Urban Decay Uptight, 1993, Backdoor, Conspiracy, Nighthawk Vice Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm nude [with a Comfort Matte finish].” It’s a medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly due to the very creamy, smooth consistency. I noticed that the texture seemed to emphasize lip lines just slightly after I applied, but it did worsen as the color wore off (over a four and a half hour period) as the color gathered into lip lines. Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) (DC, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Empathy (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Pillow Talk (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Strip (P, $6.50) is glossier (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty No Angel (242) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Wish (LE, $6.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass I've Never (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Impulsive (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass I'll Never Stop (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $18.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Anastasia Honey (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Abstract (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC Easy Babe (LE, $18.50) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Bad 'n' Bare (P, $18.50) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sueno de Coco (LE, $6.50) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Fenty Beauty S1ngle (P, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Pinch (LE, $5.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NYX Sable (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (DC, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “medium brown [with a Comfort Matte finish.]” It’s a medium-dark brown with warmer, slightly orange-y undertones and a satiny sheen. It had rich color payoff that covered the lips with smooth, even coverage. The texture was very creamy, lightweight, and comfortable to wear and never tugged on the lips when applied from the tube. On me, the color lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Hot Cocoa (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop 951 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gabriel Zamora (LE, $18.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Crop Top (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Toast and Butter (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $18.50) is brighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Public Display (Lip Color) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia #8 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is darker, lower quality, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $18.50) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $18.50) is cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Cool Brown (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gustavo (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $18.50) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Boardwalk (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Candid (P, $15.00) is cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “frosted dusty brown [with a Metallized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, reddish brown with warmer undertones and a lot of fine pearl. It had mostly opaque pigmentation where the natural lip color came through very slightly, but this was one of the more pigmented Metallized shades. The texture was also a bit denser than most of the Metallized range, though it was still thinner than a Cream and had more slip. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Romy (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Temptation Waits (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Tiger Eye (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Blake (LE, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Dark Desire (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Caliente (LE, $18.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Jupiter (LE, $18.50) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bambou (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain #18 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Inspiree (164) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Shatter (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Broken (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC I Get So OOC (LE, $18.50) is cooler (80% similar). MAC Act So Cool (LE, $18.50) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Zebra (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cher-ished (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Subverted (LE, $18.50) is darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Guillermo (DC, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “plum-bronze shimmer [with a Metallized finish].” It’s an intense, deep reddish-brown with warmer undertones and a lot of fine, copper pearl. Like Backdoor, it was more pigmented than not with a lightly creamy texture that applied easily and went on smoothly but could have been a smidgen more even on. This shade lasted for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Act So Cool (LE, $18.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2 (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cher-ished (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Ember (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Headliner (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Brains 'n' Bronze (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Zebra (LE, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Subverted (LE, $18.50) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 05 (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Spanish Fly (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aaron (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Diva (200) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Derek (DC, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bambou (LE, $55.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC I Get So OOC (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Romy (LE, $36.00) is lighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Dark Desire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “brown-red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a deep, reddish brown with warmer undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though there was a slight translucency to the color. This could look even redder if you have naturally red-tinted lips. The texture was lightweight, moderately emollient, and glided on without tugging, but it felt more slippery than most shades in the finish. I didn’t personally experience feathering, but it has enough slip that it might be an issue for others. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Legendary (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pavlos (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Witty (P, $15.00) is cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Flesh 3 (P, $38.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cognac (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Pat McGrath Strange (P, $38.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Sandra (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clove (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia #6 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Sephora Yum Yum (10) (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction (P, $54.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ben (P, $36.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Pat McGrath Leatherette (LE, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty #011 (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Divine Brown (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Pat McGrath Unnatural Natural (P, $38.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay En Fuego (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Pat McGrath She's So Deep (LE, $38.00) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Blackberry (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Chocolatier (LE, $7.00) is darker, warmer (85% 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.

A note on packaging: an average Revolution lipstick weighed 1.0 oz. in total, while a Vice Lipstick weighed 0.7 oz. in total. The weight distribution for a Revolution lipstick was: 0.2 oz. for the cap alone, 0.8 oz. for the base. The weight distribution for a Vice lipstick was: 0.2 oz. for the cap alone, 0.5 oz. for the base. The decrease is felt primarily in the sturdiness/weighted feeling of the base, so I find the older Revolutions to stand better on their own, but thrown into a cup or jar for storage, it doesn’t really matter. The more weighted base does give a greater sense of heft when applying, since you hold the base. The caps are the same total weight, but the Revolution caps are shorter and, as a result, maybe 1mm thicker, while the Vice caps are longer and spread the same weight of material over a larger area. All but two out of 120 lipstick caps felt very secure, and then about four were extremely secure and difficult to uncap, but otherwise, there is a soft “click” and the caps seem to stay on without easily coming off. All that being said, they seem to be the same packaging used in the Gwen Stefani and Alice Through the Looking Glass collaborations, though the interior tube felt a little higher-end, even though they all weigh the same. Revolution Lipsticks were $22.00 for 0.09 oz., which works out to be $244.44/oz., and these are $17.00 for 0.11 oz., which works out to be $154.55/oz. So while the packaging does feel less substantial and cheaper, you are paying $5 less and getting more for your money, but if you really liked the heavier base of Revolution lipsticks, you might miss that feeling with the new packaging.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

See more photos & swatches!

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Nighthawk Vice Lipstick

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Product Availability

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick $18.00/0.11 OZ.
When you purchase through our links above, you help support Temptalia. Thank You!

Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
  • Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow Blush
  • Urban Decay Aura Afterglow Highlighter
On eyes:
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Mushroom Eyeliner

About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

45 Comments

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the post above for information regarding pricing, availability, dupes, and availability, and keep discussion on-topic.

Please do not ask if/when a review will be posted as we cannot review everything and often change priorities from day-to-day. If you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us. Thank you!

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

Comments on this post are closed.

My half to one shade lighter and more olive sallow skin makes such a huge difference in colours like these. They look perfectly fine on you.. me, yucky face shudder. No spending danger here. Giddy up..that’s two full categories of no.

I want to try out the first the first two especially Uptight. I love these kinds of peachy browns, and they tend to vary a LOT in how they look on me depending on slight changes is colour so I always want more dupes.

And really, UD? “Backdoor” for a brown?

I love Nighthawk, but I love Backdoor and Conspiracy even more. Those metallic rusty browns are divine!

Yay 😀 I am digging the Metallized finish as something that feels “new” (even though we have seen it before, of course!).

Oh my gosh, love the red browns ! I can rock all of these colors except for Uptight, but I already have enough dupes in my stash, must resist!!

Yeah, like the last 4 for nighthawk. Know what you mean. Maybe conspiracy, but bet I have a late 90s Bourjois dupe. Miss that line in the US.

Oh my, how I am going gaga over the warm, rich, shimmery shades of Conspiracy and Backdoor! So beautiful! My only conundrum is that I have been lusting after TF Derek forever, because it’s beautiful for one, but it’s also named after my son’s as well as my own favorite baseball player: Mr. Derek Jeter (at least he and I think it is!). Sooo….Idk??

I’m not generally one for brown lipsticks but those look gorgeous on you Christine! Especially Nighthawk ??.

I’m so happy that they made these things cheaper! I’ve had my eye on 1993 ever since it was out, but now it’s a little more in my price range! <3

I love Conspiracy! I think the closest thing I have to it is NYX’s Wicked Lippie in Wrath. This seems to be different enough to justify the purchase!

I love Conspiracy and Backdoor (except the name). Nighthawk is beautiful. I got the Revolution version of Matte 1993, and I think it’s a beautiful color. It’s very close to one of my all-time favorites, Wet n Wild Fergie Bebot Love, which was DC recently, so it’s nice to have a replacement.

EVERY one of these UD posts I think… okay, this is the set that I won’t find one or more that I really want it. Nope. At least one has made it on my list every time! This time it is Backdoor and 1993 (Conspiracy is on the strong maybe list, but that one looks like one I could skip as these lists get longer and longer).

So, Christine…do you think these kinds of colors are here to stay (I mean, not in the UD line, but in general) or is this a passing trend? Because I adore colors like 1993, and they were actually pretty hard to find after, well, 1993. Then the resurgence happened, and I still love them – but if I pull out a color like this in the fall, am I going to look dated, in your opinion?

Also: If one owned ColourPop Grunge, would a makeup guru like yourself advise that one might also need 1993, or is that overkill?

I’m probably the wrong person to ask, because I think you can wear whatever you want whenever you want! UD put these browns in their permanent line so why not 🙂

When it comes to owning similar shades, the question is more like – do you wear it often enough to finish another? Grunge is redder in tone, so I think it is different enough if it’s the type of color you’d wear 🙂

http://www.temptalia.com/side-by-side/?sbs_1_search=Urban+Decay+1993&sbs_1=230905&sbs_2_search=Colour+Pop+Grunge&sbs_2=205010

If you don't see your comment yet, it's still in our moderation queue. We try our best to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind. Thank you for your patience!