Urban Decay Vice Palette: Armored Desperation


It’s taken me forever to get up the links and details for my first Vice Palette tutorial, Armored Desperation, which is so named for the two starring shadows.  I created a similar look to this one when I first got the palette and then my mom created this look and sent me a picture.  She was so excited that she’d been able to create a wearable look from the colorful collection of shadows.   Thus began my journey to create wearable looks from the bright and possibly intimating colors that make Vice so wonderful.  Armored Desperation is a blend of the grays in the palette–soft and not too smoky.  Definitely a look that can be worn during the day by a woman of any age.  The charcoal liner really helps to keep the look from becoming too dark and sultry.

Products mentioned:
Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream
Stila Contouring Trio (discontinued, but this is a similar shade to the dark)
Maybelline Coverstick Concealer (Light Beige)
Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion
Sigma Essential Brush Kit (Make Me Blush)
**Use coupon code DEC2012 to get 10% off your purchase through Dec**
Urban Decay Vice Palette
Face It Auto Gel Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner (Charcoal)
L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof Mascara
Ardell Natural Lashes No. 135
Duo Dark Tone Lash Adhesive
MAC Blush (Well Dressed)
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss (Naked)

On me:
A&F Sweater (similar)
Urban Outfitters Crochet Beanie
Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail polish (Big Money)

Armored Desperation

Armored Desperation

Armored Desperation

One of my subscribers left a comment on this video asking about the complaints of other YouTubers about too much fallout from the shadows in the Vice Palette.  Before I do more looks with it, I wanted to ease everyone’s fears about this issue.  Is there fallout?  Yes.  Did I expect that from such glittery shadows? Absolutely.  Any shadow will have fallout if you really get a lot of pigment on your brush, but there are a few things you can do to prevent and cope with it.

Prevention tactics:
1.  Tap off excess shadow on the back of your hand or arm or anywhere you want as long as you’re getting off all the stuff that will “fallout” if you don’t.  I usually use the inside of my left arm or even sometimes the top of my thigh depending on where I’m doing my makeup.  All of this wipes off easily with a baby wipe when you’re done.
2. Don’t blow on your brushes to get the excess off.  It’s germy.
2. For super glittery or dark shadows that will be a pain to deal with once they’re all over your cheeks, dampen your brush on a baby wipe or with a little bit of water before applying the shadow.
4. Invest in some good brushes.  It really does make a difference.  I love love my Sigma brushes! Click here to get some of your very own.

Coping mechanisms:
1. Apply your foundation and concealer AFTER you’ve done your eyes.  This way, if you still have a little fallout despite having used some or all of the prevention tactics above, you can wipe it away with a baby wipe without fear of messing up your other makeup.
2.  If you do have your foundation on already, dampen a foundation or concealer brush on a baby wipe and gently wipe away any fallout.  With that same brush, you can take a little more foundation or concealer and touch up if necessary.  But first try to lightly brush off any fallout with a large powder brush.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial!! I’ll be back soon (and by soon I mean in a couple of hours) with my next look.  Get excited, I love this one!

Best & Blessings,


One Comment Add yours

  1. Hilary says:

    Thank you so much for this! I LOVE the ultra wearable looks that you’ve done with Vice and Naked2!! It’s so incredibly helpful for me. 😀


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