I was so stoked when I got this Urban Decay Vice 3 palette for Christmas from by brother and sister in law because: 1) it's a limited edition Urban Decay palette, and 2) it is one of their latest [if not the latest] palette.
So first of all, the Vice 3 palette comes in this handy makeup pouch - where you can store your palette [yes it is has metallic case so fingerprints galore] or you can use it however you fancy. You also get a double sided brush.
The packaging is jaw-dropping beautiful!
It also comes with a huge mirror [same size as the palette] which falls open at the exact right angle - so no leaning your palette against something if you use this mirror to apply your makeup.
In the Vice 3 palette you get 20 shadows, all of which are brand spanking new. Hey ho!
You get a selection of neutrals, jewel tones, and smokey shades, all perfectly arranged for easier colour matching and application.
You get mostly warm toned, shimmery/metallic shades, with a couple of matte ones too. However, in the pan, the matte ones look like they have a slight shimmer - although it applies/looks matte when used.
All of the shades are beautifully pigmented, but some of them produce a lot [a lotttt!] of fallout - something which was unfamiliar to me with UD. These are less densely packed in the pan than other UD palettes and so I feel as if I'm wasting huge amounts of eyeshadow in the process, especially when used with a fluffy brush.
These though blend beautifully and seamlessly [they are extremely soft!]
They do last 8+ hours before starting to crease and fade.
Beware: The below photos really don't do justice to the utter beauty of these eyeshadows [and it was quite dark when I swatched them]
This has quickly become my most used palette - especially the neutral shades in the first column which are perfect to use on their own for daytime looks, or to blend the stronger, darker colours. I also really really really love the shades Lucky, Bondage and Defy. Some of the shades in this palette are so unique - so it must be a real task to try and find a drug store dupe for these.
Hope you enjoyed this post!