I can’t help it, whenever I see floral-inspired shades in spring, I think of Meryl Streep’s deadpan delivery of, “Florals for spring, ground breaking,” from The Devil Wears Prada. Of course, there’s a reason florals come back in vogue so often. Spring is a time of renewal, growth and Deborah Lippmann certainly brought that energy and vision to her Spring Reveries collection.
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 and she maintains that look in the mini version. 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.
With the exception of La Vie en Rose, all of the shades in this collection have a somewhat thick, creamy texture thanks to the high level of pigmentation. They aren’t necessarily chalky but they take a bit of work to get an even, smooth finish. I found that three thin coats worked better than two thicker ones, as the polish doesn’t level as well as I would like.
La Vie en Rose on the other hand is thin and malleable but relatively sheer with no streaking. Even after three coats I could see my nail through it.
FYI, I had a spray tan the night before shooting these swatches, so excuse the splotchy color of my skin.
Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid is a bold baby blue creme. It has a Caribbean feel to it, though that could be because I’m headed there this week.
Deborah Lippmann Build Me Up Buttercup is a soft, creamy yellow. As we’ve come to expect, most yellows are a bother. Three coats is a given. One thing that gives it a leg up, it doesn’t have the streakiness that plagues most yellows.
Deborah Lippmann Flowers In Her Hair is a minty/aqua confection. It’s not quite green, not quite turquoise. Like a melt-away mint candy.
Deborah Lippmann La Vie en Rose is a milky, almost white pink filled with pale rose and golden shimmer. Something about it makes me think of Essie and her signature milky sheers.
Deborah Lippmann Tip Toe Through The Tulips is a sweet peach creme. Like a scoop of peach ice cream.
Deborah Lippmann Spring Buds is a chartreuse green creme. It’s much more yellow based than I was expecting and while I normally avoid shades like this, I’m oddly drawn to this refreshing yellow-green.
Since my dotting tools were laying out, just asking to be played with, I decided to jazz up Spring Buds with dots of Blue Orchid and Flowers In Her Hair. The only problem, they don’t stand out as much individually when dotted next to each other. Throwing in some dots of Tip Toe would have made this look much better.
Bottom Line: The colors are all pretty and, when applied with care, they look great on the nail. However, even though they are well made, for the price point, I don’t know if there’s one shade that is so special it justifies the cost. It’s one of those things where they look beautiful as a set, all lined up together but on their own, there isn’t enough of a wow factor.
Deborah Lippmann Spring Reveries is available now at DeborahLippmann.com and coming soon to Barneys.com, Bloomingdales.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Nordstrom.com and Sephora.com. Deborah Lippmann nail polish retails for $18/ea.
Thoughts on Spring Reveries? Are any of the colors calling your name? Are you feeling florals and pastels for spring?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Deborah Lippmann. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.