REVIEW: Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks – 1993, Tilt, After Dark & Blackmail

Hey everyone!

Urban Decay has recently stepped up its game with a whole new range of lipsticks – the Matte Revolution – in addition to its two existing lines, Sheer Revolution and the original Revolution (satin finish) which I absolutely adore.  With almost a full collection of the latter in my stash, you can say that I’m a die-hard fan of its opaque lipsticks. Therefore when I got wind of the exciting news of its latest lineup, the matte lipstick fanatic in me squealed in delight! I simply couldn’t wait to lay my hands on these new exquisite offerings from one of my all-time favourite cosmetics brands!

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick

Released early last month on urbandecay.com, this tantalising collection boasts a total of 11 new shades (with 2 being online-exclusive) namely Backtalk (OE), Carnal (OE), Blackmail, Bad Blood, Tilt, Temper, After Dark, Menace, Bittersweet, 1993 and Stark Naked made with a super-creamy and nondrying formula (Pigment Infusion System™) and encased in a sleek, dark-grayish metallic packaging.

(Hmmm, why do I have the impression that these names are Taylor Swift-inspired?)

Backtalk and Carnal weren’t available at time of my purchase so I settled for my next top 4 consisting of a nude, a red, a plum and a noir.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Blackmail, After Dark, Tilt and 1993

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Blackmail, After Dark, Tilt and 1993

Also, these lipsticks are loaded with a long list of nourishing ingredients, including a blend of avocado, olive and babassu oils. Shea butter conditions; illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture; and vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants. [source]

Whoa, a lip conditioner and lipstick in one! Sounds like it will do wonders for my poor chapped lips which intensify under most matte formula. But do they live up to expectations?

#1 1993

1993 is a matte medium brown (US$22)

1993 is a matte medium brown (US$22)

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One of the more sought-after shades, this “dirty brown” was practically sold out in a matter of days and I had to wait for it to be restocked before I could cart out my order so I reckon it’s going to be a hit among Singapore buyers as well. Application was easy and smooth as butter and it has very rich pigmentation with a little sheen. Colour is slightly darker than pictured which works great on both fair and dark skin tones.

1993 swatch comparison

1993 swatch comparison with similar Revolution shades

As you can see, the Matte formula is a lot more opaque than that of the Revolution series.

#2 Tilt

Tilt is a matte bright orange (US$22)

Tilt is a matte bright orange (US$22)

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This cheery coral-orange looks bright but is surprisingly flattering on warm skin tones like mine. Bold and vivid colours have the tendency to accentuate and settle into my lip lines but Tilt doesn’t at all. It seemed to cover my lips well although it is less pigmented than 1993. The Matte finish is also more apparent here as it’s not as glossy as the rest.

Tilt swatch comparison with similar Revolution shades

Tilt swatch comparison with similar Revolution shades

#3 After Dark

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After Dark is a matte medium-dark berry pink (US$22)

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Similarly, After Dark provides even coverage in a single swipe with its superb pigmentation. It has a bit of a frost finish with tiny reflecting particles (perhaps of a lighter shade), giving a subtle ombre effect from bottom-up and leaving your lips with a lustrous shine. This shade is very similar to the existing fuchsias by Urban Decay, albeit marginally darker.

Swatch comparison after Blackmail.

#4 Blackmail

Blackmail is a matte deep berry wine (US$22)

Blackmail is a matte deep berry wine (US$22)

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My most anticipated shade but also the worst-performing one, Blackmail doesn’t fare well in terms of coverage and opacity – a common problem among really dark shades, I guess. Hated how it still looked visibly patchy and uneven on the lips even after trying to cover it up. Still, I don’t deny that it’s a gorgeous blackened berry and it’s perhaps my darkest lipstick shade in my collection after Hautecore.

Blackmail and After Dark swatch comparison with similar Revolution shades

Blackmail and After Dark swatch comparison with similar Revolution shades

Shame, the darkest shade from the Revolution range, doesn’t seem that dark anymore next to Blackmail with its brighter and redder hue and After Dark is just a more sombre and less iridescent version of Venom and Anarchy.

But evidently, Urban Decay had retained most of the satin finish in their Matte range to make it less drying on the lips. I believe this has got to do with the nourishing formula Urban Decay had infused into the lipsticks too.

All in all, I’m very satisfied with the smooth finish of the lipsticks. Pigmentation is fantastic in general and they are all extremely opaque without having to apply layers upon layers of the product. Feather-resistant, hydrating and long-lasting, they are pretty much like the Revolution lipsticks, just a teeny-weeny bit less glossy. My only complaint is the flat surface of the lipstick bullet which makes it a little challenging for me to line my cupid’s bow. But of course, that can be easily solved using a lip brush.

However, purchasing from urbandecay.com can be a pain as it only allows international buyers to ship their orders via MyUS.com which charges really exorbitant shipping fees (in fact, more than twice the rate my designated forwarder offers), not forgetting the ridiculous US$10 registration fee upon sign up. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend buying anything at all from urbandecay.com. The better alternative would be Sephora.com (using your forwarder’s BuyForMe service) if you can afford to wait for a few more days.

Now that Urban Decay has added the online-exclusive shades  to its website, I feel really tempted to get them. But at the same time I’m deterred by the preposterous shipping charges. Argh, the dilemma. Should I decide to get them in the end, I’ll include the review into this post so do follow my Facebook or Instagram for updates!

Did anything catch your eye? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Thanks for reading and look out for my Naked Smoky palette review coming up next!

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks are now available on urbandecay.com and will be released in Singapore on 20 August 2015.

FAVOURITES: 13 Red Lipsticks

Hello ladies!

Sorry for the lack of updates! I am into my second week of internship and my schedule has been pretty packed with work, events and other activities, leaving me with no time for leisure. Only managed to squeeze in time to blog today since my Mom made me dinner at home.

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It has been 4 months since my last FAVOURITES entry and I’m pleasantly surprised that the series has reached out to so many lipstick fanatics like myself! *waves* Thanks for the support, guys! And yes, I know I promised a continuation somewhere in my MLBB post. Well, this is it! It took a long while to be up because of my decreased presence at home, which had only allowed me to do shorter reviews like new M.A.C launches. To make up for the wait, I’ll be featuring 13 of my favourite red (any shade of red) lipsticks instead of the usual 10! Yay to more lip goodness! 🙂

Love dark lipsticks? Check out what top my list here! Or here if you’re into nude lipsticks 🙂

(Actually I just couldn’t choose lol)

If you’re still searching for a perfect red lipstick, look no further! For all you know, you could just find one right here 🙂 Even if you’re not a huge red lipstick person (like me), I feel that you should invest in at least one for special occasions like proms, weddings and your company’s Dinner & Dance!

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Overview. Do you own any of these?

If you’re surprised to see so many M.A.C lipsticks topping my list, you must be new here. I’m an absolute devotee of M.A.C so naturally more than 70% of my lipstick stash are from the said brand.

I’m gonna kick off the list with some recently-launched and reviewed-before M.A.C lipsticks just to create suspense.

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The first 3 (from left): MAC in Strange Journey, Oblivion and Stunner.

1. M.A.C in STRANGE JOURNEY

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Strange Journey is a yellowish brick red with Matte finish.

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The Halloween collection in 2014 did offer some of the best reds I’ve ever seen from MAC and one of them was Strange Journey. It wasn’t the most popular choice from that collection (sold out nonetheless) because according to some people, it’s too orangey? But look, it doesn’t appear like that on my lips right? 😀

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C’mon, it’s really not that orangey!

Read more about it here.

2. M.A.C in OBLIVION

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Oblivion is a vivid blushred with Amplified finish.

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As you can tell from my lips, Oblivion is slightly hydrating and opaque, a bit like lip tint. It’s my favourite red lippy at the moment.

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In fact, all the lipsticks from The Rocky Horror Picture Show collection are drop-dead gorgeous!

Read more about it here.

3. M.A.C in STUNNER

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Stunner is a clean red with Matte finish.

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One-third of the MAC x Nasty Girl collection and the least popular of the lot, it is no doubt a very dupe-able shade. MAC has a couple of colours similar to this. Hence, it took quite a long while to sell out (when the other two shades were already gone by the end of the launch week). But still, it’s still a very pretty shade of red, isn’t it? 🙂

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I find it to be very flattering on my skin tone!

Read more about it here.

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The next 4 (from left): MAC in Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, Russian Red and M.A.C Red.

4. M.A.C in RUBY WOO

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Ruby Woo is a very matte vivid blue-red with a Retro Matte finish.

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Like the other Retro Matte lipsticks I own, Ruby Woo tends to be a bit more drying, so multiple applications are needed to completely fill the lips. And while you’re at it, you’d feel like you’re colouring your lips with a red crayon (the dryness and inconsistency). It takes a little more effort to be removed.

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But it’s very long-lasting and it gives the perfect matte texture! This explains why it’s one of MAC’s best sellers.

5. M.A.C in LADY DANGER

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Lady Danger is a vivid bright coral-red with Matte finish.

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Highly raved and recommended by lipstick users and on beauty magazines around the world, Lady Danger has proven to be one of the best orange-red lipsticks in the market. Perfect for fall, it can be a little drying though (I think this is a common problem for the older MAC Matte lipsticks) but it’s not as bad as Ruby Woo.

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Looks better on fairer skin.

6. M.A.C in RUSSIAN RED

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Russian Red is an intense bluish-red with Matte finish

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Russian Red to me is like a cousin of Ruby Woo – both are the ultimate timeless red lipsticks that lovers of sultry lips would know for sure.

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But it’s better than Ruby Woo because it glides more smoothly and it definitely didn’t make me feel like my lips are peeling from the rough application.

7. M.A.C in M.A.C RED

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M.A.C Red is a vivid bright bluish-red with Satin finish.

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Another lipstick with a gorgeous sheen that leaves behind a lip tint-like stain after a few hours of wearing.

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It’s smooth and doesn’t feather despite it being creamy.

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The next 3 (from left): MAC in Chili and Viva Glam Rihanna, Chanel Rouge Allure in 99 Pirate.

8. M.A.C in CHILI

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Chili is a brownish orange-red with Matte finish.

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Swatched it on my hand before purchase and fell in love with it instantly (plus, MAC was having a collaborative sale with Sephora ION at that time!) It’s not your typical red – it’s a sophisticated red that doesn’t appear too “intimidating” like the others.

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Love it but don’t think I pull off the look. I’m sure it’d be very flattering on warmer skin tone 🙂

9. M.A.C in VIVA GLAM RIHANNA

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Viva Glam Rihanna is a blue-red with Frost finish.

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Rihanna is no stranger to the MAC community. Having worked with MAC twice (or thrice?), she has produced countless of incredibly gorgeous lipsticks (hate myself for not getting anything from her 2013 Holiday collection). This one I’m holding right here is no different. The frost finish leaves your lips looking moisturised and healthy.

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Andddd I love that it is not in the standard packaging too. *thumbs up*

Moving on from M.A.C…

10. Chanel Rouge Allure in 99 PIRATE

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99 Pirate is a blue-red with a beautiful sheen.

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Originally released in 2012, it was recently repromoted in the new Allure Rouge range with an improved formula that helps keep lips supple and protected. I saw it once on BoA (one of the pioneers in K-Pop) and thought it really looked pretty on her. Heh.

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The new formula also made it more pigmented!

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High-end brands differentiate themselves with their unique packaging. Chanel uses the push-to-open mechanism for easy handling.

Of course, being an ardent fan of Urban Decay, how can it not be on my list, right? 😉

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The final 3 (from left): Urban Decay in 69, F-Bomb and Bang. (yes, all the sexual connotations)

11. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69

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69 is a bright red with pink undertone.

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My favourite red from Urban Decay, it’s very pigmented, moisturising and has a very nice cool undertone.

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It’s prettily bold and extremely emollient. LOVE IT TO BITS! (In case you’re wondering, Catfight is way darker and pinker, hence it does not qualify to be on this list)

12. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-BOMB

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F-Bomb is a classic red.

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Extremely creamy with a not-so-strong blue undertone, this is even redder than the reddest MAC lipstick in my stash. It’s probably called F-Bomb because it transforms the user into a bombshell with this insanely pigmented red. A mini version of F-Bomb is also included in the Full Frontal Lipstick Stash.

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Forget about red undergarments. This red lipstick is sure to bring you lots of luck and fortune at the gambling table this Chinese New Year 😀

13. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in BANG

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Bang is a bright orange-red.

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The “Lady Danger” of Urban Decay, it actually bears a stark similarity to the popular orange-red MAC lipstick but this is a tone darker. It is also more buttery and saturated.

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This bold colour will turn heads on the streets!

And finally, some swatches to conclude this post:

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Swatch of all the featured shades! Whoops, my poor planning led to the mess towards the end hehe. But yes, some of them are really dupes of each other!

And there you go, different variations of reds to choose from for a more glamourous look. 😉

What do you guys think? Feel free to share with me some of your favourite red lipsticks in the comments below! I believe there are some mention-worthy red lipsticks, or cheaper dupes which you can get from drugstores at half the price of those featured here.

That’s all for this post! Thanks for reading 🙂

Read also:
FAVOURITES: Top 10 Dark Lipsticks
FAVOURITES: Top 10 MLBB Lipsticks

REVIEW: Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Hey ladies!

I’m on an Urban Decay rampage as you can see, so please pardon me! But I guess with pretty pictures (of the swatches, not of me of course 😀 ) in place, no one would make a fuss right? That’s unless you’re not a lipstick fan but fret not, I have a blush review coming up!

So Sephora finally launched my long-awaited Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash last week! I’ve been yearning so darn long for it and I thought they were not going to release it in Singapore but I guess many people had been requesting for it on their Facebook page so they decided to bring it over anyway! I was so stoked!

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The packaging

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The shades + proof of authenticity!

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6 miniature Urban Decay lipsticks!

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4 are new shades while the other 2 (Liar & F-Bomb) are from the permanent series!

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About 3/4 of a full-size Revolution Lipstick – great for travels!

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From left: Ladyflower, Crush, Gash, Illicit, Liar, F-Bomb

The bullet is so tiny (about 2 cm) and cute, and it’s probably the perfect size for me because I can hardly finish a lipstick.

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Also comes with Urban Decay’s best selling clear-shade lip pencil, Ozone!

The lip pencil is one amazing tool to hold your colour in place! I lined my lips with Ozone before I put on the first lipstick from the stash and it really appeared neater than the rest (which I failed to line because I was tight on time). At the same time, it also evidently prevented feathering because the lipstick didn’t bleed out despite sweat dripping down from my cupid’s bow. On top of that, Urban Decay claims that the pencil fixes mistakes which I failed to experiment because I only read about it after I’m done with the photo-taking. Haha, maybe next time!

Plus, I really appreciate that it’s clear-shade because the downside of coloured lip liners are that they stay (which ironically is one attribute I seek in all lip products). After a few hours on days I pig out, the lipstick that filled the lips would wear off, leaving behind an unsightly line around the lips. And then I’d be force to touch up my lipstick every now and then :\ So thank God for Ozone, I think I have found a better alternative!

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Full swatch. Layered Ozone multiple times but it’s still pretty invisible! What is your favourite shade from this stash?

As you can see, this collection offers a variety of shades from sheer to light to dark and vivid colours to cater to different moods and occasions. The lipsticks are all very pigmented and bold (with the exception of Illicit and nude-shade Liar). Their creamy texture glides on smoothly in one application.

Now, let’s do an individual review for every lipstick!

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Ladyflower is a bright rose-pink shade.

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OK my face looks friggin’ puffy in this post because I binged a lot the past few days. Gotta get back to shape!

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Ladyflower looks like the perfect pink shade on my hand but when applied on my lips, it appears differently and seems to be more on the purple side.

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Crush is a hot pink shade. (whoops sorry for the poor quality!)

Crush is the ultimate hot pink, I tell ya. Just look at the bullet. It has this gold sheen in it which makes people want to reach out for it the first thing they uncap all the lipsticks in this stash. But strangely, there isn’t any sheen when applied! I wish it did though. I bet it’d look super gorgeous.

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No sheen no sheen! Just a flat colour 😦

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But it actually looks quite nice! Me likey.

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Here’s a comparison swatch against other similar shades from the regular-size Revolution Lipstick collection! Anarchy is really close, just a little darker than Crush.

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Gash is a deep red with tonal shimmer (gah sorry for the poor quality again)

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My favourite shade from this stash! And I’m probably the only one who thinks this way because everyone seems to be raving about Crush and Ladyflower. Why not Gash? It’s so pretty with the sexy red wine colour.

If Shame is too dark for you, this should be perfect!

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Illicit is a sheer baby pink shade

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I honestly didn’t expect a sheer lipstick to be part of an Urban Decay lipstick collection since they are known for their bold and highly pigmented shades! I felt that it needed a lot of layering for the baby pink to show (otherwise it’d make no difference to my lips). Thus this is my least favourite among the 6 in the stash.

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Liar is a pinky-brown nude shade

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I’ve always wanted to get Liar but it’s always sold out at the Sephora outlet I patronise so I’m really glad that it’s included in this collection! It appears to be dark (made me elated for a moment) but when applied on my lips, it kinda blended into my natural lip colour. It also felt more matte than the rest (but still glossy nonetheless).

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Comparing against other nude shades from the Revolution Lipstick series!

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F-Bomb is a classic red shade

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I already own the full-size version of this so I know that this is the go-to red lipstick. It’s a very attractive and sultry red. Unlike MAC, this is more hydrating and it stays on the entire day even after a heavy meal (just need minimal touch up). So if you’re a red lipstick lover, this is a must-buy! Or if you wanna try it out first, perhaps you should get the Full Frontal Lipstick Stash 😀

All in all, it was money well-spent! I now have one less bulky item to bring along when I travel (and I’m definitely taking Gash with me hehe). Plus, Christmas is around the corner right? This makes the PERFECT Christmas gift for your girlfriends!

Or if you don’t believe in spending a lot of money on Christmas presents, get one for yourself! For 6 gorgeous lipsticks, you only need to pay S$60 in local Sephora stores (US$39 on Urban Decay) and the price could even be lower if you pay using your UOB Visa Card (3% rebate) on top of your 10% discount (for accumulating 250 points)!  I only had to pay S$52 in the end 😀 That’s $8 off!

Also once again, this stash is limited edition! So if you miss it, you’re probably gonna miss out on a great deal!

Haha okay enough of the aggressive promotion (because I really love the product!). That’s all for this post!

Thanks for reading ❤