January 11, 2016

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick1

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick or UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick are a new lipstick that launched with the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Makeup Collection for Spring 2016. These launched on Friday but from my understanding they’ll be back in stock either today or tomorrow on Urban Decay’s site. All the shades should be available later this January at Sephora.com and Ulta.com although Phone Call is a shade that is exclusive to UD’s site and flagship store.

I really enjoyed the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette so I was excited about the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Collection. Gwen is legendary for rocking a bold lip look and she particularly favors red in many of her looks and this collection is dominated by the shade. Sure, there’s a gorgeous, sheerer nude lip color as well as a rocking fuchsia here but a majority of the collection is all about red.

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This collection also introductions a new formulation that Urban Decay calls Mega Matte Lipstick which has a super intense, pigmented matte finish. Not all the shades sport this finish just one but it is an interesting new formula and texture that has really intense pigment although it does run on the dry side sadly.

Let’s take a look!

UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick

One of the more interesting things about this formula is the fact it does have many of the same ingredients as Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick but from what I’m seeing and understanding it is a new formula. Just don’t quote me on that. These are cheaper than the Revolution formula plus they contain more product and weigh in at 0.11 oz in size for $18 each versus 0.09 at $22 for Revolution.

Depending on your packaging view you either won’t mind the fact you get more product here and less packaging or you’ll feel a bit saddened by it. If you’re all about packaging these might disappoint slightly as Revolution Lipstick has a nice weighty feel and edge-y look where as Gwen’s Lipsticks are made from a very, very light plastic. I was a little shocked as typically Urban Decay goes all out with packaging.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipsticks Swatches (714, Ex-Girlfriend, Firebird, Phone Call)

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipsticks Swatches (714, Ex-Girlfriend, Firebird, Phone Call)

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipsticks

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipsticks Swatches (Plaid, Rocksteady, Spiderweb, Wonderland)

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipsticks Swatches (Plaid, Rocksteady, Spiderweb, Wonderland)

I didn’t these lipsticks quite have the feel of the Revolution formula and I also thought the formula and textured varied from shade to shade.

I think the first shade we should discuss is 714 which is a new formula that Urban Decay calls Mega Matte which which promises to “lay down a lot of color in one coat”. This is a really, really pigmented bright red. I love the shade but the formula drags badly across my drier lips. It has a fairly smooth, even finish but the application isn’t particularly friendly and the dragging means you have to go over the shade a few times to get color evenly applied. I wouldn’t say this formula is anything like the way softer, velvety texture of Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick. This formula really sucks moisture from lips as well. It’ll wear for several hours very, very strongly but through that wear it feels very, very dry and tight. It does also transfer a good deal as well when drinking from a cup or sipping from a straw.

Urban Decay RockSteady Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay RockSteady Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Rocksteady

Urban Decay 714 Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay 714 Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick 714

Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Ex-Girlfriend

Urban Decay Firebird Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Firebird Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Firebird

Urban Decay Phone Call Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Phone Call Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Phone Call

Urban Decay Plaid Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Plaid Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Plaid

Urban Decay Spiderweb Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Spiderweb Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Spiderweb

Urban Decay Wonderland Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Wonderland Gwen Stefani Lipstick

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Wonderland

I loved the formulas on Ex-Girlfriend, Firebird, Firebird, Phone Call, and Plaid. All these shades have an easy, smooth glide with a thin, comfortable consistency that wore for a nice five hours on my lips without transferring or migrating. They also had a hint of shine and had opaque pigmentation on a single application.

The formula on Rocksteady, Spiderweb, and Wonderland was a little tackier and had a slightly balm-y texture but still wore strongly at five hours with a comfortable slightly hydrating feel and excellent pigmentation that did not transfer or migrate.

There are a lot of keeper shades and maybe even shades you might want to purchase a back up in this collection. I loved Ex-Girlfriend and most all the reds really worked well on my medium fair skin.

For me there were three formulas in the batch of eight shades going on. Aside from 714, I thought all the shades performed very well with easy application, excellent pigmentation, and wear. 714 had beautiful pigmentation and looked amazing on but the formula wasn’t too my liking! This shade was a little too dry and draggy for me to fully embrace it!

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick are supposed to be available today or tomorrow at urbandecay.com and should launch at Sephora.com and Ulta.com later this month.

Any shades you want to take home with you?

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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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  • Majick

    I’ve been wearing rocksteady since I got the sample with the eye palette. I did not like 714 formula either.
    I’m excited to test the other reds when ulta gets them.

    • Isabella Muse

      Gorgeous shade but man that shade sucks moisture out of my lips! Rocksteady is a gorgeous color 😀

  • diane

    i love firebird & phone call! i was good not getting the shadow palette, but i need these.

  • Rachel R.

    These are all gorgeous, except for Ex-Girlfriend. I’m not feeling how sheer that one is. My favorite is Firebird. I’ve got to get that one.

  • Ashley

    wow these are all so beautiful, how does one chose? I think I need them all:)

  • Allie

    I’m gonna get firebird and then when you swatched wonderland I thought it was blah, but when you put it on… It looked so lovely that I want that one too! 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      I thought the same on Wonderland! It looks like a cooler shade in the tube but it applies like a lighter raspberry red. Quite pretty!

  • Brittany

    Thank you so much for your review! I can’t say how much I love your page!! I cannot wait to get these! I just placed an order for Plaid, Ex-girlfriend and Phone Call!! 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      aw my pleasure Brittany and thank you so much for reading here 🙂 I hope you enjoy your lipsticks!

  • AMaas

    Just bought Ex Girlfriend and Plaid – glad to see these swatches! However, I was totally bummed that the coordinating lip liners ($20) on UD.com are more expensive than these lipsticks ($18)?! What’s that all about? Not cool.

  • Diane

    Just lovvvvve Rocksteady and Firebird. I really want ALL of them but can’t carry off reds. You really look fantastic in every color.

  • Lexi Hay

    Hi Isabella,
    While reading your great review, I was a bit confused by one of your paragraphs.
    “I didn’t these lipsticks quite have the feel of the Revolution formula and I also thought the formula and textured varied from shade to shade.”
    Can you please try to explain what you were trying to say? Thanks so much. Always love your blog posts. xx

    • Isabella Muse

      Sorry Lexi, I’ll edit that shortly. “I didn’t think these lipsticks quite have the feel of the revolution formula…” hope this helps!!!!! Sorry for the confusion! And thank you so glad you enjoy Musings of a Muse 🙂

  • Maria

    You seriously have the BESTTTT blog!!! you have practically tried everything that i am considering to buy and give it a good damn review! i have bought so many things thanks to your reviews and i shall be purchasing these lipsticks too 😀

    Thank you so much

    • Isabella Muse

      aw Thank you Maria! 😀 <3!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad to reviews are helpful! P.S. These have been on sale for 50% off at macys.com, sephora.com, and ulta.com so be sure to grab them there if they are in stock as I believe they are $12 now!