Urban Decay recently completely revamped their entire lipstick line and launched the Vice lipsticks. The range includes an impressive 100 shades with six finishes, including sheer, sheer shimmer, cream, metallized, comfort matte and mega matte. An additional 20 shades are also available exclusively to Sephora, so lucky you if you have access to Sephora to view these shades!
This post features the two shades I purchased with a metallized finish: Zealot and Cruel. I also have Wonderland (Gwen Stefani packaging), Firebird (Gwen Stefani packaging) and Venom (from the old Revolution range). Wonderland, Firebird and Venom have all been incorporated into the permanent Vice collection. You can read my post on Wonderland lipstick here and my post on Venom lipstick here.
The Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks are packaged beautifully, both in terms of the outer boxes and the lipstick tubes. The outer boxes are black with gold writing and a picture with lots of mini lipstick shards pieced together on the front. The front of the boxes provide information on the volume of product stored in the lipstick tubes (3.4g/0.11oz).
The top and back of the boxes are labelled with the shade names and product ingredients. The labels are coloured in the shade of the lipsticks, which is a feature I really like. The coloured labels make it really easy to spot whether you are picking up the right shade in the shop and also makes it easy to identify in your make-up collection (if you like to keep the lipstick in the box for a while at home).
The lipsticks themselves come in sleek silver chrome and gold tubes. The Urban Decay logo is written on the side of the tube and the initials are embossed on the top.
The shade names and finishes are imprinted on a label on the base of the lipstick tubes. The label colour matches the shade of the lipstick inside, which makes it so easy to spot the colour in your lipstick collection.
As mentioned above, I purchased two shades from the Vice collection with the metallized finish: Zealot and Cruel.
Zealot (above left in both photos) is a ruby-red shade with a metallic, slightly shimmery finish. I looooove this shade! It’s very flattering in that it has a subtle warmth to it and also makes the lips really stand out.
Cruel (above right in both photos) is a really interesting shade and one that I haven’t come across much in other ranges. Cruel is a coppery-red with a metallic, slightly shimmery finish. The copper has a very slight pink tinge to it which tones down the red. I think this is a really nice option for people who want to try a red lipstick but find it too stark and intimidating (if you want some tips on wearing red lipstick, you might like my ‘All About Red Lips’ series; click here to read more).
Both lipsticks glide on beautifully and look really smooth on the lips. The metallized finish is so pretty, as it gives the lips some gleam and makes them look fuller. The shimmer in both shades is very subtle; it is more pearlescent than full on shimmer and just gives the lips a slight sheen.
One thing I noticed about these shades is that they aren’t as long wearing as my other Urban Decay lipsticks. The colour tends to wear down after a few hours of wear, particularly if I have been eating and drinking. Wonderland, Firebird and Venom all last pretty well and only require minor touch-ups across the day. The metallized finish does have a little more slip to it due to the extra sheen, and so this may account for why it wears down more quickly. The shorter wear time doesn’t bother me as I love the finish so much but it’s worth noting if you prefer your lipsticks to be long-wearing.
Stockists and Price
The Urban Decay Vice lipsticks are available from a variety of retailers, including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique.
There is a huge variety of colours, ranging from very natural, wearable, bright and deep shades, so there is bound to be a shade that catches your eye. Some shades from the previous Revolution lipstick range have been incorporated into the new Vice range, so you might well recognise some colours. The lipsticks retail for £15, so they are more of a mid to premium brand product.
Have you tried the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks? What do you think of them? Have you tried any of the other finishes or colours? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.