We’re in the first few days of September and I’m already thinking about sweaters, layers, and going a little darker with my makeup. For myself, bolder lips are definitely out of my comfort zone and with matte lips being all the rage, I’ve struggled finding a formula that actually feels comfortable to wear. On my wishlist was a formula that sticks around well, isn’t drying and won’t spend most of it’s time smeared on my teeth.
Enter in a lipstick formula I already love, but with a new velvety matte finish, and you’ve got Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick.
I was already a fan of the original Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick formula, so when I heard they were coming out with a matte finish I was both intrigued and a little weary. Personally having perpetually dry lips, matte formulas usually are a bit of a red flag for me. I find many of them dry down to such a powdery matte finish that my poor lips look like 90 year old raisins, and feel 10x worse.
So you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to feel how velvety the Urban Decay Matte Revolution formula is on the lips. I chose the rich berry shade After Dark, and the texture is very lightweight (dare I so even more so than the original?) and it slips on like a balm would, smoothing over lines in the lips too look like they never existed. I don’t know if I would have used the term ‘matte’ finish personally for this formula, but rather velvet because although it doesn’t have a sheen to it, it isn’t that classic powdered matte look. This shade in particular is gorgeous for Fall; in some lights it’s more plum and in others more magenta, making it a gorgeously unique bold lip for the cooler months. Because of the colour tone, I also find it makes teeth look white while not being a cool undertone that makes skin look lifeless.
While it is super silky to apply, I didn’t have any troubles with bleeding or patchy colour, and I didn’t feel the need for a lipliner or a lip brush to apply. Because of this though, there is a bit of give to the formula which means it does transfer a bit when using straws or kissing lips, but I find this shade in particular leaves a very nice even stain behind, making the eventual wear off quite graceful!
The Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks come in the same gorgeous organically faceted tube, but in a pearlized black finish to set themselves apart from the regular line. It’s super slick and feels luxurious in your hand and on your lips, making it appealing to audiences of all ages in my opinion. I think is something Urban Decay has really done right when it comes to their lipstick range – not just appealing to an edgier, perhaps younger audience and rather focusing on a balanced colour range in a variety of textures (the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks now come in the original formula, sheer and matte) so there is really something for everyone!
Have you tried any of the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks? What was your favourite formula and shade?
Jaime Pickering | 30-something, makeup hoarding (I prefer to call it "collecting"), classic rock loving, jeans and t-shirt girl - who just happens to love a little gloss from time to time.
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