Urban Decay are on a serious roll at the moment. Not long ago we were introduced to a new palette in the Naked family (here's my Naked Smoky palette review and swatches), this weekend saw the launch of their amazing collab with Gwen Stefani (Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani palette swatches) and there's a new Vice palette just in time for your Christmas list!
Whilst the Naked palettes will always be my true eyeshadow loves, the Vice series is always so pretty to look at, both inside and out, and is perfect for serious colour queens. The little girl in me who used to eye-up the rainbow makeup palettes in the Argos catalogue (way before I'd learnt any lessons about the quality of makeup) would give her entire Barbie and My Little Pony collection to dip her fingers into this palette.
This year's Vice palette has an awesome coloured web design on the outer casing - or maybe it's meant to look like shattered glass? In any case I really like the packaging, and also the black and silver holographic makeup pouch that it comes in - great for keeping the palette safe from scratches when travelling, or your could fill it with your brushes and other makeup. Inside the palette you also get a nice big mirror, and a double-ended eye brush, which is a good quality and properly useful brush, rather than those annoying sponge applicators that everybody hates.
The shadows themselves give such a wide offering in terms of colour, texture and finish that the options are endless for those who really know how to wield a blending brush. There are twenty new and limited edition shades in this collection, and they're all perfect party season shades, with plenty of bright jewel colours and a large proportion of the palette having a metallic or glitter / shimmer finish. The pigmentation of the shades is excellent, as you'd expect from Urban Decay, and I found every shade to swatch easily.
For me there's an awful lot of colour in this palette, which can be overwhelming when you're used to wearing three-hundred different shades of brown on your eyes, but personally it's something I'd pull out to create a special look, selecting one or two shades to work with at a time. There are some more neutral shimmer shades in here too which of course appeal to me, but of the more adventurous shades, Harlot, Flame, C Note and Robbery really stand out to me as one's that I could create an amazing look with.
This is the first Vice palette I've owned, but I have several of Urban Decay's older bright palettes, and they're ones that I treasure and enjoy bringing out when I suddenly have a random need for a pearlised emerald green shade or a rich and majestic purple glitter - hey it's important to be prepared, right? Vice 4 will be joining them in my collection, just waiting for the right moment for a serious colour pop over the festive season.
Are you a Vice palette brights fan, or do you prefer the tamer Naked collections?