Things have been hectic in grad school, with looming deadlines and working even longer hours than normal. I’ve been skipping makeup a lot as well, mainly because stress (and some questionable products) did a real number on my skin. My skin is finally back on track (will share how I did that soon!) and I’ve been easing back into (minimal) makeup.
Even when I skip base products, I have to have something on my lips. Honestly, I’ll take lip gloss over a liquid lipstick any day. I love to shine!
So, even with my barely-existent makeup routine, I’ve been all about the new Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Glosses*.
Hi-Fi Shine Lip Gloss
What it is: ultra-shiny, cushiony-soft lip gloss that provides long-lasting wear that’s comfortable, not tacky
The glosses are infused with Vitamin E and peppermint oil to nourish and plump lips. There are 4 different finishes: metallic, holographic, cream, and sheer cream.
The packaging is sleek and modern. I like that it’s flat so it won’t roll everywhere, plus the gloss color is perfectly visible.
The Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses retail for $20 for 0.23 oz.
Shades + Swatches
Urban Decay generously sent me all 20 shades. This launch has a wide array of colors (many based on current Vice Lipstick faves) in the 4 finishes.
Goldmine – metallic bright gold
Big Bang – metallic hot pink sparkle
Shadowheart – chocolate brown with gold sparkle
Dirty Talk – metallic burgundy with pink shimmer
Fireball – holographic peach with pink sparkle
Snapped – holographic deep plum with blue shimmer
SPL – holographic candy pink with iridescent sparkle
Candy Flip – holographic lavender with blue-pink sparkle
Snitch – bright coral
Rapture – rose-mauve
1993 – medium brown
Fuel – light neutral nude
Backtalk – mauve-nude pink
Jawbreaker – classic purple
Beso – deep pink-mauve
Bang – bright orange-red
Savage – electric pink
Naked – nude pink with pearly pink shift
Obsessed – baby pink
Midnight Cowgirl – nude with gold shimmer
See below for swatches:
When I first remove the applicator from the tube, I immediately notice the peppermint oil. The applicator is paddle-shaped and flexible, but applying the gloss is pretty easy. I swipe on my bottom lip with one side of the paddle, then use the other side to put the gloss on my top lip.
Once on my lips, the peppermint is definitely there. There’s a slight cooling effect, but it is not a bother to me, nor is it as strong as some other glosses (like Buxom’s). The scent lingers for awhile, more than 30 minutes. I do think the minty scent/cooling could be an issue for those with sensitive lips, so keep that in mind. I enjoy the freshness of the peppermint, but I remove the gloss before I eat or drink so as not to make my precious Diet Coke and snacks taste minty.
There is a difference in pigmentation and shimmer/shine among the finishes, so we’ll break down each type:
The Metallized finish has larger flecks of shimmer to make the glosses highly reflective. There is decent base color pigmentation, except with Goldmine, which is better as a lip topper in my opinion.
The Holographic finish has less pigmentation overall, but a ton of complexity in the fine shimmer. SPL or Candy Flip would be the closest to a “clear” gloss in this line because the base color is quite sheer, but the shimmer is much more multi-dimensional. Fireball and Snapped have a bit more pigmentation in the base colors, but are still on the sheer side.
The Cream finish is about shine. I cannot detect shimmer particles in the shades in this formula. If you want a juicy, wet look, these are perfect. The pigmentation is a tad stronger in the creams, but it is not quite as intense on the lips as the color appears in the tube. For instance, I thought Rapture was part of the Sheer Cream line when I first tried it because the color is so much more dilute on the lips than shown. This also makes bold shades like Savage more wearable for me though. It pops on the lips, but it’s not fluorescent.
The Sheer Cream finish is only a little less pigmented than the cream formula. More notably, there is a very fine shimmer that adds more dimension. Obsessed doesn’t appear to have this shimmer by my eye (it’s very subtle), but it is such a light pink that it is on the sheer side. The Sheer Cream is a nice bridge between the Cream and the Holographic finishes.
Each finish provides a beautiful, though different, shine to the lips. In general, I find all finishes to be extremely comfortable – not sticky at all. Plus, these have a very nice plumping effect that enhances my lip shape.
I’m really loving these glosses! Of course, I’d reach for the nude Creams/Sheer Creams on a daily basis. The Holographic ones are super fun and make excellent lip toppers, or are pretty on their own.
Some of the darker shades seem to apply a little streaky, but they are easily evened out.
My favorite shades are Backtalk, Rapture, Naked, and Fireball. Fuel is a great pick for nude lovers, but it’s a tad warm on me (I’m super cool-toned).