Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Showboat Nail Polish Collection for Summer 2012

For the past few seasons, Urban Decay has released scorching mini nail polish collections, but I have to say—this summer’s Showboat Collection takes the cake. Inside a keepsake tray, you’ll find five bold shades and a basic glossy black for your tips and toes. Check this electric little kit out!

More photos, swatches, and details…

Showboat is an insanely hot day-glo orange creme—easily my fave of the collection! I’ve been seeing oranges left and right so far for the season, and this one is just the right amount of perfect.

Woodstock is a neon pink creme. It looks like the shade name is a dupe from the Rollergirl nail polish collection from last summer, but that the shade is slightly different. I can’t find my original bottle to do a side-by-side comparison, but I think this one has a little less violet in it.

Fishnet is a neon purple creme with orchid tones. I had just a little bit of a coverage issue with this one, so your second coat may need to be a little bit on the heavier-handed side. I try to be very conservative while I’m laying polish down (it’s easier to control), and that easily could have been the issue here.

Covet is a sparkling emerald green that doesn’t photograph as vibrant as it truly is. It twinkles when light reflects off of it, giving it a little bit different of an effect than a metallic shimmer.

Radium is an intense royal blue metallic shimmer—watch for brush strokes if you work it too much!

Perversion is a shiny black creme—a great opaque basic black for nail art.

Bottom Line…

One thing I’ve noticed about Urban Decay’s nail polishes, is that they dry pretty fast for me which is a relief since I’m pretty good at smudging. These are tiny bottles, which makes them perfect for people who don’t like to waste—I can’t remember the last time I actually finished an entire bottle of something that wasn’t a top coat. A tad on the pricey side at $28 for six shades, still just as cute! Length of wear is pretty average for me, I got almost four days of wear out of Showboat before my nails had obvious signs of stress—and I’m pretty rough on them.

Price & Availability…

$28; coming soon to Macy’s and

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  • CourtStar

    I LOVE Covet! I can totally see myself rocking that color this summer at the beach! Great collection can’t wait to pick this up