Urban Decay Sheer + Sheer Shimmer Vice Lipsticks | Swatches + First Impressions

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is available in six finishes, and this post is highlighting the Sheer and Sheer Shimmer finish. I’ve put the two together, because they aren’t that different other than one has a decent amount of shimmer and the other doesn’t (plus, there are only five Sheer Shimmers, four of which were also part of the Sheer Revolution range!).

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Urban Decay TMI Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Metallized Vice Lipsticks | Swatches + First Impressions

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is available in six finishes, and this post is highlighting the Metallized finish. According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “Cream with a high level of pearl,” but I would say it’s more like a hybrid between the Cream finish and the Sheer Shimmer finish–it’s not as thick or as creamy as the Creams, generally, but it is a more pigmented formula than the Sheer Shimmers.

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Urban Decay Wrath Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Mega Matte Vice Lipsticks | Swatches + First Impressions

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.011 oz.) is available in six finishes, and this post is highlighting the Mega Matte finish.  This was a new finish that was first seen in the Gwen Stefani collaboration with the shade 714, which is the only pre-existing shade–there are 10 in total, 9 are new.  I previously noted that while the color of 714 didn’t really change from range to range, the consistency was creamier in the new, Vice formula.  It didn’t drag, tug, or otherwise feel painful to apply, which was largely my experience with 714 when launched in the Gwen Stefani collection.

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Urban Decay Oblivion Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipsticks | Swatches + First Impressions

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.011 oz.) is available in six finishes, and this post is highlighting the Comfort Matte finish. A lot of the shades listed under this finish are shades from the previous Matte Revolution range. In general, the colors are very similar (if not exactly the same; see this comparison post for swatches of new vs. old shades that differ), but the Comfort Matte finish is noticeably less dense, slightly more emollient/has more slip and the end result is more of a true satin finish than a matte one when compared to the Matte Revolution formula. To me, the Matte Revolution formula had a more silicone-like feel to it–velvety and smooth but not wet, drier in a way without being dry or stiff–and Comfort Matte feels more like most lipsticks. Like most satin finishes, they tend to wear down to a more semi-matte or matte finish once you have them on for a couple of hours or if you blot lightly/drink from a glass a few times.

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Urban Decay Tilt Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks vs. Revolution Lipsticks Shade Comparisons

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

As promised, I went through and swatched both old and new versions of any shades that were still included in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick range, and I’ve only included comparison swatches for the ones where there was any difference detected–the majority were very consistent from old to new in tone, depth, and color. The biggest difference is in the Comfort Matte finish, which is where the Matte Revolution formula was absorbed, and the Comfort Matte finish is not really matte–it is a true satin–and does an interesting thing where it seems to “melt” and appear more satiny as it is applied than just swatched. I just noted that most of the Matte Revolution shades were more matte than their Vice Lipstick counterparts. I will go over other details about how finishes and shades perform in future posts–this post isn’t intended to offer initial impressions or provide an overview/review of the Vice formula. Stay tuned! 🙂

You can find swatches of all 120 shades in our sneak peek post as well as in the Swatch Gallery!

  • 714 | Vice version is very slightly less matte, a bit brighter, noticeably creamier.
  • 1993 | Vice version is slightly lighter and warmer, less matte
  • Afterdark | Vice version is brighter, less matte.
  • Backtalk | Vice version is deeper, cooler in tone, less matte.
  • Bad Blood | Vice version is brighter, not as dark.
  • Bittersweet | Vice version has a much m ore noticeable sheen and appears a smidgen brighter/warmer.
  • Carnal | Vice version is slightly darker, warmer, less matte.
  • Ladyflower | Vice version is noted as a Sheer finish, and it is closest to the Sheer Revolution version, not the regular
  • Revolution version (just to confirm) — no color difference.
  • Liar | Vice version is slightly darker.
  • Menace | Vice version is slightly darker, less matte.
  • Mrs. Mia Wallace | Vice version is cooler-toned by a hair, slightly deeper.
  • Naked | Vice version is cooler in tone, less rose/warmth.
  • Rapture | Vice version is slightly darker, warmer.
  • Rush | Vice version is slightly darker, warmer.
  • Stark Naked | Vice version is less matte but only by a hair (this one seemed closer to the original Matte Revolution feel/finish).
  • Streak | Vice version is cooler, stronger pink coloring vs. warmer, more true-coral coloring of the original — this was the largest, most noticeable change across all repeated shades.
  • Temper | Vice version is less matte.
  • Tilt | Vice version is less matte.
  • Wonderland | I thought I’d throw in a comparison of the Vice version of Wonderland (which is the same as the version released in the Gwen Stefani collection) to Catfight, which didn’t get carried over–you can see Catfight is a bit warmer and has a stronger pink coloring, but they are relatively close.

Don’t see a shade listed above?  That’s because I felt like it was exactly the same when I did rough side-by-side swatches and discovered many, many of the old shades were the same in color/undertone as the new one, so I only took photos when I could detect a difference (even if slight).

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