Thought I should do this quickly before I went off on my vacation the last 2 weeks of October. (Traveling to SF and LA actually!)
The new Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, Naked 2 Basics, as well as the Shadow Box will be launched in Sephoras island-wide (Singapore) on 30 October, so this might give you an idea about which ones you’re going to save up for.
I can tell you Urban Decay’s shadows are all consistently high-quality. Not a 100% hit-rate but there are always very few duds.
A lot of people have been waiting impatiently for this one.
And it’s not a disappointment. For those who are new to colors, Vice 1 and 2 can be a bit intimidating. This one may seem so at first, but I’ll give you a quick trick. Just look at each column as a 4-shade palette. There are actually 3 neutral palettes in there, and 2 color palettes. All in the usual smooth pigmented formula. VERY worth the investment if you think about the fact that you get 20 new colors (each weigh a little more than half a MAC shadow at 0.8g).
That’s 10 full size shadows.
If that’s a little too overwhelming for you, or you just want something more compact and portable, you might want to check out The Shadow Box.
This is 2014’s successor to the classic Ammo Palette. In it are 12 of UD’s regular shades. I do have to point out one dud in the collection; the matte black called Blackout isn’t the smoothest or most pigmented, but then the other 11 shades are gorgeous.
This is a small cardboard package with 12 x 0.5g of product, which is 4 full-size MAC shadows (sorry - MAC shadows are the easiest reference cos most people more or less know their size and value).
Naked 2 Basics
Ahh… one for the neutral lovers.
Let’s face it. Matte shadows are tricky. But UD does a brilliant job at creating matte shadows that are very silky and blendable.
I love the Naked 2 Basics a heck of a lot more than the first Naked Basics which - I’ll be honest and say - has too many pale beige shades, whereas this has a better and more flattering mix of light to deep in different undertones. In my opinion anyway.
Great for beginners and those who are looking for a hard-working neutral palette or just love the velvety texture and finish of matte shadows in general.
My makeup for today. Gonna be try and test out all the new lipsticks I got for christmas last year. For today, I really wanted to wear out on of my new nyx wicked lippies and I based the look I did around that color. I used urban decay vice 2 and a tiny bit of sugarpill for the eyes, sonia kashuk for the cheeks, and nyx wicked lippie in the shade trickery for the lips
Ever since I missed out on buying the first edition of Urban Decay’s Vice Palette last year, there hasn’t been a day that i haven’t regretted not getting it! So, you can imagine my huge excitement when I heard that UD would be coming out with a second, all-new palette for their Holiday 2013 collection. This time around, I wouldn’t make the same mistake again.
First of all, can we admire the ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS PACKAGING?! I love the abstract purple design. It looks like layers upon layers of orchid petals. I die. Apparently, the design of the palette goes through a “special process” which makes it so that no two palettes look exactly alike. Pretty darn cool, if you ask me. The finish overall is very smooth & glossy so it doesn’t easily get dirty and is very easy to clean.
The palette comes with twenty eyeshadows in total. It has a combination of mostly shimmers with a couple of true mattes in the bunch. As you can see, it’s a very versatile palette containing a lot of bold & colorful eyeshadows as well as more toned down, neutral ones. This really allows for a variety of looks that I can’t wait to try! Below are swatches of each row:
I have to say, there is not one dud in the bunch. All eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and easy to work with. They are all buttery-smooth with the slight exception of Lovesick & Poison; they were a tad bit on the dry side but nothing crazy. In addition to the shadows, the palette includes a double-ended brush to help apply them. I think this is a great addition and I find the quality of the brush to be pretty great. So, the cost for this palette? $59. Now I know that’s a pretty hefty price tag but in my honest opinion, it’s totally worth it and I’ll tell you why: the packaging is to die for, the quality of the eyeshadows is exceptional, and the versatility of the palette is astounding. Can I possibly come up with any better adjectives? I think not. Keep in mind that this is a limited edition so there’s a ticking clock on how long this will be available. Don’t be like me and regret getting your hands on this amazing product!
Available at urbandecay.com, Sephora, Ulta, and Macy’s.
My makeup for today. My boss asked us to wear pink today because of the anniversary for the movie Mean Girls. I don’t own very much pink clothing so I did most of the color on my face. Used sugarpill and urban decay for the eyes and blush and 2 milani lipsticks for the lips :)
In this video I show you one of my favorite looks using the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. I also use an Urban Decay eyeliner, Abyss, as well. I also throw in false lashes (I don’t remember which, sorry!) and Lorac 3D Liquid Luster. I apologize for the poor application of the lashes, it’s not my best work but I’ve improved in that area lately! This is a quick video that will hopefully tide you over until I get another one up! Thanks to all my new subscribers I love you all!