Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick: Review and Swatches

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Recently, Urban Decay retired its beloved Revolution Lipstick range and introduced a brand new collection called the Vice Lipsticks ($21 CAD). Available in 100 shades (that's right, 100!), the Vice Lipstick Collection promises pigmentation and wear. All the colors are formulated with aloe vera, jojoba oil, and avocado oil. To see some swatches of a few shades from the collection, click......
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 
Packaging:
The Vice Lipsticks are housed in a shiny reflective tube. The base is gold and the cap has a pale gunmetal finish. Similar to the previous Alice in Wonderland Collection Lipsticks, the Vice Lipsticks have a beautiful etching of the brand logo on the side of the bullet
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 
Formulation:
Available in a whopping number of 100 shades, the Vice Lipstick collection is divided into six different finishes: sheer, sheer shimmer, comfort matte, mega matte, cream, and metallized. Today I have ten shades to share with you, to see some swatches and my review of each, read on below.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 
Pandemonium (Mega Matte): A bold eggplant purple, Pandemonium has a satin finish despite the fact that it's supposed to be a "Mega Matte". The pigmentation is decent but the color is patchy and uneven.
Firebird (Cream): A gorgeous hot pink with a subtle lavender sheen, Firebird appears a lot darker in the tube than it wears. The color has a beautiful and shiny translucency, yet it's still very pigmented.
Menace (Comfort Matte): A retina-searing, almost neon hot pink, Menace is super pigmented. The finish is quite matte but the formulation is still comfortable on the lips.
Big Bang (Metallized): This is a very sheer pink packed with tons of pink and iridescent sparkles. Despite the sparkly finish, the formulation is not at all gritty. With that said, I wish this shade was slightly more pigmented. I had to apply quite a thick amount for the color to show up intense enough for my liking.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Pandemonium" 
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Firebird"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Menace"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Big Bang"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 
Disturbed (Comfort Matte): A super vampy oxblood-brown, Disturbed seemed a bit patchy at first but I was happy that it built nicely to a rich and opaque coverage. The finish is satin-y and not drying.
Rock Steady (Cream): This is a classy deep red with a super moisturizing and comfortable formulation. The color is very rich and saturated with a delicious sheen.
714 (Mega Matte): A stunning true red with a seriously matte finish, 714 is packed to the brim with pigments. The formulation is a tad drying and draggy during application but the wear is fantastic. The color clings to the lips like saran-wrap, making it a very long-wearing red.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Disturbed"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Rock Steady"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "714"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 
Conspiracy (Metallized): A true metallic lipstick, Conspiracy is a unique bronze packed with bronze and gold metallic particles. The formulation is surprisingly rich and moisturizing and the pigmentation is fantastic!
Naked (Cream): A warm rosy peach, Naked is a wearable nude with an ultra-creamy formulation. The color has a beautiful sheen and it's very moisturizing.
Backtalk (Comfort Talk): A lovely mauve-nude, Backtalk is very pigmented and rich. The color has a satin finish and it feels nice and comfy on the lips.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Conspiracy"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Naked"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Backtalk" 
Overall, this is definitely an awe-inspiring collection. With the sheer number of colors to choose from, it's like no other lipstick range out there. In terms of formulation, there is a bit of inconsistency, even between shades within the same finish group; however, there are no real duds as most colors are pigmented and easy to apply. Out of the ones I've reviewed here though, the creams are definitely the winner! My favorites out of the bunch are Firebird (Cream), Rock Steady (Cream), and 714 (Mega Matte).

Availability:
Urban Decay is available in stores and online at Sephora.
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