As soon as Urban Decay announced they were releasing 120 shades of lipstick in a new formula with six finishes for £15 each I was HYPED – I couldn’t wait to start looking through the promo images (Temptalia is my go-to site for makeup launch info) & noting down which shades I wanted.
There are easily 30+ shades I would love to own but moving house means my beauty budget has been slashed so I limited myself to just one (thankfully all the shades are permanent so I can always go back & pick up more). I was keen to try out the comfort matte formula as the idea of a matte lipstick which isn’t drying is the stuff dreams are made of & I’ve been on the look out for a true brown nude for a while now, so the shade 1993 seemed like the obvious choice.
First things first: the packaging. Urban Decay have kept the traditional gun metal finish for the main body of the barrel but have added gold accents to the base which I honestly love. As you can see, the company name is etched into the barrel & the logo is stamped on the lipstick itself, both of which are nice touches & not necessarily something you’d expect from a £15 lipstick. The cap still has the slightly warped finish, similar to the Revolution lipsticks, but I think the sharper edges on the rest of the barrel help it feel more polished.
Vice vs. Revolution
The gold accent is probably the most instantly noticeable change from the old Revolution lipstick line (right) but there are a couple of other alterations which are worth noting. Firstly, despite the fact that the Vice lipsticks are significantly shorter, that height has gone from the packaging & not the product – you’re actually getting 0.02g more product with the Vice lipsticks (which is particularly exciting when you’re paying around £5 less per lipstick). Urban Decay have also switched from the rounded to a more traditional pointed bullet tip – HALLELUJAH – making the Vice lipsticks super easy to apply, even in the trickier darker shades.
1993 is a medium, warm-toned brown which has satin finish. I’m a little disappointed that this isn’t more matte but it is super comfortable to wear & you can always blot it for a more matte finish. The pigmentation is incredible, with an even colour pay-off from just one layer & the wear time is easily 5+ hours.
This shade is really versatile & on trend (hence it currently being sold out on the Urban Decay website) – I love wearing it with brown eyeshadow & minimal blush for a super 90s look.
Overall, I’ve been really impressed with this reformulation from Urban Decay & will definitely be buying more shades in the future. Let me know which are your favourites in the comments below.