‘Cause baby, now we got bad blood…
Putting Urban Decay‘s aptly titled red Vice lipstick to the test!
Hello there, lovely! It wasn’t too long ago that I fell in love with the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks – making it only a matter of time before I picked up their “it” red lipstick, Bad Blood. Inspired by Taylor Swift, her signature red lips and smash hit about girl-on-girl bad blood, the lipstick is probably the most famous of Urban Decay’s latest lipstick range…but is it that good?
To say I’m a bit picky when it comes to red lipstick is an understatement. Turns out, there’s much more to the perfect red than just finding the right color for your complexion. (I lean towards a red undertone.) Length of wear and any issues of bleeding are two key factors that can turn the “perfect red” into somewhat of a disaster. This happens (with me, anyway) with that killer shade Cruella with Nars. While lovely, it disappears off my lips in record time and leaves traces around my face. What?!
For quite some time now, my favorite red lipstick has come from MAC Cosmetics with their classic Russian Red. It’s a beautiful deep red that’s flattering on just about everyone and has a comfortable matte finish that lasts and doesn’t bleed. The catch? MAC Cosmetics are sadly not 100% cruelty-free, putting vegan me in a pickle.
But, could Urban Decay’s 100% cruelty-free and vegan Vice lipstick ‘Bad Blood’ be the answer to my red lipstick loving prayers? As Makeup Monday continues on Dream in Lace, I’m here with a full report!
Let’s get to the point, how do you like Bad Blood over Russian Red?
On three key things, I found Bad Blood to be a comparable dupe of Russian Red. *yay* The color, pigmentation and length of wear are all consistent with what I love about MAC’s black tubed wonder. They also share a very similar price point, with MAC lipsticks ranging between $15-$16 and the Urban Decay Vice lipstick ringing up at $17.
I’m a thirsty girl. How does this hold up against my morning and afternoon coffee breaks?
I’m always sipping on a cup of coffee or water, so I know exactly what you mean. The lipstick is by no means bullet-proof, but you can definitely enjoy your coffee without having to worry about Bad Blood completely washing away. Instead, you will get a diminished pigmentation, that’s still evenly dispersed across your lips with no weird bald patches. Ick.
How does the matte finish of the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks compare to the other finishes?
The matte and satin finishes both offer boldly pigmented, full-coverage lipsticks and feel equally as comfortable on the lips. If you are interested in more of a ‘wash’ of red on your lips, the High Shine finish offers sheer coverage lipsticks. There is also a vibrant red in the Metallic finish.
How matte is the formula? I’m worried it will dry out my lips.
Recently I’ve been giving the “liquid lipstick” trend a go, and those leave my lips feeling as dry as the Sahara Desert! The Urban Decay Vice lipstick though definitely is comfortable and not distracting on my lips. I would also define this lipstick as a demi-matte, that leaves a gloss to the lips to prevent any dryness or odd settling into lines. Take a look:
Where can I purchase the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks?
Thankfully, Urban Decay is pretty wildly available now. Sephora and Ulta both carry their products in-store, so you are able to test and swatch them for yourself right there. Also, many department stores now Urban Decay – just be sure to double check that they’re available “IN” the store and not just online before heading out to a counter. Of course, you can always purchase directly from Urban Decay themselves 🙂
Overall, is Urban Decay’s Bad Blood a winner?
Yes! I am happy to report that, like its name, I really do love this lipstick! I’ve been testing this out in the summertime and have even worn it outdoors in high heat and humidity. That’s what really sold me! It held up beautifully without splashing around or melting off my face. Thank goodness! I’m also very happy to discover a great red lipstick that IS 100% cruelty-free.
Hope you enjoy learning about the Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Bad Blood every bit as much as I enjoy wearing it. Seriously, I’ve been wearing this just about non-stop for the past two weeks and look forward to wearing it even more as we get deeper into autumn and winter. I always say, I love vodka…and I love red lipstick. And fortunately, Bad Blood measures up!
Thank you very much for reading and stay tuned for more cruelty-free makeup reviews every Monday. In case you missed it, last week I reviewed Tarte’s latest mascara, here.
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