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Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains twenty new, limited edition, and exclusive shades. Overall, the palette had good color payoff with the majority of the shades, and most wore for around seven to eight hours before fading/creasing on me. I had some issues with the texture of shades within this palette, but it definitely wasn’t on the same level as Shadow Box. I felt like the eyeshadows–across the board–were less plush, not as buttery or as dense as many other Urban Decay eyeshadows, though. None of the textures were stiff (where you’d have trouble getting color payoff), but they were thinner, sometimes a little drier, and the eyeshadows felt more pressed (firmer) into the pan. The matte finishes were soft and finely-milled, but a few of them were also quite powdery so you’ll want to be careful applying (or apply before your base).

I also wish that Urban Decay would make their mattes… matte in their palettes, because even with these, most of the mattes also have shimmer in them (but it doesn’t translate on the lid, so why not just make them pure matte?). This is also a more warm-toned palette with a lot of mid-tone and dark shades, and as I worked through the palette, I felt like I needed a couple of lighter/light-medium shades so that not every eye was dark and smoky. There are six shades with “micro-glitter,” which tended to have some fall out, though it varied from shade to shade.

The palette is slightly slimmer than Vice and Vice 2, and it includes a thin, zippered bag that you can store the palette in (or, as they also suggest, whatever you’d like). The bag could be about half an inch wider, because the fit could be looser around the palette (just to make easier to take in and out of the bag). It is metallic, so it holds fingerprints very easily. The included double-ended brush seems to be of the same quality as other Urban Decay brushes, which is all right, but I’m not in love with the shape or density of the brush (seems to increase fall out during application).

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow retails for $18.00 for 0.05 oz. normally, so the palette contains a total of $216 worth of eyeshadow, plus the dual-ended brush (maybe $16 or so in value) for a total value of ~$232. It’s less than the cost of four, full-sized single eyeshadows (though none of these are available individually, just to be clear).

Truth is described as a “pale pink-nude matte.” It’s a light, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a matte finish. The more I used this, the more powdery and loose the eyeshadow became over time. It is really pigmented, but so much of the powder just falls everywhere when using it. This was one of the shades I used frequently as a brow bone highlighter (usually mixed with something else, as my skin tone doesn’t play well with the white base in this shade), and it was a very finicky eyeshadow: touch the brush very, very lightly to the pan, tap off excess, then apply, and then you may still need dust away excess. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dragon is described as a “bright metallic green shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth, though thinner. It’s a shade that doesn’t work as well over bare skin and really benefits from a primer, as the thinner texture made it go on unevenly over bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanity is described as a “smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a little powdery. I didn’t notice the micro-glitter in this much when I applied, though it is visible in the pan. There was a tiny amount of fall out from what I could determine, while the color itself lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alien is described as a “pink-peach with golden shift.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a soft, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the more powdery texture made it harder to apply. It really wasn’t worth using over bare skin–it needs a primer or else it looks uneven and faded no matter how much you pack on. I think at some point, while trying to use it over bare skin, I had more eyeshadow underneath my eye than on the eyelid. It wasn’t great over primer, but it was better. Over bare skin, it lasted six and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last Sin is described as a “champagne shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a metallic sheen. The glitter is most noticeable in the pan, but the majority had dropped while I was applying it or got trapped between my brush’s bristles. It had a drier, crumbly texture that made it more prone to fall out during application and quicker to fade (seven hours) on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undone is described as a “pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peach-beige with warm undertones and a very fine shimmer over a matte finish. It really just looks matte once you apply it to the lid. It had decent color payoff with a very soft, silky texture, but it was somewhat powdery so you’ll want to be sure to tap off excess product before applying to the lid. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freeze is described as a “metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, medium blue with a golden, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was slightly dry/powdery. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. There was a bit of fall out as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a brightened, frosted copper with warm, orange undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery–it was one of the few shades that really felt like Urban Decay’s regular formula to me. This shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alchemy is described as a “deep fuchsia satin.” It’s a darker, pink-berry with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and blendable, though it doesn’t have the richness you might be used to from Urban Decay’s formula (it has a thinner feel–here it is not a good or bad thing, just a preference, as it didn’t interfere with the quality overall). It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. It was also a more unique shade, which is always a nice touch! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Angel is described as a “light taupe with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but it had a drier, firmer texture that made it harder to get color out; it builds decently, though. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. I didn’t notice any micro-glitter in this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Downfall is described as a “warm light brown matte.” It’s a medium, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery to work with, but it blended well on the skin. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heroine is described as a “deep navy blue with subtle floating tonal pearl.” It’s a blackened navy blue with silver and navy blue micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It’s more pigmented than it appears, but it doesn’t stick well to bare skin and blends away easily, so it’s a shade that performs better over a primer. The texture is a little dry and fairly powdery. You’ll definitely want to hold a tissue underneath the eye or apply this shade prior to base, because it’s hard to contain the excess powder from dropping, even when patting it on. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Reign is described as a “rich brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a frosted, golden sheen and warm, yellow undertones. It had good color payoff with a softer, smoother texture that was easy to work with. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bondage is described as a “deep, smoky burgundy shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark purple-burgundy with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was smooth, buttery, and blendable. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Defy is described as a “smoky taupe satin.” It’s a dark, cool-toned taupe that leans more gray than brown with a matte finish. In the pan, there are very tiny micro-shimmers, but it appears matte on the skin. This was the worst performer in the entire palette with respect to the pigmentation: it was a drier, powdery shade with semi-sheer color payoff. It was a total pain to work with, as it looked splotchy and uneven applied. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

DTF is described as a “taupe matte with subtle floating pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-toned taupe with a satin-matte finish. It looked mostly matte applied on the skin, but the shimmer in this shade was more noticeable than in other shades with a similar finish. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, and lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brokedown is described as a “metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a golden, olive brown with hints of green and warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft and dense, but it was a smidgen powdery, while it had intense color payoff and didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobby Dazzle is described as a “metallic white with pale gold micro-glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, white gold with a metallic sheen and fine micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t seem noticeable applied so much as it seems to give the powder a grittier, drier texture that doesn’t feel as smooth. It had fairly good color payoff at least, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sonic is described as a “metallic red-copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, so it applied beautifully on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revolver is described as a “soft black satin with subtle floating iridescent pearl.” It’s deepened, charcoal gray with cool, bluish undertones and a silver shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth while applying well to the eye. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Truth Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Truth Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Truth Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Truth Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dragon Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dragon Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Dragon Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dragon Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vanity Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vanity Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Vanity Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Vanity Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Alien Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Alien Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Alien Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Alien Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Last Sin Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Last Sin Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Last Sin Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Last Sin Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Undone Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Undone Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Undone Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Undone Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Freeze Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Freeze Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Freeze Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Freeze Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Lucky Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Lucky Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Lucky Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Lucky Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Alchemy Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Alchemy Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Alchemy Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Alchemy Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Angel Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Angel Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Angel Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Angel Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Downfall Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Downfall Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Downfall Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Downfall Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Heroine Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Heroine Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Heroine Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Heroine Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Reign Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Reign Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Reign Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Reign Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bondage Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bondage Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bondage Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bondage Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Defy Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Defy Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Defy Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Defy Eyeshadow

Urban Decay DTF Eyeshadow
Urban Decay DTF Eyeshadow

Urban Decay DTF Eyeshadow
Urban Decay DTF Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Brokedown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Brokedown Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Brokedown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Brokedown Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bobby Dazzle Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bobby Dazzle Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bobby Dazzle Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bobby Dazzle Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Sonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sonic Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Sonic Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Revolver Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Revolver Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Revolver Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Revolver Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Bobby Dazzle (inner tear duct), Freeze (inner lid), Dragon (middle of lid),
Heroine (outer lid/crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Vacancy + LSD Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Bobby Dazzle (inner tear duct), Freeze (inner lid), Dragon (middle of lid),
Heroine (outer lid/crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Vacancy + LSD Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Alien (inner lid), Lucky (middle of lid), Sonic (outer lid/crease),
Alchemy (crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Voodoo + Stargazer Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Alien (inner lid), Lucky (middle of lid), Sonic (outer lid/crease),
Alchemy (crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Voodoo + Stargazer Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Undone (inner lid), Downfall (middle of lid), DTF (outer lid/crease),
Defy (crease), Truth + Undone (brow bone), Faint + Smoke Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Undone (inner lid), Downfall (middle of lid), DTF (outer lid/crease),
Defy (crease), Truth + Undone (brow bone), Faint + Smoke Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Angel (inner lid), Brokedown (middle of lid), Reign (outer lid/crease),
Bondage (crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Mugshot + Moonspoon Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Angel (inner lid), Brokedown (middle of lid), Reign (outer lid/crease),
Bondage (crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Mugshot + Moonspoon Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Sonic (inner lid), Lucky (middle of lid), Vanity (outer lid/crease),
Heroine (crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Glitter Rock + Tornado Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Sonic (inner lid), Lucky (middle of lid), Vanity (outer lid/crease),
Heroine (crease), Truth + Last Sin (brow bone), Glitter Rock + Tornado Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Angel (inner lid), DTF (middle of lid), Bondage (outer lid/crease),
Revolver (crease), Truth + Undone (brow bone), Gonzo + LSD Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Angel (inner lid), DTF (middle of lid), Bondage (outer lid/crease),
Revolver (crease), Truth + Undone (brow bone), Gonzo + LSD Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Dragon (inner lid), Brokedown (middle of lid), Alchemy (outer lid/crease),
Defy (crease), Last Sin + Bobby Dazzle (brow bone), Stargazer Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Dragon (inner lid), Brokedown (middle of lid), Alchemy (outer lid/crease),
Defy (crease), Last Sin + Bobby Dazzle (brow bone), Stargazer Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Alien (inner lid), Downfall (middle of lid), Reign (outer lid/crease),
DTF (crease), Undone (above crease) Truth + Bobby Dazzle (brow bone), Demolition Eyeliner (lower lash line)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Alien (inner lid), Downfall (middle of lid), Reign (outer lid/crease),
DTF (crease), Undone (above crease) Truth + Bobby Dazzle (brow bone), Demolition Eyeliner (lower lash line)

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beck Avatar

good point, i see many items that are years old
being re sold for insanely high prices
and all of this stuff is EXPIRED! i guess some buyers don’t care and its just a collectors item like a MAC lipstick that will never be touched.

Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl Avatar

I’ve already gone back and forth over this palette a dozen times in the last few days! Haha. I agree though…this is a “leave” for me too… um, I think. At that price point, it should be a pretty solid A. I’m iffy on many shades. I LOOOOVE a few, but there’s a lot I know I won’t use… Thank you for the review, Christine!!

Alison Avatar

I’m not overly impressed with the performance of these, which bums me out. It seems like the quality of shadows in UD’s palettes has gone down in the past year to two years.

Also Naked 2 Basics has a shade called Undone – it’s a dark matte brown – the darkest shade in the palette. What is the deal with that? It seems like poor planning on their part

That being said, there are enough shades in this palette to justify the price, and it looks good overall, as always.

Nicole Avatar

Odd comment for this review but I read your Brazilian wax experience post the other day and was curious if you still do them and what your continued experience is? Does it hurt less, hair growth, how often do you have to do it now?

Sorry if you have already dine an update on it amd I haven’t seen it.

Christine Avatar

Hi Nicole,

Since I moved, I haven’t found a great place locally that does it, but I use Moom and do that at home when I make the time, LOL! I’m not consistent, though. The pain is definitely technique based – I went to someone locally here and was totally bruised afterwards.

Bishakha Sen Avatar

Christine, I do Brazilian bikini wax at home. I use sally Hansen wax microwaveable, I use a smaller empty sally Hansen container to pour the wax into . The trick is to cut into fourths, each strip of paper because the area is delicate and has curves and ridges . I also use a small mirror which I place in the floor . Hope that helps

Janelle Avatar

dang it Christine! I was going to skip this, then I saw the beautiful looks you created… I am sure I will not make the looks even 1/10th as awesome as yours, but I sure will try!

Jaa Avatar

The colors and swatches are so deep and rich! I just love jewel-toned shadows so even though they don’t perform that well, I still want to buy the palette. The looks you did are all stunning, too! I especially love the depth and color play of the Sonic + Lucky + Vanity combo! πŸ˜€

NelleShoeGirl Avatar

Hmm. So initially I thought I’d pass. Then I saw your swatches yesterday and fell in love with the colors. But your review makes it sound like performance is an issue. I am in love with Sonic, but I have one or two other copper colors in my collection that are just as pigmented and lovely to work with. Your review makes me think I would buy this palette but not use it, because I already have remind myself to use my other Vice palettes, and those mostly perform well. I’m trying not to get to hyped up about the LE/Holiday stuff like I usually do, so I think I’m going to pass. That said, I’ll for sure check it out in store, but I have low expectations.

NelleShoeGirl Avatar

This weekend my Sephora had the palette out on the makeup artist counter (away from the Urban Decay section). I swatches the colors that were most eye catching to me and they seemed to do well, so I decided to purchase it. I just tried doing two different eye looks this morning. The first was a disaster and I wiped it off. The second, I tried to do slightly more neutral as I’m off to the dentist – and the neutral mattes are just horrible! So powdery! And the color Lucky, while still slightly visible on my lid, blended away a lot when I went in with a crease color. Bobby Dazzle and Last Sin are also horrible and powdery like the mattes – just no payoff. I’m really disappointed. Yes, some of the bright intense shimmer shadows are good, but I can’t use those in my life without functioning neutrals and mattes. I’m returning this palette.

Margi Avatar

Christine, I know the palette is released tomorrow, the 13th, on the UD website and on the 23rd (I think?) at Ulta, but do you know when Sephora will have it? I’ve been searching desperately for dates but I haven’t found any for Sephora.
It’s a shame this palette got a B rating, although I do feel that some of the shades (Dragon, Freeze, Sonic) are truly gorgeous. Probably will pick this up πŸ™‚

Kathryn Avatar

The first two UD Vice palettes are some of the only high end makeup I own… I’ve been looking forward to this all year and saved my gift card for it. I’m so torn! If the quality isn’t as good as the first two, I’m not sure if it’s worth it. πŸ™ I’m not super excited about any of these shades except for a few. Maybe I should hold off and get the Lorac MegaPro. Does anyone know how long the Vice 3 will be available?

Julie Avatar

Oh I’m so torn!!!! I’ve been contemplating naked 2 basics, but this seems to have a LOT of very similar colors, plus lots more… Probably the biggest disappointment for me is defy…it looks like the PERFECT shade I’ve been looking for….& it’s the worst performer in the palette!! UGH. Christine, I have slightly oily lids…do you think that might help with adherence/wear time? Decisions decisions!!

Christine Avatar

No, actually, I think Defy would be WORSE on oily lids, because it’s such a splotchy, uneven eyeshadow that it will adhere to parts of the oilier skin… but less on other parts. It is better over a primer, so if you wear one of those, it might be OK. I didn’t love it over a primer, though.

xamyx Avatar

But then there will be those who complain it will get scratched, LOL! I personally don’t care, as long as it’s not cardboard-although that’s not a deal-breaker, either, just a preference!

Zia Avatar

I typically only buy products that receive stellar ratings from my favorite two bloggers, including you Christine, and I promised myself I wouldn’t be buying this unless it got at least an A- rating. Since it got a B and had some shades that scored even lower, I feel very fine with passing on this one and saving my $60 for something else.

I think a B is really disappointing for Vice 3 and Urban Decay should have done better.

Dee D Avatar

Ok ok…so this one got a B and the other Ulta exclusive one got a B- from you. I don’t feel *that* bad now having bought that ( still dont have it to play with tho to see how good/bad it is for myself!!). On a totally unrelated note – do you know of any currently available dupes for Mac’s Pink Opal pigment Christine? I have googled and googled and looked high and low and have not had any success and it’s like this *ONE* thing that I want and cannot have lol.

Lisa Avatar

I’m slightly disappointed by the quality. I was really hoping they were going to knock it out of the park with this one, especially since I love neutrals and jewel tones. I might still get this, but not unless I can snag it during the F&F sale. Christine, am I correct in assuming longevity issues, i.e. creasing and/or fading after seven hours, are based on wear without a primer? I’m only asking because I have very oily lids so I have to wear a primer. I’m hoping wear might be better with a primer.

Christine Avatar

Hi Lisa,

Correct – I do not wear primer when testing products that make claims like long-wearing, pigmented, etc. Basically, I just wear and review the product as-is without any helpers (primer, lip liner, foundation, etc.), because if you wear an eyeshadow over a primer, you’re really just telling someone how great your primer is, LOL! BUT I totally get that a lot of people wear primer on the regular πŸ™‚ It should wear longer with a primer, and some of the shades (like the mattes) are better over a primer in terms of evenness/pigmentation.

Lisa Avatar

Thanks for the reply! That’s what figured. I’m definitely going to try and get it if it’s on sale. If primer helps with the performance issues, and I have to wear primer anyway, then it’s worth it. Oh who am I kidding? I’m just trying to convince myself because I love a lot of the shades.

Christina Avatar

I probably won’t pick this up, but beautiful looks, Christine! I’m so tempted to buy all these holiday releases, but I must save up for my overseas trip this holiday! It’s so hard to resist picking up everything!

Christina Avatar

Going to Taiwan and Vietnam for 3 weeks! There is some serious shopping to be done there, especially for cosmetics brands that we cannot get here in the U.S.! I’m not doing very well saving up with all these new releases coming out. πŸ˜€

Ginny Avatar

Wow so many eye looks! I love your sixth one (the brown/blue one). I’m loving Reign, Heroine, Brokedown, and DTF, but I think I’m set with dupes for those. If I hadn’t just bought the Sleek Vintage Romance palette, I’d really be lusting over the reddish colors in this. So, not enough to tempt me here.

Lotus Avatar

Love your looks! The Jamaican eye is tremendously inspired! I read somewhere that Urban Decay changed their formula and their boxing to make all things better in a lighter way.. But with the same quality we trust.. I was eagerly awaiting your review for this reason, what I read. Those words echoed what you reviewed of shadow of and clicked in my head as an, “Oh no..,” so I’m not sure what to make of this, especially with the higher price! I think they go back to doing what do best: something original.

beck Avatar

gosh i am so incredibly bummed πŸ™ i really hope the batch i swatch in person wows me as i really want to like this. vice 2 is superb, never got Vice 1.
hopefully there are variations in the “batches”of Vice 3 and some are better performing,
I LOVE the package on this one….I just gotta see this in person.
Thank you for the fast reviews and swatches πŸ™‚

Christine Avatar

UD changed it two years or so ago? Maybe a little shorter than that, but they did it relatively recently and it was fine – more consistent through the line, didn’t have an issue with the reformulation myself. These don’t feel like their original or the more recent formula!

Lotus Avatar

Yes, they sure did! (But I kept all the originals stocked!!!! ;D) I’m referring to ANOTHER change made specifically for this third vice, with some meaning to simplify it.. I can think of better ways to spend money. This at $60? That’s only 40 away $100! (That’s how I think) and this palette being unique colors is crap and I’m also curious about the negative feedback once it blooms into the light. Do the Armani liners dry quickly like many metallics have failed in liquid form?
PS. Interesting salon experience. You’re brave!

This is what I feel: UD has become the new Sephora & Pantone collection.. If that makes sense. I don’t want this. I hope it’s good enough to make those happy, who are not familiar with UD but really wanted to enjoy & try a big spend! It MAY be GREAT for them. I can’t imagine not feeling the velvety suede creme.. I still prefer the originals (minus chunks of glitter I adored then) πŸ™‚ <3

Christine Avatar

I haven’t heard anything about any formula changes for Vice3 (the press release also reiterates their “pigment infusion system,” which is the more recent reformulations). It is funny, because a lot of times I describe to people two types of eyeshadow – MAC and UD (because they’re both so well known) as MAC has a much firmer, thinner formula, while UD has always been softer and denser. Both types can be good, but it just depends (I think firmer is often more problematic with payoff, softer with powderiness).

The GA eyeliners dry down not too quickly, not too long (they don’t settle into my under eye lines, but I don’t feel like OMG! if I don’t hurry), but they dry down to an almost pencil-like finish.

xamyx Avatar

In terms of color, this is by far my favorite of the 3. I’m so fair & picky that I always have to pull out additional highlight/transitional shades, so that doesn’t bother me, either. I really don’t use my other 2, bit I can see myself pulling out this one very often.

Fortunately, my local mall has 4 counters/stores, so I stand a good chance at nabbing this!

xamyx Avatar

With rich tones like those in this palette, I’m seeing more “smokey” looks, which is my preffered style. I’m envisioning a jewel tone on the ld/lower lashline, blended out with Truth or Undone, and my go-to highlight shade. Maybe a matte black for the crease, too…

Rachel R. Avatar

Oh, dear…I was really hoping for better grades on this one. This should have easily been an A palette. UD, please don’t make this a trend. πŸ™

Still, I do like the colors and the packaging. The looks you did with the palette are all beautiful. Now I’m on the fence. lol

Rachel R. Avatar

Well, I did end up getting it, and it arrived today. I just swatched all the colors over primer. I do think the mattes and lighter colors are kind of powdery, but not dry. All the colors showed up really well on me with primer. There are a lot of knockout gorgeous shades that I love, so I’m going to keep this. I wish there was less fallout on some of these, but I can deal with it for the results.

zainab Avatar

The grade gives me pause, but all the looks you’ve done and the great red/burgundy shades make me pretty okay with getting this. Plus I always use eyeshadow over primer, because otherwise it simply comes off within an hour so that makes the bare skin adhering thing less of an issue for me personally. I hope, though, that UD brings their really rich, smooth shadows back. Thanks for proving so many looks for me to copy when I eventually get this.

BOTTΓ‚NICA BOTTANIQUE Avatar

Christine, your swatches are each time increasingly better, and as a result of that, I think they are confusing our perception (LOL).
I admit that I was expecting your highest commendation, and… when I saw this β€œB”, I had a shock! I swear I blinked and rubbed my eyes in disbelief. And as if this were not enough, I told myself: β€œMaybe you need visiting the ophthalmologist!”
Dear, thank you so much for your spectacular job! You always give us thorough reviews, which are commendable in all aspects and particularly essential to improve residents of other countries outside USA and Europe (like BRAZIL) opportunity to purchase β€œonline” safe products, definitely worth buying, under clear conditions, with no hidden surprises.
Despite some issues, I just love this palette. As I have mentioned before in your sneak-peek review, I’m not a fan of big palettes, but this is an exception. Dragon, Heroine, Vanity, Alien, Bondage, Brokedown and Revolver conquered me.
I’ll use a primer, Nyx Jumbo, MAC Paint Pot, Maybelline Color Tattoo, Pixie Epoxy, all of them together, but I’ll definitely purchase this baby tomorrow in the early hours of the official launch on Urban Decay.

MakeupTray Avatar

The decision I have to make is that I already have most of these colors. A lot of these copper/ peach like shades are in Too Faced ALaMode and, other TF Palettes.Other colors are in UD Electric Palette.or V2, etc. with this and Brooke Shield’s palette coming soon it will be a decision I will have to make. Lol

Rae Avatar

I feel you on those not-quite-matte mattes, Christine! I haven’t seen a truly matte matte eyeshadow in ages — it’s like someone decided one day that matte meant something else, and everyone’s just run with it since then.

More on topic, however: I love the looks you’ve created with this πŸ˜‰ Especially with a palette of this size, I find it quite helpful to see how the shades would actually work together!

JJ Avatar

I’m very torn on this, I love the colors but do have similar things already. On top of that the quality is less, so i’m unsure of whether to pick this up. I’ll have to wait and think perhaps even wait and check it out in person before making a decision. I’m leaning towards no but like I said I do love the colors.

Thanks for the great review.

Christine Avatar

The performance you gave it makes it worth less than MSRP in my eyes. Dragon reminds me of an indie makeup mineral eye shadow I saw ages ago. But damn isn’t it gorgeous?

I use Vice and Vice 2 a lot in my party looks and my blog. I feel like Vice 3 would round out my collection nicely. Okay so at least I can apply a gift card to this purchase and not feel too bad. Or maybe cash in on all those Ulta points I’ve been hoarding. Or both. Okay, both.