The Vice 2 is definitely one of my favorite palettes from my collection, but I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet because I received it for Christmas and it’s limited availability came to a close shortly after that. So, you unfortunately can no longer find it at Urban Decay and Sephora, but this is really my kind of palette and I wanted to take a moment and chat about some of the looks these shadows can create.
This palette has a fabulous variety of colors in it. Because there are a number of great shades on the deeper end of the spectrum, it’s particularly easy to get a great dramatic look, but for the moment I wanted to focus on three looks using different colors in the palette that can work for the daytime.
There are 20 shadows that are exclusive to the palette. Most are shimmery and a few have some glitter, while two are completely matte. For a full set of swatches I suggest taking a look at Makeup Geek’s review of the palette. On an everyday basis, the shades I end up reaching for most often are Smokeout, Strike, Stash, and Radar (basically, the smoky/warmer shades), and I also reach for Dope, Ambush, and Rewind frequently since they’re useful for the crease and brow bone. I do try to rotate which shades I use, though, because there are so many good ones!
Look 1: Neutrals
As colorful as this palette is, it’s really very easy to wear the neutral shades in different combinations. Here, I started by applying the dark, shimmery and smoky brown Derailed all over the lid and then blending medium matte brown Rewind into the crease. I applied the lighter pinkish Dope on my brow bone, and then decided to also pat Dope all over my lid on top of Derailed to lighten it up a bit and give some extra dimension and shimmer (avoiding the outer third and crease). I then blended the very deep gray Smokeout into my upper lash line for soft definition, and applied the gentle yellow Strike into the inner corner and inner half of the lower lash line for some subtle brightness.
I’m also wearing DreamWorld Hermetica mineral foundation in Rhea II C (review), The Body Shop bronzer in Medium Matte, NARS blush in Deep Throat, Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde and Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review), Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss in Pango Peach, and Maybelline The Falsies mascara in Blackest Black (review).
Number 2: Yellow
The light butter yellow Strike is really one of my favorite shadows in the palette. I love yellow, and this shade is very wearable because it’s somewhat muted. Here, I’ve patted it all over my lid and continued to apply it in my inner corner and the inner half or so of my lower lash line. The deep, warm green Stash is softly blended into the outer third and a bit into the crease, and the medium matte brown Rewind is also blended into the crease. I’ve also pushed the deep teal-ish charcoal Poison into my upper lash line and softly penciled into the outer half of my lower lash line. It’s very pigmented and works really nicely as a liner. For a brow bone highlight, I’ve reached outside of this palette and used Urban Decay’s Foxy, a matte yellowish cream. I have a single of that shade and it’s a great highlight color for warmer looks.
I’m also wearing a mix of Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous and L’Oreal True Match (review) liquid foundations, NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder (review), Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde and Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde, Clarins Graphic Expression face and blush powder (LE from fall 2013, review) and a little NARS blush in Deep Throat, Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss in Pango Peach, and Maybelline The Falsies mascara in Blackest Black (review).
Number 3: Purple
The star of this look is the purple Betrayal, which has a beautiful blue shift to it. I’ve patted that all over my lid and the outer half of my lower lash line. This shade is really striking, and easy to wear since it’s not a very deep purple. I softly blended Voodoo, which a bit deeper than Betrayal, into the outer corner, and the taupe brown Ambush is lightly blended into the crease. The pale pinkish Dope is on my brow bone, and deep blue Prank is used as a soft liner for the upper lash line. I then used the two pink shades, Coax and X-Rated, on my inner corner. Coax, the shimmery pink, is on the upper area of the inner corner while X-Rated, the matte pink, is on the inner half of the lower lash line.
I’m also wearing a mix of Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous and L’Oreal True Match (review) foundations, the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Glow Powder (review), Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde and Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review), The Body Shop bronzer in Medium Matte and the Clarins Graphic Expression face and blush powder (LE for fall 2013, review), Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, Maybelline The Falsies mascara in Blackest Black (review) on my upper lashes and Buxom Sculpted Lash mascara (review) on my lower lashes.
The Vice 2 gets lots of love from me. I was more excited about this one than the Naked 3, personally. Did you grab the Vice 2 while it was around? What are your favorite shades?