Collections: Urban Decay 2016 Fall, XX Vintage & 2016 Winter, Naked
Last month, Urban Decay released a vintage collection of some of their classic, long-discontinued nail polish shades. I totally forgot to post about it, so now that they’ve released a new collection of Naked nail shades, I’ll combine them here into one post.
Urban Decay’s current nail color product is just called Nail Color:
Each full-size bottle of Naked Nail Colour features our custom-designed cap topped with a skull (complete with roses for the eyes). There’s 10 ml of polish in each bottle—plenty of Colour to last all season long. And wait until you try the high-performance, 400-strand brush. The fine strands in this dense brush pick up more product than other brushes, grabbing on to Colour to give you a clean, even and controlled laydown of polish. Incredibly precise, this brush even makes painting the outer corners of your nails easy.
Long-wearing and chip-resistant, our formula has a high-gloss finish that’s tough and durable, yet flexible. And each shade is 3-free—formulated without toluene, formaldehyde or DBP.
Naked (Winter 2016)
Naked consists of 8 limited edition shades.
From Urban Decay:
Now there’s a whole new way to strip down: Naked Nail Colour. Get Naked all the way down to your toes with the cult-favorite shades that make you want to go commando again and again.
Like the shades in the must-have palettes they’re inspired by, these aren’t your average neutrals. Ultra sophisticated and extremely limited-edition, these gorgeous, decadent (and very UD) Colours feature complex shade work, super-rich pigments and dynamic micro-sparkle. But get them quick, because once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!
In 2011, we released our limited-edition Naked Nail Kit, a travel-size set of six neutral polishes based on fan-favorite shades from our original Naked palette. This time around, we’re delving into new Naked territory with shades based on cult-favorite shadows from Naked2, Naked Basics and even the just-launched Naked Ultimate Basics.
- Extra Bitter
- Walk of Shame
XX Vintage (Fall 2016)
XX Vintage consists of 12 limited edition shades, all previously released by Urban Decay (probably inthe 1990s!). I’m afraid most of them are sold out by now, since I’m posting it late. I don’t think these are even on the Canadian site anymore.
From Urban Decay:
Still mourning the loss of our long-ago-discontinued nail shades like Plague, Pallor and Bruise? You’re in luck. We’ve brought you UD XX Vintage Nail Color. To mark our twentieth anniversary, we’re resurrecting ALL 12 of our original shades in this exclusive collection. Part of our first-ever lineup from 1996 (which consisted solely of these 12 polishes, plus 10 lipsticks), these babies haven’t been available since the late ‘90s!
From Frostbite (deep metallic blue) to Bruise (a shifty color that changes from red to green), these are the shades you’ve BEGGED us to bring back! And unlike the originals you may have hunted down on eBay over the years, our UD XX Vintage Nail Color collection comes in our modern, revamped formula. Get your hands on the vintage colors you know and love, but with the complex shade work, super-rich pigments and dynamic micro-sparkle you’ve come to expect from us. Long-wearing and chip-resistant, our formula has a high-gloss finish that’s tough and durable, yet flexible. And each shade is 3-free—formulated without toluene, formaldehyde or DBP.
We get TONS of requests from our fans to bring back our original nail shades, so these are bound to sell out in a hot minute. Our UD XX Vintage Nail Color collection is also ultra limited-edition—so once these shades are gone, they’re gone for good! (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)
- Asphyxia (soft lavender with blue shift)
- Bruise (sheer brick red with green iridescent shift)
- Frostbite (deep metallic blue)
- Mildew (mossy green shimmer with gold shift)
- Oil Slick (metallic black with multicolored micro-glitter)
- Pallor (frosted gray with lavender shift)
- Plague (deep purple with red micro-glitter)
- Radium (metallic peacock blue)
- Roach (rarm red-brown with red-gold shift)
- Smog (deep copper bronze)
- UV-B (vibrant blue with violet shift)
- Uzi (metallic gunmetal with iridescent micro-shimmer)
These polishes retail for US$10, but they’re a ridiculous CA$18 here in Canada. I know our dollar is weaker, but it’s not that bad. So no thanks, UD. It really makes no sense, because I don’t think their other products are so egregiously overpriced here. I’ve bought their eyeshadow palettes, blush, and lipsticks, and had no issue with the pricing.
It’s a shame because I’d love some of the vintage shades (Bruise, Plague, and Roach in particular, though I do wish they’d have brought Gash back!). I had quite a few of their old school polishes, which I kind of regret because the bottles dried out so fast. Thinner could never save them: the caps just didn’t screw on tight enough.
The new Naked line doesn’t hold too much interest for me…maybe YDK, at a push.
Urban Decay Nail Color is 0.30 fl oz / 9 mL and retails for US$10 / CA$18. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). The brand is cruelty-free (despite being owned by L’Oréal).
Urban Decay was founded in 1996 by Pat Holmes, Sandy Lerner (also co-founder of Cisco Systems), Wende Zomnir and David Soward. Over the years, UD changed hands a few times: through LVMH in 2000, Falic Group in 2002, Castanea Partners in 2009. Cosmetics giant L’Oréal most recently acquired the brand in 2013. Urban Decay is based in Newport Beach, CA, USA.