Hello Makeup Geeks! Today I have a review of the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. I know a lot of people have seen this and there have been several reviews on it, but I wanted to share my thoughts about it with you as well. It’s been a while since I reviewed anything from Urban Decay and they really do have amazing products and great packaging. Every year they release a new palette and this year they gave us the Vice 2 Palette.
So let’s get on to the review. 🙂
URBAN DECAY VICE 2 PALETTE
The Urban Decay Vice 2 retails for $59.00. This may seem like a lot but when you break down the cost it’s really not. This palette includes 20 new and exclusive shades at 0.03 ounces each. UD eyeshadows typically sell for $18.00 for 0.05 ounces of product, so overall this is a great price for the amount of shadows you get and also for the great packaging. It also include a dual ended brush that I am not a huge fan of.
I really love the packaging on this. It’s not your typical cardboard like the Vice 1 was, this is a sturdy plastic case swirled with shades of purple and embossed with the raised diamond like logo “UD”. There are several things that I really like about this palette;
- Besides the palette being sturdy, it also has a button that you push to allow the lid to glide open gently.
- It has a large mirror which is the same size as the palette.
- The top of the palette with the mirror doesn’t fall all the way back, it stays open which makes it convenient to use.
This is where I feel the majority of the money goes to on this palette. They really spared no expense and overlooked no detail when designing this.
As I mentioned before, the palette contains 20 colors new to Urban Decay. The majority of the colors in the palette are really good. I do have some favorites though with “Prank” being my favorite of all of them. I also really like “Damaged”, “Shell Shock”, “Toxic” and “Derailed”. As great as this palette is, I do have a few complaints with it;
- There are only 2 matte shadows and there needs to be a few more.
- It also needs some mid-tone blending shades.
- Some of the colors are to similar, “Smokeout” and “Lovesick” are both black with different finishes. I wish they would have switched a black for a more wearable shade.
- Even though these are great quality, the colors don’t seem to go together so it would be difficult to do a complete look without grabbing something else.
(Top Row Left to Right)
- Smokeout – Black with a satin finish. This is just an ok shade. It can sometimes look like a dark chocolate brown.
- Lovesick – Matte black with mico-glitter. Somewhat dry and the glitter blends out.
- Shellshock – Intense metallic silver, very highly pigmented. Great shade.
- Coax – Cool toned pink with a slight gold sparkle. This is exactly what it says it is, blends well and has great pigmentation.
- X-Rated – Medium cool-toned pink with a satin finish. Applies and blends great and has intense pigmentation.
(2nd Row Left to Right)
- Prank – Deep, dark navy blue with teal shimmer. My favorite, although the shimmer doesn’t show up great once applied.
- Madness – Medium cool-toned blue and a frosty finish. Great color payoff and a good texture.
- Strike – Muted yellow with a frosted finish. Great color payoff, good texture and blends great.
- Stash – Muted olive green with light gold and dark green shimmer. This one is slightly drier than the others and doesn’t apply as smoothly.
- Poison – Charcoal grey with teal shimmer. This is a little dry which means it can sheer out if you are not careful.
(3rd Row Left to Right)
- Radar – Medium to Dark brown with gold glitter. Great shade, blends like a dream and has great pigmentation.
- Damaged – Emerald green with a frosted/metallic finish. Nice texture and pigmentation. Close to Makeup Geek’s “Envy”,
- Voodoo – Cool-toned purple with purple glitter and a slightly metallic finish. Dry and not as pigmented as some of the others.
- Betrayal – Duo-Chrome bright purple with a blue shift. Just a little sheer when blended but still nice.
- Derailed – Medium/Dark warm taupe brown with a frosted/metallic finish. This shade is very pigmented and has a butter texture. Very comparable to Makeup Geek’s “Moondust”.
(Bottom Row Left to Right)
- Dope – Warm pink/peach with a satin finish. Great pigmentation and texture.
- Toxic – Metallic copper/pink, a lot like Makeup Geek’s “Cosmopolitan”. Dry texture but did have great color payoff.
- Habit – Matte nude/light beige. A little lighter than Makeup Geek’s “Beaches and Cream”. Very creamy texture with good color payoff.
- Ambush – Medium/Dark bronze with a slightly metallic sheen. Good pigmentation and creamy texture.
- Rewind – Matte neutral brown. Really good pigmentation and applies like a dream.
Overall this is a really good palette and I highly recommend it. Between the packaging and the shades it is worth $59.00. I do wish there were some blending shades and maybe a couple more matte shades, but the majority of the colors have great pigmentation and are creamy and butter. They apply well and blend easily. I don’t however feel like this is a complete palette because it will be hard to do a complete and wearable look for everyday or for the office. If there could be a better variety of neutrals versus bright shades then this would be the perfect palette.
So I do highly recommend it, the quality and what you get for the price is amazing. 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed this review and keep checking back for more reviews. As always, I hope you are staying happy and healthy and I will see you soon!
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