Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Deborah Lippmann - Groove is in the Heart

OK. Here's my problem with this. Deborah Lippmann always names her polishes after songs. I happen to detest this particular song. I have always hated it, I hated it when it came out and everyone just thought it was the cat's ass. I was in my metal phase then and unless it had lots of electric guitar and a heavy drum line I probably wasn't going to listen to it. I was also listening to a lot of Chili Peppers and ignoring all this pop crap. Which I still ignore. If you love it, have at it, just don't expect to find too much of it on my ipod.
My problem is, every time I see the color or think about writing this post I get that stupid song caught in my head like an ear worm that plans to eat my brain. UGH!
Plus this mental image: 

(image blatantly stolen from

Which, honestly, if I could have tolerated the song without wanting to claw my ears off, something I sincerely doubt, the video would have ended that. I'm sorry. The vocal delivery....**HORK** And I sing. It's not like I don't know what I'm talking about. 

I reiterate. if this is your kinda thing, then go with the Raptor, be happy...just please don't play it around me because I can not be responsible for what happens to your music player if you do.


Groove is in the Heeaa AhhhhaaahhHHHHHHAHAARRRRRRT! **manages not to jam pencil into ear drum at great personal cost**

The color, on the other hand, is a lot of fun.
And not nearly as obnoxious as that song. **turns itunes to Rammstein**

 So, obviously, this is a candy pink. It's a candy pink that is IN YO FACE. It's bright. This is a really good shot of this, actually. It's REALLY BRIGHT. It's fun. I can see this as a great Summer pedicure color. 

 I couldn't get the magic in this to really relate, it has a scattered sparse silver shimmer that doesn't translate all that well to the nail. You can see it in the bottle, but it is really pretty sparse. I think it adds some je ne sais quoi, it's almost subliminal. I wish I could have got it to translate in the swatches, but it wouldn't. 

This is 2 coats, nice opacity.  It handles well, of course. It's a Lippmann. I even like the bright candy pink of it. I'm not as thrilled about it as I was the other two from this collection, but it's pretty and I will wear it. You can get away with this in an office, I think, if you keep your other accessories toned down and classic.

The thing I don't like about it, and this is generally true of pastels is that they tend to be chalky, it's just the nature of the beast, and as a result they show every last flaw in your nails. My nails are pretty good, I baby them as much as I can because I abuse them a lot as well, and so when this is showing ridges you know it's picking up on every flaw. Again, it's a swatch. Normally I'd have several coats of base and strengthener under this so it would never show it. Just a word to those of you who might short cut. Pastels really need the under pinnings. 

And for all the Pantone talk of emeralds being the hot color this year, I'm seeing a lot of pastels out there. While this is on the bright side for a pastel, you could maybe still slip it into that category. 

What do you think? 

This is the last Deb Lipp for a little while. I'm going to shower you with butters coming up. I don't know if you'll be happy or sad about that, but that's the reality anyways! And this will post just in time for that most dreaded of all holidays - the Heart One. I hadn't thought of that...What I'm wearing now is suitably appropriate...Hm. Maybe I will just leave it this year. Hadn't even planned. Well...Maybe I need to go order some BPALs... :)

Happy Talons!


  1. Great post and swatch! I truly appreciate the honesty and tips about the chalkiness and ridges. As I get older ridges become more noticeable. I like bright colors for toes and, I agree, this would make a great summer pedi color. I love Lippmann polishes but this shade is a bit too basic to justify the cost so, I may need to pass. Green appears to be one of the top shades of the season so I'm thinking using Lippmann's Billionaire with a sandy colored and textured moon at the base. Have shaped my nails in more of an almond shape at present, which should compliment that mani.

    1. K, I suck because I've been ignoring my blog, not you. I hope you didn't take it personally. It's a natural age progression for ridges to become more prominent. You can lightly buff them out, just don't go hog wild because you are removing layers of your nail. Also, a ridge filling base coat can do wonders, you'll have to experiment to find one that works well for you. Zoya has one that might be good.

      It is a pretty basic color. It's lovely, but you can probably get close to it for a fraction of a Lippmann cost. I'm usually willing to shell out for the quality of a Lippmann but there are lots of great brands that cost half as much and you won't really notice much difference. Orly comes to mind. I'm also really tempted to try the Seche color line, but I'm on a no buy for the next 6 months, which I'm planning to blog here today. I have really neglected my followers, all 13 of them. LOL

      Oh I agree. Billionaire is gorgeous, and aptly named! It's the color of money ink, maybe a little darker. Old money. Badum dum. That one is pretty unique, I'm mentally rifling through my collection and I can't think of anything close, maybe one RBL, but that's not going to be THAT close. RBLs have such a different color feel to them. Ji and Deb have a very different vision. Scrangie 2.0 is back out again (I KNEW she'd come through!) and I managed to pick that up before making some major life changes, and it's a lovely olive with some stuff going on, you may like that one. It's very unique.

      Do you do your half moons free hand or do you do the page reinforcer trick? I love the retro half moon look and I'm really tempted to try it out.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!