I just got the Vice 2 palette from Urban Decay. It’s going to take me a while to test each of the colors even once, but in the meantime I thought you might like some photos to help you compare it to last year’s Vice palette.
First off, they are exactly the same size, but the rubbery fingerprint and dirt magnet packaging of the original Vice (left) has been replaced by a shiny plastic which I personally really like. It’s sort of a swirly red, blue and purple design that’s got a lot of dimension. You can even stare into it and start imagining that you’re seeing all sorts of things. If that’s your kind of thing (of course, I’m much too busy and grown up… yeah, right).
Here’s a closeup of the two finishes side by side:
I’ve handled Vice 2 a good bit; it just doesn’t show fingerprints or dirt like the original. The brush is also the same from one to the next. So let’s look at the shadows. To give you the best view, I put them side by side, but then rotated the photo. Vice is on top, and Vice 2 is on the bottom. Take a look. There are definitely no exact dupes, but I’ll outline which colors are similar below.
- Junkie and Damaged are not too far apart. Junkie has more blue and more gold shimmer.
- Anonymous and Habit are a shade or so apart, but similar.
- Free Bird and Toxic are a couple of shades apart, but if you were disappointed by Free Bird’s performance, Toxic is much nicer (wearing it today).
- Black Market and Smokeout – Smokeout is warmer and they’re a couple of shades apart, but kind of similar.
Really, I’d say these are about as far from duping each other as they can be without completely lacking some of the basic shades that make a palette complete – the beigy mattes, deep brown-grays, etc.