Deborah Lippmann makes really fantastical polish (Ha! See what I did there?). It’s different, some of it is built to be layered, and some of it is simply heart-stopping. This Holiday 2014 collection is really quintessential Deborah Lippmann. You wanna see. I know you do.
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So here’s the deal – it’s six shades of polish that look like this:
And then it’s the same six shades of polish, that if layered over black, look like this:
The deal is that it’s mega-swatchin’ to be able to show you all the things straight up and also over black so we should prolly get to lookin’, yes?
above: deborah lippmann fantastical dream weaver That’s three coats of Dream Weaver and my coverage isn’t great. By itself, the polish is rather thin and rather transparent when viewed from certain angles.
above: deborah lippmann fantastical dream weaver If I turn my fingers this way, coverage looks opaque – same polish job though – just a different angle.
above: deborah lippmann dream weaver over revlon black magic And then there’s this. I slapped one coat of Dream Weaver over my favourite OCW* black polish and this is what I got.
above: deborah lippmann dream weaver over revlon black magic And if I get a little closer, tilt it this way and that, you can see how much shifty there is. Beauty, huh?
above: deborah lippmann fantastical magic carpet ride over 3 coats of dream weaver Because I was already wearing Dream Weaver, I figured I’d put a coat of Magic Carpet Ride over it and see what happened. Uh, not a fan. Nope. Magic Carpet Ride is a chunky sort of thing that reminds me of Essie Belugaria. If you recollect, Belugaria made it all the way to the #1 spot on my Most Hated Polish Ever list.
above: deborah lippmann fantastical magic carpet ride over revlon black magic Luckily, Magic Carpet Ride isn’t Belugaria – it’s better. One generous coat is enough if you put it over your favourite black. While it doesn’t look particularly great here…
above: deborah lippmann magic carpet ride over revlon black magic with top coat It looks pretty great if you add a nice honkin’ coat of your thickest QDTC*. Just like this, it’s magic. Maybe even a Magic Carpet Ride!
above: deborah lippmann magic carpet ride And no, it’s not out of focus – it’s perfectly un-focused so you can see those little iridescent holo glitter bits that just wanna pop out and smack you in the eye.
above: deborah lippmann fantastical marrakesh express That’s two coats of the stuff there with a coat of top and I don’t dig it. Nope. It’s gloopy, the flakies get stuck in the brush and make for a spectacularly uneven application. Not fun.
above: deborah lippmann marrakesh express Again, from a different angle, you can see the shifty duo that’s screaming to get out but doesn’t quite make it.
above: deborah lippmann marrakesh express over don’t stop believin’ And what happens if you put a single coat of this over a single coat of stupendous orange? Now you know.
above: deborah lippmann fantastical marrakesh express over black I figured perhaps you’d care to see what happens to Marrakesh if you slap it over black. SO much better.
above: deborah lippmann marrakesh express over black Now move your fancy digits this way and you can pop the duo. Ooooh. Aaaaah. Coppery-burgundy-greeny golden-flakie fantasticalness! All that from 2 little bottles of polish. Uh huh.
break time. don't judge.
above: deborah lippmann fantastical xanadu Two coats will give you almost opaque coverage. Because of the awesomesauce compression by the interwebs, it might be tricky to see the blue glitter bits in this blue glitter polish. I invite you to click and make big pictures for optimal presentation of blue glitter bits.
above: deborah lippmann fantastical xanadu OR, two coats will give you opaque coverage, depending on the angle of viewing.
above: deborah lippmann xanadu over bourjois paris bleu fabuleux When I create a winner, my heart skips a beat. This is the kind of beauty I look for from Deborah Lippmann and right here, she’s delivered. I am fanatically in love with this combination. Ooooh... blue on blue glitter..
above: deborah lippmann xanadu over bleu fabuleux With less light, my winner gets über-shifty.
above: deborah lippmann xanadu over revlon black magic That’s one coat to a smashing sparkly, shifty holiday confection. Do it.
above: deborah lippmann fantastical weird science Check out this awesome green sparkly thing! Yes, I only did one swatch of it because it’s too opaque to layer but that’s okay because lookit how freakin’ fantastic that colour is! Again, due to interweb compression, you're gonna miss the green glitter bits unless you click 'n zoom. It's more special if you can see it right up close.
above: deborah lippmann dear mr. fantasy Gah! So much awesome! I must have all the colours like these. Bright fuchsia pink with a shimmery shot of magenta just rings all my bells.
above: deborah lippmann dear mr. fantasy over revlon black magic I don’t gots words for this. Okay, I do. Gimmie that!
There you are pretties. All the Deborah Lippmann Fantastical Holiday 2014 Collection shades done up in a bunch of different ways so you can see what some of your options might be. You gonna get some? Or maybe just one?
*Comparison Swatch by Reader Request: for AlanaB
above: Deborah Lippmann Weird Science vs Nicole by OPI Make Mine Lime (wow, I've used that polish a bunch, huh?)
Deborah Lippmann polishes ($20CAD) are available in-store and online at Murale.ca. Oh, and here's the link to our swatches of the Deborah Lippmann New York Marquee Chromes Fall 2014.
*OCW = one coat wonder. *QDTC = quick dry top coat.
Manicures and photographs by Karen Falcon (yes, hickory sticks) ©2014 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com. Opening image via deborahlippmann.com.