Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Colors Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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.

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Roach

Urban Decay Roach XX Vintage Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddish brown with warm undertones and shimmer that shifted from dirty, olive gold to warm brown. The consistency was smooth, not too thick or too thin, and it applied beautifully to the nails with rich, opaque color in two coats, though one was almost opaque. I typically get a week of wear out of the brand’s formula.

Plague

Urban Decay Plague XX Vintage Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a rich, blackened purple with cool, violet sparkle and fine pearl. It had opaque color coverage with two coats (almost opaque in one). The consistency was thin without being watery, so it didn’t pool along the edges of my nails nor did it sheer out or appear uneven on the nail. It dried down to a modewrate shine, but I think a top coat is necessary for true glossiness. I wore this one and only had minor tip wear after seven days.

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Radium

Urban Decay Radium XX Vintage Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and lighter blue pearl. It had more of a pearly finish–not quite metallic and not frosted or sparkly, as the particle size was rather fine. The texture was thicker, and it was hard to manage the amount of product on the nail; one coat was really sufficient with this one unless you were very, very careful and wiped away excess to get a thinner initial coat. Urban Decay’s nail polish lasts around a week with minor tip wear for me.

Frostbite

Urban Decay Frostbite XX Vintage Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a deep, blackened navy blue with fine bits of lighter blue pearl. It had intense color coverage with a smooth consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it covered the nail evenly and didn’t require any extra work to maneuver it across the nail. I typically get a week of wear with Urban Decay’s formula with minor tip wear.

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UV-B

Urban Decay UV-B XX Vintage Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark cobalt blue with cool, purplish undertones and fine pearl. It had opaque pigmentation after two coats of polish, though the texture was more watery than ideal. It resulted in slightly streakier shimmer, as you could see where the brush wobbled and wiggled down my nail. It seemed to self-level a fair amount, but it wasn’t completely gone after drying down. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me.

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

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Roach Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Plague Nail Color

Urban Decay Radium Nail Color

Urban Decay Radium Nail Color

Urban Decay Radium Nail Color

Urban Decay Radium Nail Color

Urban Decay Radium Nail Color

Urban Decay Radium Nail Color

Urban Decay Radium Nail Color

Urban Decay Frostbite Nail Color

Urban Decay Frostbite Nail Color

Urban Decay Frostbite Nail Color

Urban Decay Frostbite Nail Color

Urban Decay Frostbite Nail Color

Urban Decay Frostbite Nail Color

Urban Decay Frostbite Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

Urban Decay UV-B Nail Color

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I am surprised that Illamasqua Phallic (a fave of mine) did not come up as a dupe for Frostbite, they seem very similar, at least at a glance. I also love the look of Roach, but luckily I think it’s pretty dupable as I’ve never been a fan of UD’s polish formula- or their skinny little brush.

I’m so sorry, Julia, but I don’t have that – I might have the actual polish but don’t have it swatched or photographed.

I like the sound of what Roach and Plague were like. They look really pretty.
And thank you for the extra pictures of your nails at different angles!

These vintage shades hold a special place in my heart… I remember UD in the 90’s and I’m so excited to see them bringing things back!

I don’t wear nail polish much, but I love these colors! Frostbite reminds me of a Revlon polish I wore in the early 1970s (yes, they had crazy nail polish colors even back then!).

Throwback time, yes. Had most of these originally, when I taught myself some nail tradecraft and could do polish. Now, cannot. Psoriatic nails arrived shortly after these. If your nails aren’t so friable, ridgy, and creepy that they don’t grow normally, the polish takes away the nail breathing…I think. The nail and nail bed part ways most of the way down to the quick…and it feels as if it is being chewed. If I ever do polish, I make sure to remove it within a day, to keep the psoriatic crap at bay. Maybe I’ll do a day this w.e., for old time sake. Still, in the big scheme, that’s nothing….besides TMI.

Lovin’ Roach, Frostbite and Plague! I do have a thing for deep shades during the late Oct. – March season. I love Bruise, too. But it sounds “finicky”. Too bad UD didn’t opt to sell these instore. I’m a bit funny about ordering items stored in glass to be sent via carrier, though.

As with almost all of the XX Vintage lipsticks and eyeshadows, I like these too although nothing looks super unique. I’ve been wanting a shade like Roach.

Frostbite! I like all of them, all aren’t for me, but I do waant almost all of them. now I need more words starting with “al”. πŸ™‚

I really liked Bruise the second I saw it when you first put up the original post showing all of the quick look swatches, I thought it was pretty unique, but by the time I got around to making an order it was sold out πŸ™ I settled for Roach because it felt like a nice fall/winter color. I actually didn’t have a similar color to it in my 60+ bottle collection as I tend to avoid browns. I already have dupes (or at least similar colors) for a lot of the other colors in the line. I mostly just wanted to try the formula, liked the packaging, and had a coupon to use from UD during my birth month which prompted my purchase. I’m pleased with it though, it has served me well so far! πŸ™‚

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