At my regularly scheduled manicure, I took three Deborah Lippmann's. I'd been wanting some Butters again but I thought no...I need to rotate, keep the blog going, entertain myself with new colors, test out some of the other brands I know and love and post their fantastic results online for the world to see.
So I took Lippmann's. Lippmann's are a remarkable polish. Great colors, great application, and god knows, those bottles! I love their little square bottley stockiness. There's just something kind of wonderful about their shape. And they're square. As in if you're the chick getting on my case and offering unsolicited advice about not shaking the polish while I was a nervous wreck and only there to shop the sale before sprinting off to the skilled nursing facility to paint my mother's nails in a cheerful and spirit lifting new color...bite me. Roll a Lippmann bottle, beeyotch. Or for that matter...just about any really great polish bottle. Nars, Rescue Beauty Lounge, Illamasqua...Lauder! And then be glad I didn't smack that smug and barely tolerant know-it-all look off your face as you perused the Acrylic nail supplies while obviously annoyed that they allow us amateurs into your beauty supply store, proving to me that you don't know as much as you think you do while lecturing me on bubbles. Bubbles?? The only bubbles I've ever got have been from cheap top coat, babe. Put that in your acrylic pot and shake it. I have to go paint my NATURAL nails now. Or did you think that my mindless nervous shaking of the bottle while looking at other colors signified I was going to drop down on the tile and paint my nails right there in the store? Twit.
But I was an adult. And I let that go.
Though clearly I still have some repressed rage about it. And some regret that I hadn't bounced the shaken and stirred China Glaze Fairy Dust sparkliness off the back of your beret wearing head.
But I digress.
And for the record, at my manicure 3 days later, BMWWU SHOOK the polish bottle! HA. I know that some advice is to never shake it, to roll it. Honestly, dear readers...I think I've had bubbles 3 times in my whole life and they were all related to top coat issues. Not shaking the bottle issues. I'm mixing pigments here, not making James Bond a martini, for the love of all that is holy and the Velocirapture.
She really pissed me off....
So I took three Lippmann's to my manicure. After years of seeing TBMITWWU we have a routine. I bring in a bunch of weird stuff she doesn't really want to put on me, and occasionally flat refuses to do, and she picks the color from that mood influenced selection I pulled out of the drawers at 6am. This time she found them all to be lovely and sexy but we jointly decided on Daytripper. Now...a cream is a cream is a cream, right? You put it on and it looks like it looks in the bottle, with a few odd exceptions, and...that's how it looks. Ama right? Not so with the weird little Daytripper. Daytripper is a lovely light coral that couldn't be farther from pastel. It's just toned down. It has a lovely bright pinky orangey sort of thing going on. It's really very pretty and I have to say, I love it on me. Here you go:
Orange. Granted, it was a very pretty orange. But orange none-the-less. We had an incident of orangeness at work last year. My Friend, you know who you are. One shade of Tigger on the fingies and what came to be known as "Circus Peanut Orange" on the toes. Oh yes. It was orange. That was a far more Crayola kind of orange combo than this. Even in it's orange stages, this Lippmann is one enviable color.
But lookie what happens when you change the lighting:
Cool? Oh, I must say yes!
I would expect this kind of behaviour from say, Nubar Peacock Feathers. Any duochrome is going to do this, but a cream? With no hint of sparkle, shimmer, holo...that is just freaking cool. I loves.
As for application, it appeared to go on well. BMWWU did this paint job so she'd have to tell you fo-sho, but it went on opaque in two coats like you would expect a polish of Lippmann quality to do.
She decided to go old school on my mani so this list of application is different from what you've seen me do for myself:
1. 2 coats Orly Nail Armour (Orly is good on the cruelty free front)
2. 2 coats Lippmann Daytripper
3. 1 coat top coat...Orly top coat in a teensy bottle. I'm not sure which Orly top coat it was, to be honest.
Wear...well, the jury is still out. I have had some chips but I think that may be Nail Armour's fault. Orly Nail Armour is an amazing paint-on silk wrap sort of arrangement. It's great stuff and one benefit of it is that it goes on semi-opaque so it helps eliminate the ever irritating VNL. It's also very thick and it has actual silk protein (I think) strands in it so it goes on...well, not really smooth. Sometimes those little strands can stick off the edge of your nail. Not typically if a pro does it. If I get ahold of it with my mad drunken monkey like skills...it can be bad. I suspect we had a stray and I picked at it, as I will do, being OCD, and I caused a weakness/chip.
I did not photograph it because while I was reaching for the thinner to smooth out the chipped spaces the thought was there...STOP! Document this! I smoothed away and repaired just like my IQ was normal. So I can't show you what damage I repaired. What I can tell you is that it repaired like a dream. I have a bottle of thinner from the OPI is independent days (I'll have to find a new thinner now, with the Coty buy out) so I used that. Here's my process for repairs:
1. Drop polish thinner into your palm, wet a finger in it and smooth in one direction over the chip until it bleeds smoothly into the nail again. You'll still have a bald patch, but you won't have that cliff of lacquer there to reveal you had a boo-boo.
2. Drop a little of whatever base you used in there over the exposed nail and probably over the whole tip, just to create a cohesive front there.
3. Fill in with the color - this is why I almost always use my own polish. I will have some chippage except in exceptional circumstances. That blue Illamasqua? Exceptional.
4. Take this opportunity to fix all your tip wear. Repaint the color over the tips of all 10 nails, whether they need it or not, and blend it in to the rest of the nail. It's not necessary to do a whole new coat of paint. Just hit the tips and thin it out towards the cuticles. You want to stay off the line created when you first painted or it's going to lift off the cuticle area causing you distress. Avoid!
5. Hit all 10 as mentioned above, mainly on the tips, thinner towards the cuticles and not at the polish edge at all, with top coat.
I wish I'd snapped pics as I went now. This is a good and helpful post if you don't know how to do this in a pinch.
So I will keep you informed as to what the performance is. Again, these may benefit from their own base and top coats, which I have. I just didn't take them to the salon with me. I got a great deal on some on Apothica but I haven't tried them yet. If you don't know, Apothica is a great outfit to work with. Great selection, great service, in my experience anyways...check them out! And no, they aren't paying me to say that! They have some interesting stuff that's off the beaten path.
Hey, I live in the boonies, OK? I have to shop online because I have odd and expensive tastes. I taught the girls at my Ulta about ButterLondon. They'd never heard of it. Feel free to ask me if I've tried a site or not and I'll try to remember and help with what I know. That's partly why I'm doing this.
I'll keep you posted, pun unavoidable!, on the Lippmann sitch.