Manicure maven, jazz singer and entrepreneur, Deborah Lippmann may be a chic Manhattanite, but this summer, she’s taking us on a southwest adventure to her home state of Arizona with the Painted Desert collection. At a time when brands are bombarding us with brights, Deborah Lippmann dances to the beat of her own drummer with an earthy palette that pays homage to her roots.
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.
The four cremes in this collection all have a squishy feel that offers ease of control. I had no trouble manipulating the self-leveling formula. They’re all well pigmented, delivering full coverage in two coats. I found it best to apply one thin coat, wait a few minutes, and then apply a second, heavier coat.
Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Swatches
Deborah Lippmann Desert Moon is a greenish grey creme. It’s kind of a chameleon in that it looks gray or green, depending on the lighting. It’s unlike any other grey I own. I’m showing it next to two greens so you can see how grey it is, even though it looks more green on my nails.
Deborah Lippmann Love in the Dunes is a smoky mauve creme. A mix of purple, pink and grey, it’s cooler than Essie Merino Cool but not as greyed as Deborah Lippmann Planet Rock.
Deborah Lippmann Shifting Sands is a vanilla almond creme with a touch of beige. It’s more yellow than any of the polishes I’m comparing it to below. I’d say it’s a warmer version of Deborah Lippmann Naked.
Deborah Lippmann Terra Nova is a muddy, yellowed camel creme. It very much reminds me of dried desert clay, weathered by the beating sun. The only other polishes I own in this type of yellowed brown are Dior Camel and China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, and neither one comes close to Terra Nova.
Bottom Line: Because I’m pale and cool-toned, Love in the Dunes looks best on me and is my favorite of the collection. That being said, all the Painted Desert polishes are well formulated, with colors that will flatter a range of skin tones. It’s an unusual color palette for summer, which I’m a definite fan of and I’m sure people with darker skin or warm undertones will be all over Terra Nova and Shifting Sands.
The Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Painted Desert collection officially launches in May 2015 on DeborahLippmann.com, HSN.com, Nordstrom.com and Sephora.com. Deborah Lippmann nail polish retails for $18/ea.
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