Vice LTD – Is it worth it?

Self-Purchased

There are conversations going on about why Urban Decay would release another Vice palette so soon after the Vice 3 and whether or not the LTD palette is worth it. I picked up the palette and will attempt to make some comparisons here for those trying to decide if they want it.

As a background, the LTD was released on Sephora’s website in mid-September for a very limited run that was available only to VIB Rouge members and sold out within a few hours. The interwebz were alive with speculation and some anger from everyone who wasn’t able to buy it (which was pretty much everyone). UD was pretty mum about it for awhile but it got out that it would be released for the holiday season. It finally showed up at the UD Flagship store for their grand opening and is set to be available for purchase on the UD website on December 4 so the flagship will have had it exclusively for about 3 weeks before it hits the website. It wouldn’t surprise me if the previous limited release on Sephora was to gauge interest in the palette to see if it was worth producing a full run of it.

Lots of people are complaining that the description of the palette is misleading. Urban Decay is saying:

It’s our most exclusive Vice palette yet—an ULTRA limited-edition case loaded with 20 velvety shades of Eyeshadow.

We packed Vice Ltd with 20 shades of Eyeshadow—18 exclusives (five are NEW!) and two bestsellers—plus a double-ended brush.

Experiment with brights, neutrals and smoky hues in a range of finishes—all in our decadent, velvety formula. Taking inspiration from some of our favorite palettes over the years, we created an amazing collection loaded with a mix of cult-favorite UD hues and never-before-seen shades you won’t find anywhere else.

Lots of these shades are re-runs though and not brand new for this palette which has people a little on edge. I agree that the description is misleading. I’m guessing when they say “exclusive” they mean you can’t CURRENTLY buy that color anywhere else? However I’m not sure how they get the “five are NEW!” count… I only count 3 newbies. This palette seems really to be a greatest hits from past palettes. Here’s a list with the origins of each shade:

  • Nameless – Shattered Face Case
  • Backdoor – Smoked
  • Deeper – 15th Anniversary Palette
  • Disco – NEW?
  • Heat – Single
  • Crystal – Book of Shadows Vol. 4
  • Goddess – Single
  • Vaporize – Anarchy Face Case
  • Floss – NEW?
  • Perversion – Book of Shadows I Heart NY
  • Provocateur – Vice
  • Hoodoo – NEW?
  • Freakshow – Fun Palette
  • Junkshow – 15th Anniversary Palette
  • Blitz – Vice
  • Chase – 15th Anniversary Palette
  • Last Sin – Vice 3
  • Roadstripe – Single
  • Anonymous – Vice
  • Laced – Vice

Because there are so many repeats, if you have a lot of past UD palettes this probably won’t be a good purchase for you. If you’re late to the UD palette party this will help grow the collection. I don’t have a big collection of the older UD palettes (I started collecting with the Naked 2 and missed last year’s Vice). As I don’t have many palettes that these re-runs originally came in, they’re new to me which is why I got it. Some of the shades are pretty darn dupable though once swatched so I sat down with every UD palette I own and had a swatching party, the results of which are below. I think the value here is if you don’t own a lot of other UD palettes. If you own a lot of UD then this palette isn’t very strong and is pretty much just a collector item for you.

One question is, how similar is it to Vice 3? It’s quite different from Vice 3, at least to me. The brighter shades are very different, though the lighter shades are very similar and pretty UD standard for all their palettes. I do think the overall quality is similar. There are some pigmented smooth shades but like lots of UD shadows the mattes are powdery and the glitters fall out prone. The bronzes and golds are strong with the LTD while I felt that the burgundy-pinks and blues-greens were strong in the 3. Here are the two side by side (as always click the image to see it full size):

Vice LTD and Vice 3

Vice LTD and Vice 3

I think the biggest let down in this palette is Perversion which I feel like should be the blackest black but really has to be built up. Also, as pretty as Crystal is, don’t get it near any other blues or it will look silver and not pale blue. I by no means regret the purchase (despite some of the very similar swatches you’ll see below), but if you’ve got lots of UD palettes stacked up this one is definitely skipable.

You can see my original review of the Vice LTD here and my review of the Vice 3 here.

Here are some shade comparisons between this palette and the other 5 UD palettes I own (which isn’t very many at least compared to long term collectors).

The Blues

Left to Right: Goddess (Vice LTD), Evidence (Smoked), Heroine (Vice 3).

Left to Right: Goddess (Vice LTD), Evidence (Smoked), Heroine (Vice 3).

Goddess is more glittery. Evidence is more metallic/shimmery, and Heroine has a fine sheen to it but is more smokey. They’re all a little powdery but Evidence is the most pigmented and smooth of the 3 and Heroine is the least. While they are all different taken together, from a few feet away the average person looking at you probably couldn’t tell the difference if you had Evidence on one eye and Heroine on the other.

The Greens

Left to Right: Floss (Vice LTD), Loaded (Smoked).

Left to Right: Floss (Vice LTD), Loaded (Smoked).

These are both dark mossy greens with a shimmer to them. Floss has some micro-glitter but it’s really hard to see it. It has a bit more gold in its shimmer while Loaded is a little more smokey. As I said about the blues above though, the average onlooker probably wouldn’t notice if you had one shade on your left eye and the other on your right.

The Purples

Left to Right: Hoodoo (Vice LTD), Freakshow (Vice LTD), Vanity (Vice 3), Rockstar (Smoked).

Left to Right: Hoodoo (Vice LTD), Freakshow (Vice LTD), Vanity (Vice 3), Rockstar (Smoked).

Hoodoo is the lightest and most metallic. Freakshow and Vanity are very similar but Freakshow is slightly more of a blue purple while Vanity is a touch more pink. Rockstar is the darkest and is almost a plum shade. These are different enough to be noticeable.

The Golds/Coppers/Bronzes

Left to Right: Disco (Vice LTD), Chase (Vice LTD), Blitz (Vice LTD), Heat (Vice LTD), Lucky (Vice 3), Half Baked (Naked 2), Chopper (Naked 2), Trick (Naked 3).

Left to Right: Disco (Vice LTD), Chase (Vice LTD), Blitz (Vice LTD), Heat (Vice LTD), Lucky (Vice 3), Half Baked (Naked 2), Chopper (Naked 2), Trick (Naked 3).

Had to bust out the Naked palettes for these. I don’t own Naked 1, but it has some similar shades as well. Disco and Chopper are the glittery ones in the bunch; the rest are pretty straight metallics. Heat and Lucky are the closest dupes of these but Lucky is a tad darker. Half Baked is similar to Disco, minus the micro-glitter. Chopper and Chase look similar on opposite ends of my arm here but swatched side by side on the back of my hand just now to be sure, Chopper is definitely more of a rose gold while Chase is more of a beigey gold.

The Taupes and Beiges

Left to Right: Nameless (Vice LTD), Vaporize (Vice LTD), Angel (Vice 3), Defy (Vice 3), Mushroom (Smoked), Suspect (Naked 2), Pistol (Naked 2), Liar (Naked 3), Mugshot (Naked 3), Factory (Naked 3).

Left to Right: Nameless (Vice LTD), Vaporize (Vice LTD), Angel (Vice 3), Defy (Vice 3), Mushroom (Smoked), Suspect (Naked 2), Pistol (Naked 2), Liar (Naked 3), Mugshot (Naked 3), Factory (Naked 3).

I went a little wild on the Naked Palettes with this batch, too. In the end none of these are super close dupes but Factory is the closest match for Nameless that I have and nothing quite matches Vaporize which looks kind of like Defy mixed with Mushroom?

The Blacks

Left to Right: Perversion (Vice LTD), Revolver (Vice 3), Blackout (Smoked), Blackout (Naked 2), Asphalt (Smoked), Blackheart (Naked 3).

Left to Right: Perversion (Vice LTD), Revolver (Vice 3), Blackout (Smoked), Blackout (Naked 2), Asphalt (Smoked), Blackheart (Naked 3).

Perversion is disappointingly lacking in pigment. It looks rather similar to the Blackout swatched from the Smoked Palette. Naked 2 has the same Blackout shade but it swatched darker. It’s possible I layered it on a little more thickly but I tried to swatch the same amount… The most pigmented UD black I have is Revolver from the Vice 3 palette, but it’s shimmery and not matte.

The browns and light neutrals in the palette also have a lot of similar shades. My camera started acting up though and wouldn’t focus so I couldn’t get clear photos for those 2 sets of arm swatches. For the browns, Backdoor and Deeper don’t have any super similar shades in the palettes I have. Factory from Naked 3 is close enough to Nameless that the average person probably couldn’t tell if you were wearing one on each eye, but they’re not exact close up. For the light neutrals, Anonymous is very close to Foxy from the Naked 2 and Kinky from the Smoked palette. They’re not exact but on skin as light as mine they all look very similar. Laced is best matched by Undone from Vice 3 and Nooner from Naked 3 but again they’re not perfect matches.

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