Monday, January 11, 2016

Urban Decay Vice 4 - Swatches, Review & Eye Looks

Hi!
**purchased

Things have really settled down around here, and I am so looking forward to getting back into my  normal routine.  Salem is cutely curled up next to me recovering from his surgery today (neuter time), and the rest of the critter herd is downstairs with the Mister.

I'm late on this swatch & review post, but I've got my swatches and even a couple of looks using the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette.  It's sold out on both the Ulta and Sephora websites (you might find it still in stores), but it is currently listed on Urban Decay's site here on sale for $39.  I bought mine from Urban Decay's site when they were running a promo (might have been 20% off) back in October.
So since it's availability is becoming rapidly limited, I'll get to my pictures, a couple of looks I came up with and my review.

Adorable bag!
 3-D casing on the palette itself!  The coloring is, if I remember correctly, supposed to imitate an oil slick and all of the palettes are supposedly unique to each other.

It does come with a double ended brush, which I don't think I've used...  All of my swatches were done on an unprepped hand (no lotion, primer, etc).  It's been a while since I've done my swatches, but I do not recall building any.
top: Bones, Framed, Discreet, Bitter
bottom: Grip, Fast-Ball, Grasshopper, Flame
 top: Deadbeat, 1985, C-Note, Low
bottom: Beat Down, Underhand, Arctic, Crowbar
Pandemonium, Harlot, Robbery, Delete

And a couple of looks I came up with.  
On the left, I used more of the neutral shades (and topped it with a Lorac Liquid Luster).  On the right, I used the greens (I think I pulled a gold shade from a previous Vice palette).  I wish I could remember which shades I used for each look...especially the one with the greens.  Both pictures are taken with my cell phone (Samsung 6S) rather than our more "pro" camera.  I really need to figure out a better way to take pictures for when I do remember to photograph my work, and also remember to write down what I use.

I'm super happy with this palette.  I think that Bitter is a surprise stand-out to me.  It looks so orange brown in the pan, but blended out with a brush in the crease it looks perfect.  I think that may be the base of my crease shade in both of the above eye looks.  I believe there are 4 true mattes in the palette, but a couple of others essentially come off as matte shades as well.  I didn't notice any chunky glitter shades - Low and Crowbar have a more fine glitter, while the rest of the palette has gorgeous metallics and satins.  Now that things are more quiet around here, I can't wait to play with the purples in the Vice 4 instead of just throwing on some liner and mascara and calling it done.

I've enjoyed all of the Vice palettes I've purchased over the years - I have 1, 2 , 3, LTD and now 4.  There's also the new "XX Vice LTD Reloaded" set to release soon as an Ulta Exclusive that I'll do my best to pick up to add to my ever-growing palette family.

Did you pick up the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette?  Do you have any of the previous Vice palettes?  Do you plan on picking up the XX Vice LTD Reloaded?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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