Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipsticks | Swatches + First Impressions

Urban Decay Twitch Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Twitch Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is available in six finishes, and this post is highlighting the Cream finish. This is the finish that absorbs most of the standard, Revolution Lipstick shades, and it is the largest range of all six finishes.

My initial impressions are: a fairly lightweight consistency that is creamy, smooth, and emollient with light to moderate tackiness (most shades were lightly tacky but a few were had a more noticeable tackiness) with rich color payoff (mostly opaque to totally opaque) that went on evenly. This finish makes lips appear the smoothest and most “plump” to me. A few of the lighter shades can show “lines” if you press your lips together, but it isn’t usually too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The formula has been lightly to moderately hydrating and wearing four to six hours. I haven’t personally experienced feathering/bleeding beyond my natural lip line, though this is not something that I experience too often.

It’s denser and “heavier” than all of the other finishes, but it isn’t quite as creamy or as smooth as the Comfort Mattes. They slide on better and more readily than the Sheer Shimmers or Sheers, as they have more slip and creaminess overall. The Cream formula seems to have more pigmentation than the Mega Mattes (by a little bit) and almost as much as the Comfort Mattes. The Creams are the most forgiving to apply, as the thicker consistency and glossier finish hides imperfections better than other finishes (Mega Mattes are least forgiving).


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Wednesday Avatar

My eye is enjoying the dewiness on the light to medium shades in this finish much more than the darks. I think the formula may be too emollient for my tastes in the reds and vamps. I see row upon row of lippies I would wear here so dupes are going to play into my choices very heavily and hopefully it will also seriously pare down my MusthaveVvants

A Avatar

Thanks for the quick swatches and descriptions, I love looking at all the pretty shades!
From how you described the formula, this sounds like the kind of formula I’d stick to the lighter more nude shades for as I find they can get messy and wear off unevenly for me.
Though the Estee Lauder Sculpting lipsticks have this almost “clingy” feeling to them that makes them my favourite creamy formula – idk what it is, but they don’t sink into my liplines like so many other creamy lipsticks and give overall a much smoother finish that lasts longer than any other non-satin/matte formula I’ve tried.

KJH Avatar

Bang up job! Now comes the hard part, the ratings and dupes. Thank god you have a system and database for each. Feel sorry for those reviewers that don’t. Still won’t be easy. Good luck.

Christine Avatar

It’s funny, but after awhile–probably after testing 30-40 of them–that consistencies start to become apparent, so then it is more of a matter of finding and testing the ones that are inconsistent. It gets easier to write about them after awhile. A lot of times I’ll pre-write and drop in information the day of testing, almost like a skeleton of a review.

KJH Avatar

Smart. But we knew you were. This is one massive undertaking. Think I’ll wait a couple of months before dipping in. The stores are going to be like Filene’s Basement sales: legendary and scary. Not going anywhere near a store that carries UD in June. Bet Sephora, Ulta, and UD online crash. Hope not, but I do predict it. This is epic insanity.

Katherine T. Avatar

Yep, I’m a lipstick junkie, and I’m OD’ing just looking at the swatches here! My brain is swimming. There are way, way too many that I like. I’m going to have to go through my big lipstick collection, swatch everything, just to make sure I don’t pick up any dupes or close dupes! It’s either that or kiss my wallet good bye

Yvette Avatar

I hope I’m wrong but these look like they would bleed and feather on me. The old formula didn’t do that. I noted that these are cheaper too. I hope cheaper doesn’t equal less quality. Christine do you know why they discontinued the Revolution lipsticks?

Erin Avatar

Most of these look perfect. A few duds but mostly really great. I’m drawn to Crisis which didn’t stand out to me before now from the other mid toned shades. Some of these shades look like dupes of other shades in the line, so some money saved there.

Melissa Avatar

Thank you for your organised, honest opinion on all the finishes. This really helps me decide whether I should wait for the newer versions or purchase some back-ups. I’m most excited for the pigmented purple shades!! πŸ˜€

Maria Avatar

It looks like this lipstick is a winner all the shades look so beautiful. They look like full coverage, very creamy and non drying, hopefully. I can’t wait for your review.

Nika99 Avatar

I have the original Mrs.Mia Wallace.I want Ravenswood,Insanity,Interrogate,Barfly,ZZ,Violate,Native,Weirdo,and Liar!Im going to go broke with this release.Do you know if they are going to be releasing a lipstick vault for sale like the pictures I’ve seen on Jeffree Star’s Instagram and other bloggers Instagram pages?

Marta G. Avatar

These look very solid: I bet they’re getting good grades overall! I’m surprised that the cream formula is less creamy than the comfort mattes though. How do you think this finish compares to the regular Revolution lipsticks, Christine? (the creamy ones) Thanks again for you hard work!

Rachel Avatar

Thank you so much, Christine, this is an amazing post! And your swatch gallery is so awesomely helpful to compare old shades to new ones–can’t believe you got the swatches from this collection up so quickly!

Do you have general thoughts on how these lipsticks compare to the revolution collection? I was going to buy some revolution lipsticks from ulta (f bomb, sheer ladybird, sheer f bomb, sheer slow burn) because they are only $11 (!!) but since the vice version is $18 rather than the old $22 I’m wondering if anything about the new formulas justifies the additional $7. The particular shades I’m interested in don’t seem to have undergone significant changes from what I can see from your swatch gallery.

Again, thank you so much!! Temptalia is such a fantastic website!!

Primpcess Avatar

I’m glad I stocked up on the revolution lipsticks at 50% off. My list of wants won’t be out of control. But I sure am loving those purples!

Fran Avatar

Christine, I’m so crazy-busy with school and applying for jobs that I haven’t been able to keep up much with the blog, but I have a question. The original Revolution formula was great on my lips. The three UD x Gwen Stefani lipsticks that I tried I loved — but all three bled at the corners of my mouth. Does this Cream formula seem more similar to the original Revolution formula, or to the formula they used for the collaboration with Gwen Stefani on Rock Steady, Wonderland, and Firebird? I guess I’ll have to try them to find out… but I’m going to be seriously bummed if they changed to a formula that bleeds on me, because there are some really gorgeous colors here!

Christine Avatar

Hey Fran,

When I asked UD originally about the Gwen Stefani formula, they said it was the same as the Revolution, but to be honest, now I am unsure since it seems like maybe not or else they made little to no changes carrying over the shades.

Some shades seem very similar in texture to the original Revolutions, some seemed thinner, smoother – softer in a way.

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