Makeup: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani lipstick in 714 review

I go through periods of time where I don’t buy much lipstick and am happy with the 593 tubes I’ve already got, but 2016, so far, ain’t one of those times. How one can not yet have a red lipstick at the top of the pile with so many already in one’s possession is probably as baffling to you all as it is to me. I put it down to my colouring – it’s hard to find foundations that match and it seems a challenge to find reds that compliment it too. And as many as I own, they are all different colours (I swear!)!
I was excited about Gwen Stefani’s make-up range with Urban Decay because that woman nails the retro red lips and winged eyeliner like perhaps no other modern celebrity on the planet. Teach me your ways, oh wise one, and let me wear all your cosmetic things. When I got the amazing eyeshadow palette for Christmas, it came with samples for her lipsticks and I was immediately drawn to this one. It was difficult to apply (and given the consistency of the lipstick bullet I now understand why), but a thinly brushed on layer looked pretty, and it looked so nice on another blogger that when I had a horrible night where I was really sick and then couldn’t sleep, I found myself buying this as a pick-me-up. I was a bit lack-of-sleep-and-random-sickness delirious, but hey, at least it was only a new lipstick and I didn’t find myself on the Bernie Dexter website or something…
Urban Decay’s matte lipsticks really are completely matte, so don’t be fooled by the slight sheen my lights are creating here. The problem with them is that there aren’t as many to choose from as with Mac’s giant range and it’s hard to find them in shops here to try out. This is an issue when they’re this expensive. But this one is very pretty…


Urban Decay Gwen Stefani lipstick in 714 review


Urban Decay Gwen Stefani lipstick in 714 review


Urban Decay Gwen Stefani lipstick in 714 review
  • It’s a perfect matte, but not too drying (it’s not moisturising either though, so you will feel the effects of wearing it after a day)
  • It’s comfortable/fairly natural-feeling on the lips – I’m not conscious of it in a way I am with some of my Mac mattes
  • It’s a small thing to me, but the packaging is really pretty
  • The pigment packs a punch – and it stays in place pretty well too, although as with most lipsticks you’ll need to touch up a bit after eating
  • It’s a bit ‘draggy’ to apply, in that the texture isn’t super smooth and soft
  • It’s not cheap!
  • It’s in the Gwen Stefani range, so that means it’s limited edition. I hate falling in love with limited edition things, but that doesn’t seem to stop me buying them all!
  • It’s a really pretty colour, but it’s on the dark, cool side of red – which I wouldn’t mind, but Urban Decay advertises this as a ‘bright red’
  • For this reason, I find it a bit much for daytime as it’s quite dramatic on my pale colouring


So, I do really like this lipstick – I love the completely matte finish that wears well and isn’t as uncomfortable for me as the Mac mattes. But it’s the colour again; it’s a great evening red, but I just don’t really love it as a daytime red. It does photograph a bit lighter than it feels like it looks on, which I often find is the way. So it’s quite good for blog photos, but I feel ‘overdone’ while taking them! Not one I’d repurchase (probably won’t still be in stock anyway by that point), but if the colour is right for you it’s a pretty fab lipstick.
Oh and thank you to Jessica again for sponsoring the accessories of this post with this adorable headscarf!


  1. March 20, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Oh no, another lipstick for me to obsess over!! It's a really pretty colour on you. Sigh. There goes my spending ban on makeup…. xx

    • March 20, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      Sorry! I have failed to live with many self-imposed makeup spending bans… Bloggers are largely to blame xx

  2. March 20, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    What a fantastic colour on you! When are they going to invent a moisturising matte lipstick, it really is about time!

    • March 21, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      I wish I knew! I have just found one that leaves my lips in the same state as it found them, but that's the closest I've got…

  3. March 20, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    I really like reading your make-up reviews they are super helpful, I actually am considering some things from your other reviews too! It looks like such a pretty red. Also if you DID end up on Bernie Dexters website… I can't wait to see what you got! (if you did..!)

    • March 21, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      I'm so glad to hear you say that as I was wondering if people were bored of them by this point! Particularly as they're nearly ALL red lipstick reviews… heh. But I will read any review of red lipstick myself, no matter how many I already own, so I figure I can't be the only one… And I didn't end up on Bernie's website this time, but that was mostly because I bought something from there a couple of weeks before!!

  4. March 20, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    I think it is a little weird that they advertised as a bright red. You're totally right it's more of a cool red. I actually really love it but just like you I don't like buying things that are limited edition! I hate wanting something that is no longer available! Thats the only thing. I do think if I were to try this and fall in love I would end up buying six tubes and I'm not positive I'm ready for that kind of a commitment. lol
    xx Belle

    • March 21, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      I wouldn't say it's bright at all – on me, at least. But I can't really work out how it would be bright on anyone, it's a bit too deep for that. It's pretty though, I give it that! I'm kinda glad I didn't LOVE it too, because at the price these lipsticks are that's a good way to bankrupt yourself swiftly! x

  5. March 20, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Oh this lipstick looks lovely, your make-up always looks sooo good! I really enjoy these reviews too.. I hope you did get something from Bernie Dexter being on the site and all, if so what did you getttttttt haha 😛 x

    • March 21, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      Thanks, I did have a particularly strong eyeshadow day when I took these, I thought 😉 I did get something from Bernie, a few weeks before… But you won't be that excited by it cos I happen to know you already own it! x

  6. March 21, 2016 / 2:12 am

    Oh I love Gwen Stefani and yes her makeup is always on point! That lipstick colour looks so lovely on you! 🙂

  7. March 21, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Is it just my monitor, or is there the slightest whisper of raspberry juice-ness to this shade of red? I just love it if there is, as I find that tends to work well with my colouring, and certainly think that this shade is beautiful on you (with yours).

    You're so sweet! Thank you very much for the hugely appreciated mention here. That scarf is tres adorable and picks up the pink in your Erstwilder brooch super nicely.

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    • March 21, 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Yes, it does have a slight raspberry tinge to it!

      Always happy to feature the lovely things you sent me – I do wear them all the time! xx

  8. March 23, 2016 / 12:26 am

    It looks fabulous on you! Although really, I can't imagine a color that wouldn't look amazing on you, despite your thoughts to the contrary.
    I have to agree with the person who said that it pulls a little raspberry, which I love. It's a very playful red, and it's a perfect match for one of the lippies in your brooch. 😉

    • March 23, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      I feel like lipsticks always look better in the photos than I feel like they do in the mirror! Not that I'm complaining, it would suck for blogging if it was the other way round 😉

  9. March 23, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Its really a lovely color. You obviously are great with lipstick application, I struggle as can be see in the post I did recently on besame lipsticks lol

    retro rover

  10. March 23, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Love this shade on you and I totally got a chuckle seeing you put this lipstick up next to your brooch! 🙂

  11. March 28, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Wauw that lipstick color is so pretty!
    Love your whole make up look!
    Not to mention your hair~! <3

  12. March 30, 2016 / 1:17 am

    Isn't just the worst that limited edition releases are the ones you fall for? I'm always doing the same, then I am sooo tempted to hoard as many of them as I can… Haha! But this colour is lovely on you, so I think it's perfect. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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