Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice 4 eyeshadow palette, pictured here with its accompanied case and the famous Urban Decay eyeshadow primer

Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa (@nearlygrey on Insta), and Alene has so much faith in me that she has not only allowed me to review the stunning Urban Decay Vice 4 palette, but she also let me write a post on her very beautiful blog! She knows that I am a huge eyeshadow/UD fan, and I’m so thankful to be given this opportunity 🙂 I had actually considered buying the palette earlier simply because of the gorgeous casing, and it’s really not that difficult to see why! The rainbow hologram effect really blew me away, and I am a sucker for gorgeous packaging. I’m sure a lot of you are too!

Close up of the hologram. Squeals!

This palette came to me at a perfect time. I had a pole dance performance coming up, and I was going to be dancing as Cleopatra. I was trying to hunt down the perfect teal eyeshadow, and when I saw the shades Arctic and Grasshopper, I knew they were perfect! In fact, the entire palette is a treasure trove of jewel-toned goodness. Lets take a look inside. 

As with other UD eyeshadow palettes, this one also comes with a dual-ended brush. One soft fluffy end for blending, and a flatter end for more precise application and touching up. I must admit, I was a little bit sceptical about the wearability of the shades, because there’s shimmer in EVERY shade (even the more neutral ones), and most of the palette comprises bold colours that may seem overwhelming to some. However, when I used the palette, I was really pleasantly surprised as to how wearable the shades are! I’ll be sharing some looks in a bit, but first, swatches!

As you can see, each row comprises colours from a particular colour family, and if you use all the colours from the same row, you’d probably not go very far wrong. However, for this look below, which I actually wore out for an ex-colleague’s wedding, I used mostly colours from the second row, but I also mixed and matched with some colours from the other rows because I didn’t really want my eyes to be just purple. There was a bit of fallout from the shadows when I did the swatches, but I was also a bit more heavy-handed in picking up the product with the brush. When I did this look though, there was barely any fallout at all 🙂  

… and here’s a closeup! Somehow my right eye seems like I’ve got some grey on it but it actually doesn’t!

I used the UD primer over my lids, before using the fluffy end of the brush to apply Bones as an all-over base. I then applied Underhand to the outer V of my eyelid using the flat-tipped brush, softly blending it to the middle of the eye. Next, I highlighted the middle of the eyelid using Harlot, taking the colour gently towards the direction of my nose bridge. As this was a night look, I vamped it up a little with a thin swipe of Delete mixed in with a bit of Beat Down near my eyelashes, for a little smidge of smokiness. I then blended the entire lid upwards towards my browbone with a mix of Framed and Discreet. As you can see, it’s definitely very wearable! If I were to wear this look in the day, I’d tone down the eyeliner, and also omit the smoky colours (Delete and Beat Down) for a softer look.

Here’s my Cleopatra look! I took inspiration from the lovely Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 Cleopatra film 🙂

Pardon the quality of this picture; it was taken in my pole studio just before my performance in low light with my iphone. I think the eye makeup came out really well here! I used the UD primer and Bones as a base again, and applied Arctic ALL OVER, like literally all over up to the browbone. I used Grasshopper on the lashline, and blended upwards. The makeup stayed on all night! It didn’t even budge when I was super sweaty from the performance, and lasted all the way from 6pm to past midnight. As you can see, it was extremely pigmented, and was even captured so nicely in the photos from my performance.

Psst, if you’re wondering, the mesh toga top and mesh shorts in this picture are my own design, and will be upcoming on Rebelle Activewear 🙂

So in conclusion, I’m immensely pleased with this palette! As with all the other UD palettes the quality of these shadows are excellent, and once again, UD does not disappoint. I already own Naked 2, Naked 3 and Naked Smoky, which are very neutral palettes and more my kind of style. However, I’m happy to report that the more vibrant UD palettes are definitely worth purchasing as well, and that the shades are as wearable as the neutral palettes. I’m looking forward to Vice 5 already 😛

If you’ve read up to here, thank you for sitting through this whole review! :p


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