Urban Decay Vice 3 Review & Swatches

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I recently picked up the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette and wanted to share my thoughts with you on this gorgeous palette. At first glance, I thought it was nothing special, but once I started looking at it a little more carefully, I knew it was a must have for me.

urban decay vice 3 caseThe palette is encased in this gorgeous zipper pouch. I like it because it keeps the palette together and god forbid if it breaks, the mess would stay concentrated into its little pouch. 

urban decay vice 3ud vice 3The palette comes with a cute little double ended brush. I normally don’t use the brushes that come with palettes because they’re not that nice. This one is decent but not awesome. I would use it in a pinch but when I’m at home and not traveling, I just use my other favorite eye shadow brushes instead!

ud vice 3 brushud vice brush 1

ud vice 3 brush 2Ok, now on to the pretty palette! What I love about it is that the whole first row (vertically) is nude shades. The second row is basically worthless to me besides the shade Brokedown because I can’t see myself wearing the blues and greens regularly. The next two rows have varying shades of purples and pinks (purple is my favorite color, so yay!) and a couple pretty neutrals. The last row has some smoky shades that are sooo pretty. So nudes, jewel tones, and smoky shades all in one palette, and I am a happy girl.

urban decay vice 3 palette

urban decay vice 3 swatches 1Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTFurban decay vice 3 swatches 2Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedownurban decay vice 3 swatches 3Vanity, Lucky, Reign, Bobby Dazzleurban decay vice 3 swatches 4Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonicurban decay vice 3 swatches 5Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolverurban decay eden primerWhile I was at Sephora picking this up and feeling sneaky because I totally snagged their tester before they put it out, I decided to pick up another eye shadow primer. I had been using MAC Painterly Paint Pot for the past year or so but recently it stopped being as awesome. I didn’t use it a lot this summer because I don’t wear a ton of makeup in the summer, but when I pulled it back out the other day I realized I just don’t like it as much. I think my skin is so different now that I am back in Wisconsin and not in Washington anymore, that the paint pot just doesn’t work well for me anymore. It was looking kind of meh and not holding eyeshadow as well. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden is an old favorite and I am looking forward to giving it another try.

urban decay eye primer edenYou need so little of this, I probably grabbed a blob big enough for eight eyeballs with this, so oops. As you can see below, it covers and color corrects a bunch! It’s like wearing concealer on your eyes that extends the life of your eyeshadow.

urban decay eden swatchBelow, I swatched the shade Alchemy from the Vice 3 Palette and you can see primer makes a pretty huge difference. The top swatch is with no primer, and the bottom swatch is over top of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Eyeshadows worn over primer tend to look more vibrant and last longer as well!

no primer and primer

Have you gotten your hands on Urban Decay’s Vice 3 yet? What do you think?



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  1. 10.3.14
    Jessica T said:

    The palette doesn’t look too appealing at first glance, but the swatches really make it come alive. I agree about the row of blues and greens, I wouldn’t get much use out of those either. All in all seems like a good selection though. It looks a little smaller and thinner than some other UD palettes which are more like books almost. Glad to see they made this more portable. Not sure if I’d get enough use out of it to justify the money but it is really pretty. I love that primer too, it made a huge difference in your photo with the swatch. I’ll have to bring you some Elf $1 eye primer too to try sometime and see how it compares.

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