Urban Decay VICE Special Effects Lip Topcoat Fever: Review & Swatches

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I was going to avoid the new Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Long-Lasting Water-Resistant Lip Topcoat as I'm not into liquid lipsticks in general. Then I saw Fever and it was soooo damn pretty. Details per Sephora:

What it is:
A top coat that transforms any lip color for a completely customized look.


What it does:
Go from all-business to a party look in one swipe with Urban Decay’s Vice Special Effects Long-Lasting Water-Resistant Lip Topcoat. It transforms any lip color from beautiful to beyond. Apply this shade-shifting topcoat over cream, metallized and matte shades of UD’s Vice Lipstick or any Vice Liquid Lipstick to create a completely customized look.

Instantly morph your favorite colors and make it look like you spent hours crafting an Instagram-worthy lip look—or wear these shades alone. Available in shimmer, glitter, and metallic finishes, Urban Decay’s innovative, comfortable, gel-cream formula dries down quickly for long-lasting wear that never feels sticky. Vice Special Effects not only lasts, but also creates a water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath and prevents it from moving around on your lips.

Vice Special Effects comes in a clear tube (so you can see the shade inside) with gold accents. To set it apart from Vice Liquid Lipstick, Urban Decay gave it an iridescent white cap. The flexible brush applicator helps the formula glide on smoothly, without messing up any lipstick underneath. Marine Filling Spheres™, rich in marine collagen, deliver moisturizing and skin-smoothing properties.


Fever is described as a pink-red with green 3-D sparkle and shift. It's more of a peachy pink with an intense teal sparkle. It reminds me of a discontinued MAC Lipglass-Flurry of Fun from their Summer To The Beach Collection. I loved that Lipglass to death and nostalgia over took me so I grabbed Fever before I had time to think about how I don't like liquid lipsticks. Color wise, I absolutely adore this shade. It's also prefect for Spring ans Summer. At $18 it's reasonably priced and the pearly cap is very pretty.

This applies as a thin liquid and dries down to a matte finish. I tried this by itself hoping it would be hydrating enough like a matte lipstick. This is drier than a matte lipstick, it has pretty much no moisture to it. It's not good alone. I then layered it over different textures of lipsticks-matte, satin and even a Fresh Lip Treatment balm. This is better over a lipstick. Even a matte lipstick provided enough moisture.

I loved this the most over Fresh Nude lip balm and Estee Lauder X Victoria Beckham Brazilian Nude. It really pops those nudes into a new level. The only cons of wearing it over a lipstick is that it wears off just as quickly as the underlying product. This is not waterproof over a lipstick. It also has a slightly gritty feel from the glitter. I found the more I layered this product the more it settled into my lip lines and started to look too heavy and cakey. This was best as one coat only.

I think this is a fun product and probably best over a liquid lipstick for longevity and the most functional as far as waterproof capabilities. While it can be used over a more hydrating formula, expect to reapply it every time you reapply the base color. This formula was not for me and too bad as I adore the shade.

Top to Bottom: Urban Decay Fever Heavy and then Light, Layered over Estee Lauder X Victoria Beckham Nude Spice then Nude Spice Alone:


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