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Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Colors (Part 2)

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Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Bruise

Urban Decay Bruise XX Vintage Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a deep, purplish brown base with green-to-teal pearl that shifts. The shimmer was rather fine, and I did have some trouble smoothing out the pearl and polish so that it looked like an even, shimmery finish–looked a little more like threads of shimmer, unfortunately! The consistency was thicker and did not self-level as it dried down. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it lasted for seven days on me with minor tip wear.

Urban Decay Nail Color Bruise
Bruise
Bruise
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set
NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set ($49.00 for 0.66 oz.) includes two miniature sized Audacious Lipsticks (both brand new shades) and two miniature sized Nail Polishes (also new shades). I’m so bummed about this set, because both polishes were problematic and lacking (and for high-end polish, it really should perform, given how many excellent options exist at lower price points), while the Audacious Lipsticks were fantastic–and new shades at that! This was one of the few sets that had more distinctive packaging, too, and it had a frosted plastic clamshell with a staggered edge that opened to reveal the products.

Value

  • Audacious Lipstick: $32.00 for 0.14 oz. or $228.57/oz.
  • Nail Polish: $20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz. or $40.00/oz.
  • Set Contains: $36.57 worth of Audacious Lipstick, $20.00 worth of Nail Polish
  • Total Value: $56.57

Codie is a muted, medium-dark orange-red with warm, rusty undertones and a creamy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was light-to-medium in weight but didn’t slide around easily, so it lasted for five and a half hours. The formula felt lightly hydrating to me. Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is brighter, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced 90210hhh (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Shiseido Toffee Apple (RD308) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Dior Lady (LE, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Project Chimps (LE, $20.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eva is a deep, reddish burgundy with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture had more slip than Codie, but it didn’t lose its intensity, as it was very nearly opaque on me. The color applied with smooth, even coverage that sat well on the lips. I didn’t experience feathering with this shade, but it was more emollient than the majority of the Audacious range. It lasted for six and a half hours, and it left behind a stain. The formula was moisturizing over time. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Such Flare (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

La Dame En Blanc is a light-medium beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was thicker, but it also seemed runny and prone to pooling along the edges. It took longer to dry down, and I really felt like I had to keep my hand totally flat against a table to help the polish dry more evenly (something that I don’t typically find myself doing). It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats, but there was a bit of noticeable streaky. I typically get a week of wear out of NARS’ formula. Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Quiet Time (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Coffee Break (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

La Dame En Noir is a medium-dark reddish burgundy with cooler undertones and a jelly-like finish, though it was lacking the gel-like quality of a true jelly. It had more of the translucency and shine of a jelly polish to me. The formula was thin, watery, and prone to streaking, which was especially noticeable on the first layer. I expected the second layer to help smooth and even out the finished result, but it did not help entirely–there were areas with more coverage and areas that looked sheerer. It had semi-opaque coverage after two layers. Butter London Blowing Raspberries (P, $15.00) is lighter, cooler, better quality (95% similar). MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). China Glaze Winter Berry (LE, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Get Noticed (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Colors (Part 1)

Urban Decay Nail Color
Urban Decay Nail Color

Urban Decay Pallor Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a light, pinkish white with iridescent opal shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, but it seemed too pigmented to be used as a layering shade, as the white base was rather strong and looked very streaky when applied over a more opaque base polish. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it didn’t pool along the edges, but I had trouble with this shade bubbling as it was drying down. Dior Perle (187) (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Girl Trouble (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Asphyxia Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pinky-lavender with warm undertones and threads of fine, lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two layers of product, but it was a little uneven with some areas appearing almost opaque and others appearing a touch streaky. The texture was thinner, a little watery, and I couldn’t prevent brush strokes from appearing. Formula X Equinox (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Scorching Haute (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Uzi Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a dark gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and fine silver shimmer that looked like threads of shimmer running through the polish. The consistency was thin, a little too liquidy, so I had to take greater care to ensure I didn’t load the brush up with too much product or else I would get pooling along the edges. There were some visible brush strokes, even after it dried down. It was fully opaque in two coats. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Wrong Turn (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Formula X Metamorphic (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Oil Slick Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a grayish black with cool undertones and silver shimmer. It was fully opaque in two coats, though it was quite pigmented even in one layer. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, which made it an easy shade to apply. I had no issues with the color bubbling or pooling along the edges, and it dried down to a smooth, shiny finish. L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is darker (95% similar). Color Club Show Time (P) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Cult Nails Ignite (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Cosmic (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Mildew Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a medium, olive green with warm undertones and lighter, greenish-gold shimmer. It had a more metallic finish, but that also meant that there were much more visible brush strokes as the thicker consistency made it harder to apply the color in really smooth, fluid strokes. It had full color coverage after two layers of product. Zoya Yara (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cult Nails In a Trance (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). China Glaze Agro (LE, $7.50) is darker (80% similar). Formula X Borealis (P, $12.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Smog Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a blackened brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and fine burgundy and bronze shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with nearly opaque coverage in just one coat, though I did two just to be sure. The consistency was on the thinner side but did not seem to run when applied to the nail. I saw one or two visible brush strokes, but the majority disappeared as the polish dried and self-leveled. Cult Nails Swanbourne (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Cavaliere (526) (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Farida (P, $50.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Other Side (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I typically get seven days of wear out of Urban Decay’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (with no base or top coat). This is normal wear for me with most formulas, though. I tested four of the twelve shades for wear, and the wear was consistent with my past experience with the brand’s formula (seven days).

Urban Decay Nail Color Pallor
Pallor
Pallor
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Asphyxia
Asphyxia
Asphyxia
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Uzi
Uzi
Uzi
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Oil Slick
Oil Slick
Oil Slick
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Mildew
Mildew
Mildew
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Smog
Smog
Smog
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Cavaliere, Canotier, Espadrilles Le Vernis

Chanel Cavaliere (526) Le Vernis
Chanel Cavaliere (526) Le Vernis

Chanel Cavaliere (526) Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rich, deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine, golden brozne micro-shimmer. It had opaque coverage after two coats, though it was nearly opaque after one coat. The consistency wasn’t too thin or too thick, and it spread well across the nail. The polish had a good plushness to it, and the ridge on my ring finger was easily covered (without need of a ridge-filling base coat). Chanel’s formula typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, and the newer formula is comparable to that in wear time, but I find the newer formulation loses its shininess more quickly (after four or five days); I tested this particular shade for wear, and it came in at seven days with minor tip wear (which is pretty much the norm for me, so if you typically have polish that chips in three days, take my wear time with an extra dose of salt!). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Smog (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Farida (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Canotier (532) Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a subdued, light-medium gold with threads of fine, metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats, and while the color wasn’t really streaky, the metallic finish was really hard for me to avoid brush strokes. It dried down faster than the other two shades, but about half of the brush strokes remained visible even after dry down (sometimes they self-level). Chanel’s formula typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, and the newer formula is comparable to that in wear time, but I find the newer formulation loses its shininess more quickly (after four or five days). Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). China Glaze Midnight Kiss (LE, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Revlon Spun Sugar (P, $4.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Screaming Bright (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Gold Viper (LE, $20.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Espadrilles (534) Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a slightly bright, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque coverage after two coats (almost in opaque in just one) with a smooth, shiny finish that was even and plush-looking. The polish’s texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without overflowing along the sides. Chanel’s formula typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, and the newer formula is comparable to that in wear time, but I find the newer formulation loses its shininess more quickly (after four or five days). Guerlain Nahema (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Blow-up (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Essie Meet Me at Sunset (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bougainvillea (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Cavaliere (526)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Canotier (532)
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Espadrilles (534)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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YSL Peace Green & Love Pink La Laque Couture

YSL La Laque Couture
YSL La Laque Couture

YSL Peace Green La Laque Couture ($28.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a light-medium aqua green with warm undertones and fine, pearly shimmer that shifts from warmer copper to light pink. It was a thicker, but watery, polish that was hard for me to apply evenly, as the polish would pull to the edges and create an uneven surface, even if I laid my hands flat to try and help the polish level. It had semi-opaque coverage, and I didn’t notice the shimmer create visible lines/streaks. It lasted for seven days with minor tip wear. Cult Nails Thrive (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Liberty (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

YSL Love Pink La Laque Couture ($28.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with fine, gold shimmer that shifts from a warmer, orange-gold to a lighter, paler gold. The consistency was thick but running, and the polish tended to pool along the edges without self-leveling as it dried down. It was hard to get streak-free coverage as the shimmer created fine lines that were sometimes visible–depended on the light. Two coats of polish yielded mostly opaque coverage, but you can see some of the nail line coming through. It wore for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Gemma (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer Peace Green
YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer Love Pink
Love Pink

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Chanel Camelia Le Vernis

Chanel Camelia Le Vernis
Chanel Camelia Le Vernis

Chanel Camelia Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a cream finish. Tom Ford Beauty Indiscretion (04) (LE, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Formula X A+ (P, $14.00) is cooler (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Bengali (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Members Only (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This spring, Chanel reformulated their polish to be five-free and launched the formula in 15 shades, including some shades from the previous formula. I’ve only tried this one so far, so it’s hard to make any generalizations about the formula at this time. The consistency of this was slightly thinner than the average Chanel polish, but it applied well and didn’t pool along the edges. The one thing that I noticed was that the brush was larger and flared outwards than the previous brush (which was more squared off and thinner). It had opaque coverage with two coats, and even the first coat applied well without looking streaky. It wore well for seven days without chipping on me, but it had more tip wear than I normally experience with Chanel’s formula (no base or top coat).

Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Camelia
Camelia
Camelia
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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