Urban Decay Logo

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The Urban Decay logo is regal and elegant. It says that every woman is unique and beautiful, and the company’s cosmetics help to emphasize that. The emblem reads the desire to maintain its style against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world.

Urban Decay: Brand overview

Founder:Pat Holmes, Sandy Lerner, Wende Zomnir and David Soward
Newport Beach, California, United States

Urban Decay is a cosmetics brand created in America in 1996 as rebellious and rebellious against accepted standards. It is sold in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. The main collections are Naked, Revolution, and Vice. Belongs to L’Oréal.

Meaning and History

Urban Decay Logo History

Throughout its history, the brand has stood for the ideals of self-expression and individuality, as expressed in its unusual name and logos. The combination of bright colors and a loud name in the identity encourages women to break the usual gray stereotypes and create a unique look of urban landscapes colored in various shades. Despite frequent changes in ownership, all owners have tried to maintain a common theme of visual marks, favoring wordy logos. The emblems complement the star symbols, carrying the message of originality emphasized by the brand’s cosmetics.

What is Urban Decay?

A company that produces lipsticks, shadows, and nail polishes in original bright colors. One of the best-selling brands in the United States. It has a vegan collection without hazardous additives. The products are certified by PETA. The headquarters are in the French municipality of Roubaix.

1996 – 1999

Urban Decay Logo 1996

The logo is in the form of white lettering on a black background, complemented by rippling puddles and reflections in them. The black background symbolizes the asphalt and the polluted city streets. The base is reminiscent of spilled oil, which echoes the name of one of the most popular products: Oil Spill.

At the top level of the logo are white letters of the brand name in lowercase. The white color conveys the idea of novelty. What Sandy Lerner and Patricia Holmes proposed was revolutionary for the time, as pink and red colors dominated women’s cosmetics.

The company got its name from the names of the first products, which are inspired by urban industrial landscapes: acid rain, rust, etc.

Beneath the name in the logo, the same white letters decipher what exactly is being sold: lipsticks and nail polish.

1999 – 2000

Urban Decay Logo 1999

The heavy black background was taken away from the new logo and took on a completely different color scheme. It consisted only of the name in acid purple lettering. This shade emphasized modernity, youthful style, and the availability of cosmetics in different colors.

2000 – 2008

Urban Decay Logo 2000

The last logo only lasted a year. In 2000 the LVMH group bought the company, changing the brand’s visual identity. The new owners, being preachers of luxury and buying up brands fitting this description, introduced the idea of stardom to the Urban Decay emblem.

On the lilac background of the emblem, the brand name is placed in black font. Between the words is a gold star. And on the second level, in thin letters, the word “cosmetics.” The color background preserved the idea and identity of the brand, while the black font of the name pointed to the confident position obtained thanks to the powerful owners.

The star was an element of exclusivity, which should have attracted unconventional famous, and extravagant celebrities to the cosmetics.

The rectangular background emphasized the unique packaging for which the brand was famous.

2008 – 2010

Urban Decay Logo 2008

The company again underwent a change of ownership for the third time since its creation. Castanea Partners became the new owner and renewed the brand logo.

The mark returned to minimalism in the form of blue-and-lilac lettering in capital letters. The star between the two words of the name remains from the logo’s past. The element is the same color as the name and resembles scattered shadows or a blot of nail polish. The symbol gave the emblem dynamism and brightness, hinting that makeup with Urban Decay is done quickly and helps it stand out from the crowd.

2010 – today

Urban Decay Logo

The emblem was released for the limited edition Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows shadows that came out with the 2010 movie. It sold out in 2 hours.

The logo consists of a beautiful monogram in vintage French style placed at the head of the sign and a confident, clear and sophisticated signature. The upper part of the logo links the company to its new owners, the French company L’Oréal. The lower part of the emblem resembles an inscription printed with nail polish using a thin pen. The words demonstrate the elegance and virtuosity of the craftsmanship that goes into making cosmetics.

Font and Colors

The logo attracts attention with its deep purple color, showing nobility and chic. The shade is associated with self-expression and self-knowledge. That is what the company is calling for with its original palettes.

Monogram letters, reminding arrows pointing in different directions, are typical for Special Alphabets 3 font, so the brand stresses that a woman can look how she likes. The composition also tells about the development and evolution of the brand, its growth, and its expansion. The elongated foot R harmonizes with the ponytail d in the monogram, linking the two different fonts. The main inscription is in Venetian 301 Bold.

Urban Decay color codes

Russian VioletHex color:#2c1b47
RGB:44 27 71
CMYK:38 62 0 72
Pantone:PMS 2695 C