I’m so tempted to say Happy Friday because it’s already the end of the week. Don’t you just love public holidays that fall close to the weekend. Firstly let me apologize for going AWOL on you the last week or two. I don’t know what is wrong me/my brains because it’s just not functioning properly. I had planned so many updates and reviews but I’ve been feeling illiterate lately. Yes literally illiterate. Whenever I tried to sit and write a blog post, my mind would hit a brick wall and all I wrote was garbage. Everything was ‘nice’ or ‘fine’ like a grumpy 5 year-old girl.
I think it has something to do with the fact that almost everyone I know is already on holiday and while I’m sitting here at work my brain’s like hell no I ain’t working either. Hopefully today’s post will be better but if you don’t enjoy reading it, please let me know if I should wait until the new year comes around to post again. Quick question. While you’re on leave now in December, do you read and follow your favourite blogs as usual, or do you prefer to unwind and take a step back from social media and the internet? Now that I have completely deviated from the task at hand, let’s reel on back to the product that has me hooked.
I received the Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette when I attended a luncheon recently. I also got the Naked Illuminated Trio which I already did a review on here. This palette is also limited edition, so once it’s gone there’s no way of getting your hands on it again. I usually leave my thoughts until the end of the review but with so little stock still available in store, I’m telling you to skip ahead and get it now. If you’re interested in getting into my head, then keep on reading.
When it comes to our creamy, addictive Vice Lipstick, too much is never enough. Urban Decay introduces Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette, the ultimate fix for lipstick junkies. Indulge your vice with a DOZEN shades from our massive collection—from neutral to bright, dark to light. No matter what you’re in the mood for, this limited-edition palette has it all. Experiment with ALL SIX finishes of Vice Lipstick in one set. With cult-favorite shades like Firebird (deep fuchsia cream), 714 (bright red mega matte), 1993 (medium brown matte), Conspiracy (plum-bronze shimmer) and Blackmail (deep berry matte), you’ll never run out of options. Haven’t tried Vice Lipstick yet? The pigment load is insane! Just one swipe provides a BIG laydown of color. Every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels amazing.
Okay so off to a rocky start here. I am neither a fan nor do I dislike the outer packaging of the Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette but here are the pros and cons. On the flipside, the gunmetal mirror finish is sleek and stylish and the metal container is sturdy AF. What I don’t like is that it’s a fingerprint magnet so I have to wipe it down every time I use it. I hate my palettes looking gunky in the drawer. As you can see, you notice the tiny scratches quite easily.
The inside of the palette is much more practical. It has a tinted, plastic sleeve with the words ‘Lipstick is my Vice’ strewn across it. This cover is to protect the product from transferring on to the large mirror on the inner lid.
The Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette comes with a retractable lip brush. The bristles are dense and firm which helps for precise and even application. This is a must-have for me since I hate using my fingers to apply any makeup product.
Shade Selection & Formula
The Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette contains 12 shades varying from nudes to browns, pinks, reds and purples. All the colours are part of the permanent range so if you run out or love a shade so much you want to invest in a capsule, you don’t have to worry if it’s available. There are 6 different finishes in the palette so you also get to try which of Urban Decay’s formula’s you like best. I already own one of the Vice lipsticks in the shade Amulet which is in the palette as well. I went on a swatch fest when I was in store and the metallized shade screamt my name. I wear it paired with a light nude eye and it’s a definitely on my list of favourite metallic lippies.
I did swatches to show you how it looks when applied directly to lips. My lips have been very dry lately. I haven’t been exfoliting frequesntly and haven’t been drinking any water. I thought to redo the swatches but what better way to show you whether it settles between lines, looks patchy, cracks, etc. So the shades are:
Sheer Shame – berry shade (sheer)
Firebird – deep fushcia (cream)
Big Bang – bright pink sparkle (metallized)
Disobedient – medium pink (cream)
EZ – bright-red orange (cream)
714 – bright red (mega matte)
Vanished – pale neutral nude (sheer)
1993 – medium brown (comfort matte)
Ex-Girlfriend – nude-rose with pink shimmer (sheer shimmer)
Amulet – metallic brick rose (metallized)
Conspiracy – plum-bronze shimmer (metallized)
Blackmail – deep berry wine (comfort matte)
The more matte the texture, the longer it stays. Most of the shades leave a stain on the lips but none of them are transfer-proof. Touch-ups are required whether you eat or not during the day.
A regular 3.25ml Vice Lipstick retails for R250 ($17*). This palette retails for R700 ($35*) and contains just over 7ml of product. Per gram you are paying more for the product in the Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette but you are getting to try a variety of shades.
I accidentally squished my finger in too hard when doing arm swatches and this is what the palette ended up looking like.
So the negatives for me on the Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette is the mirror finish prone to fingerprints and I’m not a fan of the sheer shades so I won’t really be wearing them. Other than that this is an excellent palette with top quality formula and wearable shade selection. It’s not exactly practical to keep in your handbag for touch-ups during the day but is a very travel friendly palette in terms of durability and convenience. It’s unfortunate that this palette is limited edition because it is great for beginners and makeup artists alike.
And then lastly before you go, I want to show you one of the most gorgeous shades in the Vice Lipstick collection. They released 9 limited edition shades in the Vintage Capsule collection and I received the shade Smog. Now if you have or ever owned the original Naked palette, that name might ring a bell. Well now they’ve transformed it into a lipstick.
Smog is a deep, coppery bronze with a cream finish. When I swatched it I was gobsmacked. It it so gorgeously breathtaking. You know how I usually take my swatches and look at what I did to my arm, I got so excited. Now I won’t lie, I’ll never rock a gold lip this intense but I have tried it on my lids and I love it. Whoo-hoo for multitaskers. You can see in the pics below how the shade changes depending on how the light hits it.
The Vintage Capsule is only available for a short time at the Sandton store only and retails for R250.
Where to Buy
Urban Decay products can be bought in store in Sandton and Eastgate and is unfortunately not available online. If you are outside of South Africa (*), products can be bought from the Urban Decay website or from Sephora.com.