I have a vice. A personal failing. Want to know what it is? I’m totally incapable of not buying Urban Decay holiday palettes and sets. Self-restraint completely abandons me and it no longer seems to matter that I have more eye shadow than any one person should. I lose reason in the face of those beautiful, colorful eye shadow pans and creamy eye liners. Sigh. And so it is without further ado that I bring you Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette.
First of all, I love the Vice 2 case! This sounds like such a weird thing to say, but I’m sure anyone who owns both Vice palettes knows what I’m saying. The original Vice palette was rubberize and, while it looked nice, powder, dust, and finger prints clung to it like it was nobodies business. Blech. This palette is smooth and easy to keep clean, plus it features a beautiful and unique print. Excellent choice, UD.
I also appreciate that UD kept the slow-release open of the original Vice palette for the second. Not only does it make the first time opening the palette seem a little epic, but it means that the case can stay open on its own while you play with all the pretty shades and/or use the big mirror inside.
Vice 2 is packed with 20 beauuutiful shades, which I will be breaking down for you by row, and a double-ended shadow brush. I’m a little “meh” on these Vice brushes. As it’s double-sided, it can really only be stored in the case. If I were to ever use up this palette and/or decide to keep the brush in a cup holder with my other brushes, one end would get smushed. I like the shorter-bristled end of this brush as I find the fluffy crease brush a little to big and fluffy for my taste.
The first row of shadows is what I have decided is a sultry-pretty line, combining feminine pinks and silver with smoke.
LtR: Smokeout, Lovesick, Shellshock, Coax, X-Rated in natural light
Smokeout, Lovesick, Shellshock
Smokeout is described by UD as a “dark taupey-black satin.” This is pretty spot on, although you can’t tell that Smokeout has those deep taupe undertones unless you look closely or blend it out so that some of the black fades away – it’s more of a smoky, sooty brown undertone than a taupe to me. Smokeout has a smooth, buttery formula that goes on with a lot of pigmentation but is easy to blend out (just be careful about how much you pick up! You only need a smidge of this for an entire eye).
Lovesick is a “black matte with iridescent micro-glitter.” Lovesick was a little dry and patchy, though still beautiful. The micro-glitter adds a lovely little spark that complements the girly shades in this row, but the drier texture made it harder to evenly blend.
Shellshock is a “bright metallic silver” that has amazing pigmentation and payoff. Shellshock is an extremely smooth and buttery shade with a frosty metallic finish. As with Smokeout, a little goes a longggg way. I wore some on the inner corners and bottom lash lines of my eyes and it reminded me of a cream shadow.
Shellshock, Coax, X-Rated
UD describes Coax as a “medium metallic pink with a golden iridescent micro-sparkle” – what a mouthful! Coax is a lovely pink with a subtle golden shimmer with good payoff. It isn’t as intense as Smokeout or Shellshock but builds nicely.
X-Rated is a “baby pink satin” that is cooler and more delicate than neighboring pink Coax. X-Rated has good payoff but was a little sheer on me.
The next row of shadows is what I classify as more earth-toned shades.
LtR: Prank, Madness, Strike, Stash, Poison in natural light
Prank is described as a “deep navy matte with turquoise floating pearl.” Prank is a beautiful, almost blackened navy with a turquoise shimmer that reminds me of a peacock. This shadow was smooth but could sheer out some due to a little powdery-ness, which you can see in my swatch. The shimmer looks so beautiful in the pan but I couldn’t get it to come out when worn. I tried Prank dry, wet, and layered, but the turquoise shimmer was faintly noticeable at best – UD wasn’t kidding when they described it as “floating.” Bummer.
Madness is a “bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-glitter.” Madness is smooth, buttery, and beautifully pigmented. The frosted metallic finish reminds me of Shellshock, though Madness is not quite as creamy. This shadow reminds me of the clear blue water of the islands, so I feel like this will be a summer shade for me.
Strike is described by UD as an “antique gold shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” Strike is an understated, frosty gold that didn’t stand out against so much as it complemented my olive skin tone. The color payoff was pretty good, but I had to build the shade up to really see it against my skin. I could see the silver micro-glitter in the pan but not when swatched or worn.
Strike, Stash, Poison
UD describes Stash as a “deep olive green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle.” Stash is a deep, beautiful olive with a khaki green shimmer and a frosted finish. This shadow had a smooth formula and blended pretty well. I really love the shade of this shadow and can see it pairing beautifully with a lot of different shades.
Poison is a “charcoal satin with iridescent micro-sparkle.” This is a deep, slightly brown-based gray with a fine blue shimmer. Poison was smooth to apply but had a slightly powdery formula that made it apply a little patchy and sheer in some spots, as you can see in my swatch. Poison appears more gray in person - my camera really picked up on the blue, although it was less noticeable in person.
The following row of shadows is what I classify as the jewel-tones of the palette (and is my favorite row!).
LtR: Radar, Damaged, Voodoo, Betrayal, Derailed in natural light
Radar, Damaged, Voodoo
Radar is described by UD as a “metallic brown shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter.” Wow, is this shade beautiful or what! Radar is a deep, warm brown with a golden shimmer and incredible color payoff. The formula was smooth, buttery, and reminiscent of a cream. Love it!
Damaged is a “bright metallic emerald shimmer.” Damaged is a mix of forest and shimmering emerald greens, with a frosty metallic finish. Damaged had a smooth formula that needed to be built up a little on the lid to be truly read as a green. I love this shade too.
Vodoo is described as a “metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter.” Voodoo is a cool, blue-toned purple with a frosted finish. The formula was smooth and easy to work with.
Voodoo, Betrayal, Derailed
Betrayal is a “bright purple satin with blue shift.” This shadow is a pretty pink-toned lavender with a light blue shift and a pearly finish. The formula was smooth and had pretty good payoff, though it was a little sheer around the edges.
Derailed is described as a “medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer.” Derailed is a warmer, brown-gray taupe with a frosted metallic finish. This shadow was smooth, buttery, and creamy – so good!
The last row of shadows is comprised of neutrals to wear alone or mix-and-match with bolder shades.
LtR: Dope, Toxic, Habit, Ambush, Rewind in natural light
Dope, Toxic, Habit
Dope is a “warm champagne satin.” This champagne shade has some peach undertones and an almost frosted satin finish. This shadow was smooth with a nice payoff, though a little sheer around the edges. I like this for the inner corners of my eyes and/or as an under-brow highlight.
UD describes Toxic as a “metallic copper-pink shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” UD does a great job describing this shadow, as it is copper with pink undertones and a copper shimmer. I found Toxic to be drier than most shadows, though it built up alright.
Habit is described as a “light nude matte.” This warm nude blends in well with skin, making it a great blending shade or subtle shadow for me. It had a buttery texture but didn’t always want to blend quite right for me because of it.
Habit, Ambush, Rewind
Ambush is a “metallic brown satin.” This bronzed brown had copper undertones and a metallic finish. This shade was smooth, easy to blend, and had great color payoff. I think this is such a pretty brown that stands well alone or as a complement to other shadows in this palette.
Last but not least, UD describes Rewind as a “medium brown matte.” This shade does not appear quite as dark in person as it does in my swatch. Rewind was smooth and buttery but just did not want to blend for me, becoming patchy and sheer as I blended it out. I haven’t used it much on eye looks yet, but I’m hoping it’s more cooperative.
Overall, I love Vice 2 as much as I love the original! This palette is made up of rows that work beautifully together but that can also be mixed and matched to create an endless array of eye looks. I love that with one palette I can create a neutral eye for work or can totally vamp it up for a night out. Vice 2 is gorgeous and well worth the price tag, especially given the price of individual shadows (though each Vice 2 shade is palette-exclusive…for now). Though some shadows were so-so, most are simply beautiful and have a wonderful consistency. My favorites are Stash, Radar, Damaged, and Ambush (with Madness bringing up the rear, though I know I won’t wear it as much). You can purchase this palette for $59 through Urban Decay, Sephora, and Ulta.
Did you snag Vice 2? What are your thoughts on this palette and the rest of the Urban Decay holiday lineup?