Urban Decay Holiday 2015 First Impressions

Published in: Collections, Eyes, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay, Video

I was so confused today because I thought this was Urban Decay’s fall collection, and not the holiday collection, which is what it is.

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I know that sounds really dumb…but in my defense, it’s 80 degrees outside! I’m wearing shorts and a tank top. I guess my mind just couldn’t make the leap to snowmen, Christmas trees and wearing mittens.

Heck, I don’t even have shoes on!

Be that as it may, it is holiday time in Urban Decay Land (ho-ho-ho!), so let’s don our mittens, our earmuffs and our J. Lo “Jenny from the Block” coat, and take a look. 🙂

urban decay vice4

Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

urban decay vice4

Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

urban decay vice4

Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

There are a couple of palettes in the release, some new liners (which I’m not crazy about, but I’ll get into that in the video) and a highlighter.

I have no idea how any of it fits with the holidays because, you know, there’s a lot of black in it and references to oil slicks, and nothing that seems particularly holiday-esque, but we’re just gonna go with it. 🙂

There’s a lot more info in the video, but as a quick overview, one of the two palettes is called Vice4 because, apparently, the world needs more vices (with my biggest one right now being Three Twins ice cream).

urban decay urban spectrum eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55)

urban decay urban spectrum eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55)

urban decay urban spectrum eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55)

urban decay urban spectrum eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55)

urban decay 247 waterline eye pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencils from the left: Legend, Push, Rail, Mood and Street ($20 each)

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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencils from the left: Legend, Push, Rail, Mood and Street ($20 each)

urban decay naked illuminated lit

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body in Lit ($29)

urban decay naked illuminated lit

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body in Lit ($29)

urban decay naked illuminated lit

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body in Lit ($29)

It has a lot of things UD is known for, like great style and lots of color, but I’m more excited about the second palette, Urban Spectrum.

Let’s see… How should I describe it?

OK, you know how when you shine one of those prism things against a wall, you see a spectrum of colors? Well, that’s it. The palette houses a beautiful transition of gradients from greens to blues to purples, so when you open it up, you’re greeted by a rainbow. 🙂

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The liners, I think I mentioned, and we’ll get into them in the video, along with the highlighter.

And all of it will be available at urbandecay.com starting September 12, and a little later at select Macy’s, Sephora and Ulta stores.

Enjoy the video, and thank you again for watching!

Products mentioned

  • Urban Decay Vice4 Palette ($60)
  • Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencils ($20 each)
  • Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body in Lit ($29)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Cindy says:

    Great video! I did hear that the Urban Spectrum palette will only be available at UrbanDecay.com though. :(. If they did change that, I’d be thrilled! I have Ulta points to spend!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cindy,

      You’re right, it’s an online exclusive to urbandecay.com. Thanks for bringing that to my attention; I’ll put the info in the description box! 🙂

  2. Leslie says:

    Love your videos, Karen! OMG I didn’t even know a new season of Project Runway had started WHAT!! Thanks for the heads up! I need to catch up! I can’t believe it’s holiday season already… I agree, the Spectrum palette looks like tons of fun! Hope to check it out when it releases 🙂

  3. breyerchic04 says:

    Interestingly the regular 24/7 navy pencil has always been the hardest for me, it breaks and shrinks and runs. So not that surprising that the blue in the new line is a pain.

  4. Celia says:

    Hey Karen! Thanks for the review. How does the total product weight stack up between the two eyeshadow palettes given they differ by only $5? The vice looks so much larger (and it’s such a pretty design this year) but I think the spectrum has prettier colors, overall. It even reminds me some of vice 3 (which I love).

  5. Rachel says:

    OMG how bad do I need Urban Spectrum?!
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  6. Erin says:

    Oh geez, the Vice 4 is so beautiful – kind of bummed you’re not super impressed with the shadow quality. I’m not a die hard collector but I’m crazy about my Vice 2 and Vice LTD. I’d be more excited about the Urban Spectrum (nice name) if the package wasn’t kind of fussy. I don’t have a vanity where it can just sit and be pretty, and I’m a little annoyed that UD seems to think I do, haha.
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  7. Kim says:

    Well, the packaging is lovely (even though it’s not very holiday-ish, as you say). And, the palettes look ginormous! Bummer about the liners. You know how I love my UD. 🙂

  8. Jessica says:

    Ok after I recovered from fainting I read and absorbed this post…of course I knew about Vice 4 but the other….

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    my anniversary palette needs a friend.
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  9. Astrild says:

    OMG!!! It’s summer outside!!!! I’m not ready for fall, can’t think about Christmas.

  10. Kalli says:

    I really love the look of the Spectrum palette, but I literally have six of the colors already from old UD palettes (mostly the 15th anniversary and Vice 1). But I really love the new Vice! Especially all those warm orange-y shades. This is the first Vice I’ve really liked since the first one, but I think I’ll wait it out and see if I get some Christmas money or gift cards because $60 is a lot!
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  11. Allison C says:

    Fabulous photos, Karen, of the whole line! Everything looks gorgeous. I know the new Spectrum palette will be gone in a heartbeat coz those shades are stunning. I’m wondering if I can wear them or if they are just too bright for me? At any rate, I can admire them. I’m really curious about the Waterline pencils. Is the formula different from 24/7 pencils? Did they last on you better than the existing pencils?
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Allison,

      I have swatches of the Spectrum palette in the video so you can get a closer look at them there; I think they’re bright but they’re still wearable brights, if that makes sense.

      The Waterline pencils have a similar texture to the 24/7 Glide-Ons; they didn’t really stay on my waterlines.

  12. Allison C says:

    Thank you, Karen, for the honest assessment of the Waterline pencils. Glad to know I can stick with all the pencils I own that don’t stay on, lol. At my age, I am concerned about wearing any shadow shades other than neutrals and light purples etc. but maybe I should try getting into using bright colors as accent shades in a larger look. I always forget to do that

  13. Anastassia says:

    Nice palette. I think I want it.

  14. Rebecca says:

    Oh I have a compulsion for all the UD palettes.
    I can hardly wait. I think I will get both palettes and the pencils look interesting.

  15. Andrew says:

    How is UD going to release a line of eyeliners made for waterline and not include a nude or highlighting shade? Come on, man. Not cool.

  16. denise S says:

    I’m so feeling that Spectrum palette! Pretty sure I’ll be adding that to my collection!

  17. Natalye says:

    great video! I have been eyeing the Urban Spectrum palette but the blues look too similar to me and I think I’ll be passing on it. Not impressed with the new Vice this year

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  18. Kelly says:

    How funny, earlier I absolutely loved the colors of Vice 4 and was “ehh” about the Spectrum palette, now my views have totally changed! The more I look at the Vice palette, the more I see how the colors really look disconnected from each other. It’s just an odd looking palette, too bad because the packaging is gorgeous. With the Spectrum palette, I don’t like the packaging, but I love the shades.

  19. Erin says:

    I’m just not feeling much of this. Individual shades of the a few would be nice to have but it’s really not for me.

    I was worried the pencils would be bad too!
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  20. Rachel R. says:

    I want both of the eye palettes. There are a lot of colors in Vice 4 I don’t have. I always use primer, so I think I’ll be OK with them. Spectrum looks incredible. I’m sorry to hear the waterline liner didn’t work out. It was a good idea.

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