Another red lipstick review – I’ve been on a red lipstick kick in the past year and have been buying all shades and textures of red lipsticks. I found out that the right red lipstick really instantly makes your whole look so much more glamourous. I got this at €19 from the Sephora France website, which was a total disaster of an experience – it took over a month to arrive and the lipstick broke in the process; the next time I’ll get it in store.
I’m actually not a very big fan of the packaging – it’s too “hardcore” looking with its gold and gunmetal casing. It looks as though it will be sturdy, but the metal casing is actually quite light and did not protect the lipstick from breaking, as in my case as it arrived in the mail with the lipstick broken from the bottom of the tube and the tip stuck to the cap. I did manage to stick the lipstick back into the tube, but I won’t be travelling with it.
There are six formulas/finishes available in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick line: Mega Matte, Comfort Matte, Cream, Metallized, Sheer and Sheer Shimmer. It was insanely hard to pick a shade from the line just because of the sheer number of different shades in different finishes! Doubt is in Comfort Matte, which is creamier and less drying than Mega Matte. I find Doubt really comfortable to wear; it has a slight cream finish rather than fully matte, and feels a lot more hydrating to wear than the average matte lipstick.
Doubt is described as a “red with blue undertone”, which I honestly can’t find a better description of it than that. It is a really lovely colour and really brightens up the face, but I find it to be slightly less flexible than my favourite Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red; I think this lipstick looks great only in Summer or in daylight but it doesn’t give off as much of a glamourous vibe.
The Vice Lipstick in Doubt is really pigmented, giving a nice opaque coverage with just one application, and applied really smoothly without any patchiness and did not accentuate any lip lines. It lasted a long time on my lips – well over 3-4 hours, and left behind a slight stain on my lips. If I bother to line my lips followed by the the blot technique (apply a layer, blot and then reapply again), I find that this can last even longer.
In all, I like it but it’s not my favourite red lipstick – it’s very comfortable to wear for a matte lipstick, and is wonderfully pigmented. However, it’s not a lipstick that I find that I can wear through the year – personally, I find it to be more flattering only in daylight or in Summer (where there’s a lot of daylight). I also don’t like the packaging, which I think is a very personal preference – I know a lot of people like the rock’n’roll look it gives but not me.
What do you think?