First of all, this mini polish came in my favourite GlossyBox so far, their Christmas box. I believe you can still get one for the next couple of days. I absolutely loved this box! But I won’t waffle on about it now, there’s plenty of blogposts dedicated to it.
Now Deborah Lippmann has always been one of those brands I’ve admired from a safe distance, as a single full-sized bottle costs a whopping £14-16! Saying that I feel that all the glitter is more worthy of the hefty price tag than Chanel…
Anywho, the mini polish is a fairly decent size, probably roughly the size of Barbara Daly’s (at Tesco) smaller bottles, maybe a tad larger. Unlike OPI with their outrageously small bottles.
3 coats, without topcoat
This is a lovely lovely polish. Essentially it contains a tonne of cranberry-raspberry glitter, suspended in a deep blackcurrant jelly base. The base is quite sheer, it took 3 coats to achieve full opacity. But it does give the polish quite a lovely dark dimension, as the glitter catches the light the rest looks deep and rich in colour. It dried relatively quickly, a bit longer than most glitters though.
Without a topcoat it’s a very grainy, average texture for a glitter, but just one coat of thick topcoat and it’s smooth and lovely. It catches the light beautifully.
My one major problem with this polish is that it stained my nails. I put on two coats of basecoat and I am still left with a pinky-orange tinge to my nails. I put on two coats of basecoat because Scrangie reviewed Razzle Dazzle and noted that she experienced staining. Now, call me fussy, but if I was to pay £14-16 for a polish I would NOT expect staining, and I would be unhappy to have to apply 3 coats. And I can’t buy it anyway, because House of Fraser (who presumably supplied these to GlossyBox as they were cited on the description card for ‘where to buy’) don’t even stock it.
So is this polish worth it? In my eyes, no. I feel like if I bought a similarly coloured glitter topcoat and layered it over a murky pinky-red base I would have a cheap and cheerful (perhaps mediocre) substitute. However I do see the appeal as it is gorgeous and quite unique, I just feel that for the price, it really isn’t something I would stretch to. Across The Universe, on the other hand, wow!
I am of course very pleased that this came in my GlossyBox as Deborah Lippmann is a brand I’ve been dying to try for a year now!
Hope you are all well my lovelies, I’m well and truly knackered after such a heavy semester at Uni and fully glad to be on holiday! Andy and I are planning to go to London tomorrow to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, will be so much fun! Last day to enter my giveaway everyone! I’ve had some good suggestions about how to improve my blog so this is very good So close to Christmas, eee!
Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.