Urban Decay Hashbury NOTD

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 19 - 2010

I’m having a bizarre relationship with this nail polish from the Urban Decay Summer of Love nail set… When I first saw Hashbury, I was a little bit in awe.  In the bottle, it looks ah-mazing.  Cadbury purple with masses of micro-shimmer…

Then I swatched it on one nail and couldn’t have been more disappointed.  It was watery, sheer and jelly-like.  It still is two of those things.  After 3 coats, I can get a pretty opaque finish, though it still looks more jelly than cream.  Nothing wrong with a jelly, but if you’re anticipating a nice opaque purple shimmer…. the effect is lessened with a jelly-ish finish.  I like it more than I did, but still not as much as that initial WOW factor.

Final verdict – Could have, should have been great but isn’t.

I know I’m being a tad harsh, it’s still a rather lovely purple… and although the formula is terribly thin, 3 coats isn’t bad and it has the most beautiful high gloss finish.

Anyway, I’m all up in the air about this shade… I can’t decide.  What do you ladies think?

Check out my other swatches from the collection:

The Whole Kit
Psychedelic Sister
Magic Bus

15 Responses to “Urban Decay Hashbury NOTD”

  1. Beth says:

    Its gorgeous! The colour itself is pretty and it is very glossy!

    You do make me terribly jealous when you do all these nail varnish posts – I have gels done so I trade the joys of different colours for not actually having to do anything with them and them still looking nice. Laziness wins over variety I guess!


  2. yuen-ting says:

    I was going to put this colour on today, i tested it out last week on a nail – i did find it watery – i have a similar colour in the No7 range..and if i had to choose i’d go for the No7 version. This is coming from a person who loves Urban Decay more than any other brand!

  3. cescils says:

    I had the same disappointment with this polish, It looked so gorgeous in the bottle but it was so sheer, and I’m too lazy to put 3 coats :)

    The solution: I’ve put China Glaze short and sassy as first coat and one coat of cashbury on it, and yes ! a nice intense colour with depth. I do it for any polish I find too sheer (eg: Nfu Oh 51) and the result is beautiful! every time.

    I guess any darker shimmery reddish/purple color will do 😉

  4. I like it though! I am going to go and get the set later hopefully if it’s in stock , hope you are feeling better babes x

  5. Jenni says:

    I think that is a bit harsh. It looks great. Barry M Vivid Purple has the Cadbury thing going on. It’s not watery. The Barry M is a top polish.

  6. ThRiSzHa says:

    this is a great shade..

  7. liloo says:

    no idea about the formula or if it’s a nightmare to apply but omg this is too gorgeous for words, woah!!!

  8. Rebecca says:

    I think it’s nice but it’s nothing unique. There are lots of other similar polishes out there which probably have formulae better than the one you’ve described.

  9. @Sarah – Thank you x

    @Jenni – I’m looking back through my recent reviews of the Summer of Love set and they’re getting harsher… I think I wanted to ADORE them all. And I’m just not… which is making me cross and possibly overly grumpy about them.

    The problem I have with this one is that I can’t get it to look neat ‘cos of the thin formula. Along the cuticle edge, where I can’t get each coat to align…. so the opaque central part of the nail is gorgeous, but then it looks all scruffy at the cuticle where it goes patchy. I had BarryM vivid purple and I didn’t like the formula on that one either. But you’re so right about it being a cadbury purple!

  10. Sarah says:

    Wow, I love this colour and I love the set it’s from! I need this :)

  11. @cescils – great idea!

  12. Muddled Miss says:

    Hey Charlotte, it’s Sarah, Alison’s daughter. I L-O-V-E the colour. Was it the first time you used that particular bottle? Maybe it’s meant to be jelly-ish. I am about to try out crackle nai varnish. Maybe you could do a review on that? I am growing out my nails to try out some of the nail polish you have looked at. I am SO happy you looked at my blog!! I love it. I’m working on a REALLY special entry for you. I L-O-V-E your blog, it is uh-maz-ing!! 😀 :-) :) 😉 😉

    • Hi Sarah!

      It’s a proper Dairy Milk purple isn’t it? (mmmm chocolate!) – If you like this one, you might like BarryM Vivid Purple which is quite simillar. I think you’re right and that this is meant to be a jelly finish but I think I prefer opaque finishes because my nails are a bit yellow from wearing too much nail polish! Yay from growing out your nail, it’s lovely to have a little bit of nail to paint. I keep mine shorter now than I used to and think I’ve finally found the right length for me!

      Oh, I’m excited about your blog post – let me know when it’s up and I’ll head right over there!

      xxx 😀

  13. Muddled Miss says:

    Hi Charlotte, crackle nail varnish went great! I have finished your entry (I’m a really quick typer) and I have edited it so it sounds good, and it is all ready for you to read! I hope you like it. If I have done something wrong, please tell me and I will fix it right away. I will try the BarryM Vivid Purple! Thank you for the suggestion. Purple rocks, right?? I love it!

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