Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Color Swatches


2016 is definitely the year of the throwback…Zoya and China Glaze’s fall collections were inspired by the ‘90s and now Urban Decay is celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Urban Decay’s first products were lipstick and nail polish. Trying to find a first generation bottle of Urban Decay is like finding a unicorn…the bottles were not airtight and were prone to evaporation, so I’m sure most were chucked out. *sob* Around 2001, Urban Decay changed their bottles which are a lot more secure.  Finding these are far easier, but some are still rarities.  I own a few of the second generation bottles, but not the first generation.

Urban Decay recently released a XX Vintage collection full of nail polishes, eyeshadows and lipsticks from their original line-up.  Their original line-up consisted of Asphyxia, Bruise, Frostbite, Mildew, Oil Slick, Pallor, Plague, Radium, Roach, Smog, UV-B and Uzi.  If polishes were movies, Urban Decay is like The Craft versus Hard Candy and Clueless.  Think of a grunge goddess versus a vivacious cheerleader.

Bruise (two coats):  green/blue shifting flash over a reddish base

Urban Decay XX Vintage - Frostbite

Frostbite (two coats):  blackened blue with blue shimmer

Mildew (two coats):  olive green shimmer

Oil Slick (two coats):  black with iridescent glass-flecks

Pallor (three coats):  purple/pink flash over dove gray base

Plague (two coats):  blackened purple with purple/pink shimmer



Radium (two coats):  metallic medium blue shimmer


Roach (two coats):  reddish shimmer over a dark brown base


Smog (two coats):  brown with subtle gold shimmer



UV-B (three coats):  light cobalt blue with subtle purple/pink flash


Uzi (two coats):  metallic gunmetal gray shimmer

My main complaint of these polishes is that many are prone to brush strokes but it shouldn’t surprise me since it was all about shimmery polishes in the ‘90s.  Most of the colors are nicely pigmented (mostly 2-coaters).  Pallor and UV-B are fairly sheer in one coat and requires 3 for opacity.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the 12th color, Asphyxia.  If I remember correctly, it’s been out-of-stock since the release.  I wonder what the problem is with it…it doesn’t seem like a color that would generate a frenzy of sales.  I would be led to think that it didn’t even exist if it weren’t for Temptalia’s review.  I’ve been told that the only way to get Asphyxia now is to buy the Vintage Vault, which contains all 12 original polishes, 10 lipsticks, and 19 eyeshadows.  It’s pretty steep at $295…I don’t want it THAT much.

The Urban Decay XX Vintage collection is available now exclusively at urbandecay.com for $10 a pop.  It’s also limited release, so get them while they’re still available!

More about Janice

Janice Agagas-Welch is a Filipino Navy brat raised in Northwest Florida living the good life in the Lowcountry. She’s a married dog mom and licensed nail technician who has owned over 2000 polishes over the last 5 years. She also loves food, cider, mid-1990s R&B, college football and anything Peanuts/Snoopy-related.

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