August 15, 2008

Urban Decay Lipstick Review

You have to be excited about this post.

Urban Decay hasn’t had lipstick for a very long time and now relaunches with 22 shades for Fall 2008. They went right ahead and did it big time baby!

I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it was getting four of these bad boys to test out and review for you. They are simply thee most gorgeous lippies around at the moment as far as the Muse is concerned!

Let’s focus on the awesome packaging first. Each shade of lipstick is housed in a large, heavy container with two-toned light and dark purple swirls decorating the outer lid with a goth mini dagger handle on top. The casing of the lipstick tube is a shiny metallic purple that contrasts beautifully with the swirly lid. If that wasn’t enough of a presentation Urban Decay went an extra mile and embedded each lipstick with Urban Decay and a tiny dagger. The entire packaging creates not only a posh feel to each lipstick but also holds an edge of dark and dangerous! Just how the Muse likes her lipstick! Dark, edgy, dangerous, and most importantly posh!

Now I read a review recently that said the formula was horribly gritty due to the mass amount of glitter in the lipstick and that’s not completely true. Depending on the color you choose the amount of glitter may be more or less! It also deserves to be mentioned that even if the color is overdosing on heavy shimmer and glitter the texture was in no way gritty. I felt like each color I tried had a wonderfully moisturizing, melty formula that simply glided onto my lips leaving behind beautifully pigmented popping color!

I’m completely serious when I say I want every single color for my very own (After all I do own every single shadow Urban Decay has put out thus far)! Go ahead and try to stop me from buying all these for my collection! I’m completely in lust and love with these.

Strangely enough I have also read that the lipsticks had an overpowering smell and taste but I didn’t notice either. I did notice a tiny faint perfumed cherry taste to some of the colors where as others had no taste at all.

The shades I tried out were 5150, Voodoo, Gravity, and Hotpants. Out of those four I wasn’t loving Hotpants. Hotpants is a heavy duty frost and I just couldn’t love it since it made my face look full and very round (as if it isn’t all those things already right? yak!).

Wearing Hotpants

The other three shades fit me perfectly and were very deep and perfect for fall! 5150 was my favorite. It’s advertised as a coral but I felt like it was a cherry shade! It looks beautiful paired up with pink shadow!

Wearing 5150

The other two shades that completely captured my heart were Voodoo and Gravity both of which were really deep shades that are completely flattering for the Fall. Voodoo is a deep, dark pink that almost looks maroon where as Gravity is a rich red.

Rockin’ Voodoo

Sporting Gravity

Oops forgot to label this little guy!

Here are some swatches of each shade! As you can see 5150 does look kinda Coral like in my swatch however it comes out very cherry red on my lips!

Here are some pictures of a MAC lipstick side by side with the new Urban Decay lipstick! You can’t tell all that much but the Urban Decay dwarfs the MAC lipstick! It’s alot heavier as well due to the posh packaging of the Urban Decay lipsticks!

I’m slapping the coveted Muse Approval on these new lipsticks from Urban Decay! They sport beautiful packaging, a gorgeous pigmented, moisturizing formula, and just that little goth dagger alone makes it worth a purchase!

The Muse likes ’em! You need these. Go now get some! Urban Decay Lipsticks are on sale at both Urban Decay and Sephora! Have a lookiee at the 22 shades and tell me which you are loving, liking, lemming!

The Muse wants to try:


Ugh choices, choices, choices!

Check out more reviews from the Urban Decay Fall Collection by clicking through the Muse’s past posts!

Urban Decay New Matte Eyeshadow Shade in Electric

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil Review


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Dao

    Wow, the packaging is funky. Is there a sword at the top? I think you look great with Gravity.

  • the Muse

    hey dao!

    How are you!?


    It’s a tiny little dagger groovy right 😉

    Thanks honey!

    Happy Weekend!

  • Ethereal Prey

    oh i miss the old UD lipsticks..remember those? uzi? Roach? now those were some serious colors…but the packaging in this one is cute…

  • Critty

    Oooo Critty wants!! You look gorg in all four shades – I wish I had your lips!! Right now lusting after Apocalypse but I may have to be checking out Voodoo, 5150 and gravity too! Swooooooon, I heart UD.

    Big hugs,
    Critty 🙂

  • MiuMiu

    hi muse!
    the packaging is so cute! but i think i would break the dagger in an instant. i have a tendency to drop some of my cosmetics. one of my single MJ shadows turned into a piggy. i like the detail on the actual lipstick, it reminds me of the anna sui lippies.
    anywho…hope you have a nice weekend! i know i will..finally a weekend with no rain and 25C weather woot!

  • Tanya Annette

    Those look fabulous! The packaging! The color selection! Ah!! And I love the names, “5150” is clever 😀

  • the Muse

    hello Ethereal Prey!

    But of course hehe 🙂 The packaging on this is KILLER 🙂

    Loves it!


  • the Muse

    hey Critty!

    Too heeeeheee I’m in your computer creating lemmings hehe!

    Aw shucks thanks!

    Lord I wants them all! I heart UD too!

    Hugs back 🙂

  • the Muse

    hello millie!

    Agreed 🙂 I love it! No it’s pretty firmly on there so it won’t be breaking off 😉

    I dropped this on my titled bathroom floor and it’s still perfect 🙂

    I’m notorious for dropping cosmetics as I am always in a rush 🙂

    I felt the same way and even though that hotpants reminded me of a color from AS I used to have!

    You have a wonderful weekend too! Sounds like it’s going to be a lovely one 🙂


  • Chica

    Oh my, Voodoo is fabilis! Thanks so much for the UD porn musey 😉 X

  • the Muse

    oh tanya my dear girl!

    Rock on child rock on \M/ I’m positive the youngins have no IDEA what 5150 stands for 😉


    Lord they are fabulous you need to get to a store and see ’em for yourself! Very posh!

  • Nell

    Thanks for this post! I was very curious about these and you make them sound even more promising. I´ll have to wait til the end of November though, to see them in person. But then no NYC Sephora is safe from me… 🙂

  • Meredith

    I just bought Gash last night and LOVE it. I’m a huge Urban Decay fan anyway, so I was so excited to see them add lippies to their line.

  • the Muse

    hiya nell!

    my pleasure! I am so so in love with ’em! I know a few reviews are kinda ranting at ’em for taste and texture but I experienced no such problems…it’s lust for me. Pigmented, gorgeous, simply awesome!

    LOL! How long are you over for?! 😉 Maybe we should meet up for shopping frenzy!

  • the Muse

    hello meredith!

    FANTASTIC! 🙂 I want Gash badly ahhhh!
    I am too! It’s so nice to see UD back in fighting form! They were absent for a while but back in full force!

  • Laura

    Oh what gorgeous packaging. I want 5150 so bad!
    Muse, my bank account weeps because of your site!

  • Decorative Diva

    I’ll be going to check it out in person on the 21st, when I check out MAC Cult of Cherry. Depending on what looks best, I may or may not indulge 🙂

    But I really need a good vampy lip color!

  • sarahPUFFY

    mrr, bella sugar’s review said the same thing – that it was gritty and smelled horrible. some women take what she says a little too seriously though, and won’t buy a product she gives a negative review on. I wonder if they end up missing out on something they may like. it makes me sad, until I realize, “wait…more for me!”

    I really want to try Jailbait and Rush [nude and neutral pink], though.I’ve been wanting some neutral lippies for fall!

  • Rocketqueen

    Gorgeous little toilet brushes lol! Sorry UD, I actually love the style! I want… ALL! The Muse made me do it!

  • Tammy

    Oh Musey!!! I MUST have Voodoo! I have never used UD before, but that color is GAWJUS!
    It goes on my wishlist…Dang, when I hit Orlando and their Sephora, I am going to need a shopping cart!

  • the Muse

    hi dd!

    Yay! Can’t wait! I have the cult of cherry and will be reviewing soon 🙂 I have one palette and some lip stuff 🙂

    There are TONS of vampy shades in this collection 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi sarah!

    well it’s understandable I think as she’s very popular 🙂 or they I think it’s several people right?

    LOL! Exactly more for me 😉

    Honestly these were so pigmented and gorgeous that a little bad taste couldn’t put me off especially since I HATE the way mac lippies taste and still use ’em anyway!

    I was thinking of doing more nude and natural for fall too but I never pull it off as well as I do the outrageous shades 😉

  • the Muse

    LMAO linn! kinda true!

    LOL! They would suit you perfectly linn with your very nice skin 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi tammy!

    hehehe 😉 Oh my’re missing out! Ud was my staple brand for many years 🙂

    LOL! Have LOTS of fun! 😉 Think of the Muse when you’re enjoying Florida 🙂

  • Beauty Addict

    Hi Izzy, the packaging is so cute! The dagger is there to “nail” our hearts on this eh?

    Anyway, are u sporting the Jelly Pong Pong Dany Doll Concealor? It really looks a tad too light on u.

    I love the lippies btw. They are lovely! Hot Pants look lovely though. 5150 looks very Christina Aguilera-ish. Haha..if u know what I mean..

    Have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

    gracie 🙂

  • ~*MC*~

    Hiya Muse!!!

    OMG long time no posting..I’ve been catching up on all your articles you wrote while I was away lol.

    I love, LOVE Urban Decay’s new lipsticks…so much smoother then their old formula. I bought Gash for old times stake and it is a beautiful shade of red….will be getting Apocalypse and Voodoo next. XD

    And yes, the packaging is to die for.

    Hope you have had a great couple weeks. XD

  • Decorative Diva

    The ones I’m drooling over in Cult of Cherry are:
    Cult of Cherry, Jampacked
    Kirsch, Bing
    and maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe the Spiced Chocolate Quad.

  • Melissa

    I love Urban Decay!! Thanks for such a great review. I bought Rush last week and it is amazing. It does not have any glitter and I did not think that it had a strong smell or taste either. It is literately the best lipstick I have every used. I really prefer gloss over lipstick but these are amazing. I am definitely going to pick up some more of these based on your swatches. I love your site!!

  • loey

    For a moment I thought the outer packaging with the thingy sticking out on top is the lipstick. That would make it such a hazard in makeup bags (slicing the makeup bag apart!)
    Cute packaging, tiny lipstick, like the Japanese ones! 😀

  • Jnie

    i’m so glad you did a review on these, i’ve been wanting to try it since i spotted it on the sephora catalog. the packaging is super cute.

  • ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘

    I like the dagger on top! It looks so cool 🙂 The colours don’t look that good on sephora’s website but maybe they’ll be better in person.

  • Nell

    Hey Muse,
    I will be in NY for a few days end of Nov, beginning of Dec. It would be sooooo great to meet up for a spree at the MAC Pro Store or Sephora! I´d love that! I´ll keep in touch.
    Have a geat weekend!

  • petitez

    Wow! The packing is really great. Real nice! I think Gravity looks best on you. 🙂

  • acutelife

    I envy you and others who live in the land of everything-is-available-cheap-and-fast. most of the time I can only droll over things you review lolz…Im in jakarta and I dont want to do online transaction in this country 😛 anyway, the packaging is so nice I (wish I) could buy it just for the sake of it! 😀
    plus..i dont think hotpant looks ugly on you…I love the color (and your pretty pendant)!!

  • fiftycenthead

    Dagnabbit, girl, I didn’t need this! My wallet just shrieked in terror!

    I adore your reviews (so thorough!) and am glad you hit these up. THANKS!

  • Helena

    Musey! arghh i tried emailing to [email protected] but it didn’t get through i think! Is this the correct email add?

    A bit OT but i’m really desperate for an eyeshadow primer, and we don’t have ud here, i read that mac paintpots, clinique’s cream shadows and bobbi’s long wear cream eyeshadow can be used as primers?Any gd brands to recc (that we should have TAT) thanks so much!

  • Helena

    Oh sry musey i would like to ask, for creamy lipsticks like mac's lustres, what kind of prep should i use so that the lipstick doesn't seep into my liplines? I have 2 and 3N from the N collection, they're gorgeously pale but i have trouble blend on lips >< any advice?

  • the Muse

    morning gracie!

    I love it 🙂 hehe! yes indeed 😉

    Nope I was wearing rebel in these photos. I look lighter because of the flash from the camera.

    True true very CA like 😉 She always sports popping lip color!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  • the Muse

    hi mc!!!!

    Missed you!

    😉 hehe! plenty to read 🙂

    amazing aren’t they? so moisturizing and lovely!

    I’m thinking gash is my next purchase too!

    The packaging is simply brilliant!

    Hope you had a good few weeks too darling! Nice to see you back!

  • the Muse

    hi dd!

    I got jampacked and it’s lovely 😉

    The quads are brilliant. I want the other far got one with the green..not sure the name..eep! I should know these things shouldn’t I?

  • the Muse

    hi melissa!

    Me too! 🙂 You’re most welcome!!! It’s my pleasure!

    I think a majority of ’em don’t but one or two shades do sport glitter here and there!

    Me either. I read a few rants about the taste but honestly mac tastes way worst 😛

    I have to say it’s probably one of the better formulas I’ve used too. it’s very moist and creamy feels like no need for a follow up with gloss after 🙂

    Thanks Melissa 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying my little blog 🙂

    Many thanks for the comment and hope to speak to you again soon!

  • the Muse

    hi loey.

    It’s a delicate little dagger. I’ve stashed it in my clear case with no probs so far phew!

    No they are full size that’s why I compared them to the mac lipsticks to show they are larger. Definitely not tiny 🙂

  • Decorative Diva

    I think you have the Tempting Quad maybe? I know the green color is Bitter.

  • the Muse

    hello jnie!

    You have to try at least one. They are super 😉 I haven’t gotten my fall catalog yet sniff 🙁

    Hopefully soon!


  • the Muse

    hey ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘!

    Long time no see 🙂 Nice to have you back!

    The dagger sold it to me lol!

    MUCH better in person! Between mac and sephora’s site not sure which has the worst swatches 😛

  • the Muse

    hi nell!

    Sounds GREAT! I’d love that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pro and Sephora..all over it hehe 🙂

    Do keep in touch!

    Hope you had a fab weekend!

  • the Muse

    hello there acutelife!

    Happy Monday!

    aww believe me I understand. I drool over Japanese stuff all the time. Although I have a few friends who cp I’d still love to have access to it myself.

    If you ever want some sort of cp do let me know I’d be happy to help!

    Aw thanks so much acutelife 🙂 MWAH!

    Big Hugs darlin!

  • the Muse

    hi there fiftycenthead!

    LMAO! I can relate hehe!

    thanks darlin’ I really appreciate that!!!!!! Your comment made my day!

    Big hugs!

  • the Muse

    hi helena!

    Hmm weird. Try again should work?

    copy this to be safe [email protected]

    I’ve never tried bb or clinique but I love UDPP it’s my holy grail. And although I’m not a big big PP fan I do admit that they adhere eyeshadow amazingly well and less fall out too when I use ’em!

    Hope this helps 🙂

  • the Muse

    hey again helena 🙂

    Hmm I don’t wear nudes so sadly I’m unsure. The way I prep is using a lip scrub to get my lips nice and smooth, after that I apply a balm, than my lippie, than a gloss 🙂

    let me know if this helps!


  • Decorative Diva

    By the way, I think Urban Decay is having a 30% off sale on their website if you use the code FFL30.

    I thought you’d like to know 🙂

  • the Muse

    hey dd 🙂

    I read about it on MUA w00t! Normally they do it in sept-oct!

    This is awesome 🙂

    Thank ye!

  • Jennifer

    You look great!! These lippies are so cool. I would love to try Sellout, Requiem, Pistol, Jailbait, Gravity, and Apocalypse. They all look so cool though – wish I could just grab them all. 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi jennifer!

    Thanks so much!!!!! Aren’t they? And so slick packaging wise hehe!

    They are having a sale ya know!

    30% off!!!! Go grab some before it’s over hehe!

  • Bonnie

    I love the 5150! It’s my favourite red of all time!

    At first I was scared to purchase the tube for fear I would hurt myself with that dagger whilst digging around in my makeup bag! But really the dagger helps remove the top of the tube, so it really comes in handy.

    I’ve worn a lot of reds, but this red is the most luscious and one that doesn’t scream RED ALERT so I can wear it at work, or to the grocery store, and it just makes me look fab, not fake.

    I think I’ll buy this again and again and again!

    • the Muse

      5150 is def gorg bonnie ;-D they actually had a le cap that was really fancy sans the dagger maybe it’ll come back! 😀