Urban Decay Copycat & Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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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 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 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 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 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 Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Copycat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip TopcoatUrban 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.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$18.00/0.16 oz. - $112.50 Per Ounce

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.

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Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Topcoat over Tampered Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Topcoat over Tampered Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Topcoat over Tampered Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Bruja

Urban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip TopcoatUrban Decay Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and flecks of copper, red, and pink pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied decently, though there were some areas where the color didn’t seem to adhere as well as other areas. The consistency was thin and watery, and it was difficult to spread with the included applicator. On its own, it lasted for three hours. When I tried it layered, the effect on the finish was slightly mattifying with a slight sheen.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$18.00/0.16 oz. - $112.50 Per Ounce

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.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat swatches.

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Skipping. These sound like such a hassle to use. Besides, for Bruja I already have TF Seadragon, which is easy as pie to use. Plus, plenty of options for Copycat, too.

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