Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is supposed to have “sheer, pigmented color” with a “high-shine finish” and “buttery-smooth application.” The whole “sheer, pigmented color” bit is expanded further in the press release as wanting to design a formula that was “sheer (yet still pigmented!)” color.” It’s packaged similarly with the Sheer Revolution shades having a light purple coloring instead of gunmetal. They feel like a slightly thicker lip balm, so they glide on as they warm and melt against the lips without dragging, but they’re thinner and less creamy compared to the original formula. There’s a slight tackiness to them initially, but it seems to go away. The colors also tended to melt (almost like self-leveling) on the lips, so some of the shades looked better an hour into wear than they did initially. For me, they weren’t hydrating, but they weren’t drying either. The color payoff is more semi-opaque–sheer in the sense that there’s translucency there that allows the natural lip color to come through but still more pigmented than not (which does seem to be what Urban Decay was going for).
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