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When I was 18 my cousin bought me an urban decay lipstick and a small eyeshadow palette and I instantly fell in love. Now at 22 I have started to get back into these and have recently bought two colours 'jailbait' and 'bullet'. Here are my thoughts.
This is spectacular, the tube is a lovely shiny purple. I believe this is metal and there is a sword embedded into the bottom. Also with urban decay around the bottom. There is then a cap on this which is plastic and see through with a purple swirly pattern. This really stands out and I often get comments on it.
Both of the ones I own are varying shades of nude Bullet is a little darker with a hint of glitter, whereas jailbait is only half a shade dark than my lip.
The shades are fairly sheer and can't be built up to much, this may not be the case for the brighter shades.
This is nice and creamy and very easy to apply and can be quite moisturising on the lip. The smell is amazing too, a kind of sweet vanilla, but it tastes disgusting. I have read loads of comments online, where people have said this puts them off, but I actually like it.
I have an issue with licking with my lips and the horrible flavour really stops me doing it.
Unfortunately lipcote does not work with this so therefore it does not last very well. A few drinks or a meal and this is gone and regularly needs refreshing.
Price and Availibilty
These lipsticks have a rrp of £11 but I often buy these from Amazon for £4.99 and I feel this is a good deal. This is very hard to find either in store or online. This s definitely hard to find.
Despite the fact I love this lipstick there is quite a few flaws. This does not last very long and it is very hard to buy or get an amazing colour from it.
The lipstick I have is from the Iconic Lipstick range in Midnight Cowboy (a sheer beige colour).
Packaging: The lipstick is in a shiny purple case with a patterned lid and a sword handle like decoration on one end. It feels a pleasant weight and the shape makes it easy to find in your handbag. The sword part means that you can't stand the lipstick up while open which I found annoying and you can't comfortably keep it in your pocket. It looks good, but it's not very practical.
Product: The lipstick has a creme caramel scent and flavour. I thought it was quite realistic, but since it's very sweet some people might find it a little overpowering. Both the flavour and scent lasted a long time.
It went on smoothly and provided even coverage. This particular shade was fairly sheer and gave a natural look. My lips looked shiny and felt moisturised without being sticky. The colour lasted well with minimal transfer onto a glass.
The range of colours and finishes looks good. There are neutral shades all the way to dramatic ones, with a mix of sheer and full coverage, so there's something for every occaision.
Price: At £12 this might be a little pricey. I'm not disappointed with the lipstick and would buy it again at this price though.
I'm not 100% sure if this review is for the old (discontinued) lipsticks or the new Urban Decay lippies. Anyway, let me start with the old ones; in my opinion, they weren't that great and quite average. Perhaps that is the main reason why they got discontinued and replaced by the new range. The old lipsticks were just like any other, housed in a metal tube with yellow/gold rim. The shades were so crazy, they had white, yellow and even ice blue. I'm not sure if the shades were that wearable as I've only tried a pink shade once and it didn't feel or look dramatically different to any other high street lipstick.
So now for the new range; on their website it's being heavily advertised and the colours and make up demo's on their models look fantastic. So when I saw these in my local Boots, I couldn't wait to try them out.
On the website it read that all the lipsticks would have a lovely crème caramel scent, however, when I smelt them in the shop, I was very disappointed and thought they smelt rather bad. I was able to detect a caramelish scent in them but rather than lovely I'd say it smelt burnt and artificial. I tried some out and thought they were rather sheer, not vibrant like on the website photos. The shades they had weren't even that out of the ordinary that I didn't think it would be worth my money. The scent really put me off so why pay over a tenner for an ordinary coloured sheer lipstick?
Sorry Urban Decay, this one's a miss for me!
The worst thing about Urban Decay lipsticks is that you never know what to expect. Some of the colors are of excellent quality: Gash, for instance, has a great consistency, fabulous color, nice coverage. Yet some of the colors are, well, somewhat lacking: Frostbite, for one, is too thin and sheer to get good coverage with, so it tends to make your lips look fairly grey and splotchy. (If you do get stuck with one of those too-sheer colors, applying a few layers and blotting in between sometimes makes it look OK.) Your best bet is to buy it at a store where you can try it out first - buying it online is iffy unless you know for a fact what you'll be getting. The color descriptions on the Urban Decay site (www.urbandecay.com) are many times horribly off, so you may not even know what color you'll end up with if you rely on those. If you *want* a sheer color, the browns and pinks can give a quite nice natural look. The final verdict: be cautious and try to test before you buy.