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Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers

Chunky hexagonal (hex) glitters are really popular this year, with collections like the OPI Muppets coming out, but one of the pioneers of the chunky hex trend is Deborah Lippmann. She is known for her glittery creations, like Bad Romance, Across The Universe and Glitter In The Air, and today’s polish is definitely one of the best she’s made.

Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers has lots and lots of both small and big red hex glitter in a black jelly base. If you’ve ever seen China Glaze Lubu Heels, this one is its fabulous bigger sister. This came out in 2009 for Deborah Lippmann’s 10 year anniversary.

This is two coats of RRS over a black creme. I’ve tried this on its own before, but in order to get it opaque, I needed a lot of coats, which made it too thick and chunky on the nail. While you lose some of the jelly squishiness by layering it, I think the smoother, thinner feeling on the nails makes up for it.

The glitter dries very gritty and meh without topcoat, so feed that sucker, baby! I thought it would eat up all of my topcoat, but a generous coat of Barielle Manicure Extender + Poshé on top made this into a very smooth and shiny mani.

I used to be a hex hater, and avoided all chunky glitter polishes like the plague. But as many times before, I’ve fallen again, and I’ve fallen hard. Now I want more glitters, and my biggest glitter lemmings right now are Lynnderella’s franken creations.

What do you think of chunky glitters, do you love them, hate them or are you still on the fence?

Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance

Yay, my holiday has finally begun! Three weeks off, with plenty of time to play with nail polish.

I’m kicking it off with Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance, a black jelly polish packed with purple small and big hexagonal glitter. I was pretty exited about this one after trying Across The Universe, but I have to admit I’m a little bit disappointed.

This one isn’t as sparkly as ATU, and the polish seems to swallow the glitter somehow. It just doesn’t stand out that much, and sadly it looks mostly black on the nail. I did however layer it over a black “underwear” polish, so that may contribute to it seeming darker, because it loses some of the jelly squishyness. But the swatches I see of this one online doesn’t seem to be any brighter, so I think it’s supposed to look this way.

This polish applies like a dream, so it’s definitely a high-end polish that’s worth its high price (formula-wise, at least)! Not like some polishes that are a pain to apply and chip the same day (*cough* Chanel *cough*).

As I said, I layered it over one coat of black, because I don’t like how the jelly usually shrinks and reveals white tips. I used two coats of Bad Romance, and that’s definitely sufficient. It eats a lot of top coat, so I recommend using two coats to make it smooth.

Not a hit from Lippmann this time, but I guess they can’t all be winners!
What’s your favorite Deborah Lippmann polish?

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe

I have never been a fan of chunky glitter polish, so when Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe was released last fall, I wasn’t that impressed. Of course, I would soon have to eat my words, as I’ve done so many times before. People were gushing over this one so much, so finally I decided to see for myself what this was all about. Oh boy, I do not regret jumping on the chunky glitter bandwagon!

Across The Universe is a glitter party out of the ordinary. It has a dark blue jelly base, loads of small blue glitter and also bigger green and turquoise hexagonal glitter. These pictures don’t really show how sparkly it is, but believe me when I say it’s awesome!

I thought this would be really sheer because of the jelly base, but it is surprisingly easy to get full coverage. I used three medium coats, and I think it needs to be built on its own to get that depth of the glitter showing through the jelly base. It’s smooth and easy to apply, no problems there.

Have you fallen in love with the chunky glitter yet?

More Glitter In The Air!

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air is beautiful as its pastel blue self, but when I saw this post over at Fashion Polish, I knew just had to layer it over a pink. My two favorite colors in the whole world, pink and light blue, combined? Yes please! So I used two coats of one of my favorite colors in the whole wide world, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, then two coats of GITA. The result is a soft, creamy pastel lavender with baby blue and pink specks. I also added Essie Matte About You, and I love it with the matte finish! It looks like some kind of candy, yummy.

What’s your favorite combinations with Glitter In The Air?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, S.


Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air

I think my whining the other day helped a bit, because the sun finally came out yesterday! So now I’m a happy camper, and I’m ready to show you today’s mani which is Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air.

I never thought I’d say this, but I love this chunky glitter polish! I used to think they looked awful, but it was this sheer baby blue with different sized blue, pink and silver glitter that finally won me over. It’s so cute and light, and it doesn’t feel chunky at all. It reminds me of confetti, and it’s festive and fun without being in your face.

As I said, it’s very sheer, so I didn’t even try to make it opaque on its own. I layered two coats of Glitter In The Air over two coats of Essie St. Barth’s Blue, which is the closest match I have to GITA’s base color.

The formula was fantastic to work with, even considering that I had to kinda coerce the glitter bits on there sometimes. I waited a minute or two between coats, to keep the glitters in the bottom layer from scooting off when I added the second. If I have to be a bit nitpicky, the only thing I have to criticize would be that the drying time seems pretty long. It’s not unexpected, though, since there’s four pretty thick layers of polish in total.

So this was the straw that broke the camel’s back, guys! I was lucky enough to score three of Lippmann’s other chunky glitters in an awesome swap, so I’m really looking forward to getting them here.

Have you tried any of the chunky glitter polishes out there, or do you still think they’re horrible?

Have a nice day!
Love, S.


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