Urban Decay XX Vice Reloaded Palette - Review & Swatches

Monday, 20 June 2016

When it comes to eyeshadows, Urban Decay are up there as one of my favourite brands...and trust me, I've tried the lot! The buttery smoothness of the shadows and the dreamy way they blend out make Urban Decay my shadow of choice - so when I heard they were launching a brand new eyeshadow palette to celebrate their 20th birthday, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. 

To celebrate those special 20 years, the XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette contains 20 shades, each representing Urban Decay over the years. Urban Decay were actually one of the first brands I ever used back in my early teens, and I'll always remember how excited I was when my Mum gave me their 'Ammo' palette as a present, so I absolutely love that this palette contains some of their vintage and 'cult favourite' shades, some of which have been discontinued for years, along with some brand new shades to mark the occasion.

Shades and Swatches:

Moonflower is described as a 'metallic rose gold with gold micro-shimmer' and wears as a shimmery copper shade with warm undertones and a soft, frosty finish. Much like all UD shadows, the shade blended out excellently and the pigmentation was brilliant. 

Smog is described as a 'deep coppery bronze shimmer' and is a rich, bronzed shade with a beautiful metallic sheen. Smog is one of my favourites from the original Urban Decay Naked palette, so I was so happy to see it featured in the Vice Reloaded. I'd say that out of all of the shades in the palette, this was one of the softest and most pigmented. In fact, it seems that all of the metallic shades seem to wear better in terms of colour payoff and their blendability. 

501 is described as a 'deep metallic blue with copper micro-glitter' and wears as a medium-dark cobalt blue with a slight sheen and a little sparkle. I have to say, I was slightly disappointed with this shade as the sparkle that you see in the pan didn't quite translate on to the eye. I found that the glitter got lost on the brush or fell off after application, leaving a lightly shimmery shade behind but nowhere near as sparkly as I'd have hoped. The texture of this shade was also slightly drier, making it harder to blend. 

Suspend is a muted medium taupe shade with a matte finish. I'm always more of a fan of shimmer eyeshadow shades, however this one was soft and blended well, making it an excellent crease colour. 

UV-B is a bright violet blue shade with cool undertones and a gorgeous shimmery finish. Much like smog, hot pants and some of the other bright shimmer shades, this one really packed a punch and the pigmentation was excellent. The swatch above is just one swipe from the pan, so you can really see how bright this shadow is. I find brighter colours like this slightly harder to wear, but recently I've been liking this one lined above a strong cat-flick to add a slight pop of colour. 

Misdemeanor is described as a 'deep olive green matte with green micro-shimmer'. However, I'd say it was more of a deep turquoise with a green base, and it definitely isn't a matte on me - it tends to wear as more of a frosty, shimmery shade on me. I did however find that whilst this one swatched excellently, the pigmentation was a little sheer when I applied it to the lid, meaning that I needed to layer the shadow up slightly more than the other shades. 

Shallow is a really pretty taupe-silver shade with a satin finish. It has natural to cool undertones and a beautiful sheen to it, making it a really pretty everyday colour when you want to stray slightly from everyday neutrals. 

Oil Slick is a shade I already own in the Ammo palette, and is one I often use as a liner shade. It's a deep black shade with silver glitter running through, and really does make an excellent liner as its seriously pigmented and lasts all day on my oily lids. 

Goldmine is a beautiful yellow-gold shade with a seriously shimmery finish, making it appear almost like liquid gold. Much like the other bright shimmer shades, the pigmentation was amazing, and it lasted hours on my lids. This shade is slightly crumbly though, making it slightly messy to work with, so I'd definitely recommend doing your eyes first before your face makeup to allow you to clean up a bit!

Freakshow is described as a bright purple satin, however I'd say it was more of a dark violet purple than a 'bright' purple. Again, the shimmer was brilliant and the pigmentation was amazing, and the soft texture meant it blended out like a dream. 

Laced is a muted pinky-taupe shade with a matte finish. This shade is probably one of the more 'boring' shades in the palette, but it does make an excellent base for some of the other brighter shades in the palette. I did however find that it was slightly harder to achieve a good colour payoff with laced due to the light nature of the shade. 

Roadstripe is an iridescent white with a blue-violet shift which I think is just so pretty. The violet sheen catches the light whenever you flutter your lashes and is so beautiful without being too over the top. It's a shade I've never tried from the brand, but it's definitely making its way into my favourites now. 

Twice Baked is described as a 'rich brown satin with gold micro-glitter'. I'd say it was a shimmery dark brown which would look amazing used in a smoked neutral eye or as an everyday liner if you're looking to switch up your usual black shades. 

Asphyxia is one of my favourite shades in the palette, and if you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know I'm fond of a purple eye. Asphyxia is described as a 'hyacinth shimmer with a blue shift' which I'd say is pretty accurate, as it's a lovely iridescent lilac shade. It was slightly more sheer than it appeared in the pan, which I actually liked as it made it slightly more wearable. 

Hot Pants is a pearly medium pink with a silver sheen. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish, and despite the fear that pink is a difficult colour to work with, I absolutely love this shade and think it would look lovely used as part of a rose gold eye. 

Gash is an Urban Decay old favourite, returned to this palette to commemorate their 20th birthday. This metallic brick red shade is rich with warm orange undertones and has that buttery consistency  Urban Decay are known for. I know a lot of people will be happy to see Gash return however I'm not sure it's the one for me - it's just a little bit too 'out there'.

Anonymous is described as a pale peachy cream matte, but on me it was unfortunately just invisible. I've heard a lot of US bloggers rave about how this shade is an excellent highlight shade or transition shade, however it's just too sheer to really do anything for me. Unfortunately I think this was the dud shade of this palette. 

Acid Rain is a pale yellow-green with a golden sheen and one of my favourite shades in this palette. Neutrals, purples and greens are some of my favourite shades to wear for nights out, so this palette is pretty perfect for me, and this green is, despite looking slightly scary, unbelievably flattering. The shimmer makes this perfect for adding a pop of colour to the lid and the light green goes perfectly with my murky green eyes to brighten them up. 

Next to Acid Rain is Mildew, a deep metallic green shimmer shade with warm undertones and a frosted appearance. I actually already own Mildew as part of the Ammo palette however I'm almost out so this has come at an excellent time. Mildew looks amazing paired with Maui Wowie from Urban decay (unfortunately not included in this palette) and also Acid Rain when going for a golden green look. 

Midnight Cowboy is a pink champagne shade with a beautiful shimmer and a silver glitter, which definitely makes it the most wearable shade in the palette. I either like to wear this on its own for an everyday look or use it as a brow bone highlight or inner corner highlight when wearing a more 'out there' glam look. 

Overall, I absolutely adore this palette. As a neutral lover, at first I found it quite intimidating seeing all of the bright colours in the palette, but I've really grown to love the selection and think there are some really special colours included in the palette. 

If you want to get your mitts on this special palette though, you'll have to be quick. The Urban Decay XX Vice Reloaded is extremely limited and at the moment, it's only available at World Duty Free - so if yo've got any summer holidays planned, make sure you grab it while you can at the airport!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo


  1. ooooh ill be sure to look for it when travelling to Portugal, looks beautiful!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. What a stunning palette with such a good range of colours - Urban Decay always know how to do it right!

    Lucy | Forever September

  3. It does look so beautiful, but I'm just not sure how much I'd use it. Like you I'm very much a neutrals girl xx


  4. This looks lovely, I love the warm toned red shade :)

  5. This colours are beautiful, I specially like freakshow


  6. I can see why you love it, the shades are so nice! Lots of variation, also.

  7. Wow some really amazing colours here! I especially like Goldmine and Gash. They're so interesting looking. xo



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