Friday, August 18, 2017

Urban Decay Metallized Vice Lipstick in Amulet

Though I was skeptical of Urban Decay's decision to pull its entire Revolution lipstick line last year and replace it with the even more extensive Vice line, I've come to appreciate the wisdom of that move. The lipsticks are now $5 cheaper ($17 vs. $22) and 0.6 grams larger (3.4 vs. 2.8); the bullets no longer have the wide, flat tip that made application so challenging; and I haven't noticed an overall dip in formula quality (though I can't say I've swatched all 120 shades). The packaging is lighter, but in my opinion, the functionality has improved: the thinner Revolution lipsticks often wobbled in their tubes, while the Vice lipsticks feel secure. Fine, Urban Decay: I'm a cynical bitch, but you win this one.


I now own three Vice lipsticks, one in the Comfort Matte formula (Backtalk, which is apparently the most popular shade) and two in the Metallized formula. My first Metallized lipstick was Roach, a deep bronze from the LE 20th-anniversary collection last year. Oddly, many of my favorite beauty products have been impulse purchases, and so was Roach. I quickly fell in love with the formula: moisturizing, almost opaque in one coat, creamy but not slippery. So when NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Modern Maven proved disappointing, I wondered if I could find a similar metallic brownish plum in Urban Decay's lineup. The Vice collection is so enormous that I don't have a mental catalog of names and colors, as I do with other brands' lipstick offerings. But there's something satisfying about approaching a huge display of lipsticks with an open mind and gazing stupidly at the rows of shades until one catches my eye. Perhaps it's the thrill of serendipity, or the comforting reminder that no matter how much of my precious hours I've devoted to memorizing lipstick names, I could have wasted even more time.

(Correction, 9/1/17: Roach is actually a Cream lipstick, not Metallized, but its formula is almost identical to Amulet's. By the way, Urban Decay just added Roach to its permanent lineup!)

The two shades that immediately stood out as candidates were Conspiracy, a "plum-bronze shimmer," and Amulet, a "metallic brick-rose." Here's Amulet on the left and Conspiracy on the right, in direct sunlight:


"Plum-bronze shimmer" was exactly what I wanted, but that description actually seemed better suited to Amulet, which I ended up buying toward the end of my San Francisco stay. (The name may have influenced my decision, too: amulets feature in some of my favorite Adventure Time episodes.)


Do you like my new photo background? I bought this beautiful paper at the Maido stationery store in SF's Japan Center.



I couldn't resist putting on my new lipstick before I got home from my shopping trip, so here's a shot of the unspoiled tube near City Hall, right after I devoured some excellent Vietnamese vermicelli with tofu from the Little Green Cyclo truck.


Amulet is a very shifty color, appearing more plum outside and more copper-brown under warm artificial light. Why am I so attracted to lipstick colors that defy description? Here's a lip swatch of Amulet in indirect natural light:


And in direct sunlight:


Needless to say, I didn't bring my full lipstick collection on my travels, but here's Amulet swatched next to a few colors I have on hand. When I get back home, I'll post a new swatch photo with a wider range of shades (if I remember, which I can't guarantee). Amulet looks very similar to Wet n Wild Rebel Rose here, but it pulls noticeably warmer on my lips.

L-R: Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Rebel Rose, UD Amulet, UD Roach, MAC Pale Rose.

I've read mixed reviews of Urban Decay's Metallized Vice formula, but I find Amulet just as impressive as Roach, if not even better. It's creamy, comfortable, and not at all drying, and it lasts several hours without the need for touch-ups. It seems to cling to my lips, almost as if it's bonding with them. Amulet isn't blindingly metallic, but it has an unmistakable sheen.

Here it is on my face on a very cloudy day. I have no idea what my other makeup is, but I'm clearly not wearing anything exciting.


Here's Amulet inside, with ABH Antique Bronze eyeshadow and NYX Burnt Sienna lipstick on my eyes. I think my blush is Urban Decay Rapture, not that it matters when you can't really see it on my face.


In a coffee-shop bathroom (classy, I know), under (I think) fluorescent light:


Overall, I'm absolutely delighted with my third Urban Decay Vice lipstick. Here's hoping it's the lucky amulet I need for this fall!

12 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love this. It harmonizes really nicely with Antique Bronze. I just encountered all 120 Vice lipsticks in the wild last month, and I admit I was too overwhelmed to do more than a few cursory swatches. There are some really interesting shades, though. I think the UD metallics are some of the nicest, at least from the pictures I've seen. I'll have to do some more extensive swatching next time I have a chance.

    The photo background looks great! Whenever I'm in my local stationery store I buy patterned wrapping paper sheets to use as backgrounds. They're cheap and look really nice. Definitely an upgrade from using my sweaters, haha.

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    1. It took me a surprising amount of time to buy one of the Vice lipsticks because I was overwhelmed, too. I kind of wish they'd rolled out one formula at a time (starting with the creams, then the comfort mattes, etc), but I think this strategy worked for them in the end.

      I am no stranger to the sweater background! And the scarf background...and the carpet background...

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  2. I have to agree with Clementine - Amulet looks awesome on you especially with Antique Bronze! (and that denim jacket) :)

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    1. Thanks! I do love my new denim jacket. I bought it mainly as a canvas for my collection of enamel pins. :)

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  3. I've been interested in Amulet since I've seen the first swatches of the whole collection by Temptalia. It's such a great shade for you! It'd be a bit too dark / high contrast to suit me well, so I bought Peyote to take part in the metallic fun. The formula is really nice, I wish there was a shade in between Amulet and Peyote (I'm too lazy to mix lipsticks), although Peyote looks super flattering on me.

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    1. Peyote is beautiful, too! It reminds me of MAC Pale Rose (which I don't wear often because it's not high-contrast *enough* for me).

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    2. Yes, and I have actually purchased Pale Rose because of your review (the collection was released in August here). Peyote is quite everyday proof because the "metallized" effect isn't too obvious. On the other hand, I love the nineties/space/mod vibes that Pale Rose gives me because of the glitter particles. So, I'm happy to own both of them.

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    3. Aww, I'm always flattered when people buy things on my recommendation! Glad you like Pale Rose. It's not an everyday neutral for me either, but I do love feeling like a '60s space babe sometimes.

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  4. Wow, this is an amazing-looking lipstick!!! I haven't bought any Vice shades yet, but I am tempted by the Lawbreaker lipstick that Killer Colours always features on her blog.
    I love your new paper background! I should go visit that Japan Center store, too.

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    1. There's so much good paper at that store! I can't believe I never thought of buying photo backgrounds there before. I've noticed Lawbreaker on Killer Colours, too. Wasn't it limited edition, though?

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    2. Yes, it was limited edition, but it's still available at the UD site and Ulta.

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  5. I saw this on you and was like OMG I HAVE TO HAVE IT but luckily I mixed a red lipstick with a metallic brown and got pretty much the same color.

    I have Conspiracy, and if my theory that lipsticks that look good on you look good on me and vice versa (I'm __nivaine on insta), you would rooooock Conspiracy. It's one of my favorite shades ever. Not to enable you to buy more lipstick or anything. :D

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