You know what? When I found out Urban Decay was releasing the limited edition Vice 2 eyeshadow palette last week, I was so excited that I actually set my alarm so I could wake up early and buy it. When my alarm went off, I rolled over, pulled my iPad into bed, and ordered Vice 2 before I even got up to pee. That was Tuesday morning – by Thursday morning I was holding the package in the middle of my office. When I took it out of the box, time slowed down and a celestial light shined over my desk while Schubert’s Ave Maria played. It was amazing. Yes, the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette is glorious. It’s so glorious that I’m gonna get right to the pictures so that you too, can bask in its majesty.
I love the case for this palette. It’s a bit too bulky for travel, but the build is really solid, and the hinge is made so that when you press the button to open it, it comes up slowly on its own, then stays up until you close it. I’m also a big fan of the logo inlay that looks like cut crystal (but is actually just plastic).
The included brush is double-ended, featuring a flat brush and a blender. I haven’t actually used this brush for anything for swatching.
And now for the swatches! All swatches were done without primer.
I missed the boat on the first limited edition Vice palette last year, so I can’t compare the two, but I can tell you that the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette is damn near close to perfect. It has a great mix of neutral and more dramatic shades, so this palette is perfect for a wide variety of looks. And unlike some other Urban Decay palettes, the glittery shades in Vice 2 don’t have a lot of notable fallout. I have almost no tolerance for fallout, so this was a huge plus for me.
There were a couple of shades I found disappointing. I really thought Prank would be more of a blue toned shadow because that’s how it looks in the pan, but when worn or swatched, it just sort of looks like black with a couple of flecks of turquoise sparkle. I was also not a big fan of Poison, which, for some reason, I thought would be more of deep, forest green.
The rest of the shades are true-to-pan, richly pigmented, and have the signature, buttery Urban Decay texture. I’ve worn these shadows for up to 10 hours, always with Urban Decay Primer Potion, and I have yet to see any fading. Urban Decay Vice 2 is easily my favorite eyeshadow palette of the year.
+ Lots of wearable colors
+ Richly pigmented, true-to-pan color
+ Smooth, buttery texture
+ Minimal fallout
+ Long wearing
+ Well-built packaging
+ Great Value
- Two shades were not true-to-pan
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 4/5 – Amazing color pay-off, gorgeous shades, smooth texture, and super long wear – this palette is ALMOST perfect. I had to dock a point for the two colors that weren’t true to pan, and that makes me sad.
Quality:5/5 – Amazing. Great shadow formula, fantastic, well-thought-out packaging.
Value: 5/5 - The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette retails for $59, which is a spectacular deal. Individual UD shadows are $18, but at $59 for 20 shades, you’re only paying $2.95 per shadow.
Where to Buy
I bought mine from the Urban Decay website, but as of today, it’s also available on Sephora.com! This palette is limited edition. If it’s anything like the last year’s Vice Palette, it will disappear just after the holidays.
The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette is available internationally – the UK should see this palette in stores at the beginning of October, if the Facebook rumors are true. Other international buyers can also order Urban Decay products though a shipping service called MyUS.com. Details are available on the Urban Decay website.
If I were a billionaire, I’d buy everyone a Vice 2 palette, but since I’m not, we’ll have to settle for a giveaway! For this giveaway, one lucky, randomly selected winner will win a brand spankin’ new Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette.
Entry is easy – just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below, and you’ll be entered! You have until 8PM on Friday, September 27th to enter. The winner will be announced on Saturday, September 28th. This giveaway is open internationally. Good luck, everyone!
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