Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (Limited Holiday Edition)

Two weeks ago, I was looking up a word in the dictionary and my eyes fell on the definition for “vice.”  The first few meanings were familiar to me; the last was one which took me aback.

Vice:  1) An evil, immoral, or wicked habit or tendency; 2) a flaw in character or conduct; and 3) a resplendent, addictive collection of twenty new, lush, jewel-tone eye shadows produced by Urban Decay® Cosmetics LLC and created to flatter every woman. 

 

WHAT?!  I knew there was quite a lot of buzz about this product, but I didn’t realize word had gotten so far.  I had no choice–since the palette had hit the pages of Merriam Webster, I immediately bought it online at Ulta.

The Palette

In truth, I’ve passed by a lot of Urban Decay palettes, despite my determination to be noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for ownership of the greatest amount.  They’re cute, but they’re often too edgy for my taste.  They sometimes combine bright pops of pink, neon green, and some sultry shades, but I feel like they are puzzles with missing pieces.  How do I make the shades work together?  I’ve never been able to create an entire look from a UD palette until now, despite my training in modeling school (remove foot from mouth, Gigi; the exception is the “Naked” and “Naked Basic” series). Urban Decay’s Vice 2 has matte, sheen, satin, and glitter shadows in the most neutral shades to the most vivid.  These are colors for beginners, the timid, the naturalists, the bold, the divas, the professionals, the women who simply want to wear them to the supermarket or the office or the trendiest club they know.  They are for young women and those who need to find their reading glasses in order to locate the palette among other cosmetics.  And Urban Decay makes it so easy.

Better Pallette

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Urban Decay Colors

These are all original shadows, exclusive to this palette.  Some are blends with exquisite undertones and slight holographic traces (“Betrayal,” for instance).  Others are mixes of hues (“Prank,” a heady combination of deep blue with green shimmer and “Stash,” a fascinating fusion of grey, olive green, and gold).  Some are just plain pretty and flattering–“Coax” and “X-Rated,” pink/lavenders in glimmer and matte which light up your lids in the most feminine way possible.  “Damaged” is one of the most beautiful Holiday greens you’ll ever see.  Others are outrageous but still usable:  “Shellshock” and “Strike,” pure silver and gold respectively, but definitely something to be worn (more about them later).  All are lovely, insanely pigmented, and so silky-soft that they nearly apply themselves.  These are very long-lasting, especially when worn over a great primer (my favorite is Too Faced’s “Shadow Insurance”).  They come exquisitely packaged in a decadent spring-loaded case elegant enough to display for guests in your vanity (I had to take it away from my husband before it no longer opened and closed, as he was enamored by that feature).  Moreover, UD includes a quality dual-ended brush, their Good Karma Shadow Brush on one side and their coveted Crease Brush on the other.  You may want to use angled and blending brushes to get the full effect of the shadows, but at least you’re off to a great start.

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“Dope,” “Toxic,” “Habit,” “Ambush,” and “Rewind”

You can create a daytime look with these shades alone, the first row of the palette.

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Holiday and year-’round stunners:  “Radar,” “Damaged,” “Voodoo,” “Betrayal,” and “Derailed”

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Rich and unique:  “Prank,” “Madness,” “Strike,” “Stash,” and “Poison”

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Sedate and sultry:  “Smokeout,” “Lovesick,” “Shellshock,” “Coax,” and “X-Rated”

Getting the Max from Vice 2

A look I’ve used which takes only a few moments but is subtle and enhances my eyes is to apply the shimmering “Coax” (pink/lavender) on my lid.  To contour in the crease and line under my eyes, I use “Derailed” (dark taupe; you can substitute many shades here).  I finish by swiping “Habit,” a pale peach bordering on nude, to bring out my browbone.  If you’re feeling gutsy, use a magnetic, bold shade all over your lid and under bottom lashes (I’m thinking of “Prank” or “Madness” here).  Dab a bit of “Shellshock” or “Strike” (silver or gold) in the corners of your eyes to get a good bit of attention.  I very often use a smidge of silver or gold just above my pupil no matter what shades I am wearing; it gives me a look of being wide awake.  The possibilities are endless; only your imagination can stop you from creating jaw-dropping combinations.

Keep in mind that this is a limited edition.  The Tarte “Aqualillies” I reviewed in the summer sold for $36; the last time I looked, it was going for $157 on eBay, if there are any left.  So buy this now or wait and pay $200 or more online once you and other women discover how exceptional this collection is.

DEFINITELY NOT LEAST NOR LAST:  Many thanks to my husband, who actually creates swatches on my arm and then photographs them (he paints as an avocation).  His patience with me is endless, like my love for him . . . Belated Happy Sweetest Day, Ron!

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette Affiliate

What it is: A luxe, sophisticated, limited-edition palette loaded with 20 eye shadow shades.

What it does: For fans that missed out the first time (and beauty junkies craving their next fix, Urban Decay has launched this palette packed with unbelievably gorgeous eye shadow shades. Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in Urban Decay’s decadent, revamped formula.

Each Eyeshadow features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Buy Now for $59

Beauty in The Breakdown: Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Formula

9/10
Pigmentation

9.5/10
Longevity

8/10
Application

8/10
Consistency

8/10
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
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  • Holly ONeil

    October 23, 2013 at 2:10 am
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    Gigi- You really hit the nail on the head with this review. While I love Urban Decay Cosmetics, sometimes some of the colors are a […] Read MoreGigi- You really hit the nail on the head with this review. While I love Urban Decay Cosmetics, sometimes some of the colors are a bit too exuberant for me. I am a big fan of double duty palettes. This looks like one compact that will do it all. Happy Belated Birthday Ron! Read Less

  • Lipgloss and Spandex

    October 23, 2013 at 3:27 am
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    Gigi--that's so sweet that your husband does your swatches and photographs them!!! Let me tell you, photographing your own arm can be tricky sometimes haha. […] Read MoreGigi--that's so sweet that your husband does your swatches and photographs them!!! Let me tell you, photographing your own arm can be tricky sometimes haha. I must admit that I am a sucker for limited edition products, particularly Urban Decay Cosmetics palettes because the quality is always so good, and they're a great value. I bought this palette a few weeks ago and really agree with your review. The brush is great, and the shadows are fantastic. My main issue with this palette is that there are so many almost-black shades. I wish they had replaced a few with light and medium shades. It's still worth every penny though. And the packaging is fantastic--I love the way it opens! Read Less

  • Carole Dennis Cornell

    October 23, 2013 at 3:52 am
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    Another stellar review! I love UD, especially their eyeshadows. Unfortunately, I find I'm using shadows less frequently these days, so I can't justify […] Read MoreAnother stellar review! I love UD, especially their eyeshadows. Unfortunately, I find I'm using shadows less frequently these days, so I can't justify buying the palette. BUT... and this is a big but, I love Damaged, Coax, and Betrayal so so much. Will I fall for this temptation? My husband hopes not, but I can't hold out forever. It's an investment! Love you and your reviews :-) Read Less

  • Anisha Le-Great Giri

    October 23, 2013 at 4:08 am
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    Whoa. I am so surprised that they didn't stick Smog into this palette. Might have to go swatch this at ULTA tomorrow!

  • Vicci Brant

    October 23, 2013 at 5:13 am
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    Wow, the colours are amazing, should I say arm-mazing LOL. I have some of UD colour and I love their eye-shadows. They go on smooth, […] Read MoreWow, the colours are amazing, should I say arm-mazing LOL. I have some of UD colour and I love their eye-shadows. They go on smooth, stay flawless, they're amazing all the way around. Not as AMAZING as Gigi Sommers DePascale but nice anyway. Love you Sister Gigi Read Less

  • Penny Lazarus

    October 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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    Gosh these are beautiful!!!! Another great and funny review Gigi!

  • Pamela Irene Preston James

    October 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm
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    I have to just say that you are one of the best beauty writers out there! I see many and you are the cream of […] Read MoreI have to just say that you are one of the best beauty writers out there! I see many and you are the cream of the crop! You need to be paid the big bucks! This Urban Decay Vice 2 sure is loaded for bear with its jam packed palette. How fun.. I'd use them all! It has every shade you could dream of in there. I also love that you have such a great in- house photographer! Yeah for Ron! Read Less

  • Connie Connor

    October 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm
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    you amaze me with your words! some of the colors are so seemingly usable but others i would find i would probably use […] Read Moreyou amaze me with your words! some of the colors are so seemingly usable but others i would find i would probably use as a liner....(smokeout, prank, poison). I have never been able to figure out a way to pull off the blue eyeshadows BUT madness looks like it could be used on so many people due to its complexity of color. HMMM......this is quite interesting ;) Read Less

  • Mary Ferro

    October 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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    I love these exuberant colors and it looks like this compact is so convenient! One stop shop if you will!

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