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Is there a certain type of palette you can’t resist? For me it has been the Urban Decay Vice Palettes for the past 3 years. I picked up this newest edition without thinking twice because I didn’t want to miss out. The Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette is Limited Edition for the holiday season & packed with gorgeous eyeshadows. Keep reading to sneak a peek inside, see swatches, & check out my thoughts!
The packaging the first year was a lot like NARS & I did this tutorial using it here. The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette I reviewed last year is right here & has my favorite packaging of all time. Seriously- of all time. This year the packaging is cool (not as cool as last year though!) & also comes with a pouch!
The palette itself is slimmer with a magnetic closure. It still has the full-sized mirror, double ended brush, & 20 original eyeshadows. The front “Vice” inlay is a jeweled lime shade. The cover is a reflective silver that shows all of my fingerprints with a few colorful, abstract stripes.
The shade selection is also a bit different- there are colorful shades as well as neutrals. I was most excited to see the pinks- they’re rare for me to love! There are some beautiful blending shades as well which makes this a more well-rounded palette. Normally I would advise an additional neutral palette like the Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 or Naked Basics 2 to go along with bright palettes but I think I can get a full look with this one which is the first time I’ve said that since my beloved Urban Decay Glinda & Theodora Palettes.
Left to right: Truth ( light pink-toned nude matte ), Undone ( medium pink beige matte with fine shimmer ), Downfall ( medium warm brown matte ), & DTF ( medium/dark neutral taupe satin matte ).
Left to right: Dragon ( bright metallic green with yellowish tones & metallic sheen/pearl ), Freeze ( medium blue with golden shimmer metallic ), Heroine ( blackened navy with silver pearl ), & Brokedown ( olive-toned brown warm metallic ).
Left to right: Vanity ( medium to deep warm purple pearl ), Lucky ( brightened medium warm copper frosted metallic ), Reign ( medium/deep brown with golden sheen ), & Bobby Dazzle ( warm white gold metallic with fine micro-glitter ).
Left to right: Alien ( light to medium yellow based pink with golden shimmer/pearl ), Alchemy ( medium deep reddish berry pearl ), Bondage ( dark, smoky warm burgundy/purple metallic ), & Sonic ( bright medium pinkish red with frosty metallic finish ).
Left to right: Last Sin ( light champagne beige metallic ), Angel ( light gold-toned taupe metallic ), Defy ( deep cool gray-toned taupe matte withfine shimmer ), & Revolver ( deep blue-toned gray with silver sheen ).
Overall this palette is mostly warm but has varying tones so that it can create multiple tones & looks. I think this palette pairs nicely with the Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 Palette which isn’t as cool as the new version. I don’t love the packaging because it shows lots of fingerprints. Pet peeve of mine. I think my very favorite shades of the palette are also the most unique- Dragon, Sonic, & Alien specifically. I love the varying colors but it is missing some of the mid-tones. That’s why I recommend a companion neutral palette.
Here’s a look I recently created for Halloween using this palette- check out all the shades & products used here.