Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new-for-fall product, which is exclusive to Sephora. This product claims to deliver long-wearing opaque color without feathering and all with a glossy shine–oh, and they’re supposed to be moisturizing, too. There are currently five shades: F-Bomb (bright red cream), Punch Drunk (bright orange cream), Adrenaline (bright fuchsia sparkle), Crush (hot pink), and Big Bang (bright pink with sparkle).

  • F-Bomb is a bright, medium-dark red with subtle ruby shimmer. It’s opaque, and it does stain a little (but surprisingly, not as much as some reds). It does have a subtly glossy shine. Overall, it leans a touch blue, but it’s not strongly blue-based. Make Up For Ever #44 is similar but not quite as dark. Guerlain Gwen is less vibrant. NYX Hero is not as opaque, slightly darker. Burberry Hibiscus seems a touch lighter. Chanel Dragon is a bit darker and has more shimmer.
  • Punch Drunk is a vibrant, darkened orange with creamy finish and subtle shine. It’s completely opaque. MAC Strut Your Stuff ius similar, perhaps not as dark. Giorgio Armani #405 is similar in vibrancy, but it is brighter, less red-based. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is very similar.
  • Adrenaline is a darkened raspberry red with ruby and pink shimmer and glitter. I did not find that this was really glossy at all–it felt a little dry when I applied it, and it looked more like a regular lipstick than a gloss. MAC Quite the Thing is similar, more iridescent. Estee Lauder Wild Violet is slightly redder. NYX Chloe is similar in base color but has more iridescence.
  • Crush is a creamy blue-based fuchsia pink with a glossy shine. It’s nearly opaque in color. NARS Schiap is pinker, not quite as blue-based. MAC Florida is similar in color but lighter.
  • Big Bang is medium-dark raspberry pink with fuchsia glitter. It is lighter, less opaque, and not nearly as red as Adrenaline. This is cooler-toned as well. MAC Pink Burst is very similar, while MAC Quite the Thing is darker.

The majority of these shades are vibrant and rich in color, which means they definitely wear longer rather than shorter. Shades like F-Bomb wear three to four hours with a subtle shine, but the color itself lasts through a meal and still looks presentable six hours later. I only tested the wear on F-Bomb and Big Bang, so I could test out different finishes. Both Adrenaline and Big Bang have a fair amount of glitter (“sparkle”) in their finishes, and as a result, they have a slightly gritty texture, which becomes more noticeable over time, as the creaminess of the product wears away. It doesn’t travel too much, but as fun as the sparkling glitter might be, it is more troublesome than the creamier finishes. I did get four hours of wear with Big Bang.

Crush was the only shade that had a high gloss shine–the kind expected from these–while the others fell a little flat. Adrenaline was the only shade that I felt really missed the shine. F-Bomb, Punch Drunk, and Big Bang all had a subtle shine. After I wore them, I’m pleased to report my lips did not dry out, so they delivered on their ability to moisturize while worn. I also did not experience any bleeding while wearing F-Bomb, which is the most likely to bleed as it is a rich red.

This product is easy to sharpen, but you’ll waste doing so (from what I can tell, 1-2 uses), and you won’t particularly enjoy cleaning out your sharpener afterward. It shaves off the actual product, while it sharpens, and because of the creaminess of the formula, it smears easily when you attempt to clean. I tested it twice by removing the entire sharpened portion (so initially, the entire tip, then I sharpened until about 3mm of product was exposed, removed that, repeated).

Aside from the sharpening issue, the new pencils are rather good–as long as you don’t mind the lack of glossy shine. They look more like lipsticks than glosses (except for Crush). It falls short of that particular claim, which is reflected in the product rating, but it is certainly something that may be easily overlooked.

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Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

It's long-wearing, moisturizing, and four of the five deliver mostly opaque color coverage. Depending on how often you expect to use the lip pencil, the amount you lose from sharpening may be concerning.











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Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color: F-Bomb, Punch Drunk, Adrenaline, Crush, Big Bang

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color: F-Bomb, Punch Drunk, Adrenaline

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color: Adrenaline, Crush, Big Bang

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color: F-Bomb, Punch Drunk, Adrenaline, Crush, Big Bang

Urban Decay F-Bomb Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay F-Bomb Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay F-Bomb Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Adrenaline Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Adrenaline Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Crush Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Big Bang Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Big Bang Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

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143 thoughts on “Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Miranda

    are the Milani Lip Flashes comparable?

    • I haven’t tried them, sorry!

    • kate

      thats what i thought when i saw them. lol

    • Hey Miranda, I actually just got a few of the lip flashes today and, judging by the swatches Christine put up, the Milani are way less glossy and some of them are less pigmented. They are also either very metallic or have chunkier glitter. No “plain” or shimmer-less in the bunch I got. I hope that helps!

      • Miranda


        • Annie

          I’ve actually been using the Milani Lip Flash in Flashy. The pencil looks like a dupe for Adrenaline, but the payoff of the Milani lip flash is MUCH better. Its super sparkly without being gritty and is really pigmented. I liked it so much I bought Hot Flash too, just haven’t tried it yet. I’d recommend trying it, especially for the price point.

    • Carla

      That was exactly what i was thinking! Except I think Milani has mainly sparkly/glittery shades while U.D. has the ones without, which I am also loving.

    • Jilliterate

      Ha, good question! When the page loaded, I thought it WAS the Milani Lip Flashes.

  2. Laura

    Oh wow those shades are gorgeous! Great review!

  3. Celine

    F-bomb looks amazing! its so shiny for a pencil.

  4. adriana

    They’re gorgeous!

  5. t-ara

    these remind me of the hard candy visibly wet lip pencils, those might be a cheap alternative! not all of them are meant to be super opaque like these but i personally LOVE them and i’ll definitely be picking some of these ud pencils up to see the differences!

  6. Wow. Love these! I wasn’t at all expecting them to be that pigmented. I imagined something more like the Tarte LipSurgence sticks, but these are incredible.

  7. Jocelyn

    Omgz crush is so pretty, all of them look awesome on you! You have a nice smile :)

  8. trayceeee

    I think these all look fantastic on you!

  9. Emily

    wow, those look amazing!

  10. Olívia

    I’m in love with Crush!!

  11. Cheerie

    Wow,they look even better than those by Milani.

  12. Mindy

    These are gorgeous!

  13. sonia

    Your complexion is looking great Christine. Are you tanned right now? and may i ask is it natural or from a lotion? x

    • Any tan is natural, even though I wear SPF 30-50 any time I leave the house. I imagine I am slightly tanner, since it’s summer, and I tan really quickly (naturally), despite wearing sunscreen! I slathered my arms and legs in SPF 45, and I was outside for about 30 minutes – 2-3 shades darker! I was so mad!

      This is me: “NOT MY SWATCHING ARM!”

      • Erica

        –> “NOT MY SWATCHING ARM!” o-o lol

      • AC

        I’m the same, and I hate it!! Tan lines everywhere, despite slathering on sunscreen, and the way colors look on me is always changing. Sigh but I’m really active and outdoorsy so what to do. Do you have a favorite sunscreen that actually helps delay the tan?

        • I like Neutrogena’s Dry Touch line-up – I tan to a point quickly but then it doesn’t get much darker unless I’m outside a LOT.

  14. Rachael

    They are look gorgeous on you!!

  15. Ashley Seme

    Thanks for the review! And btw, I’m not sure if it’s what you’re wearing on your face, or maybe you’re a little tan, but your skin looks incredible in these photos! :)

    • It’s just a good skin week :)

      • Josie

        I have to agree, the first thing I noticed from all these pictures was how beautuful you look! Your skin looks amazing. I thought maybe you were wearing / testing a new foundation so I started reading the comments to see if someone else had noticed and asked!

  16. They’re gorgeous, but I carry the lip products I’m currently wearing in my purse and it isn’t the most practical thing to have to carry a sharpener around. It’s just a little thing, but it will probably stop me from buying them. :-/

    • You won’t need to sharpen every time I’d say – so you could keep ’em there for a few uses for sure, but they would need to be sharpened eventually!

  17. Kelly

    WOW!! These are all so gorgeous! I’m willing to overlook the packaging issues because they look like they’re worth it!

  18. F-Bomb and Punch Drunk on now on my shopping list. They look fab!

  19. I keep imagining that sneeze picture. *Is a loser*

    Oh gosh is my wallet going to take a hit from these. xP Thanks for the awesome lip swatches!

  20. Valene

    These are really beautiful. So opaque (for the most part).

  21. BethM

    I was hoping these would be horrible, but I love them! I need Adrenaline, Crush, and Big Bang. (My wallet is thankful that the two reds will be much too orange on me.)

  22. Kathy

    F-Bomb looks amazing!

  23. divinem (Melissa)

    I know I frequently say this, but you have THE most perfect lips! What color eyeshadow are you wearing? It’s a nice, clean look on you.

  24. Melissa

    Punch Drunk looks amazing on you! I think they are too expensive though.. You should try the Milani ones!

  25. These look really amazing! The sharpening issue might drive me crazy, though.

  26. Kate

    These look like fun:) Love the colors!

  27. sam

    whoa haha i was not expecting them to be that intense!! which is kind of sad.. so many make up companies mess up lip pencils that you don’t even expect to see a really good one anymore

  28. Lisa

    I love crush! Did you get super tan recently?

    • I’m sure I’ve darkened a bit, as it is summer, and I tan very, very quickly (even with sunscreen on), but I wouldn’t say super tan!

  29. I ordered Crush & Punch Drunk earlier. Glad to hear they are moisturizing but I didn’t even think about the sharpening issue…

  30. I’m sooo glad these aren’t limited edition! Will definitely be picking up F-Bomb (hee, love the name!), Punch Drunk and Crush.
    Thanks for your review, Christine! :)

  31. leesie

    Ohhh, those creamy ones are very pretty. I’m definitely going to have to try them out in the store. Strangely, I’m drawn to Punch Drunk, although for all I know it could look terrible on me.

  32. Omg, I love these! I have to get Adrenaline, Crush, and Big Bang. Adrenaline and Big Bang look a lot like the Milani Lip Flashes I have, but your swatches of them look less glittery. Love, love, love, these!

  33. kate

    Love the way they look, but I can see them being a total PITA to sharpen. Not really worth it to me considering that…

    You look especially fantastic in these pics, Christine. What blush are you wearing?

  34. Leslie C.

    Omg!!!! You look so pretty!!! nd the colors are awesome!!! must have!!

  35. Punch Drunk looks FANTASTIC on you! That ever so subtle golden shine makes it super pretty, these seem so cool :)

  36. Sarah

    Christine you made EVERY one of these colors look so fabulous!

  37. vsbeauty

    It looks similar to the Milani Lip Flash but the Urban Decay looks like it has a more of a glossy look, which I like.

  38. PoetrysTruth

    I need these in my life… *must work overtime*

  39. IceFluffPenguin

    Wow! Great colors, they all look super good on you too!

  40. wow, some are so opaque and glossy

  41. Leslie

    Whoa I NEED Crush! Punch Drunk is also gorgeous, but maybe a little too bright for me to justify the purchase.

    These look really similar to Milani Lip Flashes, except all of those are pretty shimmery, also to the point that a few shades are gritty. But I digress, I will definitely be getting Crush the next time I’m at Sephora.

  42. Mel

    These shades look so fab! I want all of them

  43. Annika

    You look really good in these pictures!

  44. Kelly

    Red lips look completely gorgeous on you!
    I cannot tell you how many red lip colors I have tried, and had fail, hoping to look the way you do with red lips. It’s beautiful!

  45. hi Christine, how would this compare with Clinique’s chubby sticks?

  46. Bianca

    soooo pretty, but im soooo broke.

  47. Victoria

    These colors are beautiful but I don’t like the hassle and the waste of sharpening them

  48. Yaz

    OMG Christine, your lips are so beautiful that everything you wear looks amazing. I’m jealous :) xoxo

  49. Laura

    Crush makes your eyes look SUPER green!!! 😀

  50. Regina

    They look so beautiful… Does anyone know a safe way to “depot” these?

  51. Tigress

    Crush is super pretty, loves it.

  52. Anita

    Loving the new angles on your full face pictures!

  53. Kate

    You look absolutely gorgeous in every one of these pictures!!

  54. Lorraine ER

    Oh no, I think I want at least three of them! The only one I wouldn’t wear is the orange
    Also, I am SO happy they brought back the shade “Big Bang” even if it’s a different texture!

  55. Amanda

    I don’t know if you’ve tried Make Up For Ever’s rouge artist lipstick in #40, but if you have would you say that it’s a good dupe for punch drunk?

  56. megan

    Wow, F-Bomb, Punch Drunk and Crush are gorgeous!

  57. Kendall

    Any dupes for Crush? It’s such a stunning color, but I can’t stand pencils like that – they just seem inconvenient

    • Please read the review above – I listed any dupes I could think of for each shade!

      For Crush: NARS Schiap is pinker, not quite as blue-based. MAC Florida is similar in color but lighter.

  58. Constanze

    Amazing ♥ !!

  59. Tricia

    I know it’s your job to test how well they sharpen, but it must be painful to see any product go to waste! I’m curious as to how feasible it would be to melt these into jars and make them potted glosses? I’ve done this to NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils with no problem, and it’s great because there’s no waste. (I know it defeats the purpose of having them in pencil-form, but I just hate sharpening creamy products!)

  60. Dawn

    Barry M have had a very similar (and very affordable) product out for a long time now. The high shine colours seem way too bright for me, though

  61. Jen

    Hey Christine! What foundation are you wearing in these pics? It looks incredible!!

  62. Charlotte

    I expected these to be like the Clinique Chubby Sticks but these are SO much better! I love the look of F-bomb and think I could get really precise application with the pencil

  63. summerblue

    Christine, all these colors look wonderful on you; it’s like they were made especially for you. :)

  64. Sam

    I loooooooooooove the creme shades! I don’t like the sparkly ones, they look really gritty.

  65. Mariella

    Christine, these look absolutely gorgeous on you and I’m interested in a gloss that delivers a bit more colour, the way these seem to. But I don’t really want to be dealing with sharpening them. Just yesterday, I sharpened 2 24/7 liners (not the shadows, the ordinary liners) and even though I froze them first, I had smears of product all over my sharpener. I had sharpening stuff!

  66. Nicki

    I love Crush and Punch Drunk. BEAUTIFUL! Any idea when Urban Decay’s Fall Line will be launching in Sephora or Ulta?

  67. Jayna

    Do these have a scent/taste? I can not wear the UD lipsticks due to the scent/taste.

  68. Lena Vaz

    Love them! Now i just NEED to have Crush! 😀

  69. I might wanna check these out! Too bad Urban Decay is kinda hard to find in Sweden…

  70. Kimberly

    I want Crush and F-Bomb!! They are soo beautiful…too bad they’re kinda high in price…but they are so beautiful I’d say they are worth it.

  71. AlexisV.

    Great pics! I would love to know what foundation you’re wearing here also. I think I want it!

  72. Wow, Punch Drunk really makes a statement! They all look great on you but are a little too vibrant for my tastes.

  73. Rosie

    Ohhhh at first I didn’t think I’d like these but they look beautiful!!!! All these colors look great on you Christine :) very pretty!

  74. Raquel

    These all look great on you. But sometimes UD just tries too hard to seem “edgy” with names like F-Bomb. Being a mom to 3 little girls, I just couldn’t pull that out of my purse . . .

    • I totally sympathize. I’m not a mommy but I am a little bit of a prude, lol. I suppose if you wanted to, you could put a sticker over the name or something?

  75. Michelle

    Hmmm, with the exception of the two glittery shades, these look insansely shiny in the photos… based on your description of them being only slightly shiny I am curious to see how they look in person. F-Bomb is a must buy for me, that looks ludicrisly beautiful!

  76. Great site!!! I am so glad I stumbled upon it today! xx

  77. josceline

    all the shades look sooo good on you


  78. Courtney

    I like F Bomb and Crush, but I am a bit skeptical because I have two of the Milani ones, which look fantastic as swatches, but didn’t have a much color payoff as I would’ve hoped on my lips. I’d at least try these on, I suppose.

  79. Kathy

    Wow! These look GORGEOUS!!!!!

  80. Eyeko’s Liptastik lips colours are identical to these and come in a twist up pencil packaging. The shades are to bright for me (same with these UD ones), so if anyone curios why not try the Eyeko ones first.

  81. Melody

    Very pretty! I love the look of Crush.

  82. Stephanie

    I think i’ll pass, I prefer understated colors *lol*

  83. honoluluhoney

    holy pigmentation batman! those are so pretty, i love f-bomb and crush!

  84. Just wanted to drop by and say you look particularly lovely in these pics Christine! You really rock a bright lip well! :)

  85. April

    OMGosh, I agree with everybody, your complexion looks amazing. Can I ask what foundation you’re wearing?

  86. Kristen

    This may help me finally get over UD discontinuing their Pleather Pencils. I was in love with “Kink.” Now I want F-Bomb!

  87. Rachel


  88. Alley

    I loooooove these! Especially F-bomb and Punch Drunk! Christine what foundation are you wearing? :)

  89. stephanie

    Ugh i was interested in purchasing these until you mentioned that you need to sharpen them; I assumed they were twist up’s. Thumgs down for that UD.

  90. Sigourney

    The color “Crush” looks really good on you! I have a bit of a thing for pinky-purple lip stuff. :)

  91. Rebeca

    Punch Drunk looks great on you!

    I love the colors, but I’m more of a matte kind of girl.

  92. andrea

    IDK what it is, the makeup the lipstick, the mascara or what, but u look really beautiful in this pictures! theres something different in you! Nice colors want all the not shimmery ones !

  93. Leigh

    F-Bomb looks gorgeous on you, but I don’t think it’d work for me. However I do want to try adrenaline at least. Not too big on sharpening, but the color looks stunning. If I like it, I’ll definitely go for Big Bang as well. Lovely swatches!

  94. Hope

    punch drunk looks absolutely gorgeous on you!

  95. Tessa

    I think adrenaline and big bang look gorgeous on you!

  96. Jess

    Christine, you can wear any lip color and look fabulous! I would love to wear colors like F-bomb and Adrenaline but I just can’t quite pull them off. Thanks for the awesome reviews/swatches on these colors. I’ve had my eye on Crush and I think I just might go for it… :)

  97. Crissy K

    Wow these are super saturated. Loooove at first sight.

  98. Amanda

    Big bang looks the best on you :)

  99. Sabrina

    Woah! That is what i call BRIGHT! Love it! But i dont know if i can pull it off…

  100. Jasmine

    oh my goodness that red!its just so beautiful!*faints*