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Urban Decay Copycat & Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Copycat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and flecks of multi-colored glitter. It had a slightly metallic finish that was visible when applied alone, and the glitter was actally less visible than I expected. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied unevenly to the lips, and after it dried down, it did make lips look slightly drier. It lasted for four hours on its own. When I layered it over a creamier Vice Lipstick, it had a tendency to separate the underlying lipstick, so it seemed to take more trial and error to find the right layering combinations.

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Copycat
Copycat
Copycat
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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Urban Decay Monarchy, Reverb, Seether Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Monarchy

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, sparkling purple with blue and purple glitter. It had larger and finer particles, so the result was slightly metallic with visible sparkle. Alone, it looked a little rough, as the formula clung to lips as it dried down and made them appear slightly shriveled. It had semi-sheer coverage that deepened my lip color while adding shine and sparkle. This was a shade that applied best over richer, brighter, or darker shades (like fuchsia, raspberry pink, purple, black). It lasted three hours on its own and was moderately drying.

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Monarchy
Monarchy
Monarchy
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Photos & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a new product launching later this month that is designed to work as a top coat or worn alone to create “special effects.” There are twelve shades, and I have eleven to share with you today. Be sure to click on the shade’s name to see it layered over a Vice Lipstick – every shade was shown alone as well as over a Vice Lipstick (different ones) to show the effect of layering. My suspicion is that these will work best layered, rather than alone. The brand warns that lips will “feel tingly” as the special effect “locks” in–my lips felt tingly for minutes when worn these alone but was less bothersome when layered.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

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Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection for April 2017

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection
Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection

We’ve been fans of Basquiat’s art since before the early days of UD; so when his estate approached us about a collaboration based on his artwork, we couldn’t wait to start creating. From the colors and shade names to the packaging, EVERYTHING in this collection evolved from Basquiat’s art. Like Urban Decay, Basquiat was an outsider who challenged the status quo and used color in nontraditional ways. From his informal graffiti work and the way he mixed mediums and colors to the way he spoke out against social injustice, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect fit for our brand.

April 20th

The Details

Tenant Eyeshadow Palette, $39.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Studio Pale pink matte
  • 1960 Bright pink matte
  • Neo Rich aubergine with micro-shimmer
  • Les Charcoal-black matte-satin
  • Graffiti Deep metallic green
  • Exu Bright green shimmer
  • Boom Bright teal matte
  • Untitled Rich deep blue matte

Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette, $39.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Enigma Neutral pale nude matte
  • Levitation Warm pale nude matte
  • Not for Sale Medium sienna matte
  • Suckerpunch Warm brown shimmer
  • Influence Brown satin wtih gold shimmer
  • BK Gray matte-satin
  • Pseudonym Deep navy matte
  • Crown Very metallic gold

Gallery Blush Palette, $34.00 (Limited Edition)

  • X-Rated Medium pink
  • Now’s The Time Gold-champagne shimmer
  • Jawbone Medium bronze
  • NOHO radiant berry

Vice Lipstick, $17.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Abstract Nude-taupe (Cream)
  • Epigram Neutral sienna (Cream)
  • Exhibition Medium pink-purple (Comfort Matte)

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $20.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Post Punk Bright neon green with a hint of pearl
  • Anatomy Sienna matte
  • Vivid Bright teal matte

Cosmetic Bag, (Limited Edition)

  • Gallery Cosmeitc Bag ($18.00)
  • 1983 Cosmetic Bag ($18.00)
  • Untitled Cosmetic Bag ($35.00)

UD Jean-Michel Basquiat Vault, $165.00 (Limited Edition)

Part of the UD Jean-Michel Basquiat collection, this Vault contains our entire Basquiat makeup collection.

Urban Decay Luminous & Sin Naked Skin Highlighting Fluids

01/06

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Luminous

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid ($28.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a translucent, pearly white with fine white and pale gold pearl. The brand considers this to be a more “universal” shade, but the translucent base seemed to make it one of the most subtle shades in the range as well. This one literally seemed to be “my skin but better,” assuming that one associates a natural “dewiness” to the skin as being better. When I layered it over a blush or bronzer, it had more noticeable luminosity. The consistency was thin, fluid and a little watery, and it blended out nicely over bare skin. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that lasted for eight hours on me.

The Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid is supposed to be a “sheer, weightless formula” that gives skin a “dewy, lit-from-within look.” I think one of the key takeaways from the brand’s description is that it is “sheer,” “subtle,” and “never overdone” — it is a subtle highlighter, and they tend to look more similar than not applied (at least, on me). They had sheer to medium, buildable coverage with a very fluid, thin texture (not quite watery) and were blendable on the skin, whether bare or over liquid foundations. If I was too vigorous blending out the product, it did cause some separation of my base products if I had powder on top, but it was fine with gentle blending (fingertips or stippling brush). The formula dried down and wasn’t tacky on the skin, and they lasted between seven and a half and eight hours on me.

The brand posted some video demos that included using it alone as well as mixed with foundation. I think that the smaller amount is less conducive to regular mixing with base products but is a sufficient amount for a spot highlighter. If you wanted something more for mixing, similar products with similar subtly often contain at least 0.50 fl. oz., if not more.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid Luminous
Luminous
Luminous
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Urban Decay Aura & Fireball Naked Skin Highlighting Fluids

01/06

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Aura

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid ($28.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a cool, pinky lavender with more of a washed out white base and very fine, pink and lavender pearl. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that gave my skin a slightly lighter, brighter, and pinker appearance without being noticeably shimmery. The consistency was thin without being too watery or wet-feeling on the skin, so it was spreadable without losing all of its coverage. It dried down and stayed on well for eight hours.

The Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid is supposed to be a “sheer, weightless formula” that gives skin a “dewy, lit-from-within look.” I think one of the key takeaways from the brand’s description is that it is “sheer,” “subtle,” and “never overdone” — it is a subtle highlighter, and they tend to look more similar than not applied (at least, on me). They had sheer to medium, buildable coverage with a very fluid, thin texture (not quite watery) and were blendable on the skin, whether bare or over liquid foundations. If I was too vigorous blending out the product, it did cause some separation of my base products if I had powder on top, but it was fine with gentle blending (fingertips or stippling brush). The formula dried down and wasn’t tacky on the skin, and they lasted between seven and a half and eight hours on me.

The brand posted some video demos that included using it alone as well as mixed with foundation. I think that the smaller amount is less conducive to regular mixing with base products but is a sufficient amount for a spot highlighter. If you wanted something more for mixing, similar products with similar subtly often contain at least 0.50 fl. oz., if not more.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid Aura
Aura
Aura
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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