Hello, my lovelies! How are today?
Last week I published on Social media a picture of my last makeup haul and some of you told me you were interested in seeing swatches, tutorials or reviews of the items. The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick palette in Junkie was the most requested so I am doing a review on this one first. I will be showing you the palette and the swatches of all the colors. Ready? Go!
A little Bla-bla
When Urban Decay launched the Vice Lipsticks last year, there was a general overwhelmingness (is that even a word?) in the whole beauty world. Many (many) YouTubers and bloggers got the complete 100 lipsticks collection and they made it seem like it was absolutely necessary to buy them. All of them.
I, honestly, didn't rush. I had enough of the hyperbolic marketing that brands generate over and over again making it seem that we are "missing out" and that we absolutely need a product to be... on trend, happy, beautiful, fill in the blanks.
As a beauty blogger I am interested in testing and reviewing new products, so I put the hype to a side and went to see these lipsticks by myself. I decided that although they were nice lipsticks, I didn't need any of them. I have most of the shades that interest me (by other brands) or very similar shades. The shades I don't have in my collection, I'm not that interested in as to buy a 25 CHF lipstick. Yes, that is what it costs here in Switzerland. Getting only for review purpose didn't make much sense either, since the internet was overflooding with these reviews.
I waited for Black Friday and with a generous 30% discount, I got the Vice Lipstick palette in Junkie. This palette contains 12 shades of lipstick with varied finishes, 0.7g each (for reference a normal lipstick contains 3.5g). The palette has a large mirror and a very nice and sturdy retractable lip brush.
For six of these shades, I have nothing similar in my collection. I thought it was a nice way to add some variety to my collection without spending too much. The palette retailed for 63 CHF but I got it for 44 CHF. That's less than 4 dollars per shade, which seemed fair to me.
Only 4 of the shades in the palette can be bought in full-size bullet lipsticks: Big Ban, Firebird, 714 and Disturbed. "Studded" is only available in Liquid lipstick formula. The other seven colours are not available in the Vice lipstick range, some of these are colours from the discontinued "Revolution lipstick" range, so I am not really getting what Urban Decay is doing with the palette. If you don't really care (like me) this is a really nice purchase to have some large variety of colours in one case. I don't find the case particularly travel-friendly, as it is quite thick but definitely better than carrying 12 lipsticks with you!
I swatched the colours using only the mirror and the brush provided, and you can see for some of the colours the application is not perfect, but acceptable. The colour of some lipsticks drags a little because the brush bristles are too stiff, that make the application a little patchy. I suppose that is the main difference with bullet regular lipsticks, the application takes more time and effort, but on the good side it is easier to create gradients and fancy styles. You get a greaterprecisionn with a brush for outlining your lips, and you can also mix de colours.
Swatching lipsticks is a little like having sex. At the beginning you think all you'll need is a little lubrication. After round twelve, everything is sore, some bits are bleeding and it becomes patent to you that you are not completely normal. (you can quote me ;)
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Disturbed
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714
here) and 4 other similar reds.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Carnal
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Safe Word"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Studded"
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Whip
This color has a sheer finish with shimmer and it is not available in the Vice range. I suppose it is either from the former "Lipstick Revolution" range or exclusive to this palette. It is creamy, easy to apply and comfortable to wear. I have only one similar (but not identical) lipsticks in my collection.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Wrath
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Big Bang
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Firebird
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Vanity kills
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Speedball
This color it is pigmented but sheer, very comfortable and hydrating on the lips.It is creamy, easy to apply and I do not own anything like it in my collection. Unfortunately, it stains. It is not available in the Vice range, although there seems to be a similar shade called "Sheer Shame" which in my opinion is a lot sheerer than this one and more red than purple.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Junkie
The palette is still available at Sephora online (international, check the site for your country). In Switzerland I have spotted this palette at Marionnaud, but not in their online shop. I've also seen it at Manor, but again not in their online shop. I saw it online at feelunique.com but it seems out of stock there. If you think this palette is something you would like to have, hurry up, because I don't think it'll be available for long!
Do you like lipstick palettes? Would you like to experiment with "unusual" lip colours without committing to a whole tube?