Maybe the cray amounts of overtime Tabs has had me working lately and the 20+ hours of Friday Night Lights I’ve watched since last Friday are slowly but surely frying my brain, because choosing which eyeshadow colors I want to wear when I do my makeup has been way tougher than usual.
It’s like, I see the pans sitting in front of me as one big, nebulous blob. Does this green go with that one? Should I wear bronze or brown?
Honestly, right now, I have no idea…
Coming to the rescue, ironically with 20 more shades? — the new Urban Decay Vice Palette ($59 and available now online at urbandecay.com).
I can’t remember the last time Urban Decay released a palette with so many new colors! All 20 of them have never before seen the light of day (although a few of them do resemble existing colors).
And that’s not even my favorite part.
Somehow, the shades in the Vice palette, which is packed with neutrals and sprinkled with brights, all go together. Seriously, I feel like I can pair any two of them on my lids, pop a third shade along my lower lash line and KAPOW! — instant eye game that requires very little brain power.
Not that I’m in my right mind right now…but nothing here seems out of place.
You could start with one of the lighter colors all over your lids, add one of the darker shades in the outer corners of your eyes, and define your lower lash lines by lining with one of the bright or neutral shades.
More fun facts about Vice…
- I feel like these shadows excel in so many ways — wear time, a super soft texture, easy to blend, and little/no fading — but they do exhibit considerable fallout (tapping your brush to unload any excess product before applying helps).
- A couple of the shimmery shadows, like hot pink Noise and taupe Armor, have big-honkin’ flecks of glitter and feel a little gritty to me (just something to think about if you’re a stickler for powders with finely-milled grains).
- Some of the colors do look familiar, like teal Unhinged, which reminds me of UD’s Haight, and Deep End from the Fun palette.
- The rubbery purple packaging attracts glittery fingerprints and sure is tough to wipe clean.
Is Vice worth checking out? I think so, especially if you’re just beginning to build your eyeshadow collection. With it, you get a great balance of wearable neutrals and brights. Just be prepared to do a lot of brush tap-tap-tapping to minimize fallout.
If, on the other hand, you’re a long-time Urban Decay fan with a good collection of colors, you may see some overlap with existing shades. If you’re okay with that, though, I think the overall color palette is exceptional. You could pretty much pair any of these shades together for a wide range of easy eye looks.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at urbandecay.com; coming soon to Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Music to soothe the savage beast…
If you happened to have a rough Monday, Debussy’s Clair de Lune works like a cup of Sleepytime tea.
Not much going on here tonight. I wanted to make a grilled citrus salmon dish for dinner, but time got away from me, so it looks like I’m doing peanut butter and jelly.
Oh, and season 2 of Friday Night Lights.
Have a great night. Sweet dreams, my friend.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,