Revolution High-Color Lipgloss is Urban Decay's follow up to its popular Revolution line of lipsticks, and we're happy to report that it's a winner!
First, though, let's get to some of the claims surrounding this gloss. The formula contains "Hilurlip," which Urban Decay says can make lips appear plumper and fuller. Hilurlip is a trademarked combination of ingredients that includes sodium hyaluronate, which can indeed serve to plump skin, but Urban Decay's description of this gloss being "laced with" it is accurate. There just isn't enough in this formula to make a significant impact on lip lines.
That aside, Revolution High-Color Lipgloss is an excellent option for other reasons. It's packed with color—you can get full, opaque coverage with just a single coat. Most of the shades are bold reds, pinks or purples, though there are a couple of neutral options included. This has a high-shine finish, and if you want a little extra dimension, there are a handful of sparkle shades as well (Vice, Big Bang and Assassin all include shimmer).
Where this gloss really "shines" (pun intended), however, is in the way it feels while you're wearing it. It's remarkably smooth and moisturizing, and is comfortable – almost plush – during its entire wear time, which averages four hours. Even after it fades, lips are left feeling smoother and conditioned, and it leaves an attractive stain behind.
The sole fragrance ingredient included is small amount of vanilla, which is not an irritant; in fact, you can't even detect a scent or flavor.
Overall, if you want a bold lip gloss that will leave your lips feeling smoother and conditioned, Revolution High-Color Lipgloss is an excellent option to check out.
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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