Urban Decay Smog, Roach, Bruise XX Vintage Vice Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep coppery bronze [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and gold, green, and bronze pearl that give it more of a metallic finish. The consistency was creamy, lightly emollient but not too slippery, and glided on with ease. It had nearly opaque coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five hours and was moisturizing while worn. Colour Pop DM (DC, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). NYX New Era (P, $7.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Cersei Lannister (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop PYT (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented (80% similar). MAC Bronze Shimmer (P, $19.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (DC, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy-brown [with a Cream finish].” It’s a muted, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine bronze shimmer with subtle, multi-colored pearl. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly, though it slid around somewhat on the lips, so I could see “lines” if I pressed my lips together. The texture was lightweight and comfortable to wear, but it had more slip than other shades in the Cream finish. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating. NYX New Era (P, $7.50) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Cersei Lannister (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cher-ished (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Headliner (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2 (LE, $19.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aperture (03) (LE, $53.00) is cooler (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 05 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Caramel Sugar (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Act So Cool (LE, $19.50) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aaron (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop DM (DC, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Conspiracy (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Zebra (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Ember (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa Crush (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Shatter (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Diva (200) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Foiled (LE, $21.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC I Get So OOC (LE, $19.50) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “sheer deep burgundy red with green shift [with a Sheer finish].” It’s a brighter, medium-dark reddish plum with a lightly glossy finish. There’s a very, very fine bit of bluish-teal pearl, but it’s barely-there–I can’t really detect a shift, even when just swatched on my arm and twisting it in every different direction. The texture was smooth, moderately emollient that glided on easily and had a wettish feel going on. This shade was lightly hydrating and lasted for five and a half hours, and it left behind a stain. Wet 'n' Wild Dark Wine (P, $0.99) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Infuse (DC, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Diva Antics (LE, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Jam (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Hang Up (P, $19.50) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Plum (297) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Make Me (Lip Color) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bruised Plum (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (P, $19.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Labradorable (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Buxom Menace (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Party Line (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Ultraberry (247) (P, $38.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Burberry Oxblood (53) (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Merlot (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Smashbox Fig (PiP, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Didier (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Acajou (207) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is available in six finishes, which are primarily distinguished by level of sheen, shimmer content, and coverage. Mega Mattes are the thinnest and have the most “cling” as they are drier and more matte (but most are semi-matte and not a totally flat matte) and can be drying, though they are longer-wearing. Comfort Mattes are creamier, a little denser, with richer color payoff on average (they are the most pigmented out of the finishes), and have a satin finish that is fairly comfortable to wear, usually lightly hydrating, and longer-wearing. Creams are usually softer and creamier, though not too soft (they don’t mush or break from the base easily), with some being tackier and stiffer in the tube until they warm up against the lips; they have good color payoff, are hydrating, and are comfortable to wear but have more typical wear (four to six hours–six hours for deeper/richer shades like a red). Sheers and Sheer Shimmers have a more balm-like consistency that feels a little thinner but is wetter/more emollient than Mega Mattes, so ultimately, they feel quite different applied; they have sheerer coverage, though more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than very sheer, and have the shortest wear time at two to fours with light hydration. Metallized is the most shimmery of the finishes, though some of the other finishes have shades that are actually as shimmery (to me), but the Metallized formula has a thinner, more emollient base that isn’t as dense or as cream-like as the Creams; they feel more like the Sheers but a bit heavier and more pigmented (but seem to run semi-opaque to opaque, not always fully opaque) with average wear (four to five hours), light hydration. The Revolution formula–generally–felt a little more hydrating and pigmented on the lips, but these seem to wear a little longer; some of the shades that were in Revolution and are now in Vice (particularly the Creams, Sheers, and Sheer Shimmers) feel virtually the same on to me. The Comfort Mattes are the only ones that felt largely different–more satiny than matte, less dense compared to Matte Revolution.

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Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I’m surprised Smog and Roach are not part of their massive permanent collection of shade. Smog reminds me of the new DC OCC Authentic Lip Tar but I know it more of a bright copper in comparison.

Bruise doesn’t seem the same as I remember it. Acid Rain from the eyeshadow collection too. Kind of disappointed on a few of these vintage shades. Roach looks interesting, I wish I could test it out. I love the Roach eyeshadow

I’m not familiar with the color, but I was anticipating a shift given what the polish looked like… and I was like, “Did they forget the shimmer?”

My EXACT same thought when I saw this. I remember the original Bruise being more of like a murky purpley color, much closer to the undertone of the nailpolish. I really don’t see any of the green shift they describe either. It has been years since I’ve seen it, so maybe my mind is playing on me, but I definitely wore Bruise a lot in HS and it wasn’t this color. Why bother coming out with these and calling them vintage and replicating the original packaging, if you aren’t going to replicate more closely the colors we remember? Especially when there is no shortage of generic wine red colors in their Vice line. Oh well, smog and roach both look cool.

Even though I was set to get Roach, I am now leaning towards Smog instead! I was very worried that the more yellowish tones in Smog would give my skin a super sallow look, but you have the same degree of yellow that I do, more of a softer, olive yellow as opposed to true yellow. And this looks great on you, so yes, I *think* I can rock it too!
Bruise also is calling my name! Louder and louder, at that. It looks like juicy berry jam; saturated color with that touch of translucency is fall/winter perfection!

I love Bruise but the other two are making SUCH a mental flashback for me. Many, many. MAAAANNNNNY decades ago, I think I was probably in gr. 6 or 7. The Bond movie Goldfinger was released and Seventeen magazine had this amazing article on how to throw your own Goldfinger party (yeah, right, if your mom and dad would let you throw a party that would probably have cost 2 or 3 thousand dollars BACK IN THE 60’s). The models were all wearing gold, glimmery dresses, there was (I remember it SO clearly) a gold coloured punch; there was, of course, food all themed to Goldfinger. There were big bolders and rocks painted gold and there was dry ice. I can’t imagine many 60’s rec rooms undergoing quite such a total transformation but when you’re 11 or so, it seems so magical. Anyway, Revlon (I think it was Revlon) did a makeup collection tied in with the Goldfinger release and the lipsticks and glosses were the colours of the first 2 lipsticks and with similar levels of frost. Seeing those 2 lippies brought it all back to me. I kept that mag. for quite a while because the feature was the height of what my pre-teen heart hoped my life would be as a teenager. I will be absolutely FLOORED if anyone else remembers this (anyone as ancient as I am!)

Smog looks fantastic on you. I love the color in general. Bruise is a bit deceiving, I so thought it would be a darker color, it looks a nice burgundy but comes out a sort of red. Hmmm

So, so 90’s retro! I was wearing Clinique’s Rosetto yesterday and my fiancé said that’s very 90’s and I said yes it is! Lol. I have good memories of the 90s, I was a student from ’95 to ’98 and I loved it. My favourite lipstick was Clinique’s Baby Kiss that I got as a GWP and I wore it all the time. Smog and Roach are a bit too metallic for me but I love Bruise, perfect for the cooler seasons.

dying over Smog and Roach! I thought I was yellow olive toned but realize I’m olive gray toned so I hope these look good on me cuz not all warm toned lipsticks look good on me (even though I’m warm toned) some actually make me look dead. It’s hard being olive 🙂

I can’t wait to try both Smog and Roach…I have been looking for pretty, unique bronze tones for fall. I have auburn hair, medium skin and freckles, so can’t wait to see these re launched!

I’m really impressed with the first two. They look unique and super flattering on you, Christine! I’ve got a cooler, paler skintone (especially once we’ll get to the cold, dark months) so I don’t think they’d suit me but I’m awfully tempted by how different they are to anything in my collection…

I love Smog and Roach! Such unique colors, and they perform so well. I hope UD considers making them permanents in the future. Bruise is pretty as well, but I don’t see any of the shimmer that’s supposed to be there either. Goodness knows I love red lipstick, but I think I will be able to pass on this one.

I love Smog and Roach. Bruise is pretty, but I’m deeply disappointed that there was not a noticeable color shift. If the green shift had been pronounced, I would have jumped on it.

So glad these reviewed well! The manager at my ulta helped me pick out colors that suited me today, and bruise happened to look great on me. I bought it without looking at any reviews, so I’m glad you gave it a great rating. I love the color & formula.

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