It's easy to become quite complacent about new makeup launches, what with there being so many brands and similar products on the market, but now and again, something really amazing comes along and sees me excited tearing through packaging to get to the good stuff! This stunning new limited edition palette from Urban Decay is just the sort of product that reminds me why I love makeup - the packaging is extra special, and the colours inside have me so inspired to get experimenting!
The palette is called UD XX Vice Ltd Reloaded - which is a slightly strange name, I know, but it signifies that this palette is celebrating 20 years of Urban Decay by bringing together new and old shades from across Urban Decay's back catalogue. Old school shadow shades like Gash, Acid Rain and UV-B make an appearance in the palette, but although they're retro shades, they've been reproduced in Urban Decay's latest pigment infusion shadow formula to bring them right up to date. All in all there are five vintage shades, five exclusives from past Vice palettes and other limited edition palettes, seven of the bestselling shades from UD's shadow singles line, plus five totally new shades.
The packaging of this palette is very special too - Urban Decay always bring it with their packaging on the limited edition palettes - the Book of Shadows palettes usually have a theme with all kinds of amazing pop out bits when you open the lid, whereas the Vice palettes have a more edgy cool to them, usually with lots of deep, metallic, shades for a but of a magical effect. The UD XX Vice Ltd Reloaded palette is perhaps a little more subtle than recent Vice palettes, but very effective. It's a smooth black casing, and centre stage is this gorgeous raised jewel lettering in UD purple - I can't really explain why but it makes me think of Disney's Maleficient! It's really a palette to treasure and admire - they're be no casually throwing this one into a travel bag! The palette itself is very sturdy and functional - it has a spring-loaded opening function and a huge mirror in the lid, which is always nice to have. As is now custom with Urban Decay palettes, this one also comes with a proper, full-size double-ended eyeshadow brush.
Suspend (greige-brown matte)
501 (deep metallic blue w/copper micro-glitter), Shallow (pale taupe-silver satin)
Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
Moonflower (metallic rose-gold w/gold micro-shimmer)
Oil Slick (black matte w/silver micro-glitter)
Shallow (pale taupe-silver satin)
Misdemeanor (deep olive green matte w/green micro-shimmer)
UV-B (bright blue w/violet shift)
Roadstripe (iridescent white w/blue-violet shift)
Laced (pinky-taupe matte)
Freakshow (bright purple satin)
Goldmine (bright metallic gold)
Gash (metallic brick red)
Hot Pants (pearly medium pink)
Asphyxia (hyacinth shimmer w/blue shift)
Twice Baked (rich brown satin w/gold micro-glitter)
Midnight Cowboy (pink champagne shimmer w/ silver glitter)
Mildew (deep metallic green shimmer)
Acid Rain (pale yellow-green shimmer w/green shift)
Anonymous (pale peachy cream matte)
We've reached the most exciting part - the shades! As a self-confessed eyeshadow bore, mainly going for neutrals, I was initially a little afraid of what I might find in this palette - would it be filled with hot pinks, yellows and oranges (basically the colours of my nightmares...)? But even from looking at the back of the box, straightaway I saw colours I couldn't wait to swatch. This palette has such a good mix that there are plenty of shades here to please everyone - there are some gorgeous safe matte shades, like Suspend, Anonymous and Laced which has come out a little bit pale in my sunlight swatch - it's a lovely dusky pale pink. There are also so really wearable metallics, like Moonflower, Smog and Goldmine, perfect shimmer and highlight shades in the form of Roadstripe and Midnight Cowboy, and beautiful smoky eye shades including Twice Baked and Oil Slick. UV-B is probably one of the wildest colours in the palette to me, and actually on swatching it I fell in love - it has a beautiful shimmer and leans both blue and lilac depending on the light - I don't quite know how I'm going to use this yet, but I'll definitely be giving it a go! All of the shadows have that excellent Urban Decay smooth and buttery quality and every single colour is incredibly pigmented - even Anonymous which is a practically white shade.
The Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded palette is limited edition and it's available now at Urban Decay and Debenhams priced at £43.
What do you think of Urban Decay's 20th birthday palette? Will you be adding it to your collection?