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I have a lot of nail varnish, but I don't wear as much as I used to. But one brand of nail varnish that I have used recently includes the Urban Decay brand. I do like these, but I think they need some improvement. I only use the nail varnish for nights out and parties because the colours are beautiful and it doesn't leak, but it lacks staying power and chips easily. Despite this it's also hard to remove without nail polish remover.
I love the colours because they are dark, sharp and dynamic and the glitter and sparkly effects enhance it and it looks fantastic in the bottle. There are a variety of shades available and some gift sets available as well just so you are aware. The average bottle holds around 10ml and the nail polish and it is easy to cover the nails and they do dry in a moderate speed because the substance is very thick. A bottle each can be about £2 and the some of the sets are from £10.99 from amazon.
These are quite expensive compared to some of the other nail varnishes about, and I do think for this price the product can be disappointing because for this price I would expect for staying power. So overall I think that this nail polish would be great for kids because of the colour and and the sparkly effects, but the disadvantages outweight the benefits.
The reason I have rated this product three stars is because the colours are fantastic and it's suitable for one day use, but for long term and lasting power it is very weak compared to cheaper and other brands out there.
I have previously said in other reviews that I love nail polish and that I have an extension collection, so it comes as no surprise that I have some Urban Decay nail enamel in my collection. I purchased the shade Metropolitan, which is burgundy with a silvery shimmer for £2 in my local beauty store.
The bottle is glass and has a screw top lid which is easy to use and does not leak; the bottle holds 10ml of the product.
The colour looks great and I was quite excited about using it for the first time, so I tried it on my toes to start with. The application brush is quite bristly and hard, which although holds a good amount of nail polish it can be a little stiff when applying and I find that I have to go over my nails very carefully and it takes about 5 strokes on my big toe to get it fully covered. The nail polish is fairly thick and does adhere to the brush and then nail well.
I use two coats on my toes to give a deep rich colour and find that one coat is plenty for my finger nails. The colour is quite deep burgundy and rich in texture the silvery shimmer gives a nice sheen to my nails and it looks really good. The nail polish dries within about 5 minutes, which is quite good.
However, this nail polish has no staying power and started to chip within hours of applying it to my finger nails and only lasted a few days on my toes, this was very disappointing as the colour was good. In addition I also found that it was quite difficult to remove, in that when using cotton wool and nail polish remover it seemed to smear the colour and then smudge it on to my skin, I then had to keep going over each nail for quite sometime, however, they were still a little stained, which I found annoying.
So in conclusion, I would not recommend this nail polish to others, the colour I have is great, as is the price and also the bottle looks quite funky, however, the polish lacks staying power and is difficult to remove.
I paint my nails pretty much all the time as I hate to see them bare!
I bought a few bottles of this from eBay. I bought two green shades and a light purple shade. The bottle looks really pretty and the packaging is simple. It just has the words Urban Decay written across it. Inside the bottle is the applicator brush. The brush is of a decent shape and size and it doesn't seem to fray. The nail polish does smell quite strong so I would suggest opening a few windows before applying it. I started off by applying just the one coat. It took between five to ten minutes to dry and I didn't really think much of just the one coat. It looked a little weak so I applied another coat straight over the top.
After two coats I achieved the colour result that I wanted and I was happy with it. The colour looked great for around 24 hours but after 48 hours around 30% of the polish had chipped, mostly around the front of my nails. I was a little disappointed with this as I expected more from a well known brand such as Urban Decay. I then applied a top coat over the polish a few days later on the second application. This made the polish last a little longer but it still chipped after three days. To me this is average nail polish. If you want a longer lasting result then I recommend No. 7 nail polish from Boots which is much better quality.
Average nail polish.
Not worth the money!
I have only become aware of Urban Decay in the last year or so and I had actually never paid any attention to the brand until very recently. I always thought it was the brand for the younger girl...daring colours and bold looks. Not for the regualar mother of two / business-woman...no sir ee!!
THEN... with my cousins wedding fast approaching and my new amazing purple dress staring at me from the closet..I ran into a problem. I'm always the same. I try to have everything organised weeks in advance so I won't forget a thing. Not an easy task these days with two kids tagging along, waiting to be dressed and accessoized along with myself! Oh the stress of it all!! I hate having bare nails on a normal day, so for an event like this I knew I had to cover up, nail wise. Imagine my disgust when I rifled through my nail polishes for a suitable colour. There was beautiful blues, gorgeous greens, ravishing reds....even a white?? No purple...nothing even similar to a purple. No lilacs, No indigos, No violets!!!!
So off I go in search of a suitable shade. I went where I always go in a crises...straight to Debenhams. I was instantly attracted to the Urban Decay stands...the first thing I noticed were the colours. The sheer selection. WOW!! I had so many purples to choose from and in the end went for a striking indigo colour.
I got a darker shade then is shown in this picture but they were all retailing at the same price. They came in sets with a multitude of colours or just single little jars. I paid Euro8 for my pot and I actually noticed right away how little it was in comparison to normal jar of nail varnish. So for this minature size I felt the price wasn't right. However, not to worry, I did get what I was looking for and the shade seemed right, so fingers crossed
After I prepped my nails with primer polish and a bit of filing and cuticle removing etc, I applied the polish. Even after one coat though I was impressed, it was a perfect indigo colour with a nice shine finish. It took about the normal 5 minutes or so to dry before I could apply a second coat. After this though, the results still looked the same so there would be no need for a second coat. I got around three days wear before my varnish started to chip and look ragged.
I personally wouldn't go for Urban Decay again, mainly as the price did not match the quantity, although quality wise I did get my monies worth. The colour was also quite bright and I would only wear it for special occasions and not for everyday wear.
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The best thing about Urban Decay polishes for me had to be the choice in finishes they offered: They had a few creme finishes, but they specialised in glitters and shimmers which weren't commonly found when I was younger, outside of the Constance Carroll selection in the corner shop. If I wanted to be really exotic they also had a metallic finish and a holographic one too. And all of the different finishes were so smooth [except Midnight Cowboy] on application - even the ones that contain glitter - and dried in a nice shine.
I was also very impressed with the drying time; My nails were touch dry in around two minutes. And applying multiple layers didn't drastically affect drying time either; Just double it to make sure.
But what made the polish so smooth and fast drying was the fact that that formula was so sheer - it had a similar consistency to water. It would take at least three coats to achieve a solid look, often four.
Urban Decay do not test on animals.
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A big issue I had with the brushes was how stiff the bristles were. This made controlling and evenly spreading the runny formula very difficult. The brush had a thin head so it would take several stokes to coat the nail.
The lid was shaped to be easy to grip which helped somewhat.
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The big turn - off for me was the poor lasting power all of the finishes shared. Most times the polish would begin to show wear in under one day - with a base AND top coat. Occasionally the polish would last for two days, but that is likely thanks to my bases and top coats.
I've read enough reviews for the polishes to conclude that I'm far from the only person to have issues with the extremely poor lasting power and I think the bad feedback had something to do with why Urban Decay stopped making polishes.
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The majority of Urban Decays nail polishes were coloured and named after their most popular eyeshadow shades. After a while the colours they produced started to look similar; The most most popular colour being pink.
For a brand so well known for it's amazing colour choice in other products, the base colours used in the original line-up was a bit disappointing. I've noted the colours I've had in the past and ones that are still for sale today. [Urban Decay have since launched a limited edition 'Summer Of Love' selection, which I've not added since I don't know if the formula has changed].
Midnight Cowboy - Beige loaded down with holographic shimmer. The only shade containing glitter that dried in a lumpy finish.
Kiss - Blue based red with pink shimmer.
Freakshow - Lilac with blue/green iridescence. My favourite UD shade.
Toxin - Deep purple with multi-coloured micro glitter. Similar to Clarins much-sought-after #230 polish shade.
X - Medium purple with copper/gold micro glitter.
Fluorescent - A sheer opal with a pearly finish.
Bruise - Peacock with gold micro glitter.
Asphyxia - Light pink with sliver flashes and a shimmery finish.
Big Bang - Hot pink with silver micro glitter. Very similar to 'Trip'.
Perversion - Shiny black creme. Only needs one coat.
AC/DC - Violet with silver micro glitter.
Metropolitan - Burgundy shimmer.
Exhaust - Lavender with silver micro glitter.
Burn Out - Golden peach with a shimmery finish.
ID - Orange based pink with gold micro glitter.
Trip - Fuchsia with a shimmery finish. It's almost neon.
Pipe Dream - Peach/pink with gold and green flashes.
Gash - Cranberry red with a metallic finish.
Twisted - Light gold with a green undertone and shimmery finish.
Baked - Medium, shimmering gold.
Strip - Medium silver with a metallic finish.
Trailer Trash - Gunmetal with silver micro glitter.
Easy Rider - Opal with silver micro glitter.
Sin - Shimmering pinkish nude.
O - Berry toned burgundy, with flashes of purple.
Brick House - Deep red creme.
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You can buy the polishes for £2 to £4 per bottle [10 ml].
Urban Decay discontinued their nail polish line five years ago, but the range still is easy to find on Ebay and other online retailers.