When you think of a holiday nail lacquer collection you probably visualize red, green, silver, gold and white, and all the ways you can turn that into glitter, metallics, and shimmers. Now, I’m the first gal to get excited over that color palette but Deborah Lippmann has, as they say, ‘been there, done that’ …and that’s why I’m super excited that she let her imagination run wild with her not-so-traditionally-festive new Holiday/Winter 2014 Fantastical Collection.
The exotic line features a whimsical array of colors in vibrant lime green, shimmering burnt orange, electric pink, celestial blue, a moon-changing teal, and a sparkling black to take you on a magical ride. I was practically vibrating with excitement when I saw a preview of these colors so, needless to say, I was thrilled to be able to test run a few shades that I’m about to share with you.
So…. let’s get to it!
— This is a very bright and sparkly chartreuse that’s packed with gold micro glitter. I found this to be much prettier on the nail than in the bottle (and we all know the bottle color is the first thing to grab your attention when picking a polish to wear), and perfect if you like the bright whimsical colors for the holidays. The formula was smooth to apply; it seemed to dry a bit textured so I’d use a glossy topcoat. I applied two coats for full coverage.
— This one is an iridescent blue with blue micro glitter that also reflects a little pink and purple, depending on the angle you can catch it. You may be even to see a bit of those colors reflected in the photo. Formula wise, it was very sheer and took three coats to build up for the photos below. I actually could have used another thin coat for complete coverage.
Magic Carpet Ride
— This black jelly base includes a mix of silver and blue shards along with silver hex glitter. From first glance I thought it was a glitter topper, but I would only use over a black base…which might be best anyway as it takes a few coats to build up. The formula was okay; I applied three coats for coverage. I would advise using a good topcoat to smooth everything out as the glitter felt very bumpy when it was dry and edges of the glitter lifted.
VERDICT: Overall, my favorite of the three is Weird Science, hands down. In fact, I’d say it’s a gorgeous ‘MUST HAVE’. While Xanadu and Magic Carpet Ride are very pretty, I couldn’t see myself repeating those.
Deborah Lippmann products are available at www.deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Polishes retail at $19 a bottle. Deborah Lippmann nail polish is 3-Free (containing NO Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP) and cruelty-free.