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Urban Decay Addiction and Vice Nail Polish for Fall 2013 – Swatches & Review

By on August 1, 2013
in Fall 2013, Metallic, Purple, Urban Decay

Exciting news, you guys! Full-size Urban Decay Nail Polish is back! Those of us who have been hoarding our old bottles for years (I cherish my bottle of Cult), Urban Decay listened to the clamoring of nail fanatics worldwide and brought their nail lacquer back in a whole new way. Each season, Urban Decay will release two limited edition, on-trend shades in super sleek packaging.

Urban Decay Fall 2013 Nail Polish

Urban Decay Fall 2013 Nail Polish

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They’ve thought of every detail, from the skull on the cap, complete with roses for eyes, down to a new 400-strand brush and improved formula. For Fall 2013 they introduce Addiction and Vice, an intense plum and sparkling metallic.

Formula & Application: Urban Decay nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). The weighty, round glass bottles are topped with a chrome cap with the brand name embossed on the side and a raised skull on top.

The brush is round, thick and dense with firm bristles. Though due to number of bristles, it picks up a lot of polish and does fan out some on the nail. I found the brush to be easy to control, making precise, even polish placement a breeze.

Urban Decay nail polish brush

Urban Decay nail polish brush

The formula itself is nice and thin, though I wouldn’t describe it as watery or squishy. It’s packed with a lot of pigment, that builds up quickly. Due to the amount of glitter and flakes floating in Addiction, the base is a bit thinner so I needed three coats while Vice packs quite a punch in just two coats.

Urban Decay Addiction is a smooth, metallic foil glitter. It’s a green-tinged pewter with silver and gold flecks that could easily pass for Chanel Graphite. Graphite packs a bit more sparkle in its base but you’d have to see them side by side to know the difference and even then, it’s tough. I don’t own Revlon Carbonite to compare, though I hear its similar to Graphite.

Urban Decay nail polish Addiction

Urban Decay Addiction

Urban Decay Addiction nail polish swatch

Urban Decay Addiction

Urban Decay Vice is a luxe, warm plum with purple and blue micro-shimmer. The color looks to have a bronze reflect in the bottle but it really just adds to the overall warmth of the shade. My thoughts immediately went to Illamasqua Baptiste but it’s WAY too blue in comparison, though they have similar shimmer. China Glaze Let’s Groove is close relative but, again, it’s too cool.

Urban Decay nail polish Vice

Urban Decay Vice

Urban Decay Vice nail polish swatch

Urban Decay Vice

Bottom Line: If you’re a slave to packaging, like I am, it will be hard to resist picking these up. The colors are rich and gorgeous with a quality formula and excellent brush for application. If you missed out on Carbonite or Graphite was out of your price range, Addiction will make a great addition to your nail wardrobe. While I don’t own an exact dupe for Vice, it’s beautiful but not entirely unique.

Urban Decay Addiction and Vice are available now in limited edition at, and Urban Decay nail polish retails for $15/ea for a .3oz (10ml) bottle.

Are you excited to see UD nail polish make a comeback? Do you plan to pick up either of these shades? What do you think of the bottles? Who still has some old school UD polish in their stash?

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  1. Icequeen81 says:

    love the pretty purple

  2. Phyrra says:

    I love this purple! I recently did a post with all my favorite purple nail polishes (which includes Baptiste and this one), and you’re right, they’re not identical, though people had mentioned they thought they would be. I really love the new bottle design, too! The rose-eyed skulls are too cute!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      I saw your post and love all the colors you chose, especially Zoya Mimi, one of my faves.

  3. Amanda says:

    I’m wondering about the gorgeous purple. How similar is it to OPI’s Visions of Sugarplums? It looks really close to me.

  4. Michele says:

    Is this at all close to O.P.I’s Every Month is Oktoberfest?

  5. marchlion says:

    Gah. I really want these. Purple, def. on trend for this fall. I’m searching (via online swatches) for a nice eggplant and an aubergine that doesn’t fade to black as so many of them do. I’ve decided Zoya Anja, OPI Vant to Bite My Neck and Can-Can are probably too dark; OPI Louvre is probably too light; and I DON’T want it brown, I have plenty of vampies. UD Vice might be a good choice for shimmer. Do you have a recommendation for a creme with no shimmer, either red or blue based purple (but not brown) that doesn’t go black? Any opinions on CG Purrfect Plum or Urban Nights? A Zoya? I feel like Zoya MUST have the winning shade. Thanks very much.

  6. El says:

    The Addiction is beautiful, I love colors like this.

  7. Danii says:

    I like Vice, but I would rather just buy Baptiste, because Illamasqua wears like iron on my awful nails (and the awful things I do to them).

    Oh, did you get the message from Feedburner? Last night it wouldn’t let me come here through the email link! It said the blog was compromised. >_

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      No, I didn’t get any message. That’s so weird. Is there a chance you still have the message and can forward it to me?

  8. Kasia says:

    Purple nails are pretty!

  9. Kelly Ann says:

    vice has that purpley/bluey/red feel of chanel’s taboo.

  10. Kate says:

    Both lovely colors! The purple actually reminds me of your Chanel Taboo swatches.

  11. Linda says:

    Yes! That’s what it reminded me of, Chanel Taboo.
    Anyway, love, love, love them both.

  12. Jenn says:

    cute – never tried UD! I love me those bottles though…

  13. Angi Smith says:

    okay, now you are starting an new addiction … to vice!!! I love it and the bottle is to die for!