April 13, 2017

Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Lip Love 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 Rehab Makeup Prep Lip Love ($15) is one of several new UD Skincare products that have launched earlier this Spring.

UD Rehab Makeup Prep Lip Love was created to use as either a primer to soften and hydrate lips prior to lipstick application or to use as an everyday balm or an overnight one to soothe and moisturizer dry lips.

Let’s take a look!

Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Lip Love comes housed in start white squeeze tube with a cloud splash of inky dark purple decorating the front. There’s a slanted applicator to apply the balm and it’s 0.43 oz in size. I thought the texture and the idea reminded me a little bit of Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lipsaver Treatment Primer.

UD loads this balm up with shea butter and coconut oil which by the way gives it a light, subtle coconut water-like fragrance and taste. Don’t worry, it’s a really natural flavor and scent and nothing too strong or overpowering. They call it coconut mint but to me it just seems like coconut water.

The balm is a translucent pale shade that applies clear and glossy on lips. It’s thicker coming out of the tube but a lot thinner once applied to lips with a lightweight texture that wasn’t balmy but had more of a light lipgloss feel. I think the thickness or lack of it could be disappointing for some. I didn’t mind so much because I felt like the thinner, glossier texture made it more easier to wear during the day. Formulas like Jack Black’s or even the new Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Butter Lip Balm always seem terribly difficult to wear out of the house as they are so thick and balmy. This was very light and added a nice hint of shine! One thing to keep in mind, this isn’t going to provide hardcore moisture. It wears away fairly fast but it is lightly hydrating through that wear and it keeps lips pleasantly smooth and soften after it wears down. It works nicely under other lip products but you’ll want to go with a very light layer of it when applying something else over it since the glossiness of the product can make a mess out of products you apply directly from the tube.

Do you need it?

Probably not for $15.

It’s a nice, hydrating treatment and/or primer but it doesn’t do anything that other cheaper options around do. The lighter moisture factor and the shorter wear makes the $15 price tag a little harder to swallow for those that like sticking to a beauty budget. I see it being a popular pick with Urban Decay fans. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a UD fan but I question whether I need to spend $15 on a lightweight, short wearing lip balm.

Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Lip Love is available now at Sephora.com and Ulta.com.

Have you tried it yet?

Will you be?

Do share!

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.

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  • kimkats

    ergh… I might do it, b/c it seems like castor oil based balms like me! they seem to actually to do something besides sit there for a minute or two then vaporize. 🙂 Plus it’s on the sephora site, so I may scoop it up during the imminent sale. 🙂 Thanks for the heads up Muse!

      • kimkats

        Will do – I bought 2 of the Shea Moisture ones you posted about a couple weeks ago, and I really like them!! They stick with you (pun intended!) 😀 And I found ’em at my local Walmart, of all places. (which is actually the nicest wally-world I’ve ever been in – clean, not full of scary people..)

        So – bring on the sale Sephora – I’m ready for ya! At least until Muse posts something *else* I have to have! 😀

        • Isabella Muse

          They are thick though right?! :-d HAHA! Not full of scary people? really?! Typically it’s butt cracks and no bras at every wally world I go to lol!

          • kimkats

            Oh, they are thick – I was surprised how hard I had to squeeze the tube to get it to come out!! but once out, it’s really nice on.

            HAHAHAHAH!!! Very few butt cracks and excessive boobage showing at this walmart – for which I am eternally grateful…. 😀

  • Christina Tran

    Eh, I wear the Nuxe lip balm in the pot because it gives that me soft, plushy, satin looking lips. It is super thick, though, and requires at least 5 minutes of melting into your lips before you can even apply liner or lipstick on top, but, boy-oh-boy, does it make lips look great!

  • Madison

    I miss the hydrating lip love glosses UD discontinued years ago, they’re my favorite gloss! Super hydrating & taste like honey. Good thing I stocked up enough for the next few years, but I was hoping this would be similar…

  • Isa

    I’ve never tried a high-end lip primer that I’ve felt was worth the price. They just don’t seem to do anything that my Maybelline Baby lips or Nivea or Vaseline doesn’t do! I’ll rather save the cash and put it towards a product category that actually excites me, like a new lipstick!

  • Shannon. N

    Hello Muse!!!

    I’m doing my weekly read of your blog 😀 I just had to comment on this, because you’ve got me DYING to try this!!

    Despite living in Canada, I don’t have super dry lips. I do at least two nights without lip balm, then my lips start feeling tight! So I don’t need heavy duty. I think this would be perf for me!