Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Matte-r of Fact: Urban Decay vs. Maybelline

Matte lips are a trend that definitely grew on me. I always used to think the glossier/shinier, the better. I still shy away from matte shadows--I'm all about the shine there--but have found some great matte lip products on the market lately. There's the matte liquid lip trend (expect a post coming soon with some comparisons) and then the creamy matte lipstick trend. It looks matte but is moisturizing and not drying. I was excited to try Urban Decay's new Matte Revolution lipsticks and noticed they were very similar in both color and feel. But are they exact dupes?

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks. I have the shades Stark Naked, a light nude, and 1993, a medium brown. First, let's talk about the packaging. Urban Decay definitely wins in this category--I love the sleek black tubes. The outside packaging has the name and color so you know exactly which one they're getting. They are so so creamy and non-drying, plus they last quite a while. Both are opaque with one swipe. And best part? Each shade has an accompanying lip liner (Urban Decay has some of the best) so you can really achieve the full color you want.

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick. Once again I went with two shades, Clay Crush, which is more of a true nude shade, and Nude Nuance, a rosy nude that's a bit deeper. Obviously the colors are not obvious dupes but there's both a lighter and darker nude so you can find one depending on your preference. These are just as creamy and pigmented as the Urban Decay ones, although they have slightly less staying power. The tubes are a little bulkier but nothing crazy. They're also normally $7.99, compared to Urban Decay's $22, plus you can also find drugstore coupons.

L-R: Maybelline Clay Crush and Nude Nuance, Urban Decay Stark Naked and 1993

So the colors might not be complete dupes, but besides that, the formula is almost identical! Maybelline has more of a color selection with a cheaper price point, while Urban Decay offers matching lip liners and slightly longer staying power. Either way, if you're looking for a creamy matte lip, you can't go wrong with either of these.


  1. I love the formula of Urban Decays matte lipsticks, but I love the price of the matte lipsticks by Maybelline, and maybelline has a good formula as well!

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