Urban Outfitters Nail Lacquer ‘Voodoo’ & ‘Spicy’

UO Spicy & Voodoo (opener)


Even when I’m not actively shopping for cosmetics and/or nail varnish, I seem to be tuned in to that particular beauty frequency just the same. This past weekend while hunting down some Christmas presents at Urban Outfitters, I came upon one of 2 large colourful displays of the store’s in-house range of nail polish. First, I was amazed to see so many stunning shades (several of which look suspiciously like Deborah Lippmann knock-offs) then I glanced at the prices listed and could not believe my eyes: 2 polishes for CAD $8.00. What? Naturally, I scooped up a couple!

All swatches are with base and top coats.

UO Nail polish display & table

Urban Outfitters nail polish display with table

OU Spicy & Voodoo


While there were several lacquers that caught my eye, I wound up with ‘Voodoo’ – primarily for its sexy gunmetal hue, as well as its name, along with ‘Spicy’ – primarily for its insanely sculptural glitter.

If you follow me on twitter and/or Instagram (and you better have a good reason if you’re not!), then you know I listed ‘Spicy’ as a “bugle bead” type of glitter. I was asked by several readers if this wasn’t a curved/warped glitter, but as I had no idea what that was, I said no. Based on what my eyes see when looking at the bottle, the particles look exactly like tiny glass bugle beads, but upon swatching and then enlarging the photos to edit, I realized that my observant readers were not only right, but so much more up on the latest glitter trends than I am: the pieces in ‘Spicy’ are definitely a curved type of glitter. And then some.

OU Voodoo


Voodoo (CAD $6.00 15 ml/0.5 fl.oz) – semi sheer with a medium thick viscosity, this complex colour mix of taupe, gunmetal and pewter with its underlying mauve tones, is filled with pulverized blue, pink, green, and silver ultra-fine pearly shimmer. The formula is a bit tricky to work with; while it applies in a self-levelling way and finishes with a brilliant gleam, you need a steady hand in application and not break the flow of the polish, or you could end up with bald patches. Coats applied: 3 (thin)

UO Voodoo swatch

Urban Outfitters ‘Voodoo’

UO Voodoo swatch 2

Urban Outfitters ‘Voodoo’

UO Spicy


Spicy (CAD $6.00 15 ml/0.5 fl.oz) – a clear base filled with ultra-vivid purple large hexagonal glitter pieces, some that lie flat while others curve for a more sculptural appearance – which made me initially believe that they were bugle beads. Stunning glossy shine, the finish is obviously rather gritty to the touch and benefits from a thicker type of top coat (or minimum 2 layers of your usual top coat). Removal was surprisingly easy, which I totally did not expect. The following is one coat of ‘Spicy’ over ‘Voodoo’.


I found it easiest to add a “blob” of polish onto the nail, then I swooshed it around with the brush for best glitter dispersal & placement. Applying it this way proved quite effortless and you’re guaranteed a healthy amount of glitter with each application.

UO Spicy over Voodoo swatch

Urban Outfitters ‘Spicy’ over ‘Voodoo’

UO Spicy over Voodoo swatch 2

Urban Outfitters ‘Spicy’ over ‘Voodoo’

UO Spicy & Illamasqua Prosperity


I was curious to see if ‘Spicy’s’ glitter would be as glamorous when it was tone on tone – as opposed to applying it over a contrasting hue such as ‘Voodoo’, so I opted to apply one coat over Illamasqua’s ‘Prosperity’ from the Rubber Brights collection (previously reviewed here). The following swatches are with one layer of top coat added.

UO Spicy over Illamasqua Prosperity swatch

Urban Outfitters ‘Spicy’ over Illamasqua ‘Prosperity’

UO Spicy over Illamasqua Prosperity swatch 2

Urban Outfitters ‘Spicy’ over Illamasqua ‘Prosperity’


Final thoughts:  While I tend to stick to brands I’m more familiar with, I’m glad I took a chance on these two; the square glass bottle shape is of a good heft & feel, with a nicely tapered long and flexible brush. There’s a small label on the underside of the bottle that you can peel back for all ingredients, but that’s as much information as you’ll get on this brand – no fancy label. Application was different than what I’m used to as well, but ended up being rather easy after all. At CAD $6.00 per bottle or 2 for $8.00, I find that these polishes are definitely worth the time to give them a shot. It doesn’t hurt that they’re both guaranteed to get your nails stared at!

Available through Urban Outfitters.

OU Spicy & Voodoo (closer)




*Disclaimer: Some products provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

36 Responses to Urban Outfitters Nail Lacquer ‘Voodoo’ & ‘Spicy’

  1. I love the look of Voodoo. Great application on your part as well.
    I am also glad to know that I can now retrieve the mountains of curling glitter that I had previously removed from my workshop after testing, ( and now reside in the craft room) and use them to create sculptural glitter polishes. Interestingly, several months ago while I was in my local pro beauty supply store ( I am a hairstylist) and they were showing me the OPI’s (they know I own a polish brand, and have purchased from me before) and asked me if I had seen the 3-D glitter in When Monkeys Fly. They said it was their biggest seller and they can’t keep it in stock. So, I told them what the real deal is, and the reason they dont have any is because OPI finally recalled it all. lol. They wanted to know if I could make some 3-D glitter polishes. Um YEP, I have a mother load of 3-D glitter… SCORE!!

    • Eugenia says:

      HAHAHA! What a great story! See? There IS a reason for everything — your mountain of curling glitter included! I wasn’t aware that OPI had recalled When Monkeys Fly – and I’m not sure I understand why they did that; I had no issues with it (but boy did I get flak from curling-glitter-haters because I didn’t diss it). Personally, it’s all in the way you apply it and to be fair, any “curling” one might notice, is more an optical illusion than anything actually curling. So now, you’ve got your work cut out for you – I’d absolutely LOVE to see what you create! Let me know! 🙂

      • What I do know, is that I will disclose the curling glitter WAY before it’s released, and it will be part of the press release info. I think the issue with the OPI one, was that at first they responded with something along the lines of it being intentional, but then they said that they was in fact an issue with the glitter, and production was stopped until the curling was sorted out. Personally, curling glitter doesn’t do much for me, I would likely pick at it. But, there is something for everyone I suppose! OOh if I put my bleeding glitters in there too, I can call it Curl up and Dye. Hmmmm…

      • Eugenia says:

        Getting more and more inventive, I see! I applaud your creativity and how you can make something most people shy away from, into a unique-sounding product! I found that by playing around with the placement of said glitter, and something giving it a nudge with the brush, you can avoid potential pieces from sticking out and once a thick-ish top coat is applied over it all, it feels pretty seamless – but that 3D look is still in evidence, which I found oddly appealing. Oh well, like you said — there’s enough variations with nail polish, that there’s something for everyone!

  2. makeuptemple says:

    Loved the Urban Outfitters ‘Spicy’ over Illamasqua ‘Prosperity’ combination 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you!
      Please note that I don’t allow links or self-promotion in my comments section, so your comment has been edited accordingly.

      • makeuptemple says:

        i liked it, that’s why I shared it, I do not need self promotion as I am blogging since 2005! I never shared any other blogspost but I liked this one and shared

      • Eugenia says:

        I really appreciate you liking the post and am honoured you wished to share it … thank you once more!
        As to my mention of self-promotion, it’s part of my standard phrasing and not meant to single any one individual out – no offence was meant!

  3. Melissa says:

    Where did you get Spicy? I sent my cousin. Who lives in Ottawa to get one and they don’t have it 🙁 I’m very bummed

  4. olivia says:

    Wow! I didn’t even know but then again I haven’t stepped into an UO store in ages because they didn’t have anything I wanted. But now I think it is time to explore again!

  5. Meghan says:

    Do you know what size these polishes are? I think I’ve been into a UO store, once, maybe twice in my life. But if there’s cute nail polish to be found, I think I can manage a trip 😉

    The issue with curling glitter comes about in regards mostly to indie polishes. It’s seen as a sign of a defective product. That along with bleeding glitter. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polish with intentionally curling glitter, so if that’s what UO intended with Spicy, then it’s definitely unique.

    • Eugenia says:

      If by size, you’re referring to amount they hold, then it’s pretty much the standard 15 ml/0.5 fl. oz size. If you’re referring to the actual dimensions of the bottle, then it’s 1 3/8″ x 1 1/4″.

      See, the only indie polishes I have are ones recently gifted to me by a reader/friend so I’m not caught up with any glitter news. I have heard of bleeding glitter, and can understand how that could be undesirable,but something tells me that the type of glitter in Spicy was definitely intentional — if the stack of bottles was anything to judge by, lol! Personally, I found it very unique – not for everyday and perhaps best worn as an accent, but definitely unique.

  6. Sandi says:

    Definitely saw these a few months ago and noticed the DL dupes! I brought my friends over and tried all the polishes on their nails lol. I ended up getting Scorcher, which was a silver with rainbow glitter. Looks amazing over a silver base! I’m a big fan of smooth nails so I don’t love the taco glitter very much in Spicy…

  7. Maribeth says:

    I have a few UO polishes and love them! (The DL dupe for Mermaid’s Tears is one). I love both of these! I know some people don’t care for the curling glitters, but I think they look pretty cool 🙂 Beauties for sure! Your swatches do them great justice! I have a UO less than a mile away in our downtown area….I’m thinking a Christmas shopping trip is in order!

    • Eugenia says:

      I remembered your swatches of the Mermaid’s Tears UO version — think that might have been another reason why I didn’t hesitate to give these a shot! As I’m not really up on all the glitter chatter, I don’t know or understand what the fuss about curling glitters is; to me, this one actually seemed easier to remove and so much more original! Can’t wait to see what you wind up with!

  8. Amanda says:

    I’m curious how Voodoo compares to GOSH Galaxy. Would you call them dupes or in just similar color families?

    • Eugenia says:

      There’s absolutely NO comparison, Amanda; Galaxy has a richer formula and is bronze based with olive undertones, while Voodoo is more cool-toned, with mauve leanings and the shimmer is nowhere near as pronounced. I can see how you might think they have similarities, especially in the shimmer department, but as I said: 2 very different shades. Thanks for asking!

  9. Jen says:

    Excellent polish find. You should put a badge up for Instagram, loke you have with Pinterest. But you’re easy to find on there, anyway. Lol

  10. Marisa says:

    These are really nice! I especially like Voodoo. I have a few of their polishes, but haven’t tried them yet.

  11. I really like Voodoo, dark complex shimmer? Yes please! The other one not so much but for $4 it’s no big loss. Thanks for the swatches, beautiful as usual! Also, LOL at the polish display/table, they look like a war zone haha

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Sam! You know that that dark gunmetal & complex shimmer is what drew me straight to Voodoo, right? I have such a weakness for those types of shades… And yeah, at that price, who’s complaining?! If you think that polish table looks crazy from the photo, in person it was even more explosive – but I love it!!

  12. Julia says:

    UO polishes are really fun; I have a smallish collection of maybe 20. When I was in college we had hourly shuttles to the nearest city and there was an UO right down the street from one of the stops. It was open until 11 pm so I spent a lot of time hanging out there (it was also always a MESS by the end of the day!), digging around in the polish bins :). I don’t know if they ship to Canada, but their website has a really cool beauty section where they sell some stuff that isn’t widely available in the US/North America like Paul & Joe, Anna Sui, Models Own, etc.

    I have a funny story about UO polish, though. There is an UO at my favorite mall, and I was stopped in there once while I was having a MAJOR shopping day (you know what I mean…:)). On their polish table I spotted the prettiest blue-ish silver glitter, which immediately reminded me of a Deborah Lippmann. So I snapped it up, along with a few polish friends, and skipped off to the next store. Sometime later I made my way to Nordstrom and I was browsing the Deborah Lippmann display when I had the absolute NEATEST experience–a representative from Deborah Lippmann (NOT a sales associate–a brand representative) came up to me and told me he was making the rounds to some of their retailers. He talked to me about all of their polishes and indulged all my fangirl-ness and even polished some of his own nails with the polishes I was really interested in. I decided that I just had to get my first full size Lippmanns (my only Lippmanns at the time were a miniset that I had purchased a few months before). Heavily influenced by my new friend, I chose Razzle Dazzle (one of my absolute favorite polishes), and Today Was a Fairytale, and went home from my shopping trip much poorer (*cough* there may have been some pretty shoes, too *cough*) but very happy :). Once home, I pulled out all my purchases and started doing skittles with my new polishes when I noticed something very curious. You see, I realized that Deborah Lippmann TWaF looked…an *awful* lot like UO Dust. Actually, one might say…JUST LIKE. In fact I think that Dust is a little bit more blue than TWaF, but they are undeniably VERY close. Rarely in all my polish buying days have I felt more foolish. I spent $20 on a Lippmann after buying a $4 dupe…EARLIER THAT SAME DAY. And I recognized it as a DL dupe when I bought it!!!! I have no idea where my mind was–clearly my decision making skills can’t be trusted in the face of shiny pretty things! Just gotta laugh at yourself sometimes :).

    • Eugenia says:

      I was chuckling out loud by the time I got to the end of your comment! Surprisingly and for the amount of time in years that I’ve been buying cosmetics/nail polish, that hasn’t happened to me — YET!

      I’ve seen some cool & unique brands of nail polish at UO from time to time (I don’t shop there often – usually go when my daughter wants something from there), but as a Québecer, I unfortunately can’t buy from them online as their site is available to be viewed here (stupid language laws – don’t even get me started). 🙁

  13. Ahhh. Again, I love these! Esp that Prada-esque look. I need a trip to UO soon.

    • Eugenia says:

      Ever since you mentioned the Prada connection, I’ve had a hankering for one of the beaded purses, lol! Take a break from studying and go hunt down an UO!

  14. beachgal says:

    These are both pretty – Voodoo is reminding me of an older OPI I have but drawing a blank on the name – As for the glitter, I love it on a base that is in the same hue – it might look also stunning over a lighter purple, more in the lavender range – not a chalky white one but more like Essie Lilacism I am thinking that will pull up the stealy gray/purple in that lovely glitter. I need to look at UO polish again when I can get to a UO store. None are near me but I am getting ready for more chemo rounds and some surgery in a mondo big city about 6 hr drive from home. There are a ton of stores and malls around there – just I don’t have much oomph to shop esp after trecking around to keep all my medical appointments and the the traffic too I am soooo not used to driving in! These are both great additions to your stash I would say…I have to give some thought as to what OPI shade I am thinking this Voodoo is reminding me of. Thanks for sharing…I don’t do Instagram. I am not into my cell phone much. I used it to check for directions, Yelp to fast access a phone # I need, check the weather and maybe play a game while waiting for an MD appt. I need to see if I can actually read my ebooks on the screen vs. taking my ereader around with me!

    • Eugenia says:

      It’s funny; I had the same feeling with Voodoo – can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of (although I do have a Misa shade that might be similar) and I was thinking that it had the look of one of my beloved a-england’s, except for the formula. I actually considered applying it over a pale purple or light grey, but in the end, my curiosity won out & I went for the tone-on-tone. Hopefully you’ll manage a trip to an UO soon to see these in person.

      As to fighting traffic, I do it on a daily basis – Montréal is renowned for having some of the most horrendous traffic in the civilized world, not to mention our constant construction…it’s like we’re in a war zone or something, lol!

      I’m sending you my most positive & healing vibes that your chemo rounds go effortlessly and that you sail through it all like a champ. I am in awe of your attitude and think I understand your secret: beauty products/nail polish are uplifting (and look darn good too!). Do let me know if you stumble upon these lacquers and what your thoughts on them are!

      • Jessica says:

        Could it be Brand New Skates you’re thinking of? A few bottles have been floating around at my local target so I remember looking up swatches of it and Voodoo is somewhat similar… maybe?

      • Eugenia says:

        As soon as I read your comment, I ran to dig up my bottle of Brand New Skates; initially, I was sure it was a match, but even before swatching, I could see the differences; the OPI is more blue based and has ultra-fine gold shimmer throughout, while the UO has mauve undertones with cooler-toned shimmer. Still, their formulas were close, although the OPI is a touch more sheer but flows better. Thanks for the suggestion, Jessica – you have a keen eye (and a good memory!) 🙂

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