I don’t think I’ve been as excited for a nail polish package than the one I got in the mail from Deborah Lippmann. I’ve literally been wanting Deborah Lippmann, for about a year and a half when I first saw Across the Universe on Scrangie and All Lacquered Up.
Finally, a week ago, I did it. I bought my first polishes and I can’t be more satisfied.
What was even more amazing was that Deborah herself (or whoever runs her twitter, I’m 90% sure that it’s her) tweeted me after Eshani mentioned both of us in a tweet. It was lovely.
It’s always lovely to know that the customer service and media relations between customers and the company are pleasant, especially when it goes all the way down to the core and base of the company, the creator herself.
The polishes I purchased are all chunky glitters, which I think Deborah does best. Her chunky glitters have a reputation of being divinely easy to work with and very high quality. Yes, they are pricey, averaging $16-18 each but I completely think they’re worth it.
I bought a few fall/holiday colors from last year and then one of the new holiday colors for this year.
Deborah Lippman polishes can be purchased at Nordstrom and other high end department stores, as well as her website
, which is NOT deborahlippman.com as I said in the video (although if you go there it will re-direct you to her actual web address).
More photos and swatches are after the jump!
Aside from the little card that came in the box that had a picture of Stormy Weather (literally that’s it), this single packet of Stripper to Go came in my box. This is her nail polish remover wipe. I have a lot of the Ms. & Mrs. wipes that I ordered (I originally had them in my Mini-mergency kit) from Aveyou.com and those work great for me but these are supposed to be amazing so I’m excited to use it.
Today Was A Fairytale / Across The Universe / Ruby Red Slippers / Stairway To Heaven
Stairway To Heaven
Stairway To Heaven is one of the new holiday colors for this year. It is a translucent milky base with lots of medium square opalescent pieces of glitter.
Named after the famously haunting and delicate song by Led Zeppelin, I feel like this did a good job reflecting what I feel when I hear the song. Sort of. There are a lot of different moods to that song, but this definitely fits one of those moods.
This seemed very intriguing on her site, and I couldn’t find swatches of it at all anywhere online so I just jumped the gun and bought it. I’m glad that I did.
It’s similar to the China Glaze Holiday color Snow Globe, but the pieces of glitter are different and the base is different.
In different lights, the polish can reflect differently. I’ve included photos of different lighting so that you can see how the polish looks differently depending on the light.
Personally, I think this would do better as a layering polish. Over black, or white for example. On it’s own, it’s incredibly sheer and you’d only get the look of opalescence on your nails.
Ruby Red Slippers
Fantastically beautiful. It’s a black jelly base with small red glitter, and bigger hexagonal red glitter. The red isn’t just red though. There’s something so much sexier, and more mysterious and more engaging about it than any other red glitter I have.
It’s sheer at first, but then suddenly at 2 coats, it’s pretty opaque. If you absolutely want to do 3 coats you can and it still won’t end up being too thick on the nail or goopy.
Across The Universe
Across The Universe happens to be my favorite Beatles song. Not only does it remind me of my dad, who I think about everyday, it has the remarkable ability to make me bawl with sadness and smile with complete joy simultaneously. The Beatles was my dad’s favorite band, and I grew up with them – in other words, I get really sensitive when it comes to them and I get almost unfairly critical of anything that even slightly relates itself to them. Sidenote: did anybody else watch the doc on HBO about George Harrison? With the 10th “anniversary” of his death, it celebrated him wonderfully.
That being said, this polish get’s my 100% stamp of approval. The first lyric in the song “Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, they slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe. Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind, possessing and caressing me.” sort of fit with this color in that this is what I would have chosen to represent that one line.
The polish is a deep blue jelly, with small dark blue glitter, then bigger green and light blue pieces of hexagonal glitter.
I think the polish also fits well with the movie Across the Universe and their ads.
Nonetheless, I love this polish. Obviously more because of the meaning it has to me personally, but as a polish itself it’s marvelous as well.
What I like with the Deborah Lippman polishes (all of them) is that these glitters dry glossy and aren’t that gritty. A lot of glitters have clear bases or colored bases that dry to a very matte finish, almost like body glitter gel does when it dries on skin, if applied heavily. These don’t do that which I like. I hate that weird dry matte finish.
Today Was A Fairytale
The last polish I have for you today (emphasis on “today”, because we ALL know that more are going to come lol) is named after Taylor Swift’s song that again I think fits perfectly with the polish.
This is a delicate, pale pale blue with the slightest hint of periwinkle, glitter. It’s hard to describe a glitter polish with big hexagonal glitter as “delicate” but it is. The glitter is all the same color in this polish, as there are small and large pieces in this polish as well.
Apparently this has Virgin Diamond Powder in it, which makes it a tad more expensive than the other polishes. I don’t actually know what that does, so… yeah. I mean it’s luxurious. But… what does it do??
Either way, I would pay for it regardless because look at it. It’s STUNNING.