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…
- 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!