NOTW: Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Despite my previous experience with a Deborah Lippmann nail polish, I pinched this while visiting my cousins recently, and decided it was perfect for feeling festive without going festivity-themed. (It's a hard line to walk, people!). 

Razzle Dazzle is a gorgeous fuschia-magenta glitter suspended in a darker purple base--not exactly one to go with for a subtle look. That being said, it's nowhere near clownish as the superfine quality of the glitter (Deborah Lippmann speciality) keeps the overall appearance reasonably subdued. She's well known for her chunkier glitter polishes as well, but I prefer the look of these finely milled sparkly bits--not to mention how much easier these formulas are to remove.

If you remember this post, I griped about Deborah Lippmann's expensive glitter topcoats being "passed" for opaque formulas, but that's not a concern here. The pigmentation is sheerer than I would like, as I had to pile on three coats, but application was even and smooth. 

Like most glitters, this polish wore beautifully for a solid week before I had even the smallest chip, but I removed it earlier today to find horribly stained nails. 

I showed a terrific nail whitening/stain removal tip in this post, so I'll definitely be doing that, but I'm unpleasantly surprised to see such severe staining. I didn't use a base coat underneath, but I rarely do, and even with my deepest and most pigmented reds and purples, I almost never have staining. 

Certainly, the solution (if you like this color) is just to wear a base coat underneath, but considering that you have to pile on three coats of this glitter polish, a total of four layers of goop on your nails feels like too much.

This is my second trial and second disappointment with Deborah Lippmann (though I'm not as upset as the first time) and unfortunately, I'm generally turned off by the brand now. It's one thing to charge high prices for excellent product, but that's not the case here. It's especially disappointing because Deborah Lippmann is such a reputable brand, and their nail polishes are known to be quite good--my guess would be that people praise the polishes for the innovation of mixed colors and glitters, and not for the quality of formula.

I'm not entirely sure those are fair judgments to make, considering I've only tried two of the brand's nail polishes, but that's my strong gut reaction. 

Let me know if you agree with me or if you think I'm out of my mind!

Updates will resume next week when exams are finished and my life goes back to normal!

Hope you're having a beautiful weekend!

1 comment :

  1. Grammarholics AnonymousDecember 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    I look at the second picture and wonder why you even wear polish. Just wow.