Vice Lipstick Sheer
The "Sheer" part of this lipstick's name isn't quite accurate for all of the shades. The pigmentation actually fluctuates between semi-sheer to semi-opaque pops of color. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just something to keep in mind if you're looking for the ease of truly sheer color.
The shade range for Vice Lipstick Sheer isn't as extensive as some of the other finishes for this collection (such as Cream and Comfort Matte), but there's still a decent mix of trendy and classic hues.
With its moderately glossy finish and hydrating feel, this lipstick is prone to transferring to whatever your lips come into contact with (i.e. your coffee mug and your significant other), but on the plus side, it isn't prone to feathering into lip lines. You can expect a couple hours of wear before it wears off.
Overall, Vice Lipstick Sheer is a good fragrance-free lipstick—though not quite a standout. As with the other Vice lipsticks, this formula contains several antioxidants that help defend lips against environmental aggressors.
- Semi-sheer to semi-opaque pops of color.
- Antioxidant-laced formula lightly hydrates.
- Mix of trendy and classic hues.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Isn't quite as impressive as some of the other Vice lipstick formulas.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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