Based on the number of times I’ve written about lipstick on this blog, I’m sure it surprises no one that it’s probably my favorite single makeup item. To me, it’s the thing that can transform a look more than anything else, and I absolutely love it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’ve been convinced my lips are one of my best features ever since a MAC counter employee told me I had a perfect Cupid’s bow when I was buying my Very First Grownup Lipstick… Today we’re looking at a new lipstick set from one of my favorite all-around makeup brands: Urban Decay.
The Little Vices set from Urban Decay gives you 5 mini lipsticks to play with, including two colors exclusive to the set. I’m pretty much addicted to these miniature sets…I almost never run through a full tube of lipstick before I get distracted by another color, so this is the perfect way to try out a variety of options and finishes from a prestige brand without committing to a full tube. Considering that a full-size lipstick in Urban Decay’s Vice line is $17, I’m definitely happy to pay $5 a piece for mini versions!
Let’s take a look at the colors, shall we? These photos were all taken in natural light and have not been retouched, so hopefully the colors are as true as they can be!
Violate is described as “dusty purple w/pink undertone.” This is actually the main color that I purchased the collection for, but it’s probably my least favorite on. I still like it a lot, but it seemed like there was more mauve to it when I swatched it on my hand in the store. On the lips, it picks up a little more of the pink tones than I was expecting.
Double Crossed is a metallized shade described as “matte berry w/tonal shimmer.” This is one of the exclusive shades. I love this color, but it’s definitely the most difficult one to apply. It takes a few passes for me to get nice, non-patchy coverage, but it’s beautiful once it’s on.
Mad is also metallized and the second of the exclusive shades, described as “bright purple shimmer.” You guys know I love wearing purple lips with purple hair, and this one is bright and a lot of fun. It applies much more smoothly than Double Crossed, which makes me think it isn’t necessarily the metallized formula alone that’s causing application troubles.
1993 is a comfort matte in “medium brown.” It actually wasn’t until I got my Junkie Vice lipstick palette that I started wearing browns or neutral tones on my lips, but I’ve gotten pretty into it. As much as I love a bright lip, there’s something undeniably cool about a nice neutral/nude color. 1993 is great for fall and is just the right amount of dark for this pale, pale girl without being overwhelming.
Love Drunk, a comfort matte described as “deep red w/tonal shimmer,” debuted in this collection. It’s the real standout for me – I would 100% buy a full-size of this! To be fair, I definitely have a bit of a bias toward red lipsticks (guilty as charged), but this is such an extremely wearable red. It’s a very strong color, but it doesn’t feel like it’s loud on my face, if that makes sense? Some reds are “punch you in the face” kinds of colors, but Love Drunk is more of a fond pat on the shoulder. It’s a great everyday red, especially for the cooler months, and it’s quickly becoming a go-to option for me.
All in all, Little Vices gets an A+ from me. I didn’t even know this collection was coming out, so it was entirely an impulse buy at Ulta, and I’m really happy that I followed my impulse. I’m definitely tempted to go back for the Little Liquid Vices set…we’ll see how the holidays play out!