Monday, July 8th, 2013


The new Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick formula is quite different from their previous formula. (I’m not familiar with their original formula!) Most notably, the previous formula had a lot more slip and slickness, so they felt “wet” and thin, and could easily slide around lips. The consistency of the new formula is creamier with less slip and better hold. The shades before had sheer to medium coverage that was somewhat buildable (and there were a couple shades with more opaque payoff), whereas the new formula, the majority are opaque. The finish is different, too; the previous formula had a more luminous, glossy finish, and this one has a nice shine, but it’s not as glossy–there is a lot less shimmer in the new shades compared to the older formula, where most shades had shimmer. Gone, too, is the creme brulee scent of the older formula (I didn’t smell or taste anything with the new formula).

I went through and swatched all of the shades I had in the previous formula, so they’re now included in the Swatch Gallery for your perusal. If you want to make your own comparisons within Urban Decay’s brand, I highly recommend filtering by type (Lipstick/Lipgloss) and by brand (Urban Decay), which will keep you in the world of Urban Decay.

Summary:  The majority of the discontinued shades do not have exact dupes in the new formula.  The ones that came the closest to having something similar were Gravity, Jilted, Indecent, Revolution, and Rush.

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40 thoughts on “Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick vs. Discontinued Lipstick Comparison Swatches & Dupes

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alessandra Alessandra

    Christina, you totally rock! This is SUUUUPER awesome and so helpful! Thank you!! :D

  2. Rachelcarlene

    Urban decay used to have a lipstick called lovechild. Do you know if streak is like it?

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of sophia sophia

    Hey, slightly off topic, but do you by any chance know the uk release date for these lipsticks?

    Love your blog by the way.

    Thanks.

  4. gabyb

    Hi Chistine, just a quick question about your blog. so, now we have to look through 2 post or more in case we actually want to see the swatches of the items you are writing about? I can’t see a single swatch of any shade that you are talking about in this post (for example).. I can’t imagine that we have to click on each shade to see each swatch of color… I don’t know if I’m right or not… I hope not …

    • Hi Gaby,

      I’m not sure what you mean! This post is a comparison post, so it’s not like a regular review or a swatch post, and the best way to compare is side-by-side, in the Swatch Gallery, so all you have to do is click “see comparison swatches” so you can see the swatches together. I’ve always listed dupes as links, and with the newer Swatch Gallery, I include a link to see all the mentioned possible dupes so you can see all the swatches together. Hope that helps! :)

  5. Is it weird that I think I need them all!?

  6. Hi Christine! Formula-wise, how do these compare to Too Faced La Creme? I love slicker lipsticks, so I’d like to know how serious I should be about checking these out (which I’m sure I will anyways, so I guess it’s whether I need to buy one or ten!).

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cortney Cortney

    No Love Child, sad. :(

  8. What a great overview, thanks so much!

  9. Thanks, that sums it up nicely. I will definitely not get any of these, they have everything I hate in a lipstick. I will stick to my beloved cle de peau. Hopefully I’ll find a dupe of the old UD rush and naked in their extra silky formula.

    Oh, and I’m still sad to see my second favorite lipstick formula ever gone for good.

    • If do see them in store, you may like Lovelight, which is most similar to the prior formula in feel and look.

      • Lovelight was actually the only one I liked based on the swatches. I’m pretty sure it’s too warm for my skintone, though, but it might be worth checking out.

  10. Dominique

    Thank you Christine, it is very helpful ! Choosing will be difficult but the UD new lipsticks really look worth the splurge ! :)

  11. All these colors are amazing even though I know that only few match with my white skin I`m tempted to buy all shades, very useful article. Thanks for sharing Christine and waiting for new tips :)

  12. Codename Duchess

    So happy the packaging of this lip line is less bulky compared to the old lipsticks! I loved the old lipsticks but found the packaging to be completely impractical. Cute to look at but a pain to store and tote around. This packaging looks much more workable.

  13. Leti

    Hi Christine! Thank you for an awesome post. I don’t know if anyone has asked you this yet but do you think any of the new shades would be comparable to Pistol? Pistol was my all time favorite lipstick and I was so bummed when they discontinued it…. :(

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alex Alex Diem

    Christine,

    I’m confused as to how this new format works…where can I go to see all swatches as once? I don’t want to have to click on each name to look at each swatch, who has the time for that? What’s the best way to see all at once? Can you provide a link?

    Thanks,
    Alex

    • Hi Alex!

      This is a comparison post – like a recap or summary! To see how shades compare, you need to click the link that says “See comparison swatches” so that you can see them side-by-side.

      If you’re trying to see lots of swatches, that’s what the Swatch Gallery is for since you can select and bring up whatever products or colors you’d like! :) This is included in the post but is copied and pasted here: “I went through and swatched all of the shades I had in the previous formula, so they’re now included in the Swatch Gallery for your perusal. If you want to make your own comparisons within Urban Decay’s brand, I highly recommend filtering by type (Lipstick/Lipgloss) and by brand (Urban Decay), which will keep you in the world of Urban Decay.”

      Just like when I review a product, I don’t include images of every single product that might be mentioned in the post – I give you a list of the potential dupes so you can click if you’re curious about a particular shade, and now with the revamped Swatch Gallery, there is also a “see comparison swatches” link where you can see all of the shades mentioned that are similar.

      Hope this helps!

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kate Kate & Zena

    THANK GOD THE SCENT IS DEAD!

    Sorry if anyone else will miss it, but I, for one, won’t. I love a lot of Urban Decay lipstick colors, but I could never wear them because of the scent and flavor (I actually bought LoveChild and was sick to my stomach with a migraine for days.) Woo hoo!

    Ding dong, the scent is dead! Ha ha ha ha ha!

    *dances about happily*

    • Codename Duchess

      I’m not anti-scent with lip products, but there was really something off with the scent and taste of UD’s old lipsticks. The smell was quite plasticky even compared to the fragrance of their lipgloss, and when they first rolled out, many of them tasted like bug spray. It was so bizarre.

    • Not to mention the shimmer shades of Indecent and I think 5150 had this god awful chemical taste to them. Indecent was just nasty!

  16. Thanks for this!

    I’m still going to check out the lipsticks, but I’m slightly less excited than I was on seeing them pop up initially.

    I can’t provide a super in-depth comparison, because there’s no way to closely do one: but I have one of the original UD lipsticks (I occasionally go overboard on ebay), and that formula was a lot less slippy then the formula that was just discontinued. The shade is Spare Change, which is a sheer silver frost, and I can’t think of a color in the last formula I could compare it to. Peroxide was frosty, if I remember correctly, but I only ever swatched it, I never have owned it.

  17. Does Buzzkill have a comparable color in the new lipsticks?

  18. Chiara

    For a moment my heart was beating faster because i hoped Naked and rush where back and the same with just a different formular. they both where my best my lips but better colors ever and i cried when they where gone and i didnt realised it early enough ;.;
    Didnt found a color like that since than and I am afraid to run out. Macs syrup is supposed to be simular to the old naked but it was a little bit warmer on me ….

  19. Kristen

    The warmer Naked bums me out so much. And no more Buzzkill. Or Confession. Or Lovechild.

    …But no more awful, bitter taste, apparently!

  20. I wish they would’ve brought back Gash! I’m almost out of mine and I’m sad that I can’t get another one.

  21. Tiger

    How does this new Revolution lipstick in the color Naked compare to the super saturated lip crayon/gloss in Naked? Are they the exact same color? If so, I gotta get Revolution in the color Naked.