To me, Holidays isn't until December, but in makeup world, it's already here! Reviewing today is the new eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay Holiday 2014 collection called Vice3!
The Vice3 palette (limited edition) spots a brighter design than its predecessor Vice and Vice2. Urban Decay ditched the purple theme this time and went with a metallic silver and antifreeze green instead — quite a refreshing change in my opinion! On the front lid is the faceted gemstone-like Vice logo in a matching green situated over a striped background that reminds me of beautiful sunset. :)
Compared to the older Vice palettes, Vice3 is considerably sleeker, thinner, and more travel-friendly. The palette does not come with the signature push-to-open button like the Vice and Vice2, though, unfortunately. It manually opens up to a huge mirror inside. Luckily the lid props up and stays open at a good angle making it convenient to use on the go.
Included with the palette is a flat zipper-top bag in a matching design with the brand's logo in the bottom right corner. A double-ended brush is supplied with the palette; an eye shader on one end and a blender/crease on the other. The bristles are synthetic and feel soft on the skin but they tend to create fallout during application.
Vice3 features 20 brand new and exclusive eyeshadow shades aligned strategically into 5 columns. The first column is neutrals, the second, third, and fourth are jewel-toned colors, and the fifth is mostly smokey shades. I find Vice3 more versatile and cater to a wider audience than the Vice and Vice2 due to the addition of more neutrals and taupes. Each column is supposedly a stand alone quad in a way meaning you can create an entire look using the colors from that column alone, although I wouldn't count the first column as a quad because they are mostly base and/or transition colors.
In terms of finishes, we have a nice combination of matte (and I mean, “Urban Decay matte”, which isn't a true matte because they have a soft mix of shimmer throughout), satin, shimmery, glittery, and metallic. Most of the shades show up really well on my skin tone and stay put when worn over eye primer. They have excellent texture typical of Urban Decay shadows — soft, velvety, and buttery smooth, but they also produce fallout — something Urban Decay shadows are also known for.
In my opinion, the stars of the palettes are the jewel-toned colors with metallic finish; they are the easiest to work with and their color payoff is insanely rich and intense. The mattes are my least favorite as they produce quite a bit of fallout but they don't perform too terribly or anything. They just tend to get kicked up easily even with the softest touch so you have to be extra careful during application to avoid excessive powder falling all over your face.
Whole palette swatches
- Truth – pale pink; matte finish
Super soft and smooth texture but very powdery. Best applied all over the lid as a base color or highlighter.
- Dragon – bright green; metallic finish
My favorite shade! Such a fun color to play with. Richly pigmented, great color payoff, and super blendable.
- Vanity – eggplant purple; satin finish
Color payoff is not as rich as I thought when applied on the skin. Soft texture but feels a bit dry.
- Alien – medium pink with gold shimmer; shimmery/metallic finish
Decent pigmentation but slightly dry. Buildable but the more you build, only the gold shimmer becomes more apparent. The pink base isn't very buildable on me.
- Last Sin – peachy champagne; glittery/metallic finish
Texture is extremely soft so it tends to crumble easily. Such a beautiful champagne shade, though.
- Undone – pink beige; matte finish
Looks shimmery in the pan but appears matte on the skin. Slightly powdery but otherwise creamy and fairly pigmented.
- Freeze – frost blue; glittery/metallic finish
Consistency is considerably thinner than the rest but color payoff is excellent. Another fun color of this palette.
- Lucky – orange coppery bronze; metallic finish
Best texture. Richly pigmented, creamy, and smooth. Applies and blends beautifully.
- Alchemy – berry fuchsia; satin finish
Feels a bit dry upon touch. Color builds easily. Texture is thin but still soft and blends nicely.
- Angle – light silvery gray taupe; shimmery/metallic finish
A beautiful taupe in the pan but doesn't show up very well on my skin. Consistency is very soft and velvety. Blends easily.
- Downfall – medium brown; matte finish
My favorite crease shade of the palette. Very soft and smooth with excellent blendability. Quite powdery, though.
- Heroine – deep navy blue with blue sparkles; satin finish
Appears rich and intense in the pan but applies thin and dry on the skin. Produces major fallout. Dilutes too easily during blending. Pat on to get a better color payoff.
- Reign – rich brown; satin finish
Very soft and velvety. Good all-round brown for many purposes. Excellent pigmentation and blendability.
- Bondage – blackened burgundy; satin/metallic finish
Richly pigmented, smooth, but slightly dry in consistency. Applies slightly unevenly so start with a thin layer and blend thoroughly before adding more color.
- Defy – medium gray taupe; satin finish
Excellent matte texture. Good color payoff. Soft, creamy, and blends beautifully.
- DTF – light purple taupe; matte finish
Shimmer seen in the pan is actually noticeable once applied on the skin, too. Fairly pigmented. Texture, while soft, is rather thin and powdery.
- Brokedown – golden olive brown; satin/metallic finish
I wish it was more olive and less golden. Beautiful texture and color payoff, though. Soft, smooth, but produces some fallout.
- Bobby Dazzle – brightened off-white; glittery/metallic finish
Super pigmented but has high glitter content. Feels dry and gritty upon touch. Blends out easily, though.
- Sonic – reddish copper; metallic finish
What a gorgeous and unique shade! Texture is velvety, too. Pigment is rich and blends nicely. Such a pleasant color to work with.
- Revolver – dark charcoal black; satin finish
Soft, smooth, but a bit thin and dry in consistency. Decent color payoff. Buildable and blends easily.
The eye look
I used mainly the second column for this look! The inner third is Dragon then I blended it into Freeze and finished with Heroine in the outer third. I topped Heroine with Revolver to create a little more depth. Along the lower lash line is Vanity. Brown bone is Alien and the inner corner is Bobby Dazzle.
The eye liner used on the outer lower lash is Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Marlene Midnight. :)
In my opinion, I think Vice3 has the most interesting color options compared to the Vice and Vice2. I am a big fan of neutral as well as metallic jewel-toned shadows so this palette is love for me. I also think it is reasonably priced; you get 20 Urban Decay shadows for about the price of 3 singles, not to mention the included dual-ended brush and zipper bag that you can double as a makeup bag, too. I think it's a pretty awesome deal if you ask me! :)
Well, that should be it for my picture-heavy and lengthily review of the palette! ^_^” What do you think of the Vice3? Are you a fan of big eyeshadow palettes?
Great post babe!! You are such enabler! I like the combination of colour and Dragon,Sonic and Alchemy caught my eyes!! Can’t wait to have it here in Malaysia!
Thank you, Jess! ❤ Those are 3 star colors of the palette! I hope you get to try it soon! :)
Too bad I did not have plans to get this but this is such a beautiful palette! I am digging your lashes right now! The eye look is super beautiful, in Filipino, sobrang ganda! =O ahihih.
Now you have to teach me how to say thank you in Filipino! :D
it’s “salamat!” :D
Well then… salamat very much!!! :D :D :D
Such a fun shades and almost all colors r nice
Love d look you have created
So so gorgeous
Thank you so much, Krithi! ❤
*cough* That’s uh… a nice look you’ve done there! Also, you have the Vice 3, so I’m super jealous. ;-)
I really want this palette, and I really appreciate the detailed review and beautiful swatches! Honestly, I can’t *really* justify the price for, basically, Dragon. I also really love Alchemy, Heroine and Angel, but I feel like I should probably just buy a Woodstock single and stick with Mushroom for the taupe, and just be kind of sad that the matte navy is so poorly done in the application sense. I know it’s saving me money, but DAMMIT, I LOVE UD AND IT’S A PRETTY PALETTE! Augh! ;-P
Nooooo no spikey hugs!!!! >.< Haha. ((((((((((Syl)))))))))) Have you seen the LTD version of the Vice3? I thought you might like that one better! Heroine is not at all terrible, it's just a little below UD standard. It still performs way better than most mattes on the market imo! :)
DON’T TELL ME THESE THINGS!! :-P Now I want both, LOL! That LTD one is realy spiffy looking though…
*adds items to list*
LOL #sorrynotsorry! ;D Just like Kristen said, it’s going to be difficult to track down the LTD version, though!
I like your look using the Vice 3 palette. Fun, pretty, classic with a twist.
i’ve decided not to buy Vice 3. There are so many launches now I have to really think and not buy everything.
Hey Helene! Thank you so much as always! ❤ I know… the amount of Holiday releases right now is ridiculous! It’s becoming so difficult to decide what to buy and what to skip! Are you eyeing anything in particular?
Hey Jaa, AMAZING AMAZING look! I personally never reach for big palettes, so I’m going to skip. I don’t wear that many colors on my eyes, either. For people who love big colorful palettes, I can see this one is really amazing!
Thank you as always, Sunny! ❤ I was thinking about you when I wrote down my question to readers at the end of the post. “I knew Sunny would say no to big palettes.” LOL!
Wow, Jaa! the look you put together is just FUN! I love it!! I am so torn between this and the Vice 3 LTD, though that one is going to be harder to get and hasn’t been back up on the Sephora site after a brief appearance in early September for VIB Rouges. This one has darker colors and I love the reds and plums, the LTD version looks lighter overall but has some shades in it that I’ve long wanted to own like Laced and Vaporize. TORN!
Thanks so much, Kristen! ❤ I’m still surprised that UD released 2 palettes so close to each other. Granted, one is Sephora-exclusive! LTD has some really gorgeous colors that I want to try, too, so I might just get it when Sephora restocks. I’m surprised to see some pastel colors in the LTD, though. Wonder how (or if) they would show up no me. :D
I’ve been wondering the same thing myself! The Vice 3 LTD does seem to have a lot of super light pastels so I’m just not sure! It will have to be one of those game time decisions I guess! I wish we knew when Sephora planned to restock!
If I had to choose, I’d still probably go with the Vice3…. pastels are hard for me to pull off. -__-“
I love how you did your eyes! So beautiful! This palette is calling out to me. The pinks and browns are my kind of shades.
Hey Lyn! Thanks a lot! ❤ Will you pick up the palette? :)
The jewel tones are the bomb! Now I think I need me some jewel-toned eyeshadow as well. I love the combination of colors you used on your eyes – I can never seem to work with more than 3 colors at once! Good job :-D
Thanks, Erika! Jewel-toned colors are so much fun! I like how rich and intense they are and think they look really good on my complexion and eye color. :)
LOVE the look you created here. The colours are all beautifully paired as well. I’m not sure about big palettes anymore, they take up too much space. I was never really attracted to Vice palettes but this 3rd one looks awesome!
Thanks, Lily! :) They do take up a lot of space for sure! I should try to downsize my eyeshadow palettes soon. I just have way too many. :(
Hey Jaa! Your eyes look so captivating here!! Are you wearing color contacts? Your eyes look so incredibly brown :). I also love the eye look you did! Thanks for all your hard work as always, with all the swatches, photos, and in-depth review!
Yes, I am! ^_^ They go well with the eye look here I think!
You are definitely a champ at colorful eye looks Jaa! Wow this is stunning! :-) Unfortunately I am really bad at eye makeup and however much I may want to own this palette I know I’d hardly use it! Probably I could just watch you come up with spectacular looks with this one and be happy! :D
Thanks a lot, Divya!! :D
Such amazing look Jaa!
Thanks so much, Loli! <3
I am stunned and amazed, love this post! love the look!
Thanks so much!! Glad you liked the post! :D
I like the mix of shades and your review is better than some I’ve seen so far. There are a few shades I probably wouldn’t use like Lucky but I do like the rest. a few just look too warm for me to spend the money on a monster sized palette.
On a side note are you wearing colored contacts in the this photo?
Thank you so much, Erin! Lucky has the best texture, though, I must say! :)
Yes, I am wearing colored contact lenses. :)
ooook..yes I definitely do feel bad about buying Shadow box instead lol. Jk..i actually do like shadow box as well. This just has SO many more options!! Its beautiful and that eye look Jaa….so gorgeous. You wearing colored lenses? Super pretty! What lashes do you have on here..and lip color too heh
Thanks so much, Dee! I had to choose between the Shadow Box and Vice3 but I decided to go with the Vice3 because it has more colors. Yep, that simple. LOL.
Yes, I am wearing colored lenses! ^_^ Lashes are from Dolly Wink (I don’t remember what #, though, sorry; I threw away the packaging as soon as I opened it. LOL). On my lips is a combo of Tom Ford Twist of Fate, Maybelline Bold Matte in Matte7 (Asia-exclusive but really just a super pale nude pink), and Maybelline Color Elixir in Hibiscus Heaven! :)
you look so so good! I really love the look you created.
Thank you, Fiona! :)
Love the look you created! Ugh, this one is really tempting but I don’t need any more eye shadows now, much less giant palettes. (That’s what I’m saying for now, but who knows what’s going to happen when the VIB sale rolls around, LOL!)
VIB Sale is such a dangerous event for all of us. LOL.
Wow that looks stunning on you! I’m a new subscriber…glad to have found another great beauty blog. :)
Thanks so much, Laura! :)
what an amazing look! I LOVE urban decay pallets :)
Aww thanks, Chen! :) Me, too. UD has some of the best eyeshadow quality! :)
This is just beautiful. I was thinking.. meh the colors look alright (I mean.. UD is always impressing so it’s hard to become overly impressed.. am I making sense?) but then I saw it on your eyes and WOW. I love the color combination, you’re really making everything stand out :)
Aww thank you so much, Natasja! You’re too kind! :)
I’m trying really hard to wait for the Sephora VIB sale which should be coming up soon, but I just want to get this NOW. And I have this GC burning a hole in my pocket…
Love the FOTD you created using this palette! So vibrant and pretty.
Thanks, Jenn! UD is having a 20% off sale right now so no need to wait for the Sephora sale! ;D Unless you want to collect points…