Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Review & Swatches
If, at some point in the not-too-distant future, you happen to be walking around downtown and you see a bag lady pushing a cart full of Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick and mumbling to herself, please say hello, because that bag lady will be me, and that lipstick will have been the cause of my financial ruin.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22) was released earlier this month. This lipstick is marketed as being highly pigmented, long wearing, and hydrating, and after trying them out for myself, I can confidently say that the claims are true on all counts.
In terms of wear time, the lighter colors seem to have less longevity than the deeper shades – I get about 4 hours of wear from the lighter shades, while the deeper colors last for nearly 6 hours with normal talking and drinking. I still had to reapply after eating, but I have yet to meet a lipstick that can withstand a food frenzy. Revolution Lipstick wears down nicely though – even after the lipstick is gone, there is a nice, even stain of color left behind, and no weird color rings around the outer edges of the mouth.
Revolution Lipstick is extremely moisturizing – even more so than my Revlon Lip Butters. The formula contains jojoba oil, avocado oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter, so this shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did.
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyethylene, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Triisostearin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrated Silica, Squalane, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado/Avocat) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Barium Sulfate. [+/- (May Contain): CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine)
Notably absent from this ingredients list is fragrance, which is great news for those who couldn’t stomach the smell of the old UD lipstick formula (I never smelled them myself, but several people have mentioned it to me). According to COSDNA, there are quite a few acne triggers in this lipstick, but I’m not terribly concerned about this since I will not be rubbing it on my face (that would be wasteful!).
Oh, and before I get my swatch party started, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how lustworthy the packaging for this lipstick is. The case is slim and elegant, but it has some weight to it so it feels substantial and expensive. The finish is a gleaming rosy metallic, which you’d think would be a fingerprint magnet, but they are surprisingly invisible on these cases. I would know – I’ve been handling them all with my grubby, little, makeup-laden hands, and they still look shiny and new!
There are 22 colors in the collection, and there’s not a loser in the bunch. This is actually a problem for me – I’ve had such a hard time paring down my color choices that I’ve already managed to amass 10 of these lipsticks, and I – uh – may or may not have more on the way. The colors I’ve picked up so far are Catfight, F-Bomb, Jilted, Liar, Manic, Protest, Rapture, Rush, Shame, Streak, Strip, and Venom.
EDIT 07/29/2013: Added Jilted & F-Bomb swatches! The remarkable thing about these swatches is that I did them after wearing Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture all day, which means I was able to see the full effects of the lip plumping ingredients. There is a visible increase in smoothness in these swatches compared to my other photos, in which I was not wearing the Revolution Lipstick all day prior. Neat!
+ No fragrance
+ Amazing color selection
+ Highly pigmented
+ Long wearing
+ Gorgeous packaging
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 5/5 – Exceeded all expectations – long wearing, great color, long lasting, feels great on the lips
Quality: 5/5 – Lots of fantastic nourishing ingredients and beautiful, sturdy packaging
Value: 4/5 – $22 might be steep for most lipstick, but the quality of these are out of this world. I’ve seen plenty of $30+ lipstick that doesn’t perform as well as this, and in that regard, I think $22 is a great value.
Where to Buy
I bought most of my Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick from Sephora so I could rack up some VIB points on this splurge (I’ve got you in my sights, VIB Rouge!), but there are a couple of shades – Protest and Strip – that are exclusive to the Urban Decay website. There are also some shades available at Ulta. This lipstick retails for $22 at all locations.
Are any of these colors calling your name? Which one is your favorite?
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