Urban Decay Vice4 Palette Review

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another makeup palette review! Today I will be looking at the Urban Decay Vice4 Palette. My significant other was recently overseas and brought this back (at my request) for me!


The box is so shiny and metallic!


Here’s the back which has pictures of all of the shades and also gives a brief overview of what the palette contains in terms of shadows.


It even comes with a bag to keep the palette in, or to use as a regular makeup travel  bag. this bag feels really nice and sturdy – it’s made of a thick black cotton, and I think I’ll definitely use it when I travel with this palette.


Ta-daaaa, the palette! It’s so gorgeous, I love the almost chromed coloured effect on it. Also it’s even better in person.


It’s a little dirty as I’ve had it for a couple of weeks and have been using it quite frequently! When I first saw it I felt like the colours didn’t fit together but after using and then swatching I realised they totally do. Also this image is a bit light, the colours are a bit darker and deeper as you will see in the swatches below.

I will be doing the swatches by rows as the colours go together best that way, at first I thought it was columns as that first column has most of the mattes in it. Also I did my swatches using my finger and using only one swipe so you can see how pigmented and how opaque they are.

swatch 12

First row: Bones, Grip, Deadbeat, Beat Down, Pandemonium.

I adoooore this row, it’s probably my favourite!

  • Bones is described as a “oyster satin with pearl” which I think is pretty accurate, it’s a nice soft shimmery shade which looks really nice on the lid
  • Grip is described as a “taupe matte with iridescent micro-glitter” the taupe shade is leaning more to grey than brown though, but I do like the silver glitter in it. I feel like this shade would be better named “Bones” though.
  • Deadbeat is described as a “black satin with iridescent micro-glitter” this is a very black black, probably second only to the black in the NARS Pandoro Duo which is my favourite black.
  • Beat Down is described as a “deep metallic violet with blue micro-glitter” I feel like this is definitely a shade to start an argument over whether it is blue or purple, but out of the pan it is definitely violet. This is one of my favourtie shades in the whole palette.
  • Pandemonium is described as “metallic plum with iridescent micro-glitter” another AMAZING shade which works well with so many other colours in the palette.


Second row: Framed, Fast-Ball, 1985, Underhand, Harlot.

I’m not very into pinks but I can still appreciate this row.

  • Framed is described as a “light neutral matte-satin” this is a very peachy shade. I think this would look really nice over the lid with just some mascara for a summery beachy look.
  • Fast-Ball is described as a “metallic peachy pink with pink micro-glitter” this is more of a peachy coral but it is a beautiful metallic.
  • 1985 is described as a “metallic fuchsia with fuchsia micro-glitter” such an accureate name for this colour! It feels so 80’s and is super bright.
  • Underhand is described as a “burgundy-brown satin” this has a pinky-purple shift to it and I think is a great more mature and dark colour.
  • Harlot is described as a “metallic lavender” and I adore this shade, it’s quite a cool toned lavender.


Third row: Discreet, Grasshopper, C-Note, Arctic, Robbery.

Probably my second favourite row, I love these greens!

  • Discreet is described as a “soft dusty mauve matte” it’s a very pale lavender which almost blends in with my skin in the above picture. This shade is very lovely and delicate.
  • Grasshopper is described as a “metallic emerald with green micro-glitter” this is such a bright emerald green which blends out to a more grassy green.
  • C-Note is described as a “frosted green with micro-glitter” which is very accurate. I haven’t worn this yet but I really want to.
  • Arctic is described as a “bright teal with tonal sparkle” another favourite shade this is so bright and pigmented, the sparkle is lost a bit when blended but it is such an incredibly colour.
  • Robbery is described as a “deep metallic brown-gunmetal” this is a great shade for an evening look, is is super metallic and looks great on it’s own or with other colours.


Fourth (and final) row: Bitter, Flame, Low, Crowbar, Delete.

This is a really nice row which has so much variety.

  • Bitter is described as a “reddish brown matte” and it is quite a terracotta shade. Personally I don’t think I’ll ever wear this shade as it isn’t for me.
  • Flame is described as a “bright orange with gold micro-glitter” this shade is quite coral, and amazing. It’s quite chunky because of the glitter. I think this would look great on some people but I haven’t been able to figure out how to make it work on me yet.
  • Low is described as a “brown matte with iridescent micro-glitter” this is quite a cool brown, and the glitter is actually quite big.
  • Crowbar is described as a “black with golden metallic pearl and micro-glitter” this is a really interesting shade and reminds me of gold mines.
  • Delete is described as a “deep chestnut brown matte-satin” this is an incredible crease shade, one of my favourites for easy day pinup looks.

Now I’m going to show off some of my favourite colour combos from this palette and some looks I have done with it.


These are the shades Bones, Robbery and Low. These make such a great evening pinup look. I used Bones on the lid, Robbery on the outer lid and on the crease, Low in the crease and along the lash line. I also used Mortal by NARS for the inner corner highlight. I’m thinking of doing a video tutorial on this look too.


These are Harlot + Pandemonium and Beat Down+Arctic.


I really like the way Harlot and Pandemonium go together and I think they could work for a darker or lighter look depending what else was used. I went for darker here.


Also the vibrantness of Arctic combined with Beat Down is amazing, I am sooo in love with this bright combo.


I used Grasshopper on the lid and undereye for this look as well as Smashbox’s Midnight Emerald in the crease.


The eyeliner for this look is a little messy as my brush is dirty and I didn’t have time to clean it. I used Harlot in the crease and under the eye for this, as well as a pale blue by BANG Cosmetics (no longer operating) on the lid.


I used Crowbar on the lid for this as well as Confectionette by Smashbox around the eye area. Crowbar had some fallout but I adore how it looks, I think this as a high fashion look.


This is Grip, Robbery and C-Note which is a combo I found when swatching.


I used C-Note on the lid and under the eye for this look, I also used Robbery blended out in the crease.

I adore this palette so much! It has a huge variety of shades and finishes, you can do everything from day to night to bright to high-fashion looks. Honestly I can’t recommend this palette enough. The shadows are also super soft and pigmented and there’s enough in there to suit anyone’s tastes and for some experimenting. I’ve used it almost daily since I received it!


It seems you can purchase this in NZ from Star Cometics (who I’ve never tried) for $120 or there are a couple on TradeMe for around $130. This was bought in England for roughly £43 from Debanhams.

Thanks for reading!


4 thoughts on “Urban Decay Vice4 Palette Review

  1. sheenv April 4, 2016 / 12:27 PM

    Your eyes in that last picture – wow! I like all of the other pictures, too, but that last one is just amazing (and the Doctor Who t-shirt is the bee’s knees!).

  2. contemplatingstyle May 27, 2016 / 5:47 PM

    Awesome looks! 🙂

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