Sunday Swatches: Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks | Comparison And Review

Sunday 3 July 2016

Hi my lovelies!

Today's Sunday Swatches post is of course featuring the new Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks.
As you may know, I've been a fan of UD for almost a decade now, even worked for them briefly when I worked in retail and absolutely loved adorning my face with their products in that time.

Seeing them go from strength to strength as an original fan has made me proud and now they've collaborated with OITNB's Ruby Rose for their new Vice Lipsticks, it's a pretty epic step up.

The new Vice lipsticks collection is here to replace the all the lipsticks UD do; including the Revolution lipsticks, Matte Revolution lipsticks and the Super Saturated Lip Color (SSLC) pencils (all previously reviewed on the blog, click links for more).

I don't quite understand why Urban Decay decided to revamp the whole collection seeing as the Matte Revolution lipsticks were only released last year, but it makes more sense in terms of organised lippies/consistency in packaging.
I'll compare these lippies to the previous Revolution lipsticks and give an overall rating below.
L-R: Backtalk, Big Bang, Firebird, Pandemonium, 714
The outer packaging for these Vice lipsticks are reminiscent of the original (not revolution) lipsticks, that used to also have a shotgun shell design and cute little daggers at the bottom (despite them being a pain to store).

I like the wider base on these with the shade matched stickers (handy for MUAs) and I like the gunmetal and gold although as a MUA I would prefer the outer packaging to have differences like the revolution lipsticks did (black packaging for matte, gunmetal for original etc).

I also much prefer the bullet style applicator top as opposed to the round ones in the Revolution lipsticks as it gives more precision when applying to the cupids bow area.

These lipsticks come in six finishes: 
Mega Matte (714 and Pandemonium above)
Comfort Matte (Backtalk above)
Cream (Firebird above)
Metallized (Big Bang above)
Sheer Shimmer

Backtalk: pinky nude leaning on more blue tones.
Big Bang: sheer Barbie pink with pink glitter
Firebird: bright magenta shade (available in Gwen Stefani collection too)
Pandemonium: looks like a dark purple but translates to a bright violet with magenta stain.
714: bright red shade leaning on more orange tones (also available in Gwen Stefani collection).

Here's where the lipsticks vary; I found that Backtalk (comfort matte), 714 (mega matte) and Firebird (cream) were the most pigmented.

In comparison, Pandemonium which is also a mega matte finish was pretty patchy and not as pigmented as 714. It did however leave an amazing bright pink stain on my lips, better than actual lip stains.

Big Bang is a metallized/glittery finish and is slightly drier than the Super Saturated Lip Pencil I have of this already in the same shade.

As with the Matte Revolution lippies, the mega matte lipsticks were not at all drying as MAC matte lipsticks; they feel more creamy and even look more creamy than matte. The comfort matte (Backtalk) felt pretty much the same, just a bit more creamier. Big Bang felt a bit grainy due to the glittery parts but not drying; it did however feel less moisturising than the SSLC.   
The comfort matte and mega matte last the longest, then the cream finish, then the metallized (although the glitter lasts pretty well).
I imagine the Sheer and Sheer Shimmer don't last as long as these finishes!

These are priced 50p cheaper than the Revolution lipsticks (£15).

Overall rating: 
Judging by this small selection of 5 lipsticks, two of which were mega matte, I think I would have to try all of the lipsticks from the mega mattecomfort matte and cream finishes to figure out which are highly pigmented and which are patchy.
I do however like the design of the packaging as it's sleek and shiny but doesn't show up fingerprints and is easily wipeable.
Overall, I'm happy with the release of 100 lipsticks (and 50 lip pencils? yes please!).
So I give it a rating of 4.5:

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks are available online at UrbanDecay or at John Lewis, House Of Fraser, Debenhams and Selfridges.

Have you tried any Urban Decay lipsticks? Do you plan on getting any Vice lipsticks or own any already? What are your thoughts?
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