A while back I splurged on a few Urban Decay Vice lipsticks. The endless range of colours and formulas makes it almost impossible for me to leave their Sandton store without at least one lipstick coming home with me.
I have yet to be let down by any Urban Decay product, and their lippies are no exception. They’re great quality makeup that I need no encouragement to buy, but in case YOU need a little encouragement, read what I have to think about them in my full Perilously Pale Product Review below!
1. Is the product cruelty-free?
Yes… but no. Urban Decay has a policy of not testing on animals, not asking others to do it for them, and requiring their suppliers to not test on animals either, which has resulted in the company awesomely being supported by PETA and The Leaping Bunny Programme since 2014. Oh, and they DO NOT sell to China (bonus win).
Unfortunately, Urban Decay’s parent company is L’Oréal, and hopefully we all know that the organization is notorious for testing on animals. So depending on your personal choices when it comes to beauty without cruelty, you may still want to abstain from purchasing Urban Decay’s products on this premise.
2. Does the packaging catch my eye?
Like all Urban Decay’s products, the packaging of their lipsticks is beautiful. The bullet is silver and the top is gold, all nice and shiny. I like that the colours are plain and simple and won’t start to get dirty or look tired after rolling around in your hand bag for a while.
While packaging isn’t a make or break when it comes to whether I’d purchase a product or not, when it comes to lipsticks, a consistent, pretty packaging is nice if you want to display them on your vanity.
3. Is the packaging convenient to use?
The little metallic bullets are quite weighty and feel very sturdy in your hand. I like that they feel tightly shut when you close the lid, so I don’t worry about them coming loose in my bag. The mechanism is smooth to roll up and down, and they all around feel like well-made products.
4. Does the product have an agreeable scent?
Urban Decay lipsticks have a pleasant vanilla-ery scent to them. It isn’t very strong, and it definitely doesn’t last, but I prefer the scentless-ness when it comes to lip products.
5. Is it made from quality ingredients?
Each formula (and even shades within the same formula) has different ingredients. I chose to look and a random Mega-Matte shade to consider the ingredients of the lipsticks, this is the list as per the Urban Decay website.
Octyldodecanol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Kaolin, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Butyrospermum Parkii Oil / Shea Oil, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax, Cetyl Lactate, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Aqua / Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Squalane, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil / Jojoba Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter / Cocoa Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil / Avocado Oil, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Extract / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Citric Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Tin Oxide. [+/- (May Contain/Peut contenir): CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Mica, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate].
I like that the lipsticks contain a lot of nourishing ingredients (I’ve highlighted them in black), making them great for your lips.
The main ingredient, octyldodecanol, is a long chain fatty alcohol, used for skin conditioning and has a very low skin irritant risk. Isodecyl neopentanoate is used to aid in the product’s spreadability and is also known for leaving skin soft and supple.
6. Does the product last well?
I will say that the longevity of the lipsticks is really impressive. Obviously the lasting power will differ between finishes and shades, but of the handful I own, I’ve been pleased with both how long the product lasts, and the way in which it wears off.
Often, I am put off of lip products by the way that they wear. Bleeding over the edges of your lips, rubbing off along the inside of your mouth, cracking and drying your lips… Ew. But if anything, these guys leave your lips feeling better than before.
7. Are any promises made being fulfilled?
While the lippies don’t come with any radical claims or promises, I do feel that they fulfill their job of being good quality, long-lasting lipsticks that are available in a range of shades. What more could a girl really ask for, right?
8. Is it worth its price tag?
The Urban Decay bullets contain 0.11oz (or 3.25ml) compared to MAC’s 3g per lipstick. Honestly, I don’t really know what the density of a MAC lipstick is, so I’m just going to take a wild guess and say the two volumes are comparable, since I own both and there isn’t a distinct difference.
The UD Vice lipsticks go for R240.00, same as the MAC ones, which I think is very reasonable. Lipstick lasts me a long time, and drugstore lip products can cost almost the same, so for me, the price tag would be very much acceptable.
9. Did my boyfriend notice that I used it?
As lipstick is the type of makeup I wear least often, it is the first thing he notices about my look when I am wearing it. I also receive compliments from other people when i do wear these colours, so they definitely make me feel great when I wear them.
10. Would I repurchase it?
Absolutely. I love how extensive Urban Decay’s range is, both in colours and textures. They offer a selection of 120 different shades (of which only some are available in South Africa), in Comfort-Matte, Mega Matt, Metallized, Sheer, Sheer Shimmer and Cream.
I also appreciate how well they have managed to combine being daring, while still catering to the majority of makeup wearers. With bright purples and navies, they have a few colours that really stand out like nothing any other brand has offered so far, but they still have a gorgeous collection of nudes, pinks and reds for those who aren’t to adventurous.
So, overall, a pretty impressive 9,5/10. Half a mark taken away for pretending to be cruelty-free (sorry Urban Decay). The Vice lippies are definitely something I recommend checking out next time you pass by an Urban Decay store. They’re great quality for a reasonable price, and there’s, without a doubt, something for everyone.
Do you own any Urban Decay lippies? How do you feel they compare to MAC lipsticks? Leave a comment below or find me on social media to let me know your thoughts.