Friday, September 23, 2016

Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

Here's a long overdue review of Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette. This gorgeous palette used to be $56 but it is currently on sale for $34 on Urban Decay's website and on Ulta so snatch it before it is gone forever as this palette is, like all of the other previous Vice palettes, a limited edition. 

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

I always find the packaging of Vice palettes to be quite interesting, so I was really looking forward to this one as well. Compared to Vice 4 palette, the exterior design of this palette is much more simple and toned down. The 3D jewel deco on the front is indeed pretty, although it makes it a bit more difficult to store nice and tightly. The part I liked the most was the opening button, which wasn't something that Vice 4 had (I think). It makes me feel like opening something much more fancy. Not sure what to do if that button gets stuck or something, but I have my fingers crossed that it wouldn't.

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches


The mirror doesn't go all the way back which makes this palette not the most convenient one to use, but the same was true for the previous Vice palettes. The size of this mirror is huge though, which I like!

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches


This palette contains 20 eyeshadows, and to celebrate Urban Decay's 20th anniversary, this palette contains some cult favorites and new shades, as well as some vintage shades that have been discontinued (e.g. UV-B, Gash, Acid Rain). I have been really wanting to try Laced and so I was pleasantly surprised to see that color in this palette. I think I also have Smog on my Naked 1 palette, so I believe that is one of the cult favorites eyeshadows. It also comes with a dual-ended brush and I have really grown to like the smaller brush end for packing color onto the lid.

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
All of these eyeshadows in this palette were swatched from the left column to the right column, top to bottom. There was no primer underneath, and I did not try to layer these swatches so this is what you get with one simple swipe on my bare arms.

I don't really see a pattern here and this palette is one of the few palettes that I've come across that seem to lack any organization whatsoever lol.

So here are the swatches of the first three columns (from the left) of the Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette.

I personally found some colors to lack pigmentation, such as 501, but most of the shimmer shades performed very nicely. Also, my brushes were able to pick these up very easily, even 501, and although some pastel shades needed to be layered, I found the eyeshadows in this palette to actually perform better than the previous Vice 4 palette.

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

And here are the swatches of the last two columns of Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette.

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
I bought this palette not because any one color was calling my name or because I found the overall color selection in this palette to be phenomenal. I bought it mainly because it contains many colors that I do not have in my collection nor reach for on a daily basis. I did however want to have these unique colors in my collection just in case I feel like doing something different.

However, after playing with this palette for the past two months, I found that the real big deal about this palette is how versatile it is. My magic behind making this palette work is to combine different colors to make your own eyeshadow! This palette, because it has those light and pastel shades, is particularly an amazing palette to be mixing different colors.

So in the photo below those you see with an asterisk* are the ones that I mixed the color on the left side of it with a black shimmery shade, Oil Slick. Oil Slick seems to be the main trick behind making this eyeshadow palette be more wearable for me because it really isn't too crazy black to make any color super dark, but for some magical reasons it tones down the color a bit and makes it more flattering on my warmer skin tones.

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches


For the swatches you see below, I mixed the color on the left of the asterisk* with a gold eyeshadow, Goldmine, to create those unique colors marked with an asterisk. Goldmine helps create a duochrome effect and I particularly like the combination of Freakshow (the purple eyeshadow) + Goldmine.

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

The swatch on the very left is a combination of the two blues you see without an asterisk*. The other ones with an asterisk are the result I got from mixing the lighter shade on the left of the asterisk* with Oil Slick.

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette Review & Swatches

If you are hesitant to buy this because you think this palette would be too cool-toned for you, I highly recommend that you give this one a shot because 1) it is on sale and will be gone soon, 2) you may not have eyeshadows in similar colors so these will be super unique, and 3) colors in this palette can be mixed to be suitable for those with warmer skin tones as well!

Hope you found this review helpful and let me know what you think!

XOXO,

HaeMin


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