Urban Decay Summer Of Love Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review


Urban Decay’s new collection for summer 2010 is called Summer Of Love and I’ve got some special preview swatches to show you!

This is a collection of seven mini bottles of color that reflect the fabled summer of 1969, also known as the summer of love.

The formula on these was really good. A couple were a little sheer so I used three coats, but overall they were pretty great.

Let’s take a peek shall we?

Love Light

Love Light is a pale champagne/pink with tiny multi-colored shimmery bits. As you can see this is a very sheer color, so I admit, it wasn’t really my type of color. BUT I think it would make a great layering color. This was two coats.

Shine On

Shine On is a light copper metallic with green and pink shimmer particles. I don’t know what it is about this color, but it definitely looks 1969 to me for some reason and I like it. This didn’t have any streaking problems at all either. This was two coats.

Magic Bus

Magic Bus is a very bright, bordering on neon, orange creme. This is definitely one of the three colors I think of when I think of the 60’s (the other two are dark brown and avocado green). This was two coats.


Aquarius is a blue/green shimmer. It looks very mermaid-esque and reminds me immediately of the ocean. It actually looks a lot more green in the bottle than it goes on. It’s definitely a cross between blue and green though. It was on the sheer side so I used three coats.

Psychedelic Sister

Psychedelic Sister is a pink/red creme. It was pretty, but not one of my favorites, personally. I think I have quite a few colors like this. This was two coats.


Woodstock is a neon flamingo pink. This is A LOT brighter in real life than this pic shows. This was two coats.


Hashbury is a medium purple with a heavy pink flash. For me this was the winner in the group, though I do have a few others that are probably fairly similar. I just love this combo. Obviously the name is a play on “Haight Ashbury” the famous hippie area in SF and perhaps “Hashish”. Hmmm. Oh and I know a thing or two about hippies, my entire family is full of them from Berkeley, haha! This was also a little on the sheer side so I used three coats.

Overall I think this is a nice little collection. There is a wide range of colors and finishes and I like that they are mini-bottles. That way if there are a few you might not like as much, you aren’t stuck with a whole large bottle.

I’m not sure when exactly this is coming out or the price, but I’ll update this post if and when I hear. Update: These will be available on their website here tomorrow!

How do you guys feel about the Summer Of Love?



  • March 29, 2010

    I really dig every color, especially Shine on!

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Elysia,

      Yay glad you like them all!

  • March 29, 2010

    Happy Monday! I love all of the bright colors and shiny colors (especially Aquarius) but I’ll probably pass on this collection – I feel like I have seen all of these in other collections

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Anne,

      Aquarius is a really pretty watery looking one. :)

  • March 29, 2010

    Hashbury is the only one I like from the collection. Last time I think I liked all the colors. I’m disappointed that they’re only selling mini-collections, as opposed to letting you purchase individually.
    .-= Phyrra´s last blog ..Grumpy Girl Candle Company PMS Sale =-.

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Phyrra,

      Yeah I can understand that totally.

  • March 29, 2010

    They will be available tomorrow on UrbanDecay.com! With the rest of the Summer collection!

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Kat,

      Thanks, just updated the post!

  • March 29, 2010

    I think this is a happy little collection. That being said, I think there are lots of dupes out there for each polish here. “Hashbury” is almost an exact dupe for $OPI’s “Screen Test.” Still, I’m glad these are something beyond pastel & neon. “Shine On” is the most unique to me, but I’m not sure it would work with my skin tone. Thanks for the swatches!

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi SB_Sweetie,

      Sure thing!

  • March 29, 2010

    I don’t think this collection lives up to the awesomeness of UD’s old polish colors at all, which is pretty much how I felt about the last collection. I know the company is more main stream these days than it was originally, but most of the other products they have these days still have a bit of that original edge, where their latest venture back into nail lacquer doesn’t have that feel to me.

    Yet again I am wishing that Urban Decay had brought back a handful of their original products, in original colors, as a 10 year anniversary collection… especially the polishes.

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi auroragyps,

      I agree. I am REALLY hoping they realize that their original colors are what people are dying to see back! I had a bunch of them but sadly tossed them like a decade or more ago :(

  • March 29, 2010

    I am kind of bored & dissapointed … I mean, they’re OK, but 3 pinks, one of which is a sheer? Come on Urban Decay, what happened to “Does pink make you puke?” Maybe I’m just too old that I remember this slogan LOL, but when I think UD I think edgy, interesting – not something I feel like I’ve seen before.
    .-= Colette´s last blog ..NOTD: Purple Lattice (Maybelline Goody Plum Drop + Grape Times) + Tutorial =-.

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Colette,

      Yeah I think they pigeon-holed themselves a bit with that old slogan, haha. People still expect them to live up to it. I think pink can be fine, BUT I would also like to see more edgy “weird” colors in the mix.

  • March 29, 2010

    I was so excited to see these and now that I have, I’m not impressed. I’m actually pretty bummed. UD use to have the most amazing colors.
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Zoya~Lo & Laney =-.

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Cindy,

      Aww sorry you aren’t loving them!

  • March 29, 2010

    I don’t care about the polish. But the bottles! The script they used!

    Why aren’t they HUGE! I would buy them all – just for the bottles.

    Back down to earth – A they are mini (no good) B I will never get these in the UK….;o(

    • March 29, 2010

      HI Jen,

      Ha, ha, yeah it is a nice font :)

  • March 29, 2010
    Jackie S.

    I think Hashbury is my favorite!

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Jackie S.,

      I like the name of it, it’s clever :)

  • March 29, 2010

    I would buy most of this collection just for the names! The 1960’s is my favourite time period.

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Serena,

      Glad you liked them! The names are cute :)

  • March 29, 2010

    Oh I thought UD had stopped making nail polish! DO you know if this collection will be coming out in the UK?
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Another old swatch – Sephora Mangue =-.

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi Rebecca,

      Yeah actually they came back last fall with a set called Apocalyptic, which was pretty great. This is their second set. They do have a UK website: http://www.urbandecay.co.uk/

  • March 29, 2010

    I would buy this set just because of the names. My parents used to go watch the hippies in San Francisco in 1961.My mother was enthralled by their spirit,daddy,not so much. I always wanted to be a “flower child” but was born to late.

    • March 29, 2010

      Hi starlight,

      Ha, ha that’s funny. I am the opposite, grew up with a bunch of hippies and I am the total opposite of them all! :)

  • March 29, 2010

    There’s a lot of these colors that I’m not entirely sure I’m wanting. Hashbury is definitely a color I’d love because of the name, and maybe Magic Bus too. Either way, I’ve never tried Urban Decay and would like to buy these so I can test out their formula.
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..Picspam: Ushering in Spring Part 5 =-.

  • March 29, 2010

    I really wanted to like these. I only like Hashbury and not enough to buy a mini collection. The packaging is cool and trendy and the name Summer of Love is very appealing. The bottles look fabulous.
    .-= Rosered´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  • March 29, 2010

    I like the names but not the colors. Really aren’t doing it for me.
    .-= marisol´s last blog ..Liberty of London haul =-.

  • March 29, 2010

    I like a couple of the colors, and if I could buy them separately, I probably would. Since it appears I have to buy the whole collection, I’ll almost definitely pass because there are several colors I would never wear.

  • March 30, 2010

    I remember when UD first came out with their polish. This was way, way back and they were in long cylinder bottles. I wish they would release those types of colors again.
    .-= KrisInPhilly´s last blog ..Celebrate the Freedom to Read! =-.

  • March 30, 2010

    What’s the deal with the obsession with the 60’s this spring and summer? Color Club came out with Poptastic and now this.

  • March 30, 2010

    Too bad they’re all in a set, cause I like 3 of these. Not worth buying all of them for just the 3 that I like.
    .-= Arrianne´s last blog ..China Glaze Cowgirl Up =-.

  • March 30, 2010

    For me, Aquarius is the star of the collection. Lovely!
    .-= Glockoma´s last blog ..Death Is a New Day =-.