If you're an 80's or 90's kid, I'm sure you were lucky enough to play with Barbie - not the 'curvy' version or the 'petite' variety available these days but you know the normal blonde hair, blue eyes Barbie who we were intelligent enough to understand, did NOT set standards for global beauty. My rant for gimmicky marketing moves aside, Barbie in those decades had this beautiful deep fuchsia theme surrounding her ensemble. Everything from those mini six inch stilettos of hers, to her enviable luxury shower cubicles to the retro gym wear and add-on sofa sets, were coated in a lick of deep pinkish-purple paint. And that's exactly what Urban Decay's Lipstick in 'Firebird' from the Gwen Stefani collection reminds me of.
What you need to know about this lippy is not to judge it from the bullet. It looks like a scary, vampy purple but translates into an ultra feminine, creamy fuchsia with purple undertones. It's generous in the pigmentation department and basically, unapologetically glossy and girly in it's demeanour. Quite a refreshing number compared to the barely there, au naturale, super-subtle shades out for Spring/Summer. Extremely hydrating on the lips, there's no tugging, pulling or settling into fine lines with this one. There is a slight case of feathering and only because it's so smooth in application but nothing that a quick sketch of lip pencil can't solve.
It's definitely replaced my usual red and berry choices for the evenings. Yeah it's basically a wearable purple, but come on ladies, it's 2016 and the least we can do is shake things up in the lipstick department.
Also, the Lip Pencil in 'Firebird' is nothing like the lipstick. It's like those identical twins you meet with drastically different personalities. It's a matte, hot pink that easily wearable and perfect for those complexion pick-me-up days.