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Lippmann "Celebrate" 10th Anniversary Collection

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Deborah Lippmann‘s eponymous brand and to celebrate, she’s releasing a limited edition set of nail polishes to be sold during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. The set, appropriately named Celebrate, includes two brand new colors, Ruby Red Slippers and Funky Chunky, and brings back the sparkly hit from last year’s Holiday Collection, Superstar.

I had the pleasure of meeting Deb backstage at New York Fashion Week last February where we discussed her uniquely gorgeous bottle design and excitement over her upcoming shades. Check out what she had to say and get a look at the colors, after the jump!


One of the standout features of a Lippmann polish, besides the actual lacquer, is the elegant bottle design. It’s a distinctive showpiece. Given the chance to pick Deb’s brain, I of course had to ask her about the bottle’s background.

“We aren’t going to do nail care if it’s not sitting out. It’s something I learned working in fashion. I realized that even in the fashion world where every detail is so important, it was the last thing anybody thought of. It was the first detail to go.”

“I thought women aren’t taking care of their nails because we throw our bottles in a drawer, in a closet. I really wanted, particularly for the treatment bottles that are used more often, I wanted something you would be proud to put next to your fragrance bottles.”

She wanted it to look like a jewel. Something you want to touch and stare at with a very stable base and an easy to hold handle. It was a concept she had in her head that she searched and searched and searched for. With mentors and friends like Martha Stewart and Cher, their product and branding knowledge were invaluable in helping her choose the final bottle design.

For the Celebrate set, Deb wanted to go for all out glam as seen on the spring runways, creating two new sparkling shades to pair with the over-the-top glitz of Superstar. Each shade consists of a dark sheer base packed with glitter, sequins or a combo of both.

Due to the sheerness of the base, three coats were necessary to get them truly opaque and because we’re talking about particles suspended in polish, the dried surface does have texture until you apply a top coat.

Ruby Red Slippers has become popular amongst Deb’s celeb clientele. She applied it to Lady Gaga for a photo shoot last month and Oscar winner Marion Cottilard went crazy for it as well. Metallic red glitter and hexagonal sequins are floating in a sheer black creme giving the look of crushed jewels on the nail.

Funky Chunky is a black, jelly-like creme filled with black sequins. Three coats build up to an opaque, glossy finish and as the polish dries, the layers of sequins start to rise to the surface.

Making a return from last holiday, Superstar is a semi-sheer brown creme loaded with bronze glitter.
As with any glitter polish, removal is a chore. You end up finding random sequins on your hands. And due to the size of the sequins, they don’t apply evenly to the nail so don’t expect a uniform look.

The Lippmann Celebrate 10th Anniversary Set is available for pre-order now on Nordstrom.com for $35 and will launch online at LippmannCollection.com in August.

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  1. Denette says:

    I like Ruby Red Slippers! Are these only available in the set? I do like the other two colors, but not enough to spend the $$. Thanks for the great pics!

  2. shuzluva says:

    Awesome! Question: WHERE IS MARQUEE MOON? Seriously, I need all four of these to make myself really happy.

  3. crotchfairy says:

    I'm very excited about this set. Wish it would come out the same time as Marquee Moon. Either way, I'll take the opportunity to add the "Party like a Rockstar" set to my order. I'm a happy panda.

  4. Andrea says:

    Well im not a fan of glitter, so ill pass on this three. What i hate the most is the removal. argg.

  5. Sarah @ Salescoop says:

    I LOVE the Superstar. It's such a classy color but surprises with big sequins and all the glitter. It will go great with any classy outfit that you want to add a little more spunk too. I like Ruby Red Slippers, but not a fan of the black polish, Funky Chunky. The sequin doesn't stand out much there so it just looks like a weird form of a streak. But still, go Lippmann for another fab collection, and the long years!

    Sarah
    http://twitter.com/eblouissant

  6. Flavia says:

    Wow, they look really amazing.
    I'm so s/mad they don't ship international…

    Is there any chance one of you amazing gals who's already going to get one for herself would get another and ship it to me in Italy?
    I'd pay for all the expenses, of course :).
    You can find my address in my profile.

  7. Eeeradicator! says:

    Is it safe to assume that these are full-sized polishes, since they are in the standard-shaped bottle (the Party Like a Rockstar set were regular rectangular minis)? I hope so!

  8. nail designs says:

    I like Ruby Red Slippers! Are these only available in the set? I do like the other two colors, but not enough to spend the $$. Thanks for the great pics!

  9. adrienne mueller says:

    ahh those are awesome! and i work for nordstrom so yaay FATE! i will have to put my name…and all the other girls' names on the waiting list

  10. gwen says:

    i dont mean to be a hater but how can anyone possibly like chunky glittery nail polish?!? it looks so tacky and cheap. i think the black one in this collection is the worst because to me it just looks like huge bubbles on the surface… sorry i just really REALLY dislike all these lippmann colors.

  11. Orli says:

    I really like Ruby Red Slippers!

  12. Gingerkittydesigns says:

    OMG! I love the Ruby Slippers! I have to get ahold of that, it would make a great addition to my line. I think it would make a fabulous ring or necklace.

    Thanks Michelle for the pictures~

  13. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone tell me a site I can order these on that delivers to Australia?! Since seeing 'red ruby shoes' Im in LOVE and am fairly certain I will die if I dont possess those beautiful bottles soon!!!

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