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Deborah Lippmann “Staccato” Speckled Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review

Growing up, there were two absolute truths about the Mismas kitchen. There was always a bag of popcorn kernels in the pantry (Dad and I have a lifelong obsession with the stuff) and there was always ice cream in the freezer. It’s a truth that holds up to this day in my home, and it’s usually a chip flavor from Graeter’s. They make THE BEST chip ice creams in the world, trust!

So you can only imagine the squee moment I had over the Deborah Lippmann, ice cream-themed, Staccato nail polish collection.


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She created the nail polish equivalent of Strawberry Chip (I’m Not Edible), Mint Chocolate Chip (Rockin’ Robin) and Cookies n Creme (Polka Dots & Moonbeams) ice cream! Combining soft pastels with shiny black glitter, Stacatto is a rocker take on pastel. Check them out!

Formula & Application: Deborah Lippmann nail polish is 5-Free (DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor) and cruelty-free. Her signature glass bottle is one of the most recognizable shapes in the industry. The curved cap was designed with professional manicurists in mind as it is shaped to rest comfortably between your fingers. The Lippmann brush is short, round and average in width with flexible bristles that easily fan out over the nail plate.

The Staccato polishes are all creme based and thicker in consistency than I normally expect from a typical Deborah Lippmann creme. I assume that is to suspend the black glitter evenly. The bonus is, the pigmentation is excellent. I only needed two coats of each color for full coverage. And, in spite of the thickness, the lacquers self level so you could wear them sans top coat, if desired.

My only point of contention comes during the removal process. It removes easily, like a creme polish but I felt like I had little black dots all over me, including my face. Maybe it’s because the black glitter is so much more noticeable than lighter metallic glitter. I guess what I’m saying is, be careful during removal and you can avoid my mishap.

Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots & Moonbeams is a soft white creme packed with black glitter. As you can see, the black hexagonal sequin glitter is very small, so it looks like sprinkles in your polish. The way the creme color mutes out some of the glitter gives it a very dimensional look. I’m showing the polishes with and without top coat so you can see that it has somewhat of a satin finish.



Deborah Lippmann I’m Not Edible has a bubblegum pink creme base that is a cross between OPI Sparrow Me The Drama and China Glaze Second-Hand Silk.



Deborah Lippmann Rockin’ Robin has a blue tinged mint creme base that falls somewhere between MAC Mischievous Mint and Orly Gumdrop.



While we’re on the subject of ice cream, some friends I met through Twitter (gotta love social media) are opening an ice cream shop in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, Tremont Scoops. They purchased the shop from the previous owner over the winter and the grand opening is this Saturday at noon.

I attended their Friends & Family night and the ice cream is fantastic. It comes from a local company (not Pierre’s) and has the highest butterfat content of any brand they tested. It’s so creamy and rich! They also carry vegan ice cream and have vegan and gluten-free cones. I tried the vegan Cookies & Cream and you would NEVER know it’s non-dairy. Delicious. If you live in the CLE area or plan to visit, I highly recommend you stop by.


Bottom Line: Texture is the big trend for 2013 and it doesn’t just mean sand nail polishes. Feathered and speckled polishes, like the Stacatto collection, are a big part of that movement. There will always be those steadfast lovers of a glossy nail who won’t jump on board but if you’re looking for something different, definitely give these a try. Rockin’ Robin is my favorite of the three shades. Probably due to my love of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Deborah Lippmann Stacatto nail polishes are available now at,,  Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Nail polishes retail for $19/ea for a .5oz bottle.

Are you feeling these dreamy, creamy shades? Are you into the speckled look? Which ones do you plan to pick up? What is your favorite flavor ice cream? Have you tried Graeter’s?

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  1. Kripa says:

    Oooh, I live in the CLE area and totally plan on visiting this shop! I love ice cream. I was introduced to Mitchell’s when I moved here. Also great ice cream…. I’m not sure what I think of ice cream polishes though… They look cute but I might get tired of them.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Mitchell’s is wonderful as well. I love getting the Taster’s Duo so I can try two flavors without getting a ton of ice cream. Have you been to Sweetie Fry in Cleveland Heights? They only serve fries and ice cream they make in house. Really unique flavors, along the lines of Jeni’s or Mitchell’s seasonal flavors. And they have entree fries with all sorts of fun toppings. Definitely worth a try.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    Love those new Deborah Lippman polishes! I like how some of the glitter specks look like they’re swimming under the polish, and some look like they’re floating to the top.

    I can’t believe Ann and the gang bought out that ice cream shop! How exciting!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I know, right? I’m so excited for them. They did a great job remodeling it and the ice cream is outstanding. I know we’ll be there often this summer. I hope you’ll be back to visit.

  3. Merty says:

    Uhh, didn’t Illamasqua just come out with very similar polishes?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Theirs are similar though the glitter is a bit different. The Illamasqua line has more colors, and no white, and there are large sequins mixed in with the smaller black glitter.

  4. Erin Ortiz says:

    I love the speckled look! Great polishes :)

  5. Natalie says:

    I have a thing for Mint Chocolate Chip too.My polish dream come true :-)

  6. Lexi says:

    Delicious :) Rockin’ Robin is my favorite too (though I may be a lil bit biased due to the yummy flavor of ice cream it’s associated with ;)…) Hehe, I’ve actually thought about how cool it would be to have a polish that resembled like mint chip ice cream, except with small and medium sized hexagonal (or maybe flakes??) brown glitter in a mint base :) But these look veeerryy lovely *gets sudden craving*. Thanks for the swatch! :D

  7. Cori says:

    Here’s a steadfast lover of glossy nails! LOL But you are right: these are different from texture polishes, which I don’t like, and speckled polishes are getting a place in my favorite nail polishes of 2013 list! Thank you for your swatches, Polka Dots & Moonbeams is really beautiful (and yummy)!

  8. Lulle says:

    These look exactly like the polish shades from Illamasqua I’mperfection collection!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I think the Illamasqua ones are a bit different. They have more colors, and no white, and they have larger sequins mixed in with the tiny black glitter.

  9. Lauren says:

    Tremont? I go to the Tremont Festival every year. Not used to seeing the small town mentioned :)

  10. Ashley0107 says:

    Ha, my first thought when I saw the photos was icecream! :) The white one also reminds me of dragon fruit. I really like them!

  11. I find those really pretty, but I will definitely be wearing topcoat over them. I like the texture trend, but to me, these DLs without topcoat, don’t look as if they were within the texture trend. If I wear texture, I want it rough! :D

  12. Jessica says:

    I love Rockin’ Robin! Polka Dots & Moonbeams is very pretty too. Aren’t Illamasqua and Nails Inc doing some speckled polishes too this year?

  13. TikiBarbie says:

    These are cute!

  14. Danielle says:

    Tremont’s looks like a cute place! Also – these polishes are very spring. But like most, I hate taking glitter off haha.

  15. Stacey says:

    I bought these and returned them. I used the white one. I did my nails on a Thursday and they chipped real bad on Friday. Illamasqua has a great collection of these

  16. Allison says:

    Hard Candy has a new line that has some really affordable dupes for these!

  17. NailPolishFan says:

    Deborah Lippmann always has cute polishes. At the Grammys this year Kelly Clarkson had on a nail polish done by Deborah Lippmann that was blue and packed with glitter that was super noticeable. I wonder if that polish was a texture polish or a custom made polish just for her?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      It was a custom color Deb created called Stronger. It’s supposed to be released this fall.

  18. allison says:

    mark my words – I would NEVER get mine to look like that. Mine would be a glitter clumped mess.

  19. Sarahpedia says:

    I’m wondering how these compare to the Hard Candy Wal-Mart exclusives. They’re definitely a similar look at about a quarter of the price, for those on a budget!

  20. Katy says:

    I love the photos of the owners. So nostalgic and wholesome.

    If I were to wear Rockin’ Robin or Polka Dots & Moonbeams, I would probably crave ice cream the entire time.

  21. Nelly says:

    OMG! I love these nail polishes. Thanks for posting this! My fave would be the Deborah Lippmann I

  22. Moni says:

    I think textured polishes can be very interesting and these are interesting because of the black glitter, it is a nice graphic effect with the coverd dots, if you understand what I mean :-)

    I haven’t tried any yet though, but that is probably because I’m in my painting nail art phase.

    What I like about all these glittery textures, just as with the crackle polishes, is that each finger comes out different.

    Greetings from Berlin
    (Before only reading here quietly)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hi Moni! Thanks for coming out from the shadows to comment. Graphic is a great way to describe them. They have a slightly 80s retro feel.

  23. Lenita says:

    oh my, i did not realize you’re blogging again! welcome back! very nice having this blog to look forward too, again!
    *dive back in*

  24. Lisa S says:

    Oh i think the color with the spots are too bold. at least for me.

  25. Olivia says:

    This is such a pretty collection! :D

  26. Joan says:

    Looks like an upset stomach