When Urban Decay first announced they were collaborating with Gwen Stefani, the 12 year old in me exploded with joy. I used to idolize her; I wanted to be her! Of course I ordered the eyeshadow palette as soon as it came out. Then I saw the Ex-Girlfriend lipstick that was coming soon (we received samples with the palette) and I knew I had to have it. As soon as it launched, I bought the Ex-Girlfriend lipstick and the Ex-Girlfriend lip liner.
I had seen swatches upon swatches from famous Instagramers who already received press samples of all the shades, and Ex-Girlfriend looked like the PERFECT pinky nude combo. I ripped open my Sephora package as soon as it arrived and couldn’t wait to get these on my lips…. and thats when my balloon popped and all my excitement escaped and I felt deflated. I’ll explain why throughout this post….
Lipstick and Lip Liner
Here is what the packaging looks like; the same pretty packaging from the shadow palette. I absolutely LOVE the white and gold (that’s a theme at my desk at work).
Let’s start with the Ex-Girlfriend Lipstick….
It looks beautiful in the package and the lipstick tube itself is pretty.
I kind of wish the lipstick tube was also white and gold instead of black and gold, but I like it all the same. One thing I will say is it feels cheap; very lightweight and inexpensive feeling. I was expecting more, especially with how sturdy and well put together the Gwen Stefani shadow palette is.
But I can look past any packaging flaws if the product itself is beautiful, and just look at this lipstick…. it certainly is a beauty!
It looks like a perfect everyday pinky nude shade; exactly what I was hoping for!
There is some slight shimmer in the lipstick but I don’t really see it translate to the lips other than shine; I don’t see or feel any shimmer on the lips.
This shade is a sheer shade – which I don’t totally hate, because it’s buildable – but at the same time, I think this shade fully opaque would be near perfection! I’m not sure which lipstick formula from Urban Decay this is… I’m assuming their Sheer Revolution Lipsticks, but I can’t be certain because it’s not mentioned on the box like the Lip Liner is mentioned as the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Liner.
As you can see in the swatch pic, it is very glossy and you can see it looks patchy due to being sheer and going over it with a few passes.
On the lips, it’s very sheer and can be built up just slightly more than what you see below. Keep in mind these lip swatch pics are some of my worst – not just the fact my lips are super dry (from being sick), but also the light and angles and my foundation was a wreck all around my lips. But you’ll still get the shade idea….
I guess if you look really, really, really close you might see a hint of shimmer but it is faint.
Now let’s move onto the lip liner….
This is one of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils, which I do like those formulas so I was really excited about this lip pencil; I could see myself pairing it with a number of lipsticks I already own.
As you can see, it looks like a gorgeous pinky nude shade….
Again, I apologize for the EXTREMELY bad lip swatch and my horribly dry lips, but I wanted to show you what the lip liner looked like on its own…..
The swatch actually looks a bit lighter than in person.
Here are what the lip liner and lipstick look like swatched next to each other…. you can see the lipstick has a much more pink tone than the lip liner. They certainly do compliment one another though, and don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty…. but you’ll see what I mean….
Here is what the lipstick looks like over top the liner. I have to say, again, it looks darker in person than in this pic. In person my lips definitely take on a brown hue. In the lip swatch pic below, I can see more pink tones but not in person. The studio lights are doing this duo some favors.
So to re-cap:
Even though the lip liner made everything darker than expected, I don’t regret the purchase and can still use these. I love the lipstick on its own and over other liners I own. I sort of like the combo above, but I’m not a fan of brown lips so if any lip color even goes slightly brown on me I’m instantly not a fan. I think I have to warm up to it.
As for staying power, the lip liner is a long wear product – the lipstick is not. But together I get decent wear – depending on how much I’m drinking/eating.
I know this shade was sold out at Sephora, and it makes sense since the other 3 shades are bold/vivid shades – leaving this to be the only nude/everyday shade option – which I think a lot of people would prefer.
Let me know if you picked up either of these products and in what shade!
xoxo with love & beauty,