Rack It Up: Giving Urban Decay Lip Sets A Second Chance PLUS Urban Decay Giveaway! Ends June 10

Published on May 6, 2018 by   ·   47 Comments

Y’all know there are three things this bitch loves: Urban Decay.  A good lipstick.  An amazing deal.  Trust that Nordstrom Rack would find a way to combine those three amazing things into one!

I’ve written a lot about makeup that I’ve snatched up at the Nordstrom Rack (like THIS fun Urban Decay palette!), but I’ve never really made it into a series before.  I decided that in addition to all of the new makeup I review, I wanted to have a sort of “second chance” playlist for all of those items that I just wasn’t feelin’ at full price but that when I see them with that sale sticker on the shelves of the Rack, I just can’t resist!  So welcome to the first installment of “Rack It Up,” and what better way to kick it off than with a brand I love at regular AND sale price (and that is often featured prominently at the Rack), Urban Decay!

On recent work trips to both Arizona and Seattle, I saw the Urban Decay “The Ultimate Pair” lip sets in a variety of colors.  The set consists of a Vice lipstick and a matching or coordinating (more on that later) 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil, and were marked at $14; I’m not sure what they were full price (the sticker says $22.00 but that seems low), but the Vice lipsticks are $17 alone, so it’s like getting $3 off the lipstick and getting the liner completely free!  I also don’t remember how much the lip liners were individually, but the 24/7  eyeliners are $20 each so that’s a pretty impressive deal if you consider the individual retail prices.  The Vice formula is one of my favorite tube lipsticks, though some of the performance is dependent on the specific finish.  Between Rack locations in Tempe, Chandler, and Seattle, I picked up 6 different sets, 3 with coordinated liners and 3 with matching liners.  Here’s what I got:

For each of the coordinated kits, the lipstick shade is listed first, followed by the liner shade.  For the matching shades, the lipstick and liner are in the same shade (obvi).  Here are swatches of all 6 shades:

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Left to Right: Ex-Girlfriend lipstick and Naked 2 liner, Firebird lipstick and Jilted Liner, Backtalk lipstick and Rush liner, Bad blood lipstick and liner, 1993 lipstick and liner, Big Bang lipstick and liner.

Below I’m including more photos and swatches – just know that I did a pretty shit job of photographing these.  I was riding the struggle bus, and in some of the photos you can see that there’s a chunk taken out of the Firebird lipstick from when I dropped my cellphone in the middle of a shot.  I was a hot mess, but I think you’ll get the idea.  In all of the swatches below, I drew a lips-shaped outline with the liner and then filled it in with the lipstick.

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Ex-Girlfriend & Naked 2: This one is probably my least favorite, but it’s definitely me and not the kit.  I’m not a huge fan of super nude lips (though I’ve been trying to learn!), and that combined with the Sheer Shimmer finish of the lipstick meant that I was destined to find this set a little bit meh.  It’s a pretty praline brown and if you like a shiny wash of color this is a really good option for a nude look.  I also think I can get some use out of this by layering it over some nude liquid lipsticks, so all is not lost.  The liner is a little too light to use for my brows, though you never know what kind of craziness I might get up to.

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Firebird & Jilted: This is a bod color choice but I really love it!  This is the Cream finish which leaves a wt look shine and the purple pink is extreme but really saturated and lovely.  If this color is your jam, this is a great kit for you.  The liner, Jilted, is a little more purple than the lipstick, so you could work it in with some of your other more purple lipsticks as well.  This is not for the faint of heart, but it’s a perfect example of why urban Decay slays the game when it comes to lip products.

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Backtalk & Rush: Let’s be real – I bought this set specifically because I already had the Backtalk palette and I wanted to do a “Full Face One Brand” challenge and use the palette and the coordinating lipstick (plus the Hi Fi Shine gloss in Backtalk too!)  It’s a mauve-pink that is neutral but not boring, and I’m definitely living for it.  I like to ombre it up to make it a little bit more extra, but it’s also lovely on its own and the Rush liner is a perfect complement.  Comfort Matte is my favorite UD lipstick finish, and this is a lovely example.

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Bad Blood: Urban Decay does a lot of really great reds, and although this isn’t my favorite (Spiderwebs takes that title) it is a gorgeous cool blue-based red and the liner is just a touch darker and is a fantastic match for a classic red pout.  No word on whether or not Taylor Swift likes this shade, but she could always pick up one of these sets on sale and send it to Katy Perry as a peace offering.  or maybe not…but she’d only be out 14 bucks!  This one is also comfort matte, and I love the way it sits on the lips.

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1993:  I don’t usually love brown/neutral lipsticks, but I actually really love this shade.  It’s sort of grungy brown and fits with a very 90s aesthetic, but I can see this working with so many of the warm neutral palettes out there…which is every damn palette these days because makeup companies don’t mind putting out the same shit over and over and over and…but that’s a rant for a different day.  This is a comfort matte finish and it’s a fantastic, pigmented lipstick.  I approve.

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Big Bang:  This is the metallized finish, and though I do appreciate it, it just isn’t the same as their old glitter lipsticks.  Does anyone else remember Uzi?  That shit was silver glitter in a tube and it applied exactly how it appeared in the tube.  I’ve never found a glitter lipstick like that before or since.  This is still good: it’s a pink semi-sheeer base with lots of pink sparkle with some blue flash and it’s worlds better than most glitter lipsticks.  I just wish it were a little more glitter heavy like Uzi.  A girl can dream.  They made a smart choice and made the matching liner more opaque and a little darker, but it still has some metallic sparkle and is a nice addition to my liner collection.

Urban Decay is often featured at the Rack and there were other products I could have picked up for this review.  They had the 9-pan Troublemaker palette with the deluxe mini of Troublemaker mascara, the first version of the After Glow highlighter palette (which is life – I have both the first and second palettes, and they are every-damn-thing!), some of the Naked Skin powder foundations, and in Seattle I even saw a few of the Naked On The Run face kits.  The selection is always changing, and stuff disappears quickly, but I recommend keeping an eye on them to see what kind of beauty steals you can get your makeup loving mitts on.  These lip kits are amazing and I’m super excited that I was able to add these to my collection.


I’ve got some fabulous Urban Decay goodies that I’m just dying to give to a World of Champagne Reader – and here’s what the prize includes:

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* Sephora Beauty Insider 500-point perk: 4-pan shadow mini-palette featuring the shades Backdoor, Righteous, Backfire, and Fireball, plus a mini brush and a deluxe sample of Primer Potion in Original
* 3 Deluxe Mini Vice Lipsticks in Big Bang, Backtalk, and 714
* A curated collection of Urban Decay samples that includes the Gwen Stefani collection lipsticks, Perversion mascara, All Nighter foundation, Naked Skin liquid makeup and Optical Illusion primer, Naked Skin highlighting fluid in all 5 shades, Naked Skin color correcting fluid in all 5 shades, Primer Potion eye primer, Ultra Definition Skin Prep, and the Vice Special Effects lip top coat in 4 shades
* A Sephora brand vinyl polka dot clutch

Rack 08This is a collection of some of the best and brightest of the Urban Decay line, and they could be yours if you comment below and tell us:

What’s your favorite product EVER from the Urban Decay line?  If you’ve never tried UD, what’s the product that you are absolutely dying to try?

Everyone who comments below will be entered into a random giveaway for this great prize package, and a winner will be chosen soon after the June 10th close date.  Please note: in order to enter, you must be located in the US or have a US-based address that we can ship to.  Sorry world – this is still a one-queen operation, and international shipping is just a little too pricey for us at this time!  We hope to expand our giveaways to more location in the future, so be on the lookout for that.

This giveaway will be open through 9 pm Central Time on June 10 – so get commenting and you could walk away with this fabulous collection of Urban Decay products!

Now Go Forth & Get Painted!

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Readers Comments (47)
  1. Lisa Shanklin says:

    I’ve never used Urban Decay makeup. But afterthis review is loveto try Big Bang lipstick or Ms. Janessa’s favorite mascara of theirs.

    • JanessaJaye says:

      Big Bang is so good! I haven’t tried their Troublemaker mascara but it’s definitely on my list to try. Have yet to find something I like better than the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara! :)

  2. Brida says:

    My absolute favorite UD item has to be 1993 Vice Liquid Lipstick. I seriously want to try it in regular lipstick form and now I’ve heard about these lovely sets, I might just have to get the 1993 one and have the liquid lipstick, lipstick and liner. I live in seattle – did you by any chance see Naked Smoky in the rack there? I did back in January and I’m kicking myself for passing it up.

    • JanessaJaye says:

      No, they didn’t have any of the Smoky when I was there a couple of weeks ago :( I have that palette, and I like it…UD is trying to act like it never existed! lol

  3. Lisa Lone Fight says:

    Love you and thank you for being so fabulous!!!!
    My fav UD:
    Urban decay Vice Lipstick…fav color: 1993
    All Nighter–makeup setting spray!

  4. Brandy says:

    SWEET MERCY, THIS IS AMAZEBALLZ! Thank you for the opportunity, and good luck everyone!

  5. Nikki Q says:

    I love the Naked palettes, along with Smokey. The Sin eye primer is my favorite. I really like UD products and would definitely try more!

    • JanessaJaye says:

      I have the Smoky palette – I can’t believe that UD is trying so hard to make people forget about it!

  6. Lisa Brown says:

    I would have to say the Naked 1 palette. I still use it and love it. It is my go-to palette. Thanks for the chance.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

    • JanessaJaye says:

      I’m trying to learn how to do more nude/natural looks – not easy for a queen! lol The only palette I’ve hit pan on any shades for is Naked 3, and that’s the one I used for my Edna looks when I was in HAIRSPRAY!

  7. I cannot live without UD’s eye potion. It is hands down the best eye primer on the market. I’ve tried a million brands from MAC to drugstore and for my money Urban Decay is hard if not impossible to beat.

    • JanessaJaye says:

      SAME! I live for that stuff! I just wish they would go back to the squeeze tube…that new doefoot packaging is a mess!

  8. Kimmy says:

    WOWZA! Urban Deay is hands down my favorite makeup. I am obsessed with their palettes and glitter eyeliners!

  9. Justin lindelof says:

    This is my favorite

  10. Amber Hoff says:

    Never used UD but loving the Fireball swatch so that is what I am going to go with wanting to try!

    • JanessaJaye says:

      Fireball is a GORGEOUS shade, but it depends on what product line it’s in…Urban Decay translates their shades into a lot of different formulas, and some are better than others. The eyeshadow? LIFE! The highlight fluid? Not…life. LOL

  11. Keyla Mount says:

    The only thing I’ve ever used of urban decay is that all nighter foundation and I love that it says on all that stuff but it makes me look really r The only thing I’ve ever used of urban decay is that all nighter foundation and I love that it stays on And has amaIng coverage but it makes me look orange.

    Firebird & Jilted looks amazing! I a pink girl.

    • JanessaJaye says:

      Which shade did you use? It could be that you ended up with the wrong undertone. I’m super pink in the face, so I always have to buy the shades ending in .5 or else things get wonky! That’s why I have trouble with Too Faced foundations – I swear the only undertone they use with ANYTHING is yellow!

  12. Kelly K says:

    I am addicted to the UD eyeshadow palettes & have (oops) all of them but I’d have to say my ride or die UD product is the De-Slick Setting spray. I’ve tried lots of different setting sprays & that one gives me the best results.

  13. Krista says:

    My makeup obsession is real. I just picked up my first urban decay lipsticks (gubby and peyote), and I’m obsessed.

  14. Katherine Hutton says:

    Love you site. When ever I have a question on makeup, I start he.

  15. Lauren Homuth says:

    I love the Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes. My favorite is the electric palette because who doesn’t love some bright neon colors to play with!

  16. Autumn says:

    I love their makeup meltdown lipstick remover. It really helps get off all the stubborn lipstick I wear

  17. Davell Lysne says:

    My favorite Urban Decay product is the Kristen Leanne collaboration. In particular the Kaleidoscope Dream palette. I know the layout of the eye shadow pans is weird but the colors are gorgeous. I’ve been using this palette a lot since I got it. I love using the colors LCW,TRM,and Leo + Brixton.






  18. Shorty Lynn says:

    The urban decay heat pallet is life! My fav so far. Great formula and the warm toned browns have electrifid my make up!

    • JanessaJaye says:

      I’m so tempted by that palette! There is one shimmer in particular that I’m dying for…Lumbre I think it’s called? So gorgeous!

  19. Laurene says:

    I love Urban Decay eye shadow! I love how pigmented they are!

    • JanessaJaye says:

      They are pretty good, though sometimes the mattes can be a little disappointing. But I’m pretty much always in love with their shimmers!

  20. Elaina says:

    I’ve never tried Urban Decay but after looking at the lip kits you just posted, I’d love to try Backtalk and Rush. Both look gorgeous!!

  21. Sigrid says:

    I am pretty new to Urban Decay but I love to steal my mama’s Naked lip gloss when she isn’t looking!

  22. Melanie says:

    Their eyeliner! I couldn’t do eyeliner until I tried theirs.

  23. Ada K says:

    I’ve only used Urban Decay eyeliner (thanks Ipsy) but I am a lipstick fiend so I would love to try their lipsticks…

  24. JanessaJaye says:

    This giveaway is now closed! Look for more upcoming giveaways, including the Midnight Mermaid giveaway on NOW, featuring Wet N Wild!

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