Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Urban Decay — Sin (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Urban Decay

Finally this week, after posting about my Ipsy bag, doing a rare Award/Tag, and sharing my Sephora sale haul, I’ve got a nail polish for you all!

For Throwback Thursday today, I have quite an oldie! Urban Decay got their start with unusual shades of eyeshadow, lipstick, and nail polish. This particular polish is from their second revamp (c. early 2000s, maybe?) of their nail polish line, and it was simply called Nail Enamel, like the original.

The bottle was pretty similar to the first style, except the cap was changed to look a little less industrial and a little more luxe.

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

I was glad for the change, even though the new polishes contained 50% less product, because the original bottle caps were plain awful. They were awkwardly small to hold while polishing, and they never screwed on tightly enough so all of my original polishes dried out long ago (as you can see with my bottle of Curfew, above).

(Note how the bottles look progressively bigger, but the volume actually decreases! Ah, marketing.)

The new bottle was discontinued some time ago, though Urban Decay have occasionally reintroduced nail polish here and there as special editions. More recently, they’ve introduced more polish in nude (“Naked”) shades to go with their immensely popular Naked eyeshadow palettes, and they reissued some of their original colors, too. Despite the stupidly high Canadian price (C$18, the hell?!) I had to pick up Gash when UD ran a sale, since it’s one of my favorite red shimmers from back in the day! My original bottle, of course, dried out.

Sin is a pretty nude beige with a lot of silvery shimmer. Definitely one of the more conservative Urban Decay shades! It’s also one of UD’s most popular, as it still exists in eyeshadow form.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

The formula is still excellent: it applies smoothly and not overly streaky, considering the nearly frosty finish. Two coats gives better than semi-opaque coverage; three would probably be fully opaque. I did two in my swatch.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

The color actually matches my skintone quite closely! There’s a little more taupe to it, though, which still makes it stand out nicely. I’m very fond of this ultra-90s shade.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, label

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, label

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, ingredients

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, ingredients

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This second version of Urban Decay Nail Enamel retailed for around US$10 (what with inflation over ~15 years, I cannot be sure what the price was) and contained 0.34 US fl oz / 10 mL. These polishes were made before the 3-free movement; checking the ingredients label, it contained phthalates and camphor, though I don’t believe I see toluene, formaldehyde, nor dibutyl phthalate (DBP), unless they’re listed under alternate chemical names. Urban Decay Nail Enamel was made in the USA.

Urban Decay was founded in 1996 by Sandy Lerner (co-founder of Cisco Systems) and Pat Holmes. Their first product lines consisted of 10 lipstick shades and 12 nail polish shades. The company was acquired in 2000 by luxury goods giant LVMH (Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton). The company changed hands three more times: to Falic Group in 2002, Castanea Partners in 2009, and finally cosmetics giant L’Oréal in 2013. Despite being under the L’Oréal umbrella, Urban Decay remains cruelty-free.

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3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Urban Decay — Sin (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

  1. Oooh I love that you have the various versions of UD bottles. So funny they reduced the ml but taller bottles. I had a Caboodles polish that was the same as the original UD bottle design and yeah, the “handle” (if you could call it that, more like a lid) was PITA!
    Sin is an awesome shade – so glowy!

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  2. That original bottle looks like it was so difficult to use and hold! Such an non-ergonomically friendly design! I had two of the 2000s revamp, I think I may have bought them around 2005/2006 – but I bought them from a shop which would never in a million years have had current Urban Decay, so I’m guessing by that point they had been discontinued. I only have one of them now as I used the other up completely (which is sad because I remember it being one of my favourite polishes ever!)
    Sin looks really flattering on you, I think it might be a bit too light on me and remind me of the kind of polishes my grandma used to wear!
    Rachael http://helplessswhilstdrying.com

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