The packaging is great: simple, sleek, and functional. It's housed in matte purple case with "UD" bejeweled in the center.
In the front where you open it is a kind of button that automatically flips the lid open when it's pushed. I like this a lot better than the typical opening on palettes where you have to dig your nails into the latch.
Another cool feature is the mega mirror included. It's the entire size of the lid on the inside of the palette and easily become your main vanity mirror.
As you can tell here, there is just enough space in the palette for the shadows and brush so despite getting 20 different colors this actually one my sleekest palettes in my collection.
The range of colors and textures here is very good. Urban Decay is notorious for including too many chunky, glittery shades and not enough mattes in their palettes but that's not a major issue here. While there are a few glittery ones, most of the shades are satin, slightly shimmery, or matte.
In terms of colors, many tastes will be satiated with Vice. I'd say it's a close to even split between neutrals, brights, and bolds to create a wide array of looks. And if you're an avide UD collector like myself, you won't have to worry about any repeat shades from other palettes since these are ALL newly-released.
Now onto the swatches...
In the 1st column from the left, starting at the top is Desperation, Junkie, Provocateur, and Nevermind.
|R-L: Desperation, Junkie, Provocateur, Nevermind|
In the 2nd column, from top to bottom is Muse, Chaos, Rapture, and Echo Beach.
|L-R: Muse, Chaos, Rapture, Echo Beach|
In the 3rd column, from top to bottom is Jagged, Occupy, Vice, and Anonymous.
|L-R: Jagged, Occupy, Vice, Anonymous|
In the 4th column, from top to bottom is Blitz, Unhinged, Noise, and Freebird.
|L-R: Blitz, Unhinged, Noise, and Freebird|
In the 5th and last column, from top to bottom is Penny Lane, Black Marker, Armor, and Laced.
|L-R: Penny Lane, Black Market, Armor, Laced|
Phew! That was a lot of swatches!
Ok so I love this palette and almost every single shadow that's in it. Overall, they have amazing pigmentation, smooth texture, and great variety. My favorites have to be Junkie, Laced, Penny Lane, and Echo Beach.
The only shade I'm not crazy about is Noise, which sucks because it was similar to Chaos in that my eyes were immediately drawn to it. It lacks the level of pigmentation possessed by the others and the glitter, while not obnoxious, doesn't transfer at all, rendering it useless.
Bottom Line: Amber LOVES!!!!!
I know a bunch of you have some hang ups about the price and I completely understand why. Fifty-nine bucks is nothing to shake a stick at. But honestly, for me at least, I don't think it's too bad a deal. It breaks down to about $2.95 a shadow and shadows are top quality. I wouldn't say you need this, but I also won't say that you'll regret having it.
You can find more information about this product on Urban Decay's website. It retails for $59.
Oh! I almost forgot: I'm working on a post comparison between some of the shadows in Vice and other Urban Decay shadows I have so you can see if any of the colors are too similar. Stay tuned!