Monday, October 12, 2015

Urban Decay; Vice 4 Palette Review and Swatches.

Palette sent as press sample for consideration.

Urban Decays newest Vice offering, their 4th, is absolutely stunning. There, I said it. Quite the opening statement, but it has been designed beautifully, package n' all.
Inspired by the "dimensional hues of an oil slick" and one of their "vintage shades" of the same name 'Oil Slick', this contains a mixture of stunning brights and smoked neutrals for a really balanced collection of eyeshadows.

All of the shades in this new limited edition palette are brand new colours, so no need to worry about doubling up on or repeating your already existing collection. 
The packaging on this as I mentioned above is just gorgeous. Inspired by the swirls of an oil slick, but very reminiscent of the 80's colourful disco aesthetic (and I'm sure I'm not alone in the name reminding me of 80's TV show 'Miami Vice'). Plus the palette comes with a very cool looking and handy "coordinating" black and silver zipper pouch which I can envision myself getting plenty of use of! The palette itself is less bulky than previous versions, lighter and slimmer and definitely more delicate but not flimsy. Within the lid is a large mirror as we have come to expect from the previous palettes, and a double ended synthetic brush. I personally prefer this brush for cream products and even concealer application but it works grand enough with the powders.

There are 20 shadows in the palette which would cover natural, neutral looks using shades like; 
'Bones' (Oyster satin with pearl), 
'Grip' (Taupe matte with micro shimmer), 
'Framed' (Light cream satin), 
'Bitter' (Reddish brown matte) 
'Delete' (Deep brown Chestnut)

as well as punchy, bright funky looks with shades like;
'Grasshopper' (Metallic emerald green),
'1985' (Metallic fuchsia),
'Beat Down' (Deep metallic violet),
'Arctic' (Bright teal sparkle)
'Flame' (Bright golden orange)

Though not always the easiest to work with, my favourites are some of the chunkier textures, like;
'Pandemonium' (Metallic Plum with sparkle),
'Low' (Taupe brown with micro-glitter),
'Crowbar' (Blackened golden olive with micro-sparkle)
...these all look absolutely gorgeous pressed on top of a tacky base but caution is needed when blending around these shadows as there will be fall-out due to the micro-sparkles. So I suggest laying down your crease colours first, and pressing these over a primer last.

Each of the shadows contain Urban Decays' trademarked "Pigment Infusion System" which basically means intense colour pay-off and velvety smooth textures. These do blend really well mostly, aside from the more bitty shades that I mentioned above, but I did notice that some of them can be a tad powdery when disturbed in the palette, so make sure to tap off your brush before applying to the lids. I didn't however notice any fall-out once applied to the lids over a tacky base.

And if you're worried that the palette will be too similar to previous versions, fear not! 
But here is a reminder of what the other palettes looked like.


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And now for the swatches of Vice 4;

For the swatches below, a small amount of Urban Decay's 'Eden' Primer Potion was spread over the skin to prime.

From L-R;
UPPER ROW;  Bones, Grip, Deadbeat, Beat Down, Pandemonium.
LOWER ROW;Framed, Fast-Ball, 1985, Underhand, Harlot.

From L-R;
UPPER ROW;  Discreet, Grasshopper, C-Note, Arctic, Robbery.
LOWER ROW; Bitter, Flame, Low, Crowbar, Delete.

The palette is available from October 28th and will retail for RRP €48.
You can get it from and instore as well as House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre.



  1. I've been a bit on the fence because I didn't get a lot of use out of Vice 3 but you've convinced me!

  2. Thanks for the swatches!

    Lisa |


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