NOTD: Deborah Lippmann’s Ruby Red Slippers

Well hello there!

It has been a while since I’ve done a NOTD but i thought this was appropriate for the time of year. I spotted this a long time ago courtesy of the blogging world and fell in love; there were many copies such as Essie’s Leading Lady (post here) which i tried and loved but there really isn’t anything like the original is there?

Eventually when a website (beauty bay maybe?) had a post Christmas sale and I found a discount code I couldn’t resist!



Ruby Red Slippers is a black gelly type polish with loads and loads of beautiful dark red glitter particles in various sizes. It is perfect for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, so get it now and all of your manicure problems are sorted for the next 2 months!

Another thing i like about DL polishes is that they are free from some chemical nasties and they don’t test on animals. I would love to avoid all products that come from companies who test on animals but after looking into it extensively and having a few skin issues with reactions etc i just can’t seem to work out how I can get by, which is disappointing and needs change. And is an entirely different topic for another day!



I LOVE the square shaped bottles, they are really classic and the lids are really sturdy too. They don’t look like they’d break any time soon which is handy as I can be pretty clumsy sometimes.

Also, Ruby Red Slippers? Doesn’t it just take you back to your childhood and wishing you had a pair of sparkly red shoes that would take you away to a magical land? I know it’s not just me!


On the nails how did they fair? Well I will start by telling you that I absolutely love it but I’m glad I didn’t pay the full price for it. However much I love it, it takes a good 4 coats to get it opaque which is pretty substantial and I end up painting my nails red or black to stop me from using it all up.

Next up is the dreaded chipping. I’ve always been a fan of glitter tips as they’re pretty hard wearing and can save your nails for weeks if you’re clever about it but this just seems to flake off like no one’s business and drives me mad! 4 coats painstakingly painted and then they flake off.

See the photos below for how beautiful it is and also how it has chipped already between painting them and taking photos:



Granted it doesn’t look a neat paint job, it is extremely hard to get a gelly polish like this to look neat at the cuticles without extreme patience! I love the layering of the polish as it really gives it a 3D look and it looks lush….but it just flakes and it makes me so angry.



It is possible that the base and top coat combo weren’t good enough for the polish and so that is why it chips off so easily, or it could be many things. I’m thinking that my patience may only let me wear this once a year but that way the bottle will last ages!

What do you think of glitter polishes from Deborah Lippmann? Have you got a favourite?

Happy Birthday seems to be the classic but there are so many it is very hard to choose!

(as a quick edit there seems to be a few left on Beauty Bay for £9 if my review hasn’t put you off!)

L xxx


  1. Sophie Blumenthal
    November 7, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    You have such lovely nails, and wow that is a gorgeous autumnal/christmas glitter :)Sophie x

  2. Beauty Bird
    November 9, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    This would look stunning with a LBD! xx

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