I’ve had my Vice 4 for a week and a half now and I’ve used it fairly consistently since I got it. Time for a review!
The palette costs $60.00 for 0.60 oz. and contains 20 shadows which are all brand new in this palette. It comes with a makeup bag big enough to fit the palette and a dual ended eyeshadow brush.
What Urban Decay has to say:
Finally, the Vice sequel you’ve been waiting for. We loaded Vice4 with 20 addictively gorgeous, never-before-seen shades of our iconic Eyeshadow. This limited-edition palette even includes a huge mirror, a double-ended brush and a coordinating bag. And unlike most sequels, Vice4 will keep you hooked and coming back for more.
We channeled all the darkly gorgeous, dimensional hues of an oil slick (inspired by our vintage shade name Oil Slick) into a palette filled with rich, deep jewel tones. Vice4 features a stunning array of colors and a wide range of finishes, from buttery-smooth mattes and shimmering metallics to shades laced with micro-glitter. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, a proprietary blend of ingredients for rich, velvety, blendable color that lasts (and sparkle that doesn’t fall).
Vice4 comes in an extra slim case topped with a dimensional web of broken-down facets layered over a matte black lid. Rich, metallic inks give the case a mesmerizing, oil-slick effect and hint at the shades inside. Use the coordinating bag to keep Vice4 protected (and to keep prying eyes out of your prized palette), or use it to stash your brushes and other makeup essentials. Also included along with the palette: a double-ended Shadow and Crease Brush.
The packaging on this palette is to die for! I love the cracked glass/spider web type design and love the multi-chromatic oil slick vibe.
The box is shiny enough that it really didn’t photograph well, but it shares the shattered glass motif and like all UD palette boxes shows each of the shadows with names.
The palette comes inside a makeup bag with the same glass pattern in reflective silver. I love the matching bag trend that Urban Decay’s been doing with Vice 3 and 4. I also love their stash bags (gwp at the flagship). A girl can never have too many makeup bags that hold a full palette!
This packaging… I die! The colored pattern is a separate plastic piece attached to the main palette lid and it’s raised up a little from the lid. I am a little concerned about traveling with it and accidentally cracking the beautiful overlay… if not for that I might actually use it as a travel palette since the colors are perfect for creating a wide array of looks.
All 20 of these shades are brand new. Most of the shades are pretty great but there are a few weak ones in the group. I love that there’s a pretty wide array of colors here so you can create a ton of different looks with it! I also really love the theme. I read a few comments on Reddit that folks didn’t like the color selection and thought it was random and haphazard but once you think about the inspiration for the palette it all makes perfect sense. I think they executed on the concept really well!
Bones – “oyster satin w/pearl” This is a beautiful pearly shade that would make a great highlight. It’s nice and smooth.
Grip – “taupe matte w/iridescent micro-glitter” This is a light grayish taupe with a little bit of shimmer to it. The shade had great potential but sadly it seriously lacks pigmentation. I had to really build it up for this swatch and get very little payoff trying to wear it. This is probably the biggest dud in the palette for me.
Deadbeat – “black satin w/iridescent micro-glitter” This is a pretty black. It seems to have a bit of a violet cast to it at least to my eyes. Pigmentation is a bit thin but it’s workable.
Beat Down – “deep metallic violet w/blue micro-glitter” This is one of my favorite shades in the palette! It’s absolutely gorgeous though I don’t see the micro-glitter in it especially on the eye.
Pandemonium – “metallic plum w/iridescent micro-glitter” Another beautiful purple shade by UD. I know most folks probably won’t agree but wish the glitter was a little stronger in this one. It’s ok without a sticky base but it is amazing over one.
Framed – “light neutral matte-satin” It’s hard for me to determine pigmentation on a shade like this as it’s basically a satiny version of my own skin tone. It is nice and smooth though.
Fast-Ball – “metallic peachy pink w/pink micro-glitter” This reminds me a little bit of Fireball only it’s more pink. I need more metallics like this in my life. While it is nice and metallically shimmery I don’t really see any micro-glitter in it. You do need to pack it on to really get a good sheen on it.
1985 – “metallic fuchsia w/fuchsia micro-glitter” This is a pretty and fairly pigmented fuchsia pink. It’s very 80’s so the name suits it.
Underhand – “burgundy-brown satin” This is more burgundy than brown to me. I love burgundy shadows so much so I might be a little biased but I love this one.
Harlot – “metallic lavender” This is a silvery lavender that’s absolutely stunning! It’s very smooth and pigmented.
Discreet – “soft dusty mauve matte” This doesn’t seem very mauve to me but it could just be my skin tone throwing it off as it’s not a whole lot darker than I am.
Grasshopper – “metallic emerald w/green micro-glitter” The greens in this palette really are stars! This is quite possibly my favorite green eyeshadow of life!
C-Note – “frosted green w/micro-glitter” This is a deep forest green base leaning maybe a tiny bit aqua with a metallic silver sheen. I’m in love with this!
Arctic – “bright teal w/tonal sparkle” This is just as gorgeous as the other two greens and has the barest hint of a silvery sheen. The glitter wasn’t very evident on my lids when I tried it but it would probably show up better with a sticky base.
Robbery – “deep metallic brown-gunmetal” I find this neither deep, nor brown, nor gunmetal. For me it’s a medium metallic taupe.
Bitter – “reddish brown matte” This is another favorite of mine. I’m pretty sure it’d make a perfect brow shade for me which pretty much never happens in palettes. It’s got a great smooth consistency though it does kick up a little powder in the pan and needs to be built up a bit.
Flame – “bright orange w/gold micro-glitter” This is a stunner! There’s a hint of pink to this particular orange and I adore it! On top of the gold glitter there’s also a gold sheen to it. It is a bit chunky and does really benefit from a sticky base.
Low – “brown matte w/iridescent micro-glitter” This is an old school UD chunky glitter shade. Take care when blending, this one’s really fallout prone. It’s also a little thin on pigmentation.
Crowbar – “black w/golden metallic pearl and micro-glitter” This one’s also pretty chunky and seems thin on pigmentation. You have to work with it and break up the chunks when blending. Very fallout prone!
Delete – “deep chestnut brown matte-satin” This is supposed to be a satin but up close there’s the tiniest hint of shimmer to it. You won’t see the shimmer on the lid, it just makes for a really gorgeous deep shade.
I wore the palette a couple days in a row to try to get a good feel for it. Here are some of the looks that I created with it.