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, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Strip (P, $7.00) is glossier (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty No Angel (242) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $18.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Tipsy (DC, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass I've Never (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Wish (LE, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass I'll Never Stop (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Uptight (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Impulsive (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Easy Babe (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Abstract (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Anastasia Honey (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Sueno de Coco (LE, $6.50) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). ColourPop Fab (LE, $7.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (DC, $18.00) 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). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Hard Cider (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Crop Top (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Gabriel Zamora (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop 951 (P, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Public Display (Lip Color) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Toast and Butter (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $19.00) is brighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (DC, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Anastasia #8 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is darker, lower quality, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Hot Toddy (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Propa Beauty Closer (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Cool Brown (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Becca Tawny (DC, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% 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 Temptation Waits (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Romy (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Tiger Eye (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Jupiter (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Blake (LE, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Dark Desire (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Revlon Iced Mocha (P, $8.49) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Caliente (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bambou (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #18 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Shatter (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Bubblerum (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Chocolate Whip (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Inspiree (164) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (DC, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Guillermo (DC, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cher-ished (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Broken (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cher-ished (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Ember (DC, $18.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Maltese Red (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Headliner (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Henne (283) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Brains 'n' Bronze (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (DC, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Zebra (LE, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Subverted (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Diva (200) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 05 (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aaron (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Chrome Brown (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Spanish Fly (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bambou (LE, $55.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Derek (DC, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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). Sephora My Rules (34) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Witty (P, $15.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC DGAF (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pavlos (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Strange (DC, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cognac (DC, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Pat McGrath Flesh 3 (P, $38.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction (P, $57.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Seashore (112) (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Yum Yum (10) (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Ignited Lava (120) (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Sandra (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia #6 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Pat McGrath Leatherette (LE, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Shoreditch Walk (144) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ben (P, $36.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clove (DC, $24.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #011 (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Unnatural Natural (DC, $40.00) is cooler (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.

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

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On face:
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  • 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

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A Avatar

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?

Katherine T. Avatar

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!!

KJH Avatar

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.

Nancy T Avatar

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??

E Avatar

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!

Melissa Avatar

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).

LMM Avatar

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?

Christine Avatar

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

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