“You know what a mermaid’s dream is? [wait for it] Legs!” That’s pretty much the extent of the boyfriend’s take on Deborah Lippmann’s The Mermaids, a collection of four new nail polishes based on last year’s hit Mermaid’s Dream.
An amalgamation of metallic shimmer and glitter, The Mermaids, are a dreamy take on the Deborah Lippmann glitz party we’ve come to know and love.
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 Mermaids all have a thin, watery, semi-sheer texture to them which helps suspend the multiple types of glitter and shimmer and makes application a breeze. Given that, you do need three coats of color to achieve full coverage. Also, because we are talking glitter, removal is a chore and the polish eats top coat. I used two coats of Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab top coat and that results in a smooth, not slick, surface.
Deborah Lippmann Do The Mermaid has a shimmery pale lavender base packed with royal purple micro-glitter and sequins.
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Eyes is a metallic, almost chrome, cyan peppered with gold micro-glitter and larger electric blue sequins. Thankfully, unlike traditional chromes, there is no streakiness in Mermaid’s Eyes underbelly.
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss has so much complexity it’s almost hard to nail down all its components. This twinkling blush-based shade mixes champagne and baby pink micro-glitter with blush and raspberry sequins. It’s the champagne glitter that gives it a slightly metallic look.
Deborah Lippmann Million Dollar Mermaid is a pale tangerine semi-sheer shimmer filled with orange and gold micro-glitter and metallic orange sequins. This along with Do The Mermaid are the least metallic shades in collection.
Of course, attention must be paid to the shade that started it all, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream. A metallic turquoise base incorporates bright blue and gold micro-glitter with blue sequins.
The semi-sheer nature of The Mermaids lends itself to glitter gradient nail art and two of the shades from the Deborah Lippmann GIRLS collection are perfectly suited to a tonal gradient. Using Deborah Lippmann Marnie and Shoshanna as the bases for Mermaid’s Kiss and Do The Mermaid, respectively, makes for a sweet and sparkly look.
Bottom Line: I hope you’re sitting down for this because I’m about to shock you. I’m having a serious love affair with Mermaid’s Kiss. It’s my favorite in the collection. “A PINK!?!?” is exactly what the boyfriend exclaimed when I wore it to dinner last night. I know, I know, I’m just as surprised as you are but it’s got me under its spell. Something about the mixture of glitters and its overall ethereal quality drew me in. Who would have guessed?
Million Dollar Mermaid is definitely my runner-up fave in the collection with Do The Mermaid nipping at its heels. Now, as if I haven’t dropped a big enough bomb on you, I’m actually not that big of a fan of Mermaid’s Dream or Mermaid’s Eyes. They’re beautiful, yes, but something about their texture and metallic quality feels heavy and clunky to me. They do, however, draw up visions of my favorite merman (yes I have Zoolander on the brain), so I leave you with this gem.
Deborah Lippmann “The Mermaids” nail polishes are available now at DeborahLippmann.com, Beauty.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Nail polishes retail for $19/ea for a .5oz bottle.
Thoughts on The Mermaids? Are you happy Deborah Lippmann expanded the line past Mermaid’s Dream? Which of these do you plan to pick up? What kind of a glitter gradient would you create with these shades?
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