Distinctly Mediocre


I was SUPER excited to be receiving a couple of the coveted Deborah Lippmann nail polishes in he swap I did recently with kittypolishnbags. I’m not going to beat around the bush here – I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. In fact, the best way to describe my experience with them is disappointing.

This is Ruby Red Slippers. It looked completely awesome in swatches I saw, but oh my god WHAT a pain in the arse this polish is! Now I’m not meaning to brag or anything, but my manicures are normally very neat around the cuticle. My painting is pretty accurate, but I always shape up the edges of my manicures with an angled brush dipped in acetone for a really crisp edge. Due to the varying sizes of glitter in this, though, it was just impossible to get the neat edge I always feel I need. It just bloody annoyed me to look down at my hands and see those obnoxious specks of glitter messing up my cuticle area!

It’s an undeniably cool colour (which admittedly isn’t done any favours by my crap photos) – multi sized red glitters suspended in a black jelly base (which surprisingly took three coats to achieve complete opacity – I normally find glitters with jelly bases have to be layered over a corresponding base colour). I don’t have any trouble with the placement of the larger hex glitters in it – I know that some people push the larger glitters around with an orange stick when using a polish like this but I have quite a few polishes with large glitters in and I think I’ve got the hang of placing them well as I’m painting. So it’s not the large glitters that annoy me, it’s the small ones that I can’t clean up around my cuticle. And naturally, removal is an utter pain. I just can’t imagine ever mustering up the effort to bother with this one again I’m afraid!

This one is Pretty Young Thing. I WANT TO LOOOVE YOU, PRETTY YOUNG THANG! Yes, I really did want to love this. It’s such a beautiful, beautiful colour. But oh my god, it’s got to be one of the sheerest polishes I’ve ever used. The above swatch is a staggering six coats. Yes, SIX. You read that right. And there’s still visible nail line.

I had no problems with the application of this, in fact the formula is very pleasant. I just find it shocking that a polish can cost so much and deliver such poor pigmentation! Also, it takes an absolute age to dry. I was planning to let it dry between coats but it was just taking far too long, so I ended up slapping on coat after coat for these pictures and taking it off immediately. It’s such a shame because I really do love the colour. I’ve been intending to try it layered over a white polish to fix the opacity issue but haven’t got round to it yet.

Overall, for polishes with a $16-18 price tag, I don’t think they’ve got a lot to boast about.

Have you tried Deborah Lippmann nail polishes? What are your experiences with them? Are there any shades that are completely awesome in every way that just might convert me?

6 thoughts on “Distinctly Mediocre

  1. I must say, I do agree with you. I refuse to buy anything that I feel is not unique. Like that sheer polish above? I can easily get that in a much cheaper polish. I would have bought Ruby Red Slippers if Wet n Wild hadn’t come out with a dead on dupe. I do own Bad Romance (before I found out Revlon made a dupe) and Lady Sings the Blues, and they are gorgeous. I recently ordered the Footloose duo from HSN with Dancing in the Sheets and Let’s Hear it for the Boy, and can’t wait. Only one color I felt was unique, but you have to get them in duos. :(

  2. This is the reason why I haven’t featured Red Ruby Slippers on my blog at all. When I put it on the first time….OMG! I wanted to take it right off. I scratched my head and wondered to myself how other people’s swatches show it looking so pretyt on them and here it is in person and I actually am falling out of love with it? I tried it over a layer of black creme and it was better, but I was let down with this too.

    I haven’t used P.Y.T. yet, but I was guessing already that it’d be sheer. I know for a fact that DL has stated that her polishes (especially glitters) are meant to go on two coats generally so if the glitters are sparse and stuff then it’s what her polish is mean to look or something like that. Sorry you didn’t love them. :(

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