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Thinking pink was not always second nature. Believe or not, I am tomboy who loves make up. It doesn’t make sense, but you have to know me to understand! My modeling, dance led to my interest in make up and fashion and to this day, this is what makes my femininity shine as bright as my highlight (and y’all know I like to glow) . . . and if there is one eyeshadow palette
You can’t miss the Urban Decay limited Vice palette . . . with neon green (chartreuse) packaging and a bejeweled UD logo on the top, this guy stands out from the crowd.
The magnetic enclosure also has ‘Urban Decay’ engraved on a metal plate beneath the opening.
This guy comes with a double-ended shader and blender brush (as all UD Decay palettes do) and opens up into a full size mirror.
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette is a mix of neutrals with a few pops of colour. While I have all three Naked palettes, the UD Basics Palette and the Electric Palette, all these shades are new to me.
There was so much hype surrounding this palette late last year that everyone rushed out to get it then it was sold out. The it was re-released in late January in the US an I got mine from a third party seller on Instagram muse.sa
Let’s get into the shades. There are 20 eyeshadows in this palette. A mix of mattes and shimmers.
A mix of mattes and shimmers.
Nameless is a satin taupe shade with a hint of gray and a frosty sheen. The texture is smooth and very easy to work with. Great pigmentation too.
Backdoor is a cool dark brown matte. It has a charcoal grey undertone. It is very soft but loses some of its pigmentation when blending so the colour pay-off is decent . . . not great.
Deeper is a medium metallic bronze. The texture is smooth an easy with work with and it is very opaque with a bronze /gold sheen and it feels like velvet. It has great pigmentation.
Disco is a pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter. It feels a bit gritty because it has chunky silver glitter. The shadow is dry and the colour pay-off is a poor and the glitter falls all over the place . . . not a pretty look.
Heat is described as a bright metallic copper and it is exactly that
The color payoff was excellent and the texture is smooth.
Crystal is described as an icy metallic blue shimmer. It has a duo chrome finish. The texture is a bit drier than the other shadows
Goddess is a deep smoky blue with micro-glitter. It has fine blue shimmer and larger chunky glitter. Of course the glitter drove me crazy and the colour pay off was poor. I was really looking forward to this shade because dark blue really makes brown eyes pop! It is not easy to work with and it sheers out quite a bit when you blend it out.
Vaporize is described as a medium metallic gray-taupe. The texture is soft and easy to work with and the colour pay off is excellent. It has a beautiful metallic sheen.
Floss is a deep metallic emerald with micro-glitter. It has a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter, which I didn’t see much of. The texture was dry and a tad to work with. The pigmentation when blended sheered out quite a bit.
Perversion is described as an “oft black matte. Texture was easy to work with but the shadow itself is a bit on the weak side. It was not as pigmented as I thought it would be. This is defiantly not one of the blackest matte black eye shadows I own.
Provocateur is an icy metallic pink with micro-glitter.
It definitely has some copper and muted pink as a base colour. Yes, there is glitter here as well and glitter well and the fallout was terrible. This made it difficult to work with as it has a gritty texture.
Hoodoo is medium purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was a bit dry and the colour payoff not that great.
Freakshow is a bright purple satin. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture and has a pretty sheen.
Junkshow is a bright pink satin. It’s a vibrant, fuchsia that is very opaque. It has a smooth texture and is easy to work with.
Blitz is a bright metallic gold. It has excellent color payoff with a really smooth, blendable consistency.
Chase is a soft metallic bronze. The colour pay off is great and it’s soft and easy to work with.
Last Sin is a pale champagne shimmer. The texture is velvety smooth but it was difficult t work with and looked patchy.
Roadstripe is an iridescent white with blue-violet sheen.
It is difficult to build up and is a bit chalky.
Anonymous is pale peachy cream matte. It is a warm toned eye shadow. It has great colour pay off and is easy to work with.
Laced is a soft pink-nude matte. It had good pigmentation that was blendable, smooth, and silky.
The verdict? While going to great lengths to get this palette was exciting, I’m not that impressed with the quality of some of the shadows, especially those with glitter. I love the shade selection because there are a good mix of brights and neutrals and metallics to create a variety of looks. The texture of these eye shadows are really hit and miss but these are shades I do not have and it’s nice to have in my collection. I don’t see myself reaching for all of these shades. Definitely not a ride or die palette. But I do have it and I want to play around with it . . . for the shades that didn’t work, well let’s say, I will TRY to make it work . . . that’s what I hate though, trying to make a product work. It should work, no? and for the price? Well, it is what it is . . .
If you missed out on this LE palette, you didn’t miss much . . . I’d say wait for another Vice palette perhaps.
Price: I paid R1200 for this palette from muse.sa
Genie in a bottle . . . well in a tube to be fair.
Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potions are the bomb.com, legendary . . .
They prevent creasing, increase wear time (again the 24-hour claim). They are a lightweight and breathe life into eye shadow, making them more vibrant.
That’s a tall order.
I have tried the other UD eye shadow primer potions but they were the samples that came with the Naked Palettes and none of them impressed me as much as The Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Unfortunately UD it isn’t enough to go around in Mzansi and it’s not cheap.
I got mine off beautybay.com a great and reliable online store that gives make up addicts their fix by being able to buy brands that we can’t get here in South Africa. They ship worldwide and I have never had a problem with them, but it comes at a price.
Now, back to the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Urban Decay describes Eden as a nude matte shade, it’s matte but definitely not nude, it is very yellow toned. It is lightweight but heavier and slightly thicker than the other primer potions I tried, probably because it’s matte.
I’m a dark-skinned girl with dark eyelids, so a coloured eye shadow primer is my go-to. The Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer potion in Eden worked well with my skin tone and dried matte. I used a teardrop-sized amount (tears when you run out of milk, not crocodile tears when you run out of mascara.) This covered my entire eyelid. I patted the primer on my eyelid with my finger and gently smoothed it out. This guy doesn’t play around and dried in seconds. I felt a tightening on my eyelid, like they were snapping into a creaseless smooth canvas. But I could still blink, I wasn’t paralyzed on my left eye. There was no creasing . . . even around the inner corner of my eye where my cream eye shadows or primers do crease.
However, while the colour when swatched looked super pigmented and opaque, on my dark lids, it merely muted the darkness and didn’t disguise it at all. That said, the neutral shade I applied over it applied like a dream and looked better than ever, even though it was a matte powder eye shadow. And my eye shadow lasted a good 8 hours before I noticed fading, not creasing.
The packaging reminds me a magic genie lamp. It has that whole Aladdin and Princess Jasmine thing going on. Super cool.
The fact that the Urban Decay Primer Potion is matte doesn’t crease and feels like a mini eyelift is a definite winner for me. But the pigmentation failed to cover the darkness on my eyelids. So guys, before you get on your magic carpet to get this one, remember, this one has a unique formula and it’s awesome, but I don’t feel it necessary to go out of your way to get this unless you’re a huge Urban Decay fan.
There are definitely comparable eye shadow primers on the market.
Where to buy: www.beautybay.com
Price: $25 USD for 11ml (excluding customs, which can be a killer)
The Urban Decay Naked palettes are cult classics. It has such a following that it is one of the best-selling eye shadow palettes of all time! If that’s any thing to go by, you know you need this in your life.
I recently bought a few UD products from beautybay.com and just holding these palettes in my hands go my pulse racing.
The Naked palette he has 12 shades that come in various textures from matte to shimmer and everything in between.
The packaging is as equally beautiful as the eye shadows. The back of the box shows you what you will find inside, the names of the shades and corresponding illustration) shades, a UD Good Karma brush (a double ended crease and shadow brush) and sample primer potions in Original, Eden, Sin, Anti-aging.
At the back of the box is a very interesting detail and cool detail. The picture of the shadow brush is raised creating a 3D effect; I thought it would jump into my hands.
Open the box and you’re greeted with a chocolate brown velvety case with the letters NAKED etched onto it in gold lettering streamed across the top.
The mirrored compact is as slim as a supermodel and as elegant as Grace Kelly.
Virgin: shimmery nude beige
Sin: A pinky champagne with a frost finish
Naked – Light almond brown
Sidecar: shimmered, medium bronze brown
Buck: matte darkened beige-brown.
Half-baked: coppery bronze with a frost-metallic finish
Smog: a medium dark bronze with a gilded bronze sheen
Dark Horse: Deep chocolate brown with flecks of bronze
Toasted: medium dark pinky brown with a shimmery finish
Creep: Darkened blue-black base with silver and teal shimmer.
Hustle: A dark plum/chocolate brown with a soft shimmer.
Creep: A darkened blue-black base with silver and teal shimmer.
Gunmetal: A blue-gray metallic.
The eye shadows are soft and smooth and the colour pay-off is insane! Even the matte shades have the same texture and pigment, which is rare because matte shades tend to be chalky.
The shades are on the warmer side and my only gripe is that there isn’t a matte black shade, which I think would have made this palette perfect!
Create a feminine day look with Virgin (a great highlight colour), Sin on the lid and Buck as a crease colour. Look like a bronze goddess with by blending shades of Half Baked and Smog, smoke up your look with Creep and Gunmetal. You’ll be spoilt for choice here and this is a palette can take your peepers to the rooftop! The possibilities are endless.
Where to buy: Urban Decay Store Sandton City (Cape Town store to open soon. No word yet about online store)