Urban Decay Mega Matte Vice Lipsticks | Swatches + First Impressions

Urban Decay Oblivion Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Oblivion Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.011 oz.) is available in six finishes, and this post is highlighting the Mega Matte finish.  This was a new finish that was first seen in the Gwen Stefani collaboration with the shade 714, which is the only pre-existing shade–there are 10 in total, 9 are new.  I previously noted that while the color of 714 didn’t really change from range to range, the consistency was creamier in the new, Vice formula.  It didn’t drag, tug, or otherwise feel painful to apply, which was largely my experience with 714 when launched in the Gwen Stefani collection.

My initial impressions of the Mega Matte finish are that it is a thinner, clingier formula that is drier and has the most matte finish out of all the finishes (that’s not a surprise).  It has been the most drying while worn, though it isn’t the most drying formula I have tried.  The thinner, drier texture makes it a less forgiving finish if you have any existing dryness, flaking, or the like on your lips, so it would be a good idea to exfoliate and put a bit of balm on prior to application (remove the balm with a tissue before applying the lipstick to get the same wear/finish).  This finish also seemed to have more variance with some shades being really pigmented, others being mostly opaque, and some applying better or worse.  About half or more aren’t what I’d consider to be matte; semi-matte, possibly satin even (see a shade like Vanity Kills).  They have been wearing five to eight hours thus far.

The Mega Matte finish doesn’t feel like the rest of the finishes in the range, as it is noticeably drier and thinner with a little more stiffness but doesn’t really drag much on the lips.

Vice Lipstick | Mega Matte

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I really want to try Oblivion but the formula scares me. I still may give it a try, but first I want to hear about dupes, possibly in a more forgiving formula.

Hex is beautiful, but hmmm, the 2 purples look very similar to each other, and both are patchy in the inner lip area. Looks fixable with lip liner, but will see if there’s a better performing dupe out there

I like the finish, but agree, they do not look like true mattes.. I think the advent of matte liquid lipsticks make everything else look almost so much moister in comparison. I hope this is a formula I can successfully wear because it looks very well groomed on the lips if that makes any sense.

I’m definitely in for Oblivion and Pandemonium. I also love Alpha, but see that as a potential lippie with many dupes in my stash, MAC Red Balloon off the top of my head.

Thank you so much for doing these posts. Having them split up by formula is really helpful. I know I can skip the mega matte formula! As a consumer, I’m finding such a big release to be really overwhelming-how do you choose one or two to start out with…ugh! I’m sure it’s overwhelming for you as well.

Happy to help, Beka 🙂

I would say either try a shade that isn’t one you have already or try one you know you’d wear all the time!

The finish even in pictures doesn’t look “Mega Matte”!That being said I think Oblivion is a beautiful color.I love Savage and Crank.Vanity Kills looks like it would be a very unforgiving color in a true matte.

Ok , I give. I cannot for the life of me tell the difference between Jawbreaker and Pandemonium. Is one maybe exclusive to Sephora and the other for everyone else?

Soon! I have been testing out of order so I can try a variety of finishes/types of colors so I can do some overviews since I will not be able to get all shades reviewed prior to launch!

Alpha is a stand out for me. I wish they were less drying then you mention because I love the finish on these.

Oblivion looks like an interesting shade, and 714 is a gorgeous matte red. Having dry lips this is probably a finish I should avoid though!

I think it’s downright BIZARRE that UD put BOTH Pandemonium and Jawbreaker in the exact same formula! Utterly redundant, if you ask me. They are practically the SAME shade!
*rant over*
Ok, so only Pandemonium remains on my “list”. Love me a deep, dark purple lip!!! ???

They’re different, actually 🙂 Pandemonium has very fine shimmer and is slightly lighter/warmer. The photos are definitely different products applied – Jawbreaker has greater opacity and is more even than the photo of Pandemonium.

Oblivion is beautiful-but I don’t think I can wear the Mega Matte formula. Feels & looks too dry on me. Hope to find a dupe in a satin of cream.

Have you ever considered posting pictures after they’ve dried down and worn a bit? I’m curious how these wear away and if they can be extended by applying balm later in the wear period.

I try to explain how they wear away in my reviews, if they do anything odd 🙂 I don’t personally use any tricks to extend wear or hydration, like lip liner/lip balm, though!

I really thought Pandemonium and Jawbreaker were going to be different finishes because they look almost interchangeable to me. I thought one would be matte and one a satin or cream, and that’s how UD justified the similarity in color. Hm.

They sure don’t look like “mega mattes” which I would think would look like many of the mega matte type liquid lipsticks. People that like that look will probably be disappointed.

There are some gorgeous colors with this finish. I’m glad to hear 714 is creamier. The sample I got of it was dry and horrible to wear.

I’m definitely waiting for your review but I think I’m going to want Oblivion (or at least see the dupes if it’s under-performing)!

Oblivion is a super pretty colour 🙂 I think it would be too cool for me, but I’d like to check it out anyway. Although Mega Matte doesn’t sound like a formula I’d love….

I can’t wait to try these! I’m glad 714 is better than the Gwen Stefani sample I have. I like 714, Oblivion, Alpha and Hex! ?

I don’t know. I’m just kinda not impressed with any of these Vice lipsticks. The mattes aren’t matte enough, and the colours I do like from other finishes, I wish were mattes instead. Especially the funky colours like black and blue. Who wants shiny black or blue lipstick? Who wants a sheer shiny green lipstick? I really like Vanity Kills but that type of shade needs to be matte because like this it just looks cheap. I just feel like they made some bad decisions.

OBLIVION !!! that’s the only one of these that is a must buy for me. So gorgeous. But honestly they call these mega mattes?????? Hahahaha!

Thanks so much for this posting. I’ve fallen in love with oblivion. It just became available to vib rouge on sephora online so I ordered immediately! It’s such a beautiful and unique color to me. I very much enjoyed 714 in the mega matte formula (didn’t find it drying or hard to apply) so I’m really excited to receive it!

Hi Im ‘french and ‘i m searching for the color CRASH and not Crush CRASH is orange and crush is a cold pink. CRASH is not available in france. Can you tell me when it can be available or if it’ s just reserved for some people.
I’ve read that 30 colors would’nt be found in France. it ‘ s sad. Sorry for my English. I hope you can help me?
Thanks

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