Lately, I've been trying to shop my stash more often instead of hoarding all my makeup for the Apocalypse when all makeup shall be gone *shudder* At least I know I'll be the most beautiful dystopian survivor with all my primers and shadow palettes! Anyways, one of those recent finds from my stash was this lil' mini quad shadow palette from Urban Decay.
The Urban Decay Urban Vices palette was a Sephora 500 VIB points perk that I cashed in on awhile ago. It's not often that you'll get some legit makeup with the Sephora points so I figured, why not? I'm a big fan of the Naked series, but have never tried anything from UD's Vice line.
The Urban Decay Urban Vices palette features four slightly smaller than normal shades:
- Dope, a peachy pink lid shade
- Hoodoo, a yellow-toned lavender
- Derailed, an dark olive with brown undertones
- Smokeout, a warm almost black
All the shades in the Urban Decay Urban Vices palette are from UD's other Vices palettes. Dope, Smokeout and Derailed are from the UD Vice 2 and Hoodoo is from the UD Vice LTD palette. All four shades have what I'd describe as a "satin-shimmer" finish. They are nowhere near as shimmery as the shimmer shades in the Naked palettes, nor are they a true satin IMO. Instead, I'd describe these as being in a very hard-to-describe, but wearable middle that's great for anyone who likes shimmers, but who has crepey eyelids or who doesn't want to emphasize wrinkles.
Also unlike most UD shadows I've tried, there was very little fallout. Pigmentation is spot-on of course and it's quite easy to work up the color, or to blend it out. Without primer, they crease on me like most shadows after a work day, but with primer I have no problems whatsoever.
Since it's a freebie, UD didn't splurge on the packaging. It's just a cardboard flip-top palette with a small mirror and an eyeliner (which I promptly lost somewhere in the canyon that is my stash). I definitely feel that UD went with an unnecessarily thick packaging and it would have been nicer if this was a lot slimmer and easier for travel. Wouldn't doing that have saved them some more money too??
My only other complaint with this quad is that the pans are a wee bit too small for my brushes. It's still workable, but I like a bit more space to really run my brush around in a pan. Other than that, considering this is free, I can't complain too much!
Since the shades here practically beg for a smoky eye, that's just what I did. I love swiping Dope all over. It's such a beautiful shade and I wish it would come in a giant pan because I would just dab that all over my cheeks too as it's a great subtle highlight. I was also surprised by how much I liked Hoodoo as well; it's a pretty spring pastel that isn't so fair that I can't make it work on my more medium skin tone. I used to wear shades like Hoodoo all the time when I was a teen, so this feels very #TBT to me y'kno? Derailed was also a joy to work with as it was very buttery and pigmented.
Here I am wearing all four shades: Dope all over the lid, Hoodoo from lashline to just above my crease, Derailed in the outer corners and Smokeout smudged just a bit along the outer corner lashline. I'm also wearing Hoodoo and Derailed on my lower lashline. Together these make such a no-brainer smoky look that's still daytime appropriate if you don't wear any liner. To further keep this in daytime makeup territory, I didn't fill in my brows and am wearing a warmer black mascara instead of a pure black.
Other products used in this look include
- Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner (reviewed here)
- NYX Color Correcting Palette (reviewed here)
- Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Foundation (reviewed here)
- Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana (reviewed here)
- Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love
- Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder (reviewed here)
- Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel
- Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara in Bodacious Black Honey
- Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in Rossetto
I hope you enjoyed this look! Does this make you more curious to try the Urban Decay Vice palettes?