It’s spring! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and what better way to celebrate this glorious, technicolor time of year than to paint your nails in one of this season’s hottest colors…putty.
I know; putty isn’t normally synonymous with fashion. It tends to conjure up images of a guy named Chuck, holding a trowel, laying bathroom tile. Not exactly sexy. But after testing Deborah Lippmann’s Waking Up In Vegas, her new spring creme putty shade, I was ecstatic, not just by the clever name and luscious, taupe-gray color but by the quality of this product.
Deborah Lippmann is well known in the fashion industry for her signature nail lacquers and as THE manicurist working with celebrities and top designers around the world. Surprisingly, manicurist was what she called her “waitressing job.” A talented and professional singer, manicures paid the bills while allowing her to sing at night. But she had such a knack for the trade that she soon became one of the most desired professionals in her field and her nail lacquers are proof of this skill and concern for beautiful nails.
Within each elegantly shaped bottle (becoming the first nail polish we’ve listed as packaging porn) is a formula free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate with no animal testing. The beneficial ingredients- Okoume extract, a natural nail strengthener from the African Okoume tree; Biotin, a B-complex vitamin for cell regeneration; and green tea, with antioxidants that aid in strengthening nails, will give your nails a healthy dose of nourishment while looking gorgeous. And of course in homage to her musical background, all of her shades are named after songs!
If you want a great all-purpose neutral shade Waking Up In Vegas (named for the Katy Perry song) is it. The warm, subtle brownish lavender undertones would work with a range of skin tones and it may not be flashy, but this is a shade that WILL get noticed, as proven by the numerous compliments I’ve received.
While this polish has enough pigment and thickness to almost get full coverage in one coat, Deborah Lippmann’s online step-by-step manicure tutorial recommends that two thin coats be applied; which I found achieved the ideal opacity and smoothness. It also has an impressively fast drying time, and a lovely crème finish with a hint of shine. I saw the tiniest bit of chipping by the third day, but considering I work with my hands a lot this polish had great resistance. Those with a gentler touch and use base and topcoats would probably find it has a long life.
Is it sold out at the moment? It very well may be. If so, I suggest trying one of the other shades the review team received: I’m Not Innocent, a yummy peach crème; Between the Sheets the sexy fuchsia posing with the kitten above; and Supermodel a sheer vivacious red orange created with model Dree Hemingway and part of a series of shades developed alongside celebrities like Cher, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mary J. Blige. Or just take a gander at any of the other stunning shades offered by one of the best in the industry!
Be sure to check the review team’s comments below for their reviews on these fantastic Deborah Lippmann’s shades!
Kari is a Minneapolis based artist who drinks too much coffee and enjoys taking pictures of the strange foods she eats. She’s always running 10 minutes behind despite her clock being an hour fast. You can find her musings on art, music and food at her blog, Tuna Fish Casserole.
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