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Brand: Urban Decay / Type: Nail Varnish / Suitable for: Nails

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      14.05.2010 12:49
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      Don't bother wasting your money. This isn't up to the usual Urban Decay standards

      I love nail polish, especially in unusual colours so I couldn't resist treating myself to a bottle of Urban Decay nail enamel when I spotted it in Superdrug for the bargain price of £2. You can also pick it up online for similar prices, although new from Urban Decay this would set you back quite a bit more.

      The particular shade I have is called Bruise and is a dark reddish purple colour with metallic green through it. The range of shades is good, with vivid bright colours, metallics and glittery polishes. All have the kind of fun names you'd expect from an Urban Decay product.

      The brush that comes with the bottle is better quality than some others I've used. It doesn't shed at all so no risk of getting bits of brush fibre stuck to your nails. It's also a good size for applying the varnish.

      The varnish itself is quite a thin consistency. I found I needed more on the brush than expected. Normally I try to have the minimum amount I need to paint a whole nail so I don't get thick globs of it spoiling the finish, but doing this led to me not being able to cover the whole nail without redipping the brush. I also found it hard to get an even finish. The thin consistency means that you need multiple coats and it doesn't seem to go on very evenly. Once I had a decent finish though it dried fairly quickly and I didn't end up with fingerprints spoiling it.

      The colour once on my nails was strong and had a nice glossy finish. It didn't last long though. After less than a day of wear, I already had three nails with chips and by the start of the second day I had to remove it. I was relatively careful with my nails so was very disappointed it didn't last long.

      On the plus side, this was easy to remove and didn't stain my nails so it's not all bad.

      While I really liked the colour, this just doesn't last long enough to make it worth using. I'm surprised at the low quality considering the usual high standards of the Urban Decay brand. Even at £2 for 10ml of varnish it seems a waste of money, so I think I'll stick to Collection 2000 for cheap fun nail colour.

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        04.12.2008 22:31
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        Not worth it's price tag

        When it comes to nail polish I can't get enough of the stuff! I love painting my toe nails and wouldn't dream or leaving them shoddy looking or going out with no polish on! I use polish once or twice a week and have a massive collection and lets face it girls we can find it so cheap around and about if you keep your eyes peeled for bargains so it's easy to purchase.

        One of my favourite brands of cosmetics is the amazing Urban Decay. I love everything (but the price of the stuff) from the names of the products, to the style of the packaging to the colours I can choose from within the range. I'm particularly a massive fan of Urban Decay Eye-shadows and will splash out on those whenever I can! So when I saw Urban Decay Nail Polish on my local market for £2.00 per polish I thought I'd discovered gold dust! I bought one of every colour available to me and alerted all my friends too the find too lol We cleared that stall I'm telling you now and if your an Urban Decay fan or have ever bought a polish from the range you will know (as I did at time of purchase lol) that these weigh in at a hefty £8.50 price tag per polish! Now sorry to shatter any illusions here but never have I or never would I pay that for something like this so the 8 shades I got were really exciting to me!

        The Packaging:

        10ml clear glass bottle. On the front in silver writing I'm told it's Urban Decay and there is the usual Urban Decay branding which is a small star shape in silver on the front. The lid/handle is silver and screws/on and off and houses a long and rather thin, but good quality brush and has a star shape integrated onto the top of it and on a sticker at the back of the bottle I'm told animal testing is a no no for this brand, contact details for Urban Decay are given and ingredients are listed. All in all it's a nice robust little bottle and keeps nice enough. I haven't found the writing to scratch off or anything and neither would I be happy at the original price if it flipping did. All round it's just a modern, funky little bottle really and looks smart although it is quite plain.

        Using It:

        Well the nice thing about this product is the brush. It's nice and simple to use giving adequate coverage that your in control of and it does';t flake off as your applying it thus leaving bristles on your nails (which I really do hate!).

        Now it's up to you how you go about using this of course. You can use a base coat if desired but in a minute I'll come onto why I don't think you should bother with that at all!

        So apply a coat onto clean nails. It goes on evenly but very thinly. Wait about a minute and it's dry because it's such a thin watery coat of colour. It does have a nice shine and is quite sheer and even when you've owned it and used it alot it doesn't go thick and cloggy. It just doesn't have any body to it to do that. So I apply another coat but once again it seems to go go uneven and patchy and you can see thinner areas on nails. Sure you could wait another minute and then another minute and keep applying the polish and to be fair eventually you get adequate results without a thick effect but blimey I lose the will to live with it and have a life and don't have all day to do this. I just want to polish and go not make a bloody meal of it! lol

        I do feel this needs a top coat as well, though not for shine it does possess that to be fair to the product but because it's thin it's delicate which means if you knock it once it's set onto the nails it's easily chipped and after a couple of days wear the colour fades as well rather badly.

        Overall:

        Really, really disappointing. I'm shocked with such an offering from Urban Decay to be totally honest with you. It just feels (and smells) like a really cheap nail polish from say a market somewhere. The consistency is far too thin and all I can say for the stuff really is there is a nice variety of colours but once again saying that alot of brands have 'funked' up their collections in resent years so Urban Decay are not exactly leading the market and offering us something unique. I think this would be overpriced at a pound a bottle! Even if I paid that for it I'd be gutted and I'm sad I bought so many bottles to be truthful with you, it was just pure greed and blind faith in the brand lol. I can use it on my toenails where no one peers at too much but wouldn't feel one bit comfortable or confident using this on my fingernails in any circumstances and I have tried this on fake nails and as you can imagine once again the consistency of this is far too thin on plastic and far too patchy and that method is definitely a no go in my humble opinion.

        Recommended? Certainly not by me...no way!

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          21.11.2008 10:17
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          Use only if you have the patience to redo your nails every day!

          While wandering through Boots the other week looking for something to spend my Advantage card points on, I was drawn to the Urban Decay section where I found the most gorgeous array of nail colours ever to grace my sight. The metallic shades came in a range of original eye catching colours (and are not tested on animals) and after much deliberation, I finally decided on 'Freakshow' (hmmm... now what does that say about me?), a two tone pinky/purple shade which has an iridescent blue tint where it catches the light. The colour really is fabulous and really unique - I've not seen any other nail varnish ranges that have colours like this anywhere! At £8.50 each they're certainly not the cheapest nail varnishes around, but it's worth paying more for something really unique, no? Short answer is: No. Read on...

          The packaging of these nail varnishes is simple but classy- the contrast of the smooth, shiny glass bottle with the matte silver top works well- and the brush is quite thin, giving you more precision than many other nail varnishes. So far, so good...

          When I arrived home I was eager to test out my new purchase and settled down for a nice relaxing manicure. It was then that I discovered how thin this nail enamel is. I needed at least three coats to get a good coverage and I find that I have to wear a base coat and a top coat when I wear it. As a lazy person this did not appeal! The colour itself is fantastic- just as good as it looks in the bottle- but it has no staying power at all. When it comes to nails I cannot be bothered to be re-doing them every day. I expect my nail varnish to be durable as well as looking good and not to chip on me at the slightest sign of trouble - especially at this kind of price (£8.50 for 10ml). For me, this nail varnish lasts only hours rather than days, which is pretty shoddy for a premium beauty product.

          Much as I love Urban Decay products I would not recommend this nail enamel unless you are the type of person who has the time and patience to give themselves a manicure every day. The colour may be great, but it's not worth it.

          I'll be sticking to my trusted Nails Inc varnishes in future!

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            23.11.2005 13:34
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            Chips far too easily for a repeat purchase.

            I have a bottle of Urban Decay nail varnish in Black. I needed some black nail varnish, and I decided to go for Urban Decay because I'd heard good things about some of their other products.

            Urban Decay was launched in January 1996, rebelling against a cosmetics World filled with pink. They launched their first campaign under the slogan "does pink make you puke?" It is a popular brand, known for its alternative colours and trends.

            Urban Decay are one of those brands that spend time thinking about the desig of their products and packaging. The nail varnish comes in a thick glass pot, which contains 10ml of varnish, I'm not sure exactly but it looks as if it contains about the same as other brands' nail varnishes. Like I said, the glass seems very thick and doesn't seem like it would break easily at all so that's reassuring. You can easily see how much varnish is left as the glass is perfectly clear. The front of the bottle says Urban Decay in capital letters, and then has the Urban Decay logo underneath it, which is a bit like a star. The lid of the bottle is about two thirds of the size of the bottle, is silver, and has the star logo on the top of it. On the back of the bottle is a sticker that lists all the ingrediants; nearly all of them being long complicated words that I can't even pronounce. It also lists all the products that the varnish may contain. Underneath all this is the statement "We don't do animal testing. How could anyone?" It also has a US and a UK address.

            So, onto the actual varnish. The lid is quite tightly screwed on but I can open it and I'm hardly strong. As is the norm with nail varnishes the brish is attached to the lid; it's pretty long so I'm sure it will reach right to the dredges of the bottle. The smell is pretty strong, but I wouldn't say it's particularly different to the smell of any other nail varninshes; you can't buy a nail varnish and not expect it to smell of chemicals.

            Like I said I bought this in black, so I wasn't sure if I'd need to apply more than one layer. I dipped the brush into the bottle and wiped it on the side as it is very thick. I cover my nails in three strokes and then leave them to dry. At first the varnish seems extraordinarily thick, but as it dries it thins out a bit. It does dry pretty quickly, unusually for me I didn't manage to smudge it before it had dried! As I said, once the polish had dried it had thinned out quite considerably from when I first appleid it, so I felt that a second coating was definiftely needed. After applying this second coat my nails looked very glossy and the varnish looked very thick. Usually I then put a layer of clear varnish over the colour to firstly make the colour gloss a bit more and scondly to protect it from chipping, but because this varnish looked so shiny I didn't think it needed it.

            However, it's downhill very quickly from this point on. I put my nail varnish on in the evening, and by the following evening quite a bit had chipped off from both the top and bottom of my nails. I was definitely regretting not covering my nails with another layer of clear varnish. As the days went on the varnish chipped more and more; doing things like the washing up were a disaster for my painted talons, and even having a shower chipped a considerable amount off. Because the colour I had chosen was so dark any chips were extremely noticeable. This nail varnish is not cheap and I feel that for the money it should be more resiliant. Why should I have to coat my nails in a clear varnish on top of their product?

            Overall, I'm not sure whether I would buy an Urban Decay varnish again. I would definitely try a different brand when this bottle runs out, but I will also continue to use this one until it is all gone. Next time I use it I will definitely coat my nails in clear polish after I have applied the colour, hopefully this will make a difference. This product hasn't encouraged me to try any other Urban Decay products, next time I want to buy some nail varnish I am going to experiment with some other varnishes, and hopefully find one that is more chip-proof!

            I bought this nail varnish from Boots, but it was quite a while ago now and I can't remember how much I paid for it exactly. I just looked on urbandecay.com, and on there the varnish is $9.50 (that's US dollars).

            I'd give this 2.89 out of 5.

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              16.10.2005 11:25
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              a gorgeous range of colours! DO NOT SLATE 'EM!!!

              i am not quite sure why my grandma chose to get me these nail polishes. . . however she sure does like modern stuff!
              the good things i have found about this nail polish is that the colours are really funky - bright, bold, shiney and modern. also the shape of the handle makes application really easy.
              the bad things i have found is that one of the colours, TOXIN, is very thin. also i have found that they do chip easily. however i tried them on my feet because i thought they were a bit bold, and my feet go through a lot in 1 day, let me tell you!
              the first colour, STRIP, is my favorite colour. it is a silver, glittery colour that packs a real punch. the second colour, TOXIN, is a really nice colour aswell. in the bottle it looks very purple, but has a reddish orange tinge when in natural light, or a greenish tinge when in artifical light. the third and final colour is called O. it is a shockingly pink pink. this has a silvery, goldy tinge in it.
              i dont know what other colours are available in the range.
              i dont know where they are available over here, either, because i am a frequent superdrug shopper and i have never seen them there.
              i hope that my op has been good enough to convince you that these nail polishes are not that bad at all!

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                22.03.2004 23:33
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                I?m quite a fan of Urban Decay make-up; the eye shadows are my particular favourites. They have a fantastically wide range of bold, shimmering colours which always seem to stand out from the other brands. Not only do they look good though they actually wear really well, they last all day or night and look just as good at the end of the day as they do when you first put them on. I don?t begrudge paying £10 for them because I know they actually look great (they look great on everyone by the way, I?m not being arrogant!). Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the nail enamels. I don?t seem to have had much success in the nail polish department recently. I tried a L?Oreal one a while ago which was supposedly chip-resistant but it was pretty useless. I expected better from a brand like Urban Decay but perhaps I was too optimistic. In fact I regret not looking the product up on the internet before I brought it because judging by the ratings other people have given it, I am obviously not the only person who has been disappointed by its performance. The aims of Urban Decay are pretty clear; they want to make-up for creative people who want to stand out from the crowd and give beauty an edge, in their own individual style. I?m not particularly bold with my make-up but I do love experimenting with the colours of the eye shadows and I totally support the fact that none of the products or ingredients are tested on animals. I don?t think I ask for a lot from a nail varnish, I want one that goes on easily, gives good coverage and doesn?t chip easily, I don?t think this is too much to ask especially when you are paying £8.50 for the product! I was drawn to the Urban Decay nail varnishes simply because they have such a fantastic array of colours. I thin there is pretty much a colour to suit anyone for any occas
                ion, they have great names too. I went on the website to see exactly how many colours there were and found 27 shades. I have to admit the colours are gorgeous, check out www.urbandecay.com for the full range. I chose Hotpants, a super-matallic pink. In the bottle it looks so shimmery and the colour is not exactly neutral but it is not quite as dramatic as some of them such as Bruise, a reddish purple with a green sheen, which to be honest just looks like oil! The website claims that the nail enamels are new and improved offering polish perfection. They then go on to give four perfectly plausible reasons why the nail polish is so great. I?ll take you through each one of them. Firstly they praise the new bottle design saying it is easy to use with an all new ergonomic cap. Well I don?t have any gripes about the bottle. It is pretty similar to many others; the glass is quite thick with Urban Decay on the front and 10ml on the back. There is also a sticker on the bottom of the bottle telling you the name of the shade. The lid is silver with the brush held inside it. Ergonomic? I?m afraid I wouldn?t know even if it was but it was pretty easy to hold and use in a comfortable shape which you can see from the picture. They then say there is a new brush which means there is no skimping on luxe or ease of application, polish has never glided on so smoothly. Well again I have no complaints about the brush. It is quite flexible and not too thick so it is easy to apply the polish exactly where you want it. Next they praise the new formula saying it is glossier, shinier, better looking, better for you and DBP Free. Well I wouldn?t disagree if they?re talking about what it looks like when it?s in the bottle but they surely can?t be serious if they think this is what it looks like when it goes on. I found the first c
                oat did not give enough coverage at all even after applying the second coat I was particularly impressed. It is glossy but so has every other nail polish been that I?ve ever tried. In the end I decided to apply a third coat I was a bit annoyed about this as the more coats you apply the longer it seems to take to try, though maybe this was just me getting more and more impatient. Their final point is that there are new pigments. They call them never-before-seen multi-chromatic pigments which shimmer with an intense, yet subtle effect in many new shades, making them 4 times more precious than before. Not sure how they figured out that they are four times more precious than before but seeing as though this is the first time I wouldn?t like to comment (apart from the fact that I think this is utter nonsense). Again in the bottle the nail polish lives up to all these claims. The shade I tried did have a good shimmer to it and does look good on but I didn?t like the way I could still see the tip of my nail ( the white bit) until I applied the third coat. I?ve been back to Boots again to try on some other shades and found that they all seem to be the same except the very dark colours which I?m not particularly keen on. There are also a couple of points that they fail to mention. Firstly after you have applied to many coats the polish forms a thick layer which consequently is very easy to peel off. It also chips easily regardless of how many coats you put on. I?ve tried putting a clear base coat on first but that doesn?t work either. I?m far from impressed. My only advice is don?t buy this nail polish, for me it has been a waste of £8.50. If you still fancy trying it out you?ll find it in larger Boots stores and some department stores such as Debenhams. I?ve given it two stars because if the quality was better then the colour would have
                looked good and I like the brush but I?m not prepared to spend ages applying it to find it has chipped off during the same day. This is certainly not a nail polish I would wear out, that was actually the reason I brought it but sadly it can never serve this purpose. I?d probably have to try and hide the chipped nails all night! And so my mission to find the perfect nail varnish continues, if anyone can recommend one then I?d like to hear from you! Thanks for reading! ☺

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