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Deborah Lippmann Summer 2014 80s Rewind Swatches and Review

Deborah Lippmann 80s Rewind - Summer 2014

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Is anyone else obsessed with the “80s Project” on Grey’s Anatomy? If you aren’t in the know, the second half of the season featured unique covers of creator Shonda Rhimes’ favorite 80s tunes. We’re talking, “Take On Me”, “Tainted Love”, “Fame”, etc. I hope they sell them as a compilation.

Between that and the Deborah Lippmann Summer 2014 “80s Rewind” collection, I’m loving this celebration of my favorite decade for music.

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 it’s totally vanity display worthy. 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.

First things, first. It should come as no surprise that the only shade I have any application issues with is the yellow. It’s yellow. Comes with the territory. That being said, it’s not bad for a yellow. A little thick but after three coats, it’s nice and smooth.

The rest of the collection certainly makes up for it. Smooth with a jelly-esque feel and pigmented. Two coats of each color gets it done!

Deborah Lippmann Don’t Stop Believin’ is a bright, papaya red-orange creme. CND Electric Orange is in the same color family, though lighter and not as red.

Deborah Lippmann Don't Stop Believin' swatch

Deborah Lippmann Don’t Stop Believin’

Deborah Lippmann Maniac is a slightly red-based grape creme. It’s not quite as blue or dark as China Glaze Grape Pop. In fact, it’s very similar to Sally Hansen Triple Shine Vanity Flare.

Deborah Lippmann Maniac swatch

Deborah Lippmann Maniac

Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy is a teal creme that’s more green than blue. It’s pretty damn close to Sally Hansen Triple Shine Seasational.

Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy swatch

Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy

Deborah Lippmann Video Killed The Radio Star is a bright Caribbean blue creme. If China Glaze Isle See You Later was opaque, it would be a close twin. In the bottle they look dupe-y but the ChG shade is so sheer it’s ridiculous.

Deborah Lippmann Video Killed The Radio Star swatch

Deborah Lippmann Video Killed The Radio Star

Deborah Lippmann Walking On Sunshine is a taxi cab yellow creme with a hint of French’s mustard. I don’t own anything quite like it though Zoya Darcy is close just not as intense.

Deborah Lippmann Walking On Sunshine swatch

Deborah Lippmann Walking On Sunshine

Deborah Lippmann Whip It is a cool, bright pink creme. To me, this is OPI La Paz-itively Hot, without the shimmer.

Deborah Lippmann Whip It swatch

Deborah Lippmann Whip It

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2014 80s Rewind swatches
Bottom Line: I love a nail theme party and Deborah Lippmann hit me in my sweet spot. These colors are so 80s but not in a cheesy retro way. Kind of like how The Goldbergs is sentimentally reminiscent while That 80s Show was more of a send-up. It’s also why one show got renewed and the other tanked after a few airings.

Video Killed The Radio Star is definitely my favorite of the collection, with She Drives Me Crazy coming in a close second. And you know Maniac won my purple-loving heart. There are similar shades on the market but, if it’s in your budget, I love the DL formula, bottle and brush.

Deborah Lippmann 80s Rewind collection is available now at,,, and Deborah Lippmann créme nail polish retails for $18/ea for a .5oz bottle.

Thoughts on 80s Rewind? Which shades are calling to you? What kind of 80s inspired nail art would you create with these shades?

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Great creme shades for the season.

  2. Jamie says:

    I have been obsessed with the music on Grey’s lately! I would love it if they sold it as a compilation. You can find the songs individually, but it would be nice to get them all together. These are great polishes! Thanks for posting

  3. Whoa. Video Killed the Radio Star is calling out to me. What is with these great blues in the last few seasons? Whip It looks great, but it really seems similar to so many other colors out there.

  4. all the pretties says:

    I really like Maniac and She Drives Me Crazy. Those are the only two I would get. The others are too dupe-able for me to consider.

    And man, did I hate That 80s Show. I like The Goldbergs, though. Mainly for Wendi McLendon-Covey- she’s hilarious.

  5. Linda Wagner Brown says:

    I love seeing these beautiful manicures…fun, to try new looks and I never get tired of having a freshly painted set of nails. I was blessed with healthy, strong nails, and love to keep them trimmed and colored. Thank you for this fun site ! ?

  6. PolishPals says:

    Gorgeous swatches!

  7. Mary L says:

    Absolutely LOVE Video Killed the Radio Star. From your swatch it looks like the perfect denim / cornflower blue. Also am digging Whip It and Maniac, though I already have every DL purple ever made. But this one is different. Thanks! Beautiful. And ditto on 80′s music.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    If I had more $ in my polish budget I would buy the entire collection for the flashbacks alone! Even if they aren’t earth-shatteringly unique, these shades are still fantastic and beautifully bright. ?

  9. Medusa says:

    I love the names of these colors! A good friend of mine DJ’s a ’80′s party here in Washington, D.C. In fact, his last gig was last weekend & it was awesome! If you ever visit, maybe you can time it so you can attend. :)

  10. If anyone is interested, this entire collection is now on sale at Ulta :) I just bought all 6 shades!