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Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette and Swatches

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Wearing: Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette‘s “Fast-Ball” (inner corner), “Flame” (lid and lower lash line), “Bitter” (outer and crease, blended out), and “Delete” (outer edge). Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Stark Naked” (see the rest of the collection’s swatches here). Upper liner is their 24/7 Liquid Liner in “Smog” – discontinued, unfortunately – and lower liner is the new 24/7 waterline pencil in “Rail.”

Urban Decay recently sent me a preview of their upcoming holiday releases, which reminded me that this year is flying by in the blink of an eye. The holiday season is already upon us? Slow the heck down, 2015! However, when such gentle reminders come in the form of pretty packages full of glorious makeup, I don’t complain — and a new palette full of bright jewel tones and shimmery, pigmented hues is the way to my heart. Back when I didn’t even really wear makeup, my big sister and I would go to the UD and Hard Candy outlet store and buy lipsticks with chunky glitter finishes and crazy colored eyeshadows, and since that’s where my love started, it’s how I identify them. Don’t get me wrong – I love my neutral-driven Naked palettes, but when I think of Urban Decay, I instantly think of punchy color and ubiquitous glitter. Give it all to me!

Given the variety of hues, I fell in love with the Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette upon first glance, zeroing in on the pinkish orange shades that seemed to be missing from my arsenal. There are a few matte finishes (with “Bitter” being a standout), but most are either shimmery or glittery, with varying degrees of pigment and fallout. The swatches (shown on Kim’s tattoo-less arms) show the eyeshadows with no primer, to give you an idea of their opacity without building. If you want more impact and longer wear, I highly recommend using a primer underneath these or any other eyeshadows; it truly makes a difference in terms of color, longevity, and preventing creasing.

A lot of people have gripes about the glittery shades, which is understandable — there’s always a bit of fallout and it goes on a little more sheer than you might expect, when using a brush. But that’s an easy fix, so it doesn’t bother me. For the glittery shades like “Flame,” “Low,” and “Crowbar,” in particular, make sure you 1. use primer, and 2. use your finger to apply (instead of a brush) OR apply with a damp brush. If you want to check it out and decide for yourself if this palette is for you, the Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette will be available for purchase on September 12th.

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  1. Joey says:

    I love these colors! I think I like this palette more than the previous Vices that I’ve seen. This one seems to have a lot more colors that can be used regardless if it’s day time or night time for the average makeup wearer than the others. I love the colors you used, too! The mixture of pinks, oranges and browns work so well together. Can’t wait to take this palette home now!

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      I agree! It’s my favorite of the Vice palettes. It’s a wide variety of shades, so it could pretty much be a stand alone palette for most people.

  2. melissa says:

    Your makeup looks flawless!

  3. Kristina says:

    Damn, I haven’t bought myself nice make up in ages. Seeing this beautiful pallet has me possibly thinking of investing in some new makeup!

    I’m not exactly the type of person to wear a lot of makeup either. My daily routine only includes moisturizer, foundation and concealer. I only really go the extra mile if I’m going out or for special events. Your make up posts inspire me to try something different! I think I only get intimidated because I’m afraid of the application process. But i guess practice makes perfect 🙂


  4. Kaedi says:

    Just seeing this, I knew which colors you used. I don’t have the palette yet, and I’m already obsessed with Fastball and Flame – like you, I found them to be missing shades from my collection! So thank you for the look inspiration!

  5. Kim says:

    WOW!! GORG!!! … What beautiful eyes from a beautiful palette!! I can’t wait to get it after you demo’d it so wonderfully! Thank you so much for doing those amazing swatches and demo’ing on your amazing eyes! Makes it so easy to make that grand decision. Lol! … Do you do any video demo’s too? If you don’t you really should! ?

  6. Sylvie says:

    What Blush did you use? Not listed, or not seeing it. I want to buy stark naked lipstick and the blush you are wearing really matches the blush.