Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Review

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick collection review and swatches on pale skin
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick collection review and swatches on pale skin
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick collection review and swatches on pale skin
L-R Backtalk, Big Bang, 714, Firebird, Pandemonium
It’s not often a brand decides to launch 100 lipsticks on one day, but of course, there aren’t many brands like Urban Decay.

The new Vice lipstick collection sees a mix of new shades with some cult favourites, in a variety of 6 different finishes. They’ve covered off everything from a Sheer Shimmer to a Mega Matte and it’s safe to say, I’m loving them.

While the new bullet-inspired design of the casing is a bit questionable considering recent events, I’ve been trying to ignore this and instead focus on the product inside. The lipsticks themselves really do deliver in terms of pigment, shade range and ease of use – it’s going to be hard to pick out just one favourite shade, so prepare yourself for wanting LOTS of these babies.

I’ve been playing with a selection of different shades across the six types of finish and so far I think my favourite formula is the Comfort Matte. You get a decent matte finish with these, but they leave your lips feeling nice and hydrated and don’t require lots of prep for your lips before application. Backtalk is a dusty pink Comfort Matte that I’ve been wearing all week and I suspect it will turn out to be one of the more wearable hero shades.

I don’t think some of the Metallized shades will be everyone’s cup of tea – I’ve been trying out Big Bang and on me it just looks bit glitter Barbie lips, but that’s really just personal preference. That said, it’s surprisingly pigmented on the lips, something which is nice to see for a lipstick with a more shiny finish.

The five shades I have here are: Backtalk (Comfort Matte), Big Bang (Metallized), 714 (Mega Matte), Firebird (Cream) and Pandemonium (Mega Matte). I believe that 714 is a re-issue from a recent Gwen Stefani range and Big Bang has been given a new lease of life with a Metallized finish.

I've found the Mega Mattes are the only ones that need a few swipes from the bullet to get a decent colour payoff - they are SUPER matte in finish so need a bit of warming up, but once they're on the lips, they're really not budging!

You could have hours of fun swatching these at a counter, but to make life easier, Urban Decay have come up with a really fun app where you can ‘try on’ the lipsticks virtually, using a photo of yourself to see how they might look. I had a lot of fun with this one evening and it was good to see some of the shades that initially looked pretty scary were actually reasonably wearable given the right makeup. And filter. Ahem.

The Vice lipstick range is available online and in Urban Decay stores/counters now, priced £15 each. There’s also a huge range of 50 new lip pencils that match up with many of the shades so you can find an exact match with no problems.

Are you a fan of Urban Decay lipsticks? What do you think of this new collection?

*contains PR samples


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