Swatches and first impressions: Urban Decay's Vice 4 palette
It's sooooo pretty :)
Let's be honest here: this would have to be a really horrible palette for me not to love it. And you know what? It's not a horrible palette. It's a really good palette. You all know how I feel about Urban Decay and their palettes, and the second I saw this, I knew I had to have it - from the packaging down to the shadow colors, it was screaming at me :)
First, the packaging: It's black with this plasticky spiderweb overlay on top. (I actually think it looks more like a broken glass effect than a spiderweb, but oh well.) It's iridescent, which means that I sat there for a good few minutes just holding it at different angles in the light.
It also comes with this awesome pouch:
As well as a double-ended brush and 20 brand-new, exclusive eye shadows.
According to the descriptions on the UD site, this palette is pretty much a bomb of microglitter, which normally I'm fine with, but UD's glittery shadows tend to be fallout city. That said, when I was swatching it, it felt like less of a problem than usual. That's not to say that there wasn't fallout, but the micro sparkles were more, uh, micro than usual.
Overall, some amazing quality and some amazing colors. I was particularly in love with Fast-ball and Flame before swatching, but mine ended up feeling a little gritty, actually. (C-Note and Crowbar did too.) The mattes were lovely, and there were four of them! And there were a decent selection of purples to suit my liking. I like the combination of brights colors, especially with the greens and oranges - they felt kind of, I don't know, retro/80s to me? Which I think is pretty cool. (Well, there is a shade called 1985.)
Onto the swatches:
|Bones, Grip, Deadbeat, Beat down, Pandemonium|
|Framed, Fast-ball, 1985, Underhand, Harlot|
|Discreet, Grasshopper, C-note, Arctic, Robbery|
|Bitter, Flame, Low, Crowbar, Delete|