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 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!
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.
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.
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.