16 September 2012

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream

I finally found the Deborah Lippmann counter, and the first one of her polishes I had to have was Mermaid's Dream.

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream swatch

I'd fallen so completely in love with all the swatches I'd seen of this little beauty online that I kept trying to talk myself down before I put it on, telling myself not to be too disappointed if it didn't live up to all my expectations, but it was every bit as pretty in person as I hoped it would be.


Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream swatch

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream is an iridescent seafoam foil with blue glitter highlights. And I didn't realize until I took a good look up close that it's also packed with tiny, golden glitters or glassflecks that make this dreamy concoction shimmer and dance. Just check out this macro shot--there's a lot going on in here!

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream macro

Application was smooth and easy; it just glided onto the nail. As with most foils, the first coat was a bit thin, but the second coat built up very well. I did a third coat to cover a couple of small, remaining areas where I wasn't sure it was 100% opaque, but that's easily as likely to be my own paint job as it is the formula itself. And I wouldn't have felt it necessary if I hadn't been planning to take pictures of my nails up close.

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream swatch

The finish is a little rough, so I used two coats of SV to protect against chipping and make it smooth to the touch. Far from being a detraction, though, I think the rougher finish may actually be by design. The base colour is a little bit frosty, but with all the bits of glitter and golden flecks, the rougher finish really helps this polish catch the light from any angle, making the overall effect that much more like the flash of an iridescent mermaid's tail.

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream swatch

Oh, and by the way? All these pictures were taken after two full days of wear. If you look very closely you can see a very small bit of tip wear on my middle finger, but even in macro camera mode it's minimal. Honestly, I'm just so happy with this polish. Even after two days I didn't want to take it off. I'd been so worried about setting my expectations of this polish too high, but Mermaid's Dream lived up to every single one of them.

31 comments:

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    1. Bleurgh, formatting woes--comment was: Thank you, Jamie! ;o)

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  2. Oh I love this! I am such a huge fan of Mermaid's Dream, I might buy it for myself on my birthday :3

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    1. Thanks, Lexie! I was definitely already a fan before I bought mine too--and a birthday treat to yourself sounds like a great idea! :D

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  3. Beautiful, looks awesome on you :)

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  4. Love, love, love! I just can't bring myself to spend so much money on one polish.

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    1. Thank you, Helen! DL's are a bit expensive, so I won't be buying her entire line anytime soon, but I decided it was worth it to me for a few of her extra-awesome glitters. If you want to find a dupe for this one, I've heard Urban Outfitters Sea Dust is *very* close.

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  5. It's sooo pretty, it really gives the illusion of fish scales....

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  6. This is definitely my favorite Lippmann polish! I have a hard time paying full price for her cremes but for special polishes like this one, I think it's totally worth it. It looks super glam on you! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Chelsea! I totally agree about the price as well. It's just too much for a simple creme, but I don't mind paying a little extra for some of her really special ones.

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  7. Lovely polish!

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  8. Gorgeous! I can't wait to try mine out!

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    1. Thank you, Nory! I really think it'll look fantastic on you. ^_^

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  9. Gorgeous! I think the only thing stopping me from spending all my money on this is the grain-y looking texture. Would you say it looks like that in person?

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    1. Thanks, Brandi! Honestly, about the grainy texture, yes and no. Macro camera mode does play it up a little bit. It's not as pronounced as it may look here, but it's definitely still grainy in person.

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    1. It's easily on my all-time faves list. Thanks, Tara!

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  11. This looks fantastic on you! I keep telling myself I don't need this one.....I might be wrong :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I won't say you need it, given the price tag, but it's such a unique polish (Urban Outfitters dupe notwithstanding ;p) that I'm really glad I caved.

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  12. I'm not sure what to make of this metallic fleckfest. I like it on you and on most bloggers, but I can't see myself in this. Maybe if it wasn't metallic...? But I imagine that's part of the draw to this!

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    1. I can see how it may not be your thing, Amanda. I think the metallic look of the flecks is a big part of what gives it that "iridescent fish scales" look, so it would probably look very different without that. I bet it'd still be pretty, though! ;)

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