Urban Decay The Vice Palette: Color Swatches & Review

If you aren’t already aware of this recently released palette, read the breakdown Urban Decay: The Vice Palette.

First things first, let’s talk about the packaging. UD fans that haven’t been exactly thrilled with past palette collections may be a bit more happy with this one. The Vice palette packaging is a soft touch (think smooth and satin feel), plastic casing with a “UD” clear jeweled logo on the lid. What may really be the more thrilling part is the opening mechanism. Instead of having a magnetic closure or a pry open/pull apart system, The Vice has a push button on the bottom half of the case . With just a simple push the palette pops open and then proceeds to open all the way on it’s on. Well, it doesn’t open flat thankfully. It opens with the top portion stopping at an angle. This is great because a full sized mirror is located in the top portion of the lid, so you don’t have to worry about trying to prop the lid against something if you want to go for hands free use. There is also a slot inside for the included Good Karma brush, which is not a new feature but something worth mentioning. The shadows are placed in groups of 4 (going down) with 5 shadows in each row (going across). As mentioned, there is a full-sized mirror that takes up the entire top portion of the lid  with exception of a thin area were the closure is located. Overall, the packaging feels very sturdy. It is not as thin as a MAC palette or BH Cosmetics palette would be, but it is not extremely chunky.

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Urban Decay: The Vice Palette

For all you UD fanatics out there it’s time to get ready for a new Fall palette being released: The Vice Palette. Just a little quick info about it:

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Shu Uemura Orange and Pistachio Eye Palette: Color Swatches

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I finally got my hands on the Shu Uemura Orange & Pistachio Eye Palette from the Chocolat Donna Collection (unfortunately, the one I was supposed to receive earlier this month ordered from the Shu Uemura website never arrived). For now, I’ll post a few quick thoughts and color swatches. I’ll do a look soon and post it!

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Shu Uemura Chocolat Donna Collection!

The Fall collection  Chocolat Donna for Shu Uemura has been released and it definitely appears to be a beaut! So much so that I have decided to spurlge and order one of the beautiful palettes! I will share which one as soon as it arrives and of course provide a Quick Review with swatches and initial impression. I will also follow up with a more detailed review and look.

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In the meantime, here is a little info about the new collection:

“fadeless blissful memories reawake with a mystic marriage of sweetness. shu uemura offers you a choco-inspired make-up collection, evoking joyful memories in your life; celebrate the present moment to write your own blissful story.” -Shu Uemura website.

The line offers 3 eyeshadow palettes: Orange and Pastachio, Raspberry and Mocha, and Mint and Vanilla. There are also 2 Glow On (blushes) in Framboisier and Apricot. There are supposed to be 2 nail polishes available, but when looking at the US site they do not appear. Unfortunately, this brand is no longer available in retail stores in the US so we can only place orders online. You can head over to the Shu Uemura website to read more details about the collection! http://www.shuuemura-usa.com/_us/_en/collections/seasonal/chocolat-donna/index.aspx

Are you a fan of the Shu Uemura brand? Let me know what you think!

Review: BH Cosmetics Party Girl Limited Edition Palette

I recently posted color swatches for a couple of the BH Cosmetics palettes I purchased and promised to give a more detailed review…so here is the review on the Party Girl limited edition palette! I’ll also add a few pictures of some looks I created using the palette at the end!

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As I already mentioned in the Quick view post, the eye shadows in the Party Girl palette are highly pigmented. The colors provided range from neutral to vibrant with a mix of matte and shimmer choices so the looks you will be able to create with this are virtually limitless. The quality of the shadows are on par (in my opinion) with one of my favorite eye shadow brands, Urban Decay. The texture is velvety smooth and blend with ease. The only negative I can think of is the lack of color names or numbers to identify each individual color. For anyone that wants to post look tutorials this makes it a little more difficult since you can’t refer to a color name, but you can improvise by stating what row and position the colors you use are in. This is also a problem for anyone interested in finding a color dupe.

The packaging is good, although it is not the greatest. It is a slim black plastic case that offers great space-saving versus other packaging options (such as eye shadow pots or chunkier eye shadow palette collections). It is most comparable to the MAC palettes you can customize. Although the plastic is not as sturdy and thick in quality as MAC, it is solid enough that I wouldn’t worry about my shadows being ruined. My only complaint is that the way you have to open it could be better. At times, it feels like you have to pry it open. I would have preferred if it opened like the MAC palettes do (a push of a “button” releases the hold and allows you to open it), but this is just a complaint of ease and does not diminish the worth of the palette at all. Also, this palette does not offer a mirror inside (some of the BH palettes do), but this makes the palette thinner than the ones that do have a mirror.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this palette for anyone that wants a range of fun colors with great quality for a more pocket friendly price.

As promised, here are a few pics of the looks I created using this palette. Unfortunately, I only used my iPhone 4s to capture the images so forgive me if the pics aren’t the best!

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This look was created using the 1st blue shadow on the 4th row, the 5th shadow on the 2nd row (a deep purple), and the 9th shadow on the 1st row (a brownish gold shimmery color). It actually reminds me of a look I did when I first purchased the reformulated Urban Decay eye shadows…if you look at the main image for my blog that would be the look I am referring to.

I also created a second look using this palette. The colors used were: 7th shadow on the 4th row (green), 3rd shadow on 2nd row (bronzy brown), 5th shadow on 1st row (golden bronze), and 10th shadow on 1st row (highlighter).

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