Sneak Peek: Urban Decay XX Vintage Vice Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

Urban Decay XX Vintage Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay XX Vintage Vice Lipsticks

For the holidays, there are nine “new” old shades of Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) releasing. Here’s a preview of swatches:


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Katherine T. Avatar

Ooooh, Pallor looks really unique!! The swatch looks terrible, but I love the color on the lips, kind of bruised plum look. When I’m wearing bold purple shadows, I only need a sheer color on the lips, something that won’t compete with the shadow but will pull the whole look together. Pallor is on my buy list !

Gina Avatar

I am in love with Plague and Asphyxia!!!
UV-B looks beautiful but I don’t know if I could pull it off.
Roach is nice but reminds me of Conspiracy, which I have.
Any launch date on these yet?

genevieve Avatar

i am pretty sure they weren’t called VICE in the 90s. I am mostly bummed that they didn’t put out OG Gash! They have reformulated it like 3x and it looks nothing like the original which I still own bc memories. It was the 1st lipstick I ever bought with my own money in 1997. Also, the OG UD lipsticks were way more opaque. 🙁

Genevieve Avatar

The original gash was metallic and looked like essentially scabbed blood. When UD reformulated it in the packaging that looked like the handle of a sword (I have that one too and the original lip pencil) they sheered it out made it more “red” and less of the deeper more burgundy colour it was. Also OG was super opaque. It’s the colour gwens wearing in this photo lol

Nika99 Avatar

I like Smog and Roach.Pallor is the only other one I’m interested in it has a pretty unique irridesence.Oil Slick looks terrible!!!Whats up with that?I had Asphyxia in lipgloss form and I used to love it this lipstick form isn’t looking like a must have to me.

Bonnie Avatar

UVB is the only one that looks really unique and awesome to me. What is it with MAC and UD and these super sheer frosts. We know that they can make opaque awesome frost finishes I wish they would do more of them in these unique colors!!

Trish Avatar

Bruise, both the rereleased polish and lipstick, look nothing like original which was a gorgeous deep grape with green duochrome. Sad face 🙁

Genevieve Avatar

True I have the original lip and the lip pencil and I was swatching and holding up to the photos. I guess they figure that not a lot of people would remember what things originally looked like.

Jenny Avatar

I thought that when my nail polish arrived! The new bottle is awfully green looking compared to both the color I had in the original and when they re-released it in the previous style of bottles maybe like 12-13 years ago.

Genevieve Avatar

I was sort of curious about the nail polishes. I have only 1 OG polish in frostbite and was wondering if it was similar bc in the photos of the new one it looks much lighter than my bottle.

MichelleChefNYC Avatar

I used to wear asphyxia and frostbite back in HS lol… I had Roach too… They looked more pigmented back in the day, they were less glitter and more substance… I even had asphyxia lip liner, it came in a little plastic test-tube. I miss the old days of UD. That prolly makes me sound very old lol

Genevieve Avatar

Not at all I feel exactly the same way. Urban decay in the 90s was amazing and I honestly feel it’s been a watered down version of itself since 2003 which was right after it was first sold off to a big corp. it’s now owned by an even larger Corp and I’m sure they are just trying to capatlize on 90s nostalgia which is at an all time high.

Janine Avatar

Your comment is excellent…and could speak of the ’90s overall vs. today. More substance than today. I LOVED the original formulations. Much more pigment.

Genevieve Avatar

Thank you!! I have OG oil slick, bruise, hammersmith, cash, smog, and gash. I swatched them yesterday (on my hand) and was really shocked that after 20 yrs most swatched as if still new. However they smell like old crayons ?

Janine Avatar

Oh no! Crayons=Bad! You know, I’ve always loved this line, since the very beginning. I saw Wende at the Makeup Show in May in NYC, talking about how the company started. I always go back/forth when companies I love are bought by huge companies like L’Oreal or EL. I miss the ’90s products, although I understand companies have to move forward and make money to make new products. Maybe it’s me.

genevieve Avatar

It’s soooo bad !!! i like to look at the old products hold them in my hand and wish for better days lol.

i could have lived (i will probably burned at the stake for this) without the naked palettes if it meant that UD would have stayed what it was instead of falling into line with what everyone else was doing. they became so basic it hurt.

Quinctia Avatar

Ahhh, how am I going to decide what to get amongst all the purples?

And I will never understand the appeal of Oil Slick. I say that as someone who bought it in the dagger formula after they were discontinued. It was worth $5 to appease my curiosity. It didn’t look like much on. Maybe to shockingly pull out a black lipstick bullet when reapplying? But then you’ve applied a nearly invisible lipscolor, so…

Kate Avatar

Pallor lipstick was one of the first Urban Decay products I ever bought. The formula was dry and I’m not convinced that it ever looked that good on me, but I’m still kind of happy to see it return. I actually still have a tube of Oil Slick around here somewhere, from just before the previous formula was discontinued. It looks similar to your swatch, although perhaps a wee bit more pigmented (could just be the difference between our skin tones).

Looking at these, I wish that they had done a better job with the formula. It would have been great to see those shades done “properly”. I’m not certain I liked the direction they’ve gone with their lipsticks this year. Lots of colours, but uneven in terms of quality.

Sophie J Avatar

I have an older tube of Oil Slick too, and it does seem more pigmented than Christine’s swatch. Not sure what’s up with that! Maybe they thought it would sell better if it was sheerer and they could play it off like the trendy “lipstick transformers” that are popular now, like the Estee Edit and OCC ones.

Sophie J Avatar

GAWD YEAH, I want them ALL! 90s throwbacks or not, they’re all very beautiful and fit in our modern makeup trends. UV-B… wow. Never seen anything like it. That’ll be the first one I grab for sure. Thanks for swatching all these Christine!

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