I love lipstick and I love Ruby Rose. So when Urban Decay created 100 new lipsticks (initially) and got Ruby Rose to be the face of the collection, I. DIED. Well played Urban Decay, well played… The #lipstickismyvice collection includes 5 different finishes. They are Cream, Comfort Matte, Mega Matte, Metallized, Sheer and Sheer Shimmer. I have 2x super dark and vampy comfort mattes and a metallized one in a more nude shade. Here’s how they performed:
Before we get into it, I feel it is always important to know how the company markets their products, so we can give a fair review on if they have delivered on their promises. Here is what Urban Decay have to say about the Vice Collection:
The pigment load in Vice Lipstick is insane! Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. And every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels amazing! Our proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion. This creamy formula is loaded with nourishing ingredients. A yummy butter blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry. Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and babassu oils nourish and soften lips. Illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. And Vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants.
These lipsticks retail in Aus for $30 and there are now 135 shades in the lipstick range (some colours are only available via the Urban Decay website however). The brand has also released many new 24/7 Glide-On lip pencils to partner with the new lipsticks as well as a line of liquid lipstick shades.
The Chic Opinion
I have the shade ‘Trance‘ from the Metallized collection. I’ve never been much for metallic finishes in lipsticks but this one is special. It has a pinky/mauve undertone to it and builds on the shade of my natural lip colour, adding a flattering but subtle, metallic finish – not a crazy metallic finish like I’ve come to expect these days. The formula is also super easy to apply and quite long lasting that I use it almost every other day when I’m looking for something a little more extra than a nude lip. It is very comfortable as well as doesn’t require the use of a lip liner beforehand or even a mirror for applying. I would love to try more of these metallized shades as I really enjoyed this one.
Ok, the straight up truth is that these dark comfort matte lipstick shades are a lot of work to get on without the use of a lip liner. So I bought the matching lipliner from this collection in the shade ‘Blackmail‘, which I use for both the Blackmail lip colour and Disturbed. The comfort matte has a very creamy, pigmented formula that applies smoothly, but these dark shades do require a few layers to get even coverage. I would highly recommend blotting your lips with a tissue after applying to help minimize how much the product transfers as it will transfer on to everything too, which is annoying… The formula is very comfortable to wear, not at all drying – hence ‘comfort matte’, although I do think these darker shades would probably be less work if they were completely matte. I think the lighter nude shades with this ‘comfort matte’ formula would be gorgeous and much easier to apply.
So the dark comfort matte shades are a bit disappointing for me in terms of their application and wear – so much maintenance is required to not only get them on evenly but to stop them from moving about. The formula itself is comfortable and I really do want to try out more nude shades that are generally less work all around. I would bet my money that these dark shades would have been much better in the Mega Matte formula and I’ll keep that in mind when I am next on the hunt for a new lipstick…
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