Urban Decay Vice 4: Palette a Week 1 & 100 Days of Makeup

Urban Decay Vice 4: Palette a Week 1 & 100 Days of Makeup

I have a makeup addiction. Not so bad as addictions go, but makeup is too expensive to be buying things that I’m not using. There are even forums out there dedicated to makeup rehab with low and no buy challenges as well as victories in the form of monthly ’empties’. I’m a lurker on those forums, and have never committed to any kind of restriction, but it did get me thinking: how do I start using what I’m buying? There are so many beautiful palettes and products out there that I want to try or buy, but it can become overwhelming. It reminds me of the music switch of CDs to digital; all of a sudden there was so much choice, and no need to listen to one album or mix over and over, that I stopped really knowing the music I was listening to very well. As for makeup, I could stick to just one thing until I run out, or hit pan as the rehab folks like to say, but that would be boring and the reason for my makeup addiction in the first place is how varied, beautiful, and creative makeup can be. Instead, coupled with inspiration from the #100daysofmakeup challenge floating around Instagram, I’ve committed to posting one different makeup look a day for 100 days using a different eyeshadow palette every week (#paletteaweek).

Week 1: Urban Decay Vice 4 Mini-Review

The first palette I chose to use is a newish palette by Urban Decay Cosmetics called the Vice 4. I have some of the previous incarnations of Vice (not #2 which is supposedly the best one): Vice 3 and Vice LTD. I’m a sucker for Urban Decay’s more colorful palettes, so they got me again with this limited edition release of the 4. When I bought the Vice 4 I was pretty excited. I don’t have another palette that has so many pinks and purples which are colors I like to use a lot. It also had this killer shade of orange called bitter that’s to die for. To my surprise though, the colors with the most impact for me were the greens in the palette. Grasshopper, C-Note, and Arctic are gorgeous and pair really well with the rest of the palette. Unfortunately, at least for me, all of the neutral or highlight shades were a huge disappointment. Either they hardly did anything or had a somewhat dirty tone to me. I used them very occasionally this week, but they aren’t the stars or even really great supporting actors in this palette. It’s too bad, but it made me realize how important it is to have at least one good skin-tone or highlight color with every palette. Overall I’m really happy with this palette, and am glad I purchased it especially after using it all week. If you like color, it’s a pretty fun palette, but if you’re more into neutrals, definitely skip it, it’s not for you.

 

Best thing about the palette: So many purples and greens!

Worst thing about the palette: Lots of very useless/dirty looking neutral/highlight colors.

Favorite Shades: Bitter, C-Note, Grasshopper, Arctic, Fastball, 1985, Pandemonium, Underhand, Harlot, Beatdown

Disappointing Shades: Grip, Bones, Framed, Discrete.

 

For a more complete review of the palette plus swatches, dupes, and more I recommend the Temptalia review:

Temptalia Vice 4 Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice 4 Looks

I managed to do 6 out of 7 looks in the first week. Only look 6 was done with a different palette. It was Valentine’s day! I wanted something pink and purple!

#100daysofmakeup Look #1

#100daysofmakeup // Day 1 #paletteaweek featuring @urbandecaycosmetics Vice 4 palette.

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and blush is Lorac unzipped cheek palette in underrated.

Eye: Underhand on the lid, 1985 in the crease, pandemonium in the outer corner, and fastball in the inner corner. Liner is Urban Decay 24 Hour Liquid Liner in Woodstock.

Lip: Mac Flat Out Fabulous lipstick. 💋

Comments: I was really discouraged by my makeup selfie ability with this first look. The lack of lighting in my apartment wasn’t helpful, and the lack of a camera (right now I’m using my S5) with really good light adjustment capabilities only made things more difficult. Angles where also a challenge. I need to practice, which I guess is the point!

 

#100daysofmakeup Look #2

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and blush is Lorac unzipped cheek palette in unapologetic.

Eye: Fastball & Flame on the lid, bitter in the crease, crowbar in the outer corner. Liner is Kat Von D lightning liner in Jett.

Lip: Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick in lolita. 💋

Comments: Messing around with the lighting this time. This is my second time using the lightning liner by Kat Von D that I got bundled with my monarch palette. I’m not really a fan. The effect is nice, but the applicator is annoying to use and doesn’t provide a whole lot of control. I’d rather have this in a pot and use a brush instead.

#100daysofmakeup Look #3

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and blush is Lorac unzipped cheek palette in unapologetic.

Eye: Robbery on the lid, bones and low in the crease, deadbeat in the outer corner, and grip on the inner corner. Liner is Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper.

Lip: Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick in lolita. 💋

Comments: Starbucks lighting. Boo. I had extra time once I got to Starbucks that morning, but unfortunately it didn’t work out so well. I would have retaken the photos later, but I got home far too late, so this is what I got. I really loved this gray neutral look. I don’t know what it is, but while I struggle with most neutral looks compared to color, I love using grays. Maybe the Naked Smoky palette is in my future? Who knows!

#100daysofmakeup Look #4

 Urban Decay Vice 4: Palette a Week 1 & 100 Days of Makeup Day 4

Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and blush is Lorac unzipped cheek palette in unimaginable.

Eye: Discrete on the lid, harlot in the crease, beat down in the outer corner, and arctic on the inner corner. Liner is Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper.

Lip: Mac lipstick in flat out fabulous. 💋

Comments: Car lighting isn’t so bad! Nice and ambient, but I took this pretty early so there wasn’t quite enough light still and I really wanted to go back to sleep so my expression is dormouse-like. The look came out okay, but the color payoff of discrete is just not what I want which is too bad. When swatched, it’s a really beautiful white frosty lavender, but without some sort of setting agent, it’s pretty plain. Maybe I’ll try it with the NYX milk base and see if that improves things. Arctic on the other hand is just gorgeous as always.

#100daysofmakeup Look #5

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and blush is Lorac unzipped cheek palette in unimaginable.

Eye: Grasshopper on the lid, arctic and c-note in the crease, and crow bar in the outer corner. Liner is Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper.

Lip: Kat Von D studded lipstick in mercy. 💋

Comments: Ding ding ding! Car lighting IS best. It was suddenly hard for me to choose what photo to post rather than struggling to take a single one. Part of it of course is that it was the weekend, mid-morning, and I had a few reasons to smile. Seriously, I just can’t fake it in pictures. I can make my face look nice, but it’s easy to spot the difference in my sincerity and really alters my photos in a huge way.

#100daysofmakeup Look #6

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Face: Kat Von D Tattoo foundation in light 44. Highlight is mary‑lou manizer by theBalm, contour is hoola by Benefit, and blush is Lorac unzipped cheek palette in unimaginable.

Eye: Kat Von D mi vida loca palette: All the pinks and purples. Sorry! No specifics this time, I just wanted to do a quick v-day look with a different color set. Liner is Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper.

Lip: Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick in jeffree. 💋

Comments: Valentine’s day! Also, tired! I stayed up way too late the night before with Mr. S. He was going out of town on business, so we made the most of the night before and stayed up cooking until nearly 3am. It was great! We went for brunch in the morning to a new place we hadn’t tried before which was also awesome. Duck hash. Mmmm.

What did I Learn?

  1. Lighting: Of course I knew already that lighting is important, even number one when it comes to taking any kind of photograph, and particularly for makeup where every kind of makeup has a different finish, pigment, shine, glitter, and even duochrome effects, but actually taking the advice of finding good lighting is harder than it looks! Eventually I learned that only the bathroom in my house has enough okay lighting to photograph in, but only during the day which since I have a 9-5 isn’t always possible when I need to run to work in the morning. The real sure bet though was photographing in the car during the day. Something about the ambient lighting works extremely well. Eventually I’ll try to find some other lighting options in my apartment, but until then at least I have a few go-tos.
  2. Importance of Base Neutrals & Highlights: While the Vice 4 has some base neutrals and highlights, I didn’t like using any of them. I found myself reaching for other palettes for a base shade or a highlight instead. Most of the palettes I have do have at least one good shade. The only palette that does this really well though is the Kat Von D Monarch palette which has a bunch of slim pans for individual colors, and 3 huge pans across the top for highlights and neutrals. It’s like they actually understand that lots of makeup artists use these shades with every look or something! I wish every palette did this! As it is, the lack of these highlights and neutrals in this palette finally made me pull the trigger on my Makeup Geek Cosmetics order which should alleviate the problem with future baseless/highlight-less palettes without me having to overuse pans from other palettes like my Naked 2 (foxy and bootycall!).
  3. How to Take a Selfie Selfies are easy right? They’ve been around since the MySpace era and probably before. Just point the camera at yourself and click, right? Well kinda. We all know the lie of things like instagram with all of those perfect beautiful faces. Before you even get to things like editing, professional lighting, and good equipment, the fact is that to get one good shot that looks off the wall amazing, you may need to take 50 others at just a slightly different angle than the last picture as if you’re trying to do something in stop-motion. I’m still working on it. My angles are really all over the place and the fact that I’m using my cellphone is not helping. I not only have to change my angles, but keep the phone still so it’s angle doesn’t change anything. It’s exhausting! How do you all do it? (Tripods. Yes, I know.)

 

What about you?

  1. Did you like the Vice 4 palette?
  2. Makeup or selfie challenges?
  3. Want to know how I created a particular look?
  4. Advice for me? I’m really just learning! I’ll take all the advice I can get!

 

And now for some silliness compliments of Google Photos! Love ya! <3

Urban Decay Vice 4: Palette a Week 1 & 100 Days of Makeup Love! <3