Urban Decay relaunched their Vice lipstick range not too long ago. There are a hundred shades in it now. Did you hear that? A HUNDRED shades 🙂 Sounds like bliss to me. I just hope the formula is good. To tell you the truth, this hundred shades thing is exactly why I buy professional makeup from time to time, even though I prefer luxury market textures, generally speaking. Whatever you might say about lush textures in luxury market, there’s never a hundred shades there. Their ranges aren’t that big. And the shades in the ranges are more common, the kind of shades a lot of people wear. While in professional ranges I can find the shades that are artsy, edgy, crazy, yes, crazy, but I want to wear crazy sometimes, and if the occasion is suitable, why not? 🙂 So, I look at this range all interested and excited and hoping for the better 🙂 The first two shades I got are… well, artsy, very much so. At least, one of them is. They are limited editions. So, in case you’re wondering, whether there are more wearable shades in this range, I’ll say up front, yes, there are. By all means.
Let’s talk formula first. It’s ever so professional. What do I mean, when I say that? I mean that it’s very functional, practical and utilitarian in a way. That is, there are no extra trimmings there. No special super soft and caring and plush feeling in the texture. No pleasant scent. Nothing. Just colour. What did I tell you about professional textures up front, huh? Professional it is. It’s cream lip colour like formula in the way it feels. A solid and good one, but if you want something more other than solid and good, you’re looking in the wrong market niche 🙂 Go for the luxury market. This new Vice lipstick formula here feels cream colour like and tends to be on a harder side, sort of, not on the softer side, when you apply it. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a fact of life. To me, it’s fine, because it’s well balanced enough, where application is pretty easy and unhindered, and that’s the most important thing, as far as I’m concerned. It goes smoothly on the lips and behaves itself, once it’s there, so it’s all good.
Speaking about the cream lipstick feel that’s on the harder side as opposed to on the softer side, Urban Decay Vice range is not all cream. There are six finishes in this range. Oh, turns out, there aren’t that many shades in this range. I mean six finishes is less than twenty shades each, roughly speaking. Pity 🙂 Anyway, the six finishes are: cream (classically creamy), comfort matte (classically matt), mega matte (more than just matt but super matt), sheer (classically sheer), sheer shimmer (sheer with sparkle), metallized (metallic pearly). Yes, there are more textures here than there usually are in nonprofessional ranges, and it’s a good thing, because that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I’m going to try all the textures for sure, because I’m curious to see them. The first two shades of Urban Decay new formula I got though happen to come in metallized finish. That is, they are going to be all pearly and metallic, I presume. Keep it in mind, when you see them 🙂
The boxing is Urban Decay, Vice lipstickey and funky in a way. Professional too. I love makeup so much I find this design with a bunch of lipstick on the boxing appealing on a certain level.
The tube is very light in my hand, even though it looks all metal like. In fact, it feels surprisingly light. By the look of it you’d think it’d be heavier.
The good news is it will be easier to carry it around. The bad news is you might miss the heavier feel in your palm. Although it’s a matter of taste, I guess.
On top of the tube we have a UD logo. Etched. Very nice. I like it. The first shade I got is as artsy as they come, probably, because it’s green 🙂 Once again, it’s a limited edition and is not part of Urban Decay permanent range, which is a pity, in my opinion 🙂
There’s a list of ingredients printed here on the back. And the stripe itself with the list shows off the green shade that’s inside.
The shade is called Junkie. And underneath the shade name it says ‘metallized’, so, you know up front what texture this shade comes in.
I can’t say I enjoy the way this box closes. See the flaps here? See how one is regular, and the other one is double, sort of? Well, the double one makes it ever so hard to open this box and, most importantly, get the lipstick tube out. Uh. I want an easier access to my lipstick than this. I do love the black and white lip photo design though.
One more preview of the shade before we actually get to it. The preview is on the bottom of the tube on a small little paper circle 🙂
And here it is. Bullet like sleek design tube with Urban Decay imprint on it and with very green Junkie shade with tiny sparkle in it.
Ok, so, this shade is green as green can be. And I wonder, whether the green in it will get diluted and washed over by pearl or something, or it will stay as green as it is. Well, it’s just green, so-o green. No compromise there. It’s truly professional. I mean, why would any brand that’s not professional release such a shade? 🙂 Junkie proves to be a dark emerald green with a metallic finish. The sparkle seems to disappear, more or less, and mostly blend with the shade on the lips helping its pearl and shine as opposed to standing out. Wow. I mean, wow. It’s a green lipstick all right. Love it. Urban Decay did a great job here. I just wish this shade were part of permanent range, and not limited edition. In case you’re asking yourselves where one could possibly wear this shade, think about all the parties and dressing up, all the costume balls, Halloween and all the other occasions of the kind. Think about school and college and amateur (or not amateur) theatre productions, think about movie makeup and fashion shows runway makeup. That’s what professional makeup is for, you know. That’s where this shade will be at its best.
Let’s see the second shade now. Relax, it’s less artsy. Not green 🙂 In fact, I got this second shade thinking it will be a good and edgy pair for the green Junkie, but once I swatched it, I realized it’s very real life and can be worn on multiple occasions.
Here it is. A gorgeous greige stripe with the list of ingredients printed on it. You know how it goes with me and greige. I couldn’t really get it up front, but then came to love it.
The shade is called Studded. And it also comes in metallized finish. I didn’t try to make both metallized, it just happened so that the first two shades I grabbed in this new formula came in pearly texture.
The boxing is as hard to open, but the lipstick photo design on the flap is as great and very Urban Decay.
The tube is still very light in my hand. Very weird. It looks so solid and feels so… hollow. Hm.
Also, I’m not a fan of this ever so thin bottom part of the tube. I’d like to have more there to hold onto.
I just think that a good grasp on the lipstick helps application 🙂 At least, it helps me, when it comes to application.
And here’s our Studded shade. All dark and greige and mysterious.
You can see the same kind of tiny sparkle in it that we’ve seen already in the green Junkie.
Wow. This shade is awesome. The second shade I got, and it proves to be right on the money. It’s a professional shade, yes, edgy, very much so, but once it lands on my lips, it just looks so lush and so beautiful and not that crazy, really. It looks like a darker lip shade, and it being full of light and pearl within this metallized finish really helps to make it more wearable. If you like and wear darker lip shades, you can probably wear it easily and won’t even consider it that artsy. There’s this very nice quality about it and it somehow co-exists with femme fatale attitude. Almost never happens 🙂 Other than the obvious femme fatale thing, this shade can easily help you create a glam rock look. There’s a whole world there, really. Studded came as a big surprise to me. I started with – oh, it’s as crazy as green, not in a bad way crazy, still crazy. And ended up with – boy, not only this shade is beautiful, it’s very wearable too. Which I didn’t expect at all. It’s a very pleasant surprise, especially for someone like me who didn’t appreciate greige that much up front and took a while to get into the greige groove.
That’s the new Vice lipstick formula by Urban Decay and two new limited edition shades. I say, the formula is fine and is what to be expected from a good professional makeup brand like Urban Decay. It’s the kind of formula that works well enough, but I just can’t help feeling like I want more every time I apply it, an extra soft cushiony feel, a nice distant makeupey scent, maybe, or something. Anyway… I do love, love and love both shades though. They are awesome. Special. Outrageous in a way (especially Junkie). But that’s what professional makeup – and Urban Decay definitely – is all about. It’s about pushing the borders, pushing the limits and having fun, basically, and doing what you want. Who said we can’t wear green lipstick? Greige lipstick? Any lipstick we want, for that matter? I bet you there are occasions, when it would be appropriate and even cool to do so. Think about it. You can come up with one or two occasions to wear something like that, and you can pull it. And if you don’t want to, there’s a hundred other shades waiting for you out there, so dig in 🙂