About Urban Decay
Urban Decay's story opens nearly 20 years ago, when pink, red and beige enslaved the prestige beauty market. Heaven forbid you wanted purple or green nails, because you'd either have to whip out a marker, or risk life and limb with that back alley drugstore junk. Flying in the face of this monopoly, Sandy Lerner (cofounder of Cisco Systems) made a bold decision: if the cosmetic industry’s “big boys” couldn't satisfy her alternative makeup tastes, she'd satisfy them herself.
Urban Decay was unleashed in January of 1996 with a line of 10 lipsticks and 12 nail enamels. Inspired by seedier facets of the urban landscape, they bore groundbreaking names like Roach, Smog, Rust, Oil Slick and Acid Rain. The first magazine ad queried “Does Pink Make You Puke?”, fueling the revolution as cosmetics industry executives scrambled to keep up. “Urban Decay” is no longer such a crazy name for a makeup company. And young women today have never known a world where they couldn't get purple nail polish over the counter. Mission accomplished.