For today’s review, I wanted to share one of my latest obsessions with you! In June, I’ve been invited to the launch of the new Urban Decay Vice Lipstick collection in Antwerp (Belgium) where I discovered the 100 new shades of Vice Lipstick, which have been added to the permanent range. The first color I tried was the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Pandemonium, an amazing bright cool-toned purple color with a mega matte finish!
The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick has a very cute black box with some stacked lipsticks displayed on the front. The front of the box says ‘Urban Decay Vice Lipstick’ and shows that the lipstick contains 3.4g/0.11oz product.
I absolutely LOVE the packaging of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks. The top of the tube still has a gunmetal color with ‘Urban Decay’ embossed in it, and the bottom of the tube has a beautiful golden shade. On the bottom of the tube, there will be a color-matched label which makes it easy to find the color you want to wear in your stash.
Pandemonium is a very beautiful, bright purple lipstick with a ‘Mega Matte’ finish. In their new Vice Lipstick Range Urban Decay also launched a ‘comfort matte’ finish, which is a lot creamier, less matte and more comfortable to wear. The ‘mega matte’ finish is the most matte finish you’ll get in this lipstick range. It feels a little drying on the lips but is still not as drying as the MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte lipstick finish.
Shadewise, I think Pandemonium is one of the most perfect bright purple lip colors I’ve ever seen! I really wanted to compare it with MAC Heroine lipstick, because I think that’s one of the most loved purple lipsticks ever created.
As you can see at the sides of the comparison swatches, the undertones of both of the lipsticks are quite similar. They’re both cool-toned purples but Pandemonium is quite a bit darker (and maybe even a little more of a blue toned purple) than Heroine.
It was real hard to capture the true color of Pandemonium on camera, but I think it worked out fine in the end! As seen on the swatch on my arm, the lipstick has quite a dark bluish color when applied heavily, but whenever you use a lighter hand to apply it, it looks a little more like a berry shade. I always use my MAC 231 brush to do lipswatches, and you can clearly see at which parts I could only apply a thin layer (the edges, to get the lipswatch this sharp) because the color is more of a pink berry shade, and the other parts (where I was able to apply the lipstick directly from the bullet) are more of a darker, blue-ish purple.
Also, the dark blue-ish purple is most opaque when applied on top of dry parts of the lips. I did moisture my lips very well for a few days before taking this photo, but you can still see some patches. When you see the lipstick in a full-face look it’s not that obvious (as you will see in the following photo), but in this kind of macro shots you can really see it.
On my lips, Pandemonium is a pretty straight forward midtoned purple shade with cool undertones. It looks slightly more berry-toned when applied to my lips compared to the bluish purple color in the tube. I truly love these kinds of colors and I think I should wear them way more often. Comfort wise, this lipstick feels very nice on the lips. Because of the formula it feels a little stiff when applying it, but once the shade is on my lips, it doesn’t feel that dry. It’s a little drier than the regular MAC Matte Lipsticks, but it is way more comfortable than for example the MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks or most matte liquid lipsticks formulas. Also: keep in mind that although this lipstick is supposed to be ‘mega matte’, it is not as matte as we’re used to with matte liquid lipsticks nowadays. But for a regular lipstick, it is quite matte.
Also, Pandemonium wears really nicely. I don’t have to reapply it that often (a touchup after approximately 5-6 hours will do, unless you have a huge dinner or so) and whenever it fades, it fades quite even. Please do keep in mind that the lipstick tends to stain your lips a bit. When taking these photos, I applied the lipstick and wanted to take it off after 20 minutes, but my lips stayed pink all day because of the staying power of the lipstick.
I really love this lipstick, but the only downside is that I find it hard to apply it really even and not get any color differences. But it can be turned into a good thing as well: you can apply it with a light hand one day to get more of a berry-toned purple, and whenever you want a more edgy lip color, you can apply it heavily to get the real blue-toned purple shade. I really love the formula and I think this might be one of my favorite matte regular lipstick formulas ever!
The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Pandemonium (Mega Matte) is available at UrbanDecay.com, Sephora.com, Ulta.com and some other retailers (like Macy’s and Nordstrom) for $17 a bullet.