Every now and again, I need my eye make up to make a statement. As much as I love my standard daytime Soft Ochre, Cork and Espresso eye look, I often feel the urge to go all out and slap on the colour. I attended a sales conference at work last week, and one of the evening’s events was Carnival themed. I’d already had my carnival themed wedges made, which were absolutely stunning so I decided to dig out the colour and top it off with glitter. My only problem was that I don’t own a bright coloured palette. Thank goodness for Mommy and her Christmas present – the Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette; a smorgasbord of metallic, shimmery, colourful heaven.
I look for two things in a palette. One is versatility; a range of shades suitable for day and night, and the other is being able to transport it easily – whether it be across the world or just for a weekend away in the UK. The Vice 4 palette comes in its own protective neoprene case with the shattered glass design, that matches the palette outer. It’s quite a show stopping palette design, with the multi tonal colours on the case, that remind me of an oil slick. I was oohing and ahhing quite a lot when I was purchasing this at Christmas, and that was even before I had taken a look inside.
The palette contains 20 new and limited edition shades, and like other previous Vice palettes, contain a lot of shimmer and glitter packed colours. Although there is some fall out, the colours work well, especially when used over a tacky primer. I find that using a mixing medium helps with adhering the glitter to the lid for optimum results. Since using the palette, I have found two colour combinations that I have been loving. For a light day time eye, I’ve been wearing Soft Ochre from MAC as my base, with Bitter as a transitional shade, Delete in the crease and Flame on the lid for some added sparkle. For my carnival themed night, I wore Discreet as the transitional shade over Soft Ochre, with Delete in the crease, Arctic on the lid and C-Note in the inner corner, with lashings of Grasshopper under the lower lash line. For extra sparkle, I used MAC Jewelmarine to finish off the eye. There’s so many colour combinations that you could do to create show stopping eye make up looks.
I’ve swatched the palette, going left to right in it’s columns without using a primer to show just how pigmented the shades are.
Swatch 1: Bones, Framed, Discreet, Bitter
Swatch 2: Grip, Fast Ball, Grasshopper, Flame
Swatch 3: Deadbeat, 1985, C-Note, Low
Swatch 4: Beatdown, Underhand, Artic, Crowbar
Swatch 5: Pandemonium, Harlot, Robbery, Delete
Although Vice 4 was a limited edition palette, Urban Decay are releasing the limited editions quite rapidly, with the Vice XX Reloaded being the latest in the collection. I’ve also got my eye out for the brand new Alice in Wonderland collection as it looks incredible.
Which are your favourite UD palettes? Let me know in the comments below.