, I did not encounter any fall outs, the application was easy, and they’re very easy to blend. They weren’t chalky and though some shades contain glitter on them, they’re finely milled and none had really those chunky glitters which I’m not really fond of. They’re also very buildable and especially when using a primer. When using a primer, this lasted me for more than seven hours before it started to fade or crease (my eyeshadows don’t normally crease on me). Without a primer, it only lasted me for more than four hours and I had a bit of a hard time packing on one of the shades particularly ‘Alien’. ‘Alien’ doesn’t really show up despite how vibrant it looks like at the palette.
I didn’t pick up anything when I used it nor when I tried smelling the eyeshadow palette itself. Urban Decay palettes doesn’t really have any particular scent.
Each shade contains 0.03 oz and once opened, the palette will last for a year (but I don’t really follow this, seriously :P).
Beautiful, sleek yet sturdy packaging
Comes with a dual-ended synthetic brush
Comes with a pouch
Comes with 20 warm-toned neutrals, reds, purples and blue shades
Each of them are richly pigmented
Buttery smooth & creamy to the touch
Easy to apply & blend
Buildable to your preferred intensity
No chunky glitters
None of them are chalky
With a primer, this lasted on me for more than 7 hours then it started fading
Without a primer, this lasted on me for more than 4 hours then it started fading
Some shades can become a bit powdery the more you use it
‘Alien’ takes a couple of layers before it becomes visible
Not locally available
Since it’s a mid-range brand, I actually get that it’s pricey so I’m not going to deduct points because of that factor alone. Perhaps the reason why I had to give it a 4 1/2 rating instead of a 5 is that because some shades are a bit powdery (like I mentioned before). Urban Decay palettes have always been like that, but knowing that they reformulated their shadows, I kinda expected more. Other than that, this palette is definitely a win to me.
• Product Name | Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette
• Contains| 20 x 0.03 oz • Price | Php 3,350
• Avalability | Not locally available. Bought mine at Makeover Shop
If you have been with me through all my babblings about this palette, then I applaud you! You deserve a virtual hug! I wont take any more of your time, you now know what I think about this palette already. How about you? What are your thoughts about this palette? Will you buy it? What’s your favorite Limited Edition palette, so far?