NOTD: Deborah Lippmann

Hey there!

I haven’t bought any new nail varnish in a long time but when I saw these in a set in TK Maxx I couldn’t leave them behind. Deborah Lippmann polishes are really well known especially their glitter ones – who doesn’t love the Birthday polish with multiple coloured pieces of glitter?? Its beautiful!

So when I was there and saw a bundle of them together I couldn’t resist.


In the set that I bought there was a beautiful classic red, a dark vampy purple and a bright summery coral.

First up is the red; aptly titled My Old Flame. 



This red is a classic colour that can be worn any time, its so beautiful on that I’ve been wearing it a lot recently.

Two coats of this is usually enough but it is quite thin so three can be required to make sure there aren’t any streaks, I guess its all dependent on your painting skills! FYI mine aren’t great as I’m too impatient so three is normally required for a smooth streak free finish.



Surprisingly I don’t have a red like this in my collection and it has definitely filled a gap. The consistency is quite good and I was initially impressed but it can chip easily so it needs a few coats of topcoat and needs to be regularly replaced.

The purple; Dark Side of the Moon. This is also a beautiful dark purple that was probably one that I wouldn’t have bought individually if it hadn’t have been in the set.



This colour is also quite thin and needs three coats for opacity which is definitely the best with darker colours like this. Truthfully this isn’t a colour that I would choose and  I probably won’t wear it very much, I love vampy reds and dark navy or blacks but purple isn’t something that I wear very often.

That said it is a gorgeous colour and being pale seems to set it off, I will probably donate this polish to a friend who will get the full benefit of it.


Last up is Daytripper – the gorgeous bright coral that’s going to be just perfect for spring and summer!



Again this is a thin polish, are they all like or just the colours that I have?

It needed three coats for full opacity but did apply well. You could probably get away with 2 coats if you’re more careful but generally I’d say it was a 3 coater!

Below shows the polish with flash to show the true colour of the polish, I’m not convinced that after a few days it didn’t get a bit more orange so maybe the sunlight can affect this particular colour.


That said it is my favourite out of the lot and I can see my fingers and toes getting a lot of wear out of this colour.

Overall I’m pleased with my purchases however I’m not sure I’d pay full price for any Deborah Lippmann polishes if they are all like these. Needing three coats for full opacity means you will get through colours a lot faster, high street brands such as Essie manage to create polishes that can be opaque in 1 or 2 coats for half of the price so its a shame that these ones aren’t either. As mentioned I also had an issue with chipping even though each layer was quite thin and allowed to dry in between each coat.

That aside they are great polishes and the range is fantastic, the glitter’s are something that I always have my eye on………..I guess I’ll just be waiting for when they are all in the sale to be getting them so my money can be saved!

What do you think of Deborah Lippmann polishes? Do you think the formula could be improved?

What’s your favourite nail colour from DL?

L xxx

1 Comment

  1. Beauty Bird
    February 23, 2015 / 7:04 am

    Day tripper is a lush colour! I haven't tried any Deborah Lippmann polishes before 🙁 xxRamblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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