A lot of makeup lines have been doing the sheer lip thing for a while, so really, the idea is NOT that revolutionary anymore.
Like Clinique Black Honey? That’s one of the O.G. sheer lipsticks from the back in the day, so at this point, we can safely assume that a new line of sheer lipsticks will probably not leave you slack-jawed at your desk with drool dribbling from the left corner of your mouth and a mind so completely blown that you may cease to exist on this plane because you’ve been transported to a magical makeup alternate reality…
Let’s face it. The idea has been done before.
That said, Urban Decay’s new Sheer Revolution Lipsticks ($20 each, coming spring 2015) are different in one major way: they’re significantly more pigmented than many sheer lipsticks in the same price range (for instance, the $22 Too Faced La Cremes and $19 Benefit Tinted Tinted Lip Balms), particularly the brighter colors, like hot pink Sheer Anarchy and berry Sheer Shame.
Unfortunately, the nudes in the collection all start to look the same after a while on my pigmented lips…but that’s not unusual for me when it comes to sheer lipsticks and balms.
A completely new line of lipsticks en route to the permanent line, these are similar to UD’s current Revolution Lipsticks (same moderately thick, creamy texture), only they’re sheer, or sheerer — maybe about half as pigmented — but all 10 shades are still more pigmented than average for sheer lipsticks from other brands.
Because of the sheer-ish formula, though, if I had to pick just one, I’d choose one of the brighter shades, like fuchsia Sheer Anarchy or berry Sheer Walk of Shame.
I also dig red Sheer F-Bomb and orangey red Sheer Slowburn, but most of the time when I feel like wearing red on my lips, I want to go all out, like with opaque coverage, lip liner — the whole shebang.
These particular reds are like starter reds, and might be good for someone who wants to wear red on their lips, but isn’t ready for MAC Ruby Woo.
Ya know, when I think of Urban Decay, I picture glittery makeup, crazy looks and hip girls in ripped, high-waisted jeans sneaking out of bedroom windows on school nights. I picture underground parties and rock stars, so the thought of them doing a sheer lipstick was kind of hard to process at first…
Then I recalled the Naked Palette, and UD’s whole movement toward neutrals over the past five years, and it made more sense. The lineup balances nude shades for the Naked fans and brights for hardcore UD followers.
I like these, and I think they’re among the best out there now for sheer lip products… Mainly because they aren’t terribly sheer.
Perfect for long walks through the park on a Sunday afternoon, and they’ll stand out from the other 10,345 nude lipsticks and glosses in your purse.
Just as a tip, but when you apply these, make sure your lips are completely dry, because when mine are wet, the formula doesn’t adhere well or apply smoothly. If you prep with a balm beforehand, just blot it down completely before proceeding.
The Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks ($20 each)
- New for spring 2015, bound for the permanent line
- Available in 10 shades for $20 each
- Unscented and unflavored
- The creamy, medium-weight, moderately moisturizing formula (they contain jojoba and olive oil) lasts 3-4 hours for me
- Still sheer enough to be considered sheer…but more pigmented than most sheer lipsticks on the market
PRICE: $20 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming spring 2015
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (I do wish they were a little more moisturizing…but that’s a minor quibble)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,