I really have to applaud Urban Decay’s current approach to nail polish. When they relaunched the nail line, they decided on a less is more concept. Instead of overwhelming us with color, they are only releasing two shades per season and it’s really working well. I would much rather have two knockout, well-made polishes than a large collection that includes a few unique shades and a lot of dupes or recycled colors.
Just as I was head over heels for the Urban Decay Fall 2013 nail polish shades, the Urban Decay Holiday 2013 nail polishes have captured my heart as well. Like I seriously never want to take off Zodiac. Which is saying a lot!
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. 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.
Even though they have different finishes, both shades have excellent pigmentation. I only needed two coats with each to achieve full coverage.
Urban Decay Blackheart has a warm, dark brown base. It’s filled with red grape and gold shimmer that creates a shade shifting duo-chrome effect, transitioning from aubergine to chocolate brown to a golden green. The shimmer is fine, creating a lot of depth and interest. It’s a totally unique shade to my collection so I have nothing to compare it to.
Urban Decay Zodiac is a blackened emerald green packed with tiny blue, gold, green and purple metallic flecks. The base is a bit jelly-ish and sheer but it builds very fast. Again, I have no shades that can match the intense richness and sparkle of this shade.
But Michelle, what about China Glaze Glittering Garland or Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe? Hey, I hear you, and they’re both much brighter without Zodiac’s glitter color diversity. Okay, but remember Sally Hansen Insta-Dri In A Flurry? It has a ton of multi-colored flecks. True, but In A Flurry is a blackened teal and has nothing on Zodiac’s pigmentation.
Bottom Line: Considering how easy it is to capture Blackheart’s shade shifting on camera, only demonstrates how strong it is in person. It’s going to be one of those shades, like UD Cult or Toxin, that you will lament not getting when it’s gone. And Zodiac, well, I can’t sing its praises enough. The green lover in me can’t get over it’s gorgeousness and if you love green polish too, you’ll want to get on it!
Are you as over the moon for these new UD shades as I am? Which ones do you plan to snag? What current UD makeup colors would you love to see made into nail polish?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Urban Decay. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.