More nail polish from Urban Decay! This summer's mini nail set, Showboat, is mostly neon with a shimmery jewel-tone and a black creme thrown in for contrast. Every shade is bold, eye-catching and very appropriate for summer.
Urban Decay Radium. Radium is a medium blue shimmer. This is little more smooth glowy than the average shimmer because it has a slight metallic finish, but it's not quite approaching chrome territory yet.
Urban Decay Covet. This one is a bright teal with subtle silver and green shimmer. This is one of those nearly-neon teals that I can never seem to photograph accurately. In real life it's more green-colored than it appears here and a bit more saturated. It dries matte like a neon.
Urban Decay Perversion. Standard black creme. Good pigmentation, but it needs two coats for full coverage.
Urban Decay Fishnet. A neon purple creme. Like most neon purples, it's not completely purple, but rather a deep yet fluorescent fuchsia. This one is very vivid and my picture does it no justice at all. To give you an idea of the true color, it's somewhere in between Essie Perky Purple and Illamasqua Stance.
Urban Decay Woodstock. This one has been in two previous nail kits (Rollergirl and Summer of Love). It is a neon pink creme and it is extremely bright.
Urban Decay Showboat. This one's a neon orange and, like Woodstock, it's extremely bright. It kinda hurts my eyes to look at it, it's so bright. Awesome.
The formula on these was great. It is a definite improvement over the previous sets. It's less thick, more pigmented and has a much better texture and application. I had no trouble whatsoever with the application of any of these colors, the formula on all of them was perfect. I did three coats of each, but only Woodstock and Showboat actually needed the third. Dry time is very fast. The neons dry to a matte finish like all neons do, so you will need to use topcoat if you want them to look shiny (I used topcoat).
This set might be best for someone who doesn't own much nail polish; someone with even a modestly-sized collection may likely already own dupes for almost every color. The only one in here that I can't think of a match for is Covet, though it is somewhat similar to Zoya Zuza. Duplicate shade issues aside, the colors are all insanely pretty and the formula is great, not a single bad one in the bunch in terms of formula or color.
The Urban Decay Showboat Nail Kit retails for $28 and is now available on urbandecay.com.
(This was sent for review.)