This is the last installment of my 3-part Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Sample Kit Review. I know it has been long overdue so I’d like to apologize for that; but it’s better late than never, right?
A few months ago, I was able to get my hands on the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Sample Kit (from Sephora) and I decided to do a review on all the fun shades. Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part review.
Let me just say, I am enjoying using a lip brush to apply lipsticks; I think it’s so much easier this way. Today, I will be sharing my thoughts on the second panel, the Reds and Browns.
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The Reds and Browns
Rock Steady (Cream) – is described as deep wine red. I LOVE the color! It’s very creamy so it’s very easy to apply. One thing I really love about it is if it you accidentally put it on your skin, it’s very easy to remove even though it’s highly pigmented; it doesn’t leave a stain just like other brands. It’s a little bit sticky though, I would have loved it more if it’s not. I feel like the shade is close to 714 except that it’s a little bit brighter and has a satin finish.
Disturbed (Comfort Matte) – is described as deep brick red. The color is very bold; it’s brownish red which is perfect for fall or for a night out. It is very creamy although hard to apply. It seems to be uneven and settles into the lines of your lips; otherwise, I would have liked it. I can’t help but compare this and Blackmail (below) to MAC’s Studded Kiss which is a deeper shade of red as well but I’ve never had any issues with it just like I do with these two.
Manic (Cream) – is described as soft wine. Just like the other cream ones, it is very easy to apply. In the sample kit, it did look like it has a little bit of shimmer but didn’t have any when applied. I really love the shade! I think it works well with my skin tone; this is another option that I could use for my no-makeup look.
Blackmail (Comfort Matte) – is described as deep berry wine. If you look at the sample kit, it seems like the shade is very close to Disturbed; but when applied, it is deeper. The color is a bit plum-ish red which is also perfect for this season. Just like Disturbed; it is very creamy but hard to apply. It is uneven no matter how I try to even it out and settles into the lines of your lips.
Gash (Cream) – is described as deep red with tonal shimmer. It is very pigmented although a bit translucent; the shimmer is barely noticeable. Although I usually like red lipsticks, for some reason, I don’t find myself a fan of this color; I feel like it could be better.
EZ (Cream) – is described as bright red-orange. I like this shade because I feel like with my skin tone, I can easily use this as my no-makeup-look lipstick especially when I want some color during the colder months. It is very easy to apply and highly pigmented.
714 (Mega Matte) – is described as bright red. Unlike the other matte lipsticks I’ve tried, it is very easy to apply, and it doesn’t appear to be uneven at all. I am assuming it was because it is red and closer to the color of my lips as compared to the purple and brown ones. I am so in love with the color; it is very close to my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rogue but the YSL one has a satin finish and a little bit brighter. I think I am going to purchase the full size of this because one can never have too much red lipstick.
Snitch (Sheer) – is described as pale coral-pink. I love how highly pigmented this is even though it’s sheer, and the color is very nice. I rarely like pale lipstick shades because I feel like they make me look sick but this one didn’t. For a lipstick with pale shade, I didn’t have to use a lot of it; it is a little bit sticky though just like the other sheer ones.
My favorites: Rocksteady, EZ, Manic, and 714
Verdict: I love how pigmented all the shades are (even the pale and neutral ones) but didn’t like that I found all the mattes (except for 714) a bit hard to apply and some of them settle on the lines of your lips. The formula is very moisturizing; in fact, I have been using these as a replacement for Vaseline. My lips tend to get dry during the colder months so I’ve always been using Vaseline and it has never failed me but I haven’t used it for a while because of these amazingly-formulated lipsticks.
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Which of these shades is your favorite? Let me know in the comments. You know I’d love to hear from you.