While Vice 1 disappointed me a little, with glitter fallout and sheerness in some shades, Vice 2 lives up to what I expect from Urban Decay. There isn’t a shade in Vice 2 that I can’t use. Some are better than others, but overall the quality is very high. Brace yourself: I actually didn’t have any glitter fallout! That’s a chronic issue for me with Urban Decay, but not this time.
The formula overall is buttery, pigmented and easy to blend, as is typical for Urban Decay at its best. As I go through the swatches, I’ll note any shades that performed less wonderfully than the others. I’m also going to do a few comparison swatches, because at first glance I thought a lot of these looked similar to other Urban Decay Colors, but they’re actually further off than I thought.
Dope is a pale shell pink shimmer that works as a highlight shade or a lid color. Radar is a bronze shimmer with gold micro-glitter.
Prank is a deep gray-blue with blue and green shimmer. This gives it almost a color-shifting effect – from some angles, it looks more green, but from most it’s more blue. Smokeout is a very deep cool brown satin finish with gray undertones.
Toxic is a pale copper shimmer. Damaged is a deep neutral green shimmer.
Madness is a medium-deep sapphire with silver shimmer. Lovesick is a very deep charcoal gray with silver micro-glitter. I had a few specks of the glitter end up in my lashes, but no further fallout.
Habit is a light caramel matte with yellow undertones – it tends to kick up some powder when you touch your brush to it, but it ultimately rather creamy and highly pigmented, so that doesn’t bother me. Voodoo is a deep purple with silver, fuschia and blue shimmer and cool undertones.
Strike is a vibrant yellow metallic with gold undertones. Shellshock is a vibrant silver metallic that looks like tin foil when applied full-strength (you can sheer it out, too).
Ambush is a warm medium brown with a golden sheen. Betrayal is a lilac with blue undertones and silver shimmer – it almost has a duochrome effect. This one has to be built up a little, unlike any of the others. At first it goes on a little bit sheer and patchy, but a second layer makes it look like this swatch. So it does work very nicely in the end.
Stash is an army green with green, silver and gold shimmer. It’s one of those colors that, because of how it catches light, looks a couple of shades darker if you apply it in a crease or outer corner. It needs some room to show the colors you see in the swatch – like, a whole eyelid. Coax is a medium pink metallic.
Rewind is a medium brown matte with strong yellow undertones. Derailed is a medium taupe shimmer that leans more brown than gray.
Poison is a deep gray with green and blue shimmer. X-rated is a light candy pink satin finish.
When I first saw Damaged, I thought it looked like Loaded but not Junkie. Turned out it looks like neither.
That’s Damaged, Loaded and Junkie. Loaded is considerably darker and less shimmery. Junkie is far more blue, but does have a similar finish.
I also thought Toxic reminded me of Freebird, but it’s deeper.
That’s Freebird and Toxic. Toxic performs a lot better, Freebird being one of the semi-sheer disappointments from Vice 1.
And finally, I thought Madness resembled Evidence, but Evidence is much more navy (and again, Madness performs better).
Vice 2 is simply a terrific palette, and I recommend it highly. While some of the colors aren’t a million miles off from other Urban Decay shades, there are no actual dupes (at least not in my collection). It’s also distinct from Vice 1, both in colors and the higher quality. Some of the colors in Vice 2 are in fact pretty unique among my entire collection, not just Urban Decay. If you’re drawn to this one and were just wondering if the quality was all that, it is! Grab it before it’s gone!
Available at Sephora, Macy’s, UrbanDecay.com – $59.