September 10, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

The Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette is a follow up to best selling Urban Decay Vice Palette launched last year. According to Urban Decay there were so many demands to bring back the Vice Palette that they decided to create the Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette in its placed. This new eyeshadow palette gets an early Holiday 2013 launch and includes twenty new and exclusive shades that you’ve never seen before.

It’ll likely sell out fast so get those credit card at the ready when it makes it’s debut tomorrow (9/10).

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Holiday 2013

The Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette comes in an abstract orchid design that’s applied with a special process so no two palettes are the same. Nifty eh? They top the compact with gunmetal jeweled UD Icon which made such a statement on the original Vice Palette. The palette opens with a touch of the button. It has a slow, easy glide open which kinda makes the anticipation of seeing the shadows inside for the first time very exciting.

The palette is skinny and lightweight which means it stores really easily. As much as I love some of the Book of Shadow designs I admit they are bulky and aren’t easy to travel with. The Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette is an ideal size for both storage and travel. It includes a very generously sized mirror as well. Urban Decay also includes a dual sided Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush and Crease Brush. Vice 2 is the same $59 price tag as the original Vice and includes twenty new, exclusive shades that are 0.03 oz in size each versus the regular size eyeshadows of 0.05 so the value is fairly good.

Urban Decay Vice 2

I think the shades in this palette are even more vibrant than the original Vice. There are some natural shades here but the palette seems, to me, to be broken down into three main categories which include smoky shades, natural, and vibrant colors. It’s wide range of shades that you can create bolder looks with, more subtle ones, or sultry looks. Urban Decay points out some shades that they are obsessed with in their press release which include Voodoo a very rich purple, Toxic (which I also happen to be obsessed with) that’s a really pretty metallic coppery pink, Prank which is a dark, intense blackened turquoise, and Smokeout a sultry taupey back for sultry, smoked out eyes.

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The shadows are loaded with pigment, did you expect anything less from Urban Decay? Many do include micro shimmer or glitter of some kind but I think the fall out is considerably minimal when compared to other shadows with the same finish. Shellshock was one of the few shades I experienced fall out problems with. There are a few mattes here but for the most part shimmer, sparkle, and satin-y finishes dominate the palette.


  • Roach (deep copper brown shimmer)
  • Twice Baked (rich brown satin with gold micro sparkle)
  • Crave (deepest, darkest brown black matte)
  • Perversion (blackest black matte)
  • Deep End (bright metallic peacock shimmer)
  • Mars (bright metallic green shimmer)
  • Ultraviolet (bright blue violet shimmer)
  • Tornado (dark eggplant pearl)

I imagine you’ll question whether you need this palette or not and I’d like to say yes as some of the colors here really do stand out and as a fan of Urban Decay the temptation of twenty new, exclusive shades is very exciting. I do think the palette is geared towards folks that love dramatic looks though. If you’re one for playing your eyes safe with natural, subtle shades I’m not sure Vice 2 would be for you. But those who go all out and push the envelope with their eye looks well needless to say Urban Decay Vice 2 is for all of you who crave the wicked.

I honestly didn’t go through every single Urban Decay Palette I own to compare shades or look for dupes. I’m not terribly good at recommending dupes. And in all honesty I simply don’t have the time to sit down and compare each palette to the other. Sorry about that…! I will say this particular palette does have a good deal of variety here and as I mentioned and many of the shades are ones I’d personally use. I only see about three colors that I might not make use of at some point and out of twenty that’s damn great. If you’re a Urban Decay fan I think purchasing the palette is a given and even if some shades might be similiar to colors you already own from the brand I think that slight variation of the shade might just tip you over into the “I need this palette in my life” zone. You have remember there are going to be a ton of Holiday palettes that pop into your life this year. Some inexpensive and some including even more shadows and products than what you see from Vice 2. However, I sometimes have to remind myself that the quality of Vice 2 exceeds many brands launching awesome holiday palettes. The shadows are just incredible here with crazy pigment and a smooth creamy texture which is quite different and unique for a powder eyeshadow formula. Truly Urban Decay excels at creating eyeshadow and they never skimp on the formula when they are making these palettes. I’ve run across some of my most favorite brands that create Holiday palettes and I end up getting them home and the eyeshadow inside is sometimes not quite as good as the single shades they offer. That never seems to be a problem with Urban Decay!

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eye Shadow Palette Swatches

Poison, Prank, Madness, Strike, Stash

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette Swatches

Rewind, Dope, Toxic, Habit, Ambush

Urban Decay Vice 2 Swatches

Derailed, Radar, Damaged, Voodoo, Betrayal

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Smokeout, Lovesick, Shellshock, Coax, X-Rated

The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette has a little bit of everything to create a wide variety of looks but it definitely caters to those who crave dramatic looks. Loads of pigment, a super velvety rich powder formula, and a range of colors makes it a most excellent and likely coveted Holiday 2013 Palette pick! Fan girls and guys are going to want to own it ASAP.

It’s available at now and will shortly launch at Sephora, Ulta, Macys,,,, and

Will you haul it?

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Cristi

    I think I liked the colors in the original Vice more (still kicking myself for not getting it), but I think the formula is more consistent in Vice 2. I think Smokeout, Toxic, and Stash are most appealing to me! Looking forward to trying this one out!

  • krankenheim

    I GOT IT! Urban Decay – Vice 2 you are MINE!
    Well, $59 is quite a commitment without having physically seen this palette, but as I was looking at it, my forty-four year old husband walked behind me and said, “You should get it…YOLO.” He actually said, “YOLO.”
    (Wait! What?!)
    I said, “Sure honey, if you’re buying.”
    He replied, “No. YOLO, as in YOU only live once.”
    So I purchased it! [Yay!] But now I’m left wondering if my man has lives like a cat.
    …to be continued.

  • EnticingMakeup

    The colors look gorgeous! Thanks for your review as always! Btw do you know when this palette will be available at

    • the Muse

      word is today, ulta already has some of the collection available just waiting for sephora to update.

      • EnticingMakeup

        Too late I already ordered it from Urban decay lol! I couldn’t wait!! 🙂 But I did spot a gorgeous tarte blush palette on the sephora website. I’m so exited about all the holiday stuff 😀

        • the Muse

          yay! enjoy! mmmm yeah all the tarte holiday 2013 popped up at Sephora today wahooo!

  • Agata

    I think I am going to purchase it although I really like the Shattered Face Case too (mostly because of the lip color and the blushes).

  • Jessica

    i’m going through the mental torture of trying to decide whether i order from today or wait for Sephora or Ulta. ugh!

  • Kasey

    Ahhh this is too tempting! I have the first Vice palette but Vice 2 looks gorgeous! I love that they added some nice brown/neutrals in this one as well.

  • Cindy Ramirez

    After all the noise about UD releasing the Vice 2 palette, I dusted the Vice palette off and played with it today. I’m STILL a little disappointed with the Vice palette but I’m probably going to pick the Vice 2 palette up anyhow. Smokeout, Toxic, and Prank are jumping out at me!

  • Celine

    So, JUST when I thought I had it all FIGURED out on which Urban Decay holiday set I was going to get, you HAD to show me this one too! LOL

  • Jessica

    I can’t wait for this to arrive in the mail. 😃 Rewind, Toxic, Ambush, Derailed, Radar, Damaged, Voodoo and Smokeout look so beautiful. Now I’m just trying not to explode waiting to see what bareminerals puts out for the holidays. LOL

  • Majick

    I am sunk… THe colors in this look fabulous and I don’t have the original VIce palette. ut oh… LOL

  • Erin

    If you had to pick either this palette or the Kat Von D Spellbinding Eye Shadow Book, which would it be? My heart wants both, but my brain and wallet are telling me no.

    • the Muse

      I haven’t tried the spellbinding eyeshadow book Erin so can’t really say which would be better to choose

  • Jess

    I keep telling myself that I don’t need this. But it’s not working. Oh God, why isn’t it working!? I think seeing your swatches actually made it worse. Dang Urban Decay, and just as I was doing so well on my eyeshadow no-buy. I have the original Vice, and while it has some great individual colors, the shades in this version seem to go together better and offer more opportunities for complete looks. But I really wish they’d included a double ended liner instead of the shadow brush. I hate the brush from the original–it’s plastic-y synthetic bristles just don’t grip the shadows that well and they fling fallout everywhere.

  • Kimmyyy

    Is it just me or do these look like cooler-toned shadows? If they are, this is definitely a must for me. Those colors are SO GORGEOUS! Betrayal, Madness, X-Rated, Damaged, Stash and Coax are like screaming at me right now.
    On a side note, I’m having the hardest time finder a cooler toned range of browns. I feel like all of the neutrals I have are warmer tones and look terrible on me!

  • Brianna S

    Thanks for the great review! After seeing those swatches now i must have this palette !

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss+Spandex

    Like many other UD addicts, I tried to tell myself I didn’t need the Vice 2 palette. But you’re right–unlike a lot of other brands, the limited edition palettes that UD puts out are pretty great quality. And I know that I will seriously regret it if I don’t get one!

  • Jess

    Okay, I know what matters is the product itself, but that tie dye world of purple gorgeousness is DIVINE.

    anxiously waiting for mine to arrive in the mail! 😮

  • amy

    I need this for Smokeout alone… I plan to pick it up at Macy’s on October 3rd. Neither Sephora at my local mall, nor ULTA knew when it would be available in-store (at least that’s what they claimed…), but the nice SA at Macy’s was able to give me an exact date, which I really appreciate.

  • Kenna

    Will the news shades from these Holiday palettes (Vice 2, Shattered, Anarchy) be available to purchase separately?

    • the Muse

      they haven’t released that info Kenna. Maybe at some point they will redo the shades in another palette or intro singles but as of now they haven’t stated they will.

  • Loren

    I seriously hummed and hawed about this palette for the last 2 days. It looks beautiful, but just like the original Vice which I passed on, I’m not sure how much wear I will get out of the more vampy shades. After reading more comments here and your review I caved: I just ordered this, the Anarchy face case, Nars And God Created the Woman (while it is still in stock online), and the new Tarte Blush Palette from Sephora. I figure I will get them, see it in person and decide and I can always return. Better that then miss out on yet another limited edition product/palette like I have in the past.

  • Audrey

    Thanks for a great review! Im still not sure if I will get it tho because I only want 3 of the colors- Damaged, Poison and Prank. Decisions, Decisions…..

  • Fay. H.

    Does it make sense the only colors jumping at me are Madness, Betrayal, Shellshock, and Coax?

  • The Awesome Potterhead Egyptologist

    It’s reaaally expensive here in Singapore, but seems worth it. I might consider hauling it!
    I love UD’s palettes, they don’t take old eyeshadows from palettes they weren’t able to sell out, and re package them into new ones like Estee Lauder does.
    Also, to prove this theory, UD came up with new colours, so they probably didn’t re-pack the eyeshadows.
    And, aged eyeshadows won’t come out as buttery and awesome as they originally were. But lo, we’ve got the best and awesome eyeshadows here according to you 🙂
    So I think this palette is really a Vice, and is a great grab.
    Kudos to those who hauled it!

  • Cassie

    The only Urban Decay eyeshadows I have are the Naked 2 palette, and I want to get another palette. I’m debating between this one and the original Naked palette, but I can’t decide. I’m used to neutral looks, but I’ve never tried a brighter one. I kind of want to, but kind of don’t. I just can’t decide! Which one do you think I should get?

  • CC

    Thanks for the great swatches. I only have one UD palette and fid the fall out hard to deal with! is that true with this one? TIAa!

  • Angel

    If you’re on the fence…..Buy! I’m in love with all the shades and photos just don’t give them justice!

  • Emmy

    Hello! i am planning on getting the naked palette and another one. I’m torn between this one, the vice 2 and kat von d spellbinding. I’m new at trying higher end makeup, I just have sephora’s blockbuster eyeshadows 2011 and just bought the superstars kit. Being new at this which palette would you recomend me? I want something that it’s really worth the money