Lips, Reviews

Review: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb

I think tiny lipsticks are my favorite kind of 100-point perk from Sephora. I love miniature things, I love free things and I have yet to use up a full size lipstick so these are basically perfect. I missed this when it was actually listed in the rewards section, but I found out through the VIB board on the Sephora forums that it was still in stock. Speaking of which – if you don’t go on there, you really should. They keep running lists of the rewards perks and promo codes, very helpful for maximizing your freebies. Anyway, I haven’t always been much for red lipstick, but it’s been growing on me lately. Plus, I just really like the name.


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb

Much like my review of the new NARS foundation from a while back, I can’t really comment much on the packaging of the full size lipstick since I have a mini, BUT, I downloaded a really nice stock image for you! From what I’ve seen of them in the store, the packaging seems reasonably functional. The case is a bit tall but on the thin side, so it’ll be ok in a clutch. The bullet itself is narrow, which is nice for thin lips. The mini version has a snap-on cap that stays on securely; I have to imagine the real deal works just as well. I’m not a huge fan of the aesthetics – I prefer something a bit sleeker-looking – but that’s neither here nor there.


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb Swatch

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb Comparison Swatches

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb Comparison Swatches

Red. The color of this lipstick is red. I’d say ‘true’ red, but honestly, who gets to decide which red is true? It has just a smidge of a pink undertone but it’s incredibly subtle. The finish is luminous but not shiny, and there are no shimmers in it. I pulled a few other reds from my lipstick drawers (I’m up to three drawers of lip products now, I’m going to have to find a different way to store them soon!) for comparison purposes. In the photos above we’ve got:

Urban Decay F-Bomb – bright, mostly neutral red

Bite Luminous Creme in Pomegranate – just a tiny bit darker and cooler than F-Bomb

Bite Luminous Creme in Tannin – darker and more berry-toned than F-Bomb

Givenchy Le Rouge in Grenat Initie – about the same intensity as F-Bomb, but with slightly yellower undertones

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in RD413 – more orange than F-Bomb (or any of the others, for that matter), with a shine finish

Texture, application & wear

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb

The Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks are creamy and light-weight on the lips. This particular one is very opaque – using a lip brush I got full coverage with two thin layers. From the tube it applies evenly and covers completely in one pass. It’s definitely easier to get a clean lip line with a brush than from the tube, but I’m pretty sure that applies to basically every lipstick. It did transfer quite a bit onto my coffee cup; no bleeding or migrating, and it wears evenly. This shade leaves a nice stain, so I didn’t feel the need to reapply until after lunch. I didn’t think it was drying, or especially moisturizing. It just is.

In Short: It has one job – to put color on your lips – and it does it well. This color is certainly dupeable, but the formula is very well-behaved, which is a must for red lipsticks.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb

Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks ($22) are available at and

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