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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Review & Swatch


Undoubtably one of the most anticipated lipstick launches of the summer, Urban Decay released their biggest line up yet, with a staggering 100 shades of VICE lipsticks! Needless to say it sent beauty lovers around the world drooling over the amazing shade selection available – oh, and of course those beautiful Insta-worthy VICE vaults.

Urban Decay, amongst other beauty lovers I’m sure, will always hold a special place in my heart, so when I first caught a glimpse of the new collection it definitely got my excited. Of course UD has slayed the game yet again. Why? The collection literally has every shade you could imagine, from bold reds and purples to nudes and sheer tones, there are shades available for all skin tones and desired looks.

To narrow it down slightly because it definitely could be daunting, there are 6 finishes to choose from: Cream, Metallized, Sheer, Sheer Shimmer, Comfort Matte and Mega Matte. I was lucky enough to try five of the new lipsticks from the collection including, 714, Pandemonium, Big Bang, Fire Bird and Back Talk.


714* Mega Matte – This is without a doubt a bold fire engine red with a Mega Matte finish. Though it is ultra matte, I found it wasn’t drying on the lips at all yet it is still intensely pigmented and super bold. A classic red lip is timeless in my eyes, so this is definitely one I would recommend picking up if you want to play it safe or red lip lover!

Pandemonium*, Mega Matte – Pandemonium is another Mega Matte finish and is a bright purple. It is definitely out there, but I love a purple lip when it starts to get cooler. Like 714, the formula isn’t drying so it is more than comfortable to wear and because it is matte it makes it a lot more wearable for everyday wear. If you like a statement lip this would be a great choice.

Big Bang*, Metallized – How cool is this shade?! Metallized lips are very IN right now, so I was really excited to see how this formula would fair. The way I would describe the shade is a pearlized pink with shimmer/ glitter (but not chunky) pigmentation. The thing I love about metallized lips is that they give a really nice dimension to the lips that gloss can lack. For me, this worn alone is nice but I have been reaching for this more to layer overtop a nude lip. It tends to give the lips a little more dimension, and is perfect for summer.

Fire Bird*, Cream – It looks a lot darker in the bullet, but Fire Bird fairs as an wearable deep fuchsia that would suit all skin tones. It reminds me a lot of the cult classic Girl About Town by MAC, but with a slightly more glossy finish.

Back Talk*, Comfort Matte – This is by far my favourite shade AND finish of the bunch. Back Talk is a mauve/nude/pink shade which reminds me of MAC’s Brave (my all time favourite lipstick) and a lighter version of Kylie’s Candy K. It is in that nude ‘family’ that everyone is obsessed with at the moment – myself included. The finish is creamy and comfortable, but still has that matte finish. Think MAC’s satin finish but with less of a sheen. I am in love with this shade and have been wearing it daily for the last week or so!

From right to left – 714, Pandemonium, Big Bang, Fire Bird and Back Talk.

Finally, lets talk about the packaging and the price. The bullets themselves all have a silver chrome appearance with a gold accent at the bottom. I think the engraved ‘Urban Decay’ makes the bullet look expensive yet definitely still plays on Urban Decay’s aesthetic. They also are surprisingly pretty light weight too which is nice! Price wise they are £15 each, which I think is fair considering the pigmentation, formula and shade range. Each formula comes in the same packaging and all total the same price.


Overall I am so happy with the shades I have tried, and I’m definitely intrigued to try some of the new shades from the comfort matte range! You can see the whole range here.

Do you have your eye on any of the shades from the Urban Decay Vice collection?

This posts contains PR samples, however all opinions are entirely my own.
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