07 March 2012

"Vintage" Urban Decay

As I've mentioned previously, I've been having a massive cull and reorganization of my house. While going through my cosmetic stash I found in a box a curious thing. I found some original Urban Decay lipstick and nail polish that I had completely forgotten I still had.

Back when Urban Decay first started around 1996, they were a boutique brand selling only lipstick and nail polish. My shop was one of the first (if not the first -- their site was the first to list my shop as a stockiest, which back then was very exciting!) t0 sell their fun, interesting line. It was a fantastic seller for us, and we did quite well with people seeking us out just to get their Urban Decay fix. I honestly had a hard time keeping up with demand! Once they moved into the mainstream department stores, sales dropped off so we stopped selling it as we liked to stock what you couldn't find easily, and stuck with boutique brands. But apparently I still had a few things left over all these years later, and thought you might find the packaging and colours interesting!

Left to right: Lipstick in "Pallor" & "Asphyxia", Nail Polish in ? (lost tag!), "Acid Rain", "Smog" with matching Lipstick in front, "Uzi", and Lipstick in "Oil Slick"






A few more closeups of the colours.

Fans of Urban Decay can see just how far the brand has come today, still offering interesting colours and formulations while staying true to their aesthetic! I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane!

XXX
Suzanne

17 comments:

  1. Wow! This is like a time warp for me! There was one boutique that sold this in my home country and I think I had smog lipstick. The boutique sold quirky and fabulous dresses for women and had some children's clothes. I bought my toddler son a pair of white shorts with ants all over them ("ants in your pants" and a wee black sweater with a green alien face (typical with the big eyes and head) and the green alien head glowed in the dark.

    Why oh why don't you have your store anymore?

    Christine xoxo

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    1. I'm glad it brought back fond memories! Hey I think I got my nephew a pair of those "ants in your pants" shorts too!

      I closed the store in '06 due to lack of recovery post 9/11 and more importantly the Marc Jacob-ization of the West Village. People no longer wanted quirky fun shops the WV was known for and wanted Soho West. Ugh.
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      Suzanne

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I was shocked I still had the stuff!
      XXX
      Suzanne

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    1. Hmm think I might have some ANCIENT Dior and even stuff from the 50's!
      XXX
      Suzanne

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  4. im from ny which shop did you have in the west vill? my first purchase was acid rain nail polish at blackjacks on st. marks le sigh i miss the 90s version of lower manhattan

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    1. Hi Genevieve, I owned Morgana's Chamber, originally located on MacDougal, just off 8th. At some point other boutiques started getting it in, but for awhile we were the only place you could buy it. It was such a small co. that I used to place orders with the owner! XXX

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  5. OMG! I used to go there all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if my memory serves me right you used to have coffin like changing rooms. i bought my 8th grade prom dress there it is this vintage 50's wiggles dress in with a cream colored lace. there was a huge sale and the dress was 5 dollars i still have it.

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    1. Oh how cool, I rarely run across old customers from our first location! Yep we had the coffin changing rooms! We used to have some great sales, glad you got something you loved! Thanks for the blast from the past! XXX

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    2. thank you as well! me and my friends constantly talk about how much we miss all our fav old shops.

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    3. That's so sweet! I loved my store and my customers were the absolute BEST! Seriously I got the cream of the crop when it came to customers (the yucky people got discouraged asap!) NY has an ever-changing landscape of shops and I think sadly the days of the funky, interesting shops in those quirky little spaces are long gone. Now we have to contend with all the designers who've moved in on our pioneer spirit! Thanks so much for posting you made me so happy knowing nearly 20 years later someone still remembers my little shop! XXX

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  6. would you be willing to sell any of the old UD you have?

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    1. PS sadly someone got to me months ago and I sold it all ): I might possibly have a lipstick but it's probably rancid, eww. XXX

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    2. oh well. i figured i would try. i'm hunting nail polish : )

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    3. I'll keep an eye out, you never know what I'll find in this mess I call home! XXX

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    4. that would be awesome thanks!!!

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