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
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.