Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Review

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

I’ve been waiting impatiently for Vice 3 to launch in the UK (isn’t it unfair that the U.S. gets to play with them before us?); I had been advised that the palette would be launching on the 1st November, so imagine my excitement yesterday when I was having a gander at the Urban Decay UK site to see if there was any news about Naked Vault, and the rolling promotion on the top of the page said Vice 3 was available to buy!

If you haven’t heard of the Vice palettes, they are the opulent, braver cousins of the Naked line: fierce metallics, glamorous glitters and much more experimental colours can be found in the Vice palettes. I own the original vice palette, but I found that Vice 2 was a bit too similar to the original palette to warrant buying it. vice 3 is a fabulous chocolate box of autumnal and wintery shades.

The palette contains 20 eye shadows, arranged in columns, so that you can use the four complimentary colours in each row to create a look, or recklessly delve into the unknown to pick and mix colours across the palette.

Urban Decay Vice 3 shades

The first row (from left to right) contains 4 neutral colours: Truth, described as a pale pink-nude matte; Undone, a pink-beige matte-satin, with a subtle floating tonal pearl; Downfall, a warm light brown matte; and DTF (Urban Decay always use acronyms for their shadows and when I google them I am a bit mortified – this one is quite rude!) which is a taupe matte with a subtle floating pearl.

The next row marks the start of the jewel tones colours: Dragon (which is a fantastic name and one of my favourite colours in the palette) is a bright metallic green shimmer; Freeze (perfect for channelling your inner Elsa) is described as a metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro glitter (I would have described it as a light icy blue); Heroine is a deep navy blue with a subtle floating tonal pearl (this looked more like a subtle shimmery sparkle to me); and Brokedown is a metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro glitter (to me this is very similar to Jagged from the original Vice palette).

The next row of jewel tones contains colours I would traditionally associate with Autumn (Fall): Vanity, described as a smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro glitter (this is lighter, more of a Royal Purple colour, with a pearl effect rather than glitter); Lucky is a metallic bronze (it’s actually more like a copper penny colour, and I LOVE it!); Reign is a rich brown satin (it’s quite chocolatey); and Bobby Dazzle is a metallic white with pale gold micro glitter (this feels quite chalky on the first use, but it does get creamier under the  layer). Can we just take a moment to appreciate the name Bobby Dazzle?

The final row of jewel colours kicks off with Alien, described as a pink-peach with a golden shift (it looks a bit like those two-toned trousers that were trendy in the late-nineties/ early noughties,  if you know what I mean). Alchemy is described as a deep fuchsia satin, it is one of my favourite shades and its a deep warm pinky purple. Bondage is a deep smoky burgundy shimmer; this shade is a bit of a strange one, it looks like it will be a deep aubergine colour, but when snatched its more brown with a hint of purple. Sonic the last shade is described as a metallic red-copper, but looks more like a metallic faded salmon colour (you mean your pink shirt?).

The last row contains the smokier, more wintry shades: Last Sin a shimmer with silver micro-glitter (this looks creamy/ platinum in some lights, and a metallic nude in others); Angel a light taupe with silver micro-glitter (glittery grey); Defy is described as a smoky taupe satin (mid grey and quite matte); and Revolver a soft black satin with a subtle floating iridescent pearl (more of a dark grey-blue, almost black and again quite matte).

From the bottom up: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF, Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedown, Vanity, Lucky, Reign and Bobby Dazzle
From the bottom up: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF, Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedown, Vanity, Lucky, Reign and Bobby Dazzle
Top to Bottom: Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonic, Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolver.
Top to Bottom: Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonic, Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolver.

The packaging is very sleek, the outer box is quite dark, almost black with subtle ribbons of navy and purple weaving through, lightening in the middle showing pale blues, orange, lime, pinks and flesh toned pinks. Vice is picked out in a dull metallic lime, and is raised from the box.

Vice 3 outer packaging

Inside the outer packaging is a foamy slim bag, done in the same colours and stripey style of the packaging with the Urban Decay logo picked out in silvery-grey; it looks a bit like an abstract water colour. The bag is a nice little extra, and can be used to keep the palette safe when travelling, or as a travel make-up bag.

Vice 3 make up bag

The palette itself seems slightly smaller, sleeker and with more rounded corners than previous Vice palettes; the lid is silver with a mirror like shine, the motif from the bag and packaging can be seen in the centre and the word Vice is embellished like a big lime jewel. The bottom of the palette is a metallic chartreuse.

For some reason I cannot get the plastic film off of the mirror. It's welded on or something.
For some reason I cannot get the plastic film off of the mirror. It’s welded on or something.

I had a quick play with the palette and cobbled together an eye look using Dragon, Heroine, Angel, Lucky and Bobby Dazzle; Urban Decay eye shadows are always really pigmented and the texture is always quite creamy, even with the glittery eyeshadows.  I love the range of colours, my favourite row is the purple row, but they are all beautiful and I can’t wait to experiment.

I had a bit of a play (I have a cold so excuse my hair and lack of other make up). I primed my kids with Benefit Stay Don't Stray and Urban Decay W.O.S. On the lid is Dragon, blended into the crease with Angel, Heroine to darken the outer V and Lucky in the inner corner.
I had a bit of a play (I have a cold so excuse my hair and lack of other make up). I primed my kids with Benefit Stay Don’t Stray and Urban Decay W.O.S. On the lid is Dragon, blended into the crease with Angel, Heroine to darken the outer V, Lucky in the inner corner and Bobby Dazzle as a browbone highlight.
I call this creation Jealousy, because you know you want this palette!
I call this creation Jealousy, because you know you want this palette!

The palette was £42 with free standard delivery from Urban Decay’s UK website ( I paid an extra £6.95 for next day deliver, because I am impatient), but I believe it will also be available at Debenhams, House of Fraser, and Selfridges have also started stocking UD (#NakedVault!!); I think this was money well spent, the eyeshadows are good quality, have a good range of colours so you can create lots of different looks and there are twenty shades! In my opinion Urban Decay eyeshadows are much better than Chanels, which are nearly £40 for 4. Bargain. If you are a fan of the naked range, but fancy trying out something a little more daring, or if you are a makeup hoarder like me, you should give Vice 3 a go.  The Vice palettes are limited edition, so once they are gone, they are gone.

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