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Lippmann Collection Purple Rain for Spring 2009

Spring 2009 for Lippmann Collection is a total 80s flashback. Deborah created shades named for songs from two of the biggest artists of the decade, Michael Jackson and Prince. P.Y.T., a sheer peachy-pink creme, and Purple Rain, a metallic lilac, are the latest additions to the Lippmann lineup.

I had the pleasure to test out Purple Rain before it launches to the public and when I first looked at the bottle, I could see the metallic finish staring at me. Taunting me. Saying, you’ll never apply me smooth and even.

You know the drill with metallics. They look amazing in the bottle, come in fantastic colors but become brushstroke city on the nail. What’s a girl to do? Well, as I told Andrea in Glamour’s September issue, I have a little trick to make application better. Not perfect but better.

Application Tip: Apply a tacky base coat (CND Stickey or Orly Bonder). Put a glossy top coat on next (I used CND Air Dry). Then apply your metallic polish and finish with another layer of top coat.

The glossy finish of the top coat will give a smoother surface than a traditional base coat, allowing the polish to glide on the nail.

See the finished results, after the jump!


Purple Rain made its first appearance at New York Fashion Week last September on the Zac Posen runway. Deborah custom blended the lavender shade, which was at the time unnamed, to accent the bold purple lips on the models. That shade and a layering combo of Whatever Lola Wants over holiday’s Icing On The Cake added a frosty touch to the overall look.

Purple Rain


So what do you think girlies? You know light purples don’t play well with my skintone but I’ve been getting compliments on my mani with this shade. My mom, who loves anything frosty, will be expecting this bottle to be hers. I know it already.

The Spring Lippmann Collection polishes will launch next month and retail for $15/ea. You can purchase online at LippmannCollection.com and Beauty.com and in person at Nordstrom department stores.

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  1. Vampy Varnish says:

    Honestly, I am not really loving this one so much. It doesn’t really look like anything original to me. :(

  2. BVB says:

    Ooh, I love both shades!

  3. Mackenzie says:

    I’ve been leaning very frosty lately and this is really nice. True, like Vampy said, it’s not overly original to me, but it is classic and is still suitable for work. I have this color and always, always get compliments on my nails when I sport this shade. It’s just enough outside the comfort zone for my job that it sparks comments every time.

  4. Luxaholics_steph says:

    ha — love purple rain!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I know for a fact that Zoya makes purple metallics. It would be cool to see a comparison :P

  6. Down Comforter says:

    Thanks for the application tip :) Wish you had a pic of the other color – looks really pretty.

  7. CincyFan says:

    Vampy Varnish – I hear you. You can’t love them all. :)

    BVB – Thanks. I tried PYT and it was too sheer for my taste.

    Mackenzie – You’re right, it’s office appropriate with a bit of flair.

    Luxaholics_steph – The movie, album, polish or all three? :) I remember sneaking into Purple Rain with a friend because we were too young and it was right when Apollonia was undressing to jump in the lake. We were so worried about getting caught, we ran right back out of the theater.

    Down Comforter – Sorry, I’m just not a sheer polish girl and to get that one opaque would take 4 thick coats. Not worth it IMO.

  8. Glendy says:

    OMG ME LOVES!!!!!! Hey where can I purchase it?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like the polish, it’s sweet. But the Prince photo totally creeps me out. Yikes.

  10. nplover says:

    a friend recently gave me a free bottle of this one. Your swatch is making me want to try it out

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