The first of two reviews from this week’s sale-induced loss of willpower! I bought two products, this lipstick and the eye and face palette, also called “Backtalk”, which was inspired by the lipstick and released (as far as I know) about a year later.
So – the lipstick. Much as I hate to say it, there is a serious threat to the position of “default favourite lipstick”! More of that later.
Back to the beginning though. My first impressions of this lipstick are very, very good. The packaging is beautiful, slick, sleek metal which looks an awful lot more expensive than it actually is. The “UD” logo is embossed on the lid and also on the side of the lipstick itself, which looks lovely and very classy.
As a side note, it’s very warm today (28C/82F), hence the beads of “sweat” on the lipstick bullet. This is an incredibly common problem in hot weather, and it hasn’t affected the performance in any way.
This is one of an increasing number of what I think of as “modern matte” formulations that are available. Traditional matte lipsticks can be very dry and very drying on the lips, sometimes quite tricky to apply because they drag over the skin with the lack of moisture. The finished look is stunning, but they’re sometimes not very user friendly.
The more modern formulations such as this one (Charlotte Tilbury’s “Matte Revolution” is another) manage to achieve a matte appearance while being easy to apply, and without being drying to the lips. This one is called “Comfort Matte” and that’s rather a good description. It feels soft and satiny rather than dry, and that feeling lasts as time goes on.
It doesn’t smell of anything very much, if anything a very faint “traditional” lipstick smell, which I don’t mind at all. It dissipates very quickly after application.
The sticking power is very good. I first applied it at lunchtime, and through the course of the afternoon I drank two cups of tea, a bottle of water and the remains of a can of soft drink from lunchtime, and also ate an apple. The colour was still there and still fairly even at the end of the day.
The colour is best described as rose-mauve, I think. It’s another of those which fits certainly into the outskirts of the category of “your lips but better” (depending on your colouring), and another one of those for the arsenal is never a bad thing.
When I initially looked at it in the tester, my first thought was that it looked incredibly similar to my beloved Charlotte Tilbury “Pillow Talk”, and that I didn’t need two the same. I swatched the tester on the back of my hand, and still wasn’t sure. So, because I have absolutely no shame, I fished in my bag for my tube of Pillow Talk and swatched it alongside.
Backtalk is on the left, Pillow Talk is on the right. As you can see, in spite of my first thought, they’re really very different. Pillow Talk is brown/peach toned, whereas Backtalk is much more rose. Having seen this, I promptly reached for my wallet!
Overall, I’m delighted with this lipstick. It’s going into the daily work rotation alongside Pillow Talk for sure, but I think it will work for me in almost any situation. I shall definitely be buying it again when it runs out, and I shall very likely investigate other colours in the range, because I absolutely love the formulation.
I just can’t wait to test the Backtalk palette now!
Available here – RRP £16.50
DISCLAIMER: This review is not sponsored by Urban Decay Cosmetics or L’Oreal (UK) Limited, and I have no affiliation with either company. I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for this review, and I (or my very generous husband) pay for every product I review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.