Overview & Swatches: Urban Decay x Patrick Nagel Vice Lip Palette in Rio

Hey guys! How’s it going?

Today I have a… I really don’t want to call it a review. It’s really more of an overview… of the Urban Decay x Patrick Nagel Vice lip palette in Rio.

(yes that’s a Duran Duran poster reflected in the mirror)

Go ahead and grab your legwarmers and let’s get this party started!

So some of you younger readers are probably wondering… Who is Patrick Nagel?

He was an American artist who was born in 1945 and died in 1984. He’s best known for his art featuring women done in an art deco/pop art style. His work was often featured in Playboy magazine (as several pieces featured topless women). But mostly his works showed women as strong, empowered and supermodel-like.

One of Nagel’s best known works is actually titled “Texas”, but most know it as… Rio. because it was used as the cover artwork for Duran Duran’s 1982 album of the same name.

I’m actually a big fan of Nagel’s work. I have the Nagel book as well as two large, framed prints on the wall in my beauty room (the famous Rio one and one of a lady & a panther).

This one is on the wall in my beauty room.

I want to get a print of this one as it’s one of my favorites.

So… why did Urban Decay create these palettes? I don’t know a definitive answer, but the following was taken from their website:

We’re bringing you a serious case of nostalgia with this trio of Vice Lipstick Palettes featuring some of Nagel’s most iconic prints.

These are more than lip palettes; they’re mini works of art you can carry in your bag! Each one pays homage to Patrick Nagel, whose works were influenced by the fashion and music of the ’80s and portrayed strong, badass women—always wearing bold lipstick.

Good enough for me!

These palettes retail for $22 each and are limited edition. There are three designs available: Sunglasses, Untitled, and Rio (which is the one I have). Each palette contains 5 shades of the Vice lipstick formula. Some shades are part of the normal line and some are exclusive to these palettes.

All three palettes are available on Urban Decay’s site. According to PopSugar, the Sunglasses palette will also be available at Sephora (online and in-store), the Rio palette will be available at Ulta (online and in-store), and the Untitled palette will be available at Macy’s (online and in-store). However, as of this writing, I do not see these palettes on Ulta, Sephora or Macy’s sites… they’re only on Urban Decay’s. Maybe they’ll be available at these other retailers soon? Or maybe PopSugar was misinformed? I don’t know.

Anyhow, as I mentioned, I got the Rio palette. It was the obvious choice for me since I’ve been a huge fan of Duran Duran since the early 80s. I couldn’t NOT get this one, you know? I’ll admit straight up, I am not a fan of lip palettes. I just find them bulky and annoying. Who wants to carry a whole lip palette around with them all day for touch-ups? I don’t. So yeah, I got this mainly for the packaging.

Yes those are actual band autographs on that record sleeve.

Speaking of the packaging, artwork aside, it’s pretty solid. very sturdy and thick plastic. It’s got a little weight to it. Inside the cover there’s a mirror, which always comes in handy. The lip shades are covered/protected by a thick piece of clear plastic that has “lipstick is my vice” etched across it. The plastic is on a little hinge and flips upward to allow access to the lip shades. I like this as it not only helps keep the palette cleaner, it protects the colors from drying out. A small lip brush is also included.

♪♫ Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand… ♫♪

The shades in the Rio palette are:

  • Rock On – bright red (comfort matte finish)
  • Rapture – dusty rose (cream finish)
  • Backtalk – mauve-nude pink (comfort matte finish)
  • Big Bang – hot pink (metallic finish)
  • Conspiracy – plum-bronze shimmer (metallic finish)

Left to Right: Rock On, Rapture, Backtalk, Big Bang, Conspiracy

In my research, it looks like Rock On is exclusive to the Rio palette. Backtalk is also available in the Sunglasses palette, Big Bang, Rapture & Conspiracy are also in the Untitled palette. Backtalk, Conspiracy & Rapture also also available in the normal Vice lipstick line.

Can you tell I was having fun with this photo shoot?

I have the sheer version of Rapture already, so I knew that would be a shade in this palette I would like and actually use. Backtalk is another shade that’s pretty much right up my alley as I love those “my lips but better” colors. Conspiracy is a shade that looks very brown in the pan, but when swatched, it lives up to it’s shade description. It’s a very unique color and when I tried it on, I actually really like how it looked! I’m really not a fan of red lipsticks, especially bright shades like Rock On. It’s pretty, but not something I’d normally wear. And Big Bang is definitely a little to bright for my taste (though it could work as a topper as it’s a little on the sheer side).

How about some swatches?

Left to Right: Rock On, Rapture, Backtalk, Big Bang, Conspiracy

Overall, I don’t think these palettes are a must-have unless you’re a fan of Patrick Nagel (or Duran Duran) or 80s pop art in general. But if you are a fan… GO GET YOU SOME!

So, what do you think? Will you be picking up any of these palettes?

Ok that should do it for today! As always, thank you all so much for reading and your support. I’ll see you again soon in my next post!

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