Deborah Lippmann Fall 2011 – ‘Billionaire’ (swatches & review)


When I originally wrote about Deborah Lippmann’s upcoming Fall 2011 shades (here), my heart beat faster, as the colours shown not only perfectly exemplified everything that is Autumn, but looked to be right up my alley.  Today I bring you ‘Billionaire’, a deep, dark, and mysterious green shade that must be what liquid money must look like, when draped across your nails. All swatches are with Seche Base Ridge Filling Base Coat, three very thin coats of lacquer, and Revlon Top Speed Top Coat (NOTE: top coat was added only for the last three swatch photos)


Once I applied ‘Billionaire’, I stopped right before adding a top coat, as I couldn’t believe the exceptionally glossy finish!  Sunlight is the best way to view the intense forest green of this shade and how decadently creamy the overall finish looks.


Shaded light adds a more blackened look to this shade, but there’s still no mistaking that this is deepest green done at its most elegant best.


By taking a shot using flash, I exposed a slightly more yellow base in this hue, all the while emphasizing its murky green leanings.


When I added a layer of top coat, it not only amplified the super-gloss finish of ‘Billionaire’, but seemed to also lend it a plumper, slightly pillowy air.


Seen in shaded light with the layer of top coat, not only enhanced the glistening blackened green that is ‘Billionaire’, but gave the overall finish the look of wet patent leather…insane!


Finally, a shot of ‘Billionaire’ taken with flash (and top coat), completely blew me away with its luxuriously verdant green hue, a paradox of dusty and glossy at the same time.


One more view of the bottle shade, which clearly shows off this absolutely gorgeous brooding dark green.


I don’t think I’ve ever come across a shade that was inspired by currency before….see the perfect parallel between US greenbacks and ‘Billionaire’?!


Final thoughts: Deborah Lippmann, an accomplished musician herself as well as the go-to manicurist of celebrities and major fashion designers, definitely knows her lacquer – not to mention, trends.  For Fall 2011, she brings us back to basics with Autumnally inspired shades like ‘Billionaire’, bringing to mind a forest of stately, deep green pine trees. The formula was superb; flowing with such ease that it makes application basically goof-proof. The wand length is perfect and the brush has just enough flexibility, that you can reach your nail edges with acute precision. The mirror-like finish….well, the photos speak for themselves! If you’re looking to try the most unique dark shade without delving into black, then you can’t beat ‘Billionaire’…for once, wealth can be literally at your fingertips!



I leave you with a video, the title of which inspired Deborah Lippmann to create this fabulous lacquer…enjoy!




*Currency photo courtesy of 123RF

*Billionaire video courtesy of Youtube

19 Responses to Deborah Lippmann Fall 2011 – ‘Billionaire’ (swatches & review)

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  2. Lina-Lotta says:

    Now that’s a beautiful shade! Just the perfect back-to-school color – I’ll have to see if I can find it anywhere in Finland…

  3. Tasha says:

    “Liquid Money”! I love it! This is one sumptuous dark green 😀

  4. I like it, is it similar to OPI Here Today Aragon Tomorrow?

    • Eugenia says:

      I thought so at first too, and while they’re both really deep greens, the OPI tends to have more of a yellowish base and leans definitely more black, versus the touch of blue that Billionaire has, which gives it a true dark green look. It’s really gorgeous…even more so in person!

  5. princhipi says:

    I just love her Fall collection, and Billionaire is now on my wish list.

  6. D... says:

    Isn’t it amazing that how Lippmann polishes have such a great glossy finish even without the topcoat. I love the formula. I was tempted to get one at the sale, but I am trying to behave. It’s so hard being good.

    • Eugenia says:

      You have amazing willpower, my friend…I envy you that! I’m like a magpie – I just can’t help myself but only when it comes to beauty products. With practically everything else, I have an iron-clad resolve! :)

  7. You know I saw this and didn’t pick it up yet since I’m not in the autumn mood yet. But it’s insanely glossy and Deborah has outdone herself again! I love the link you drew between the greenbacks and Billionaire… it hadn’t occurred to me even as I vaguely wondered why “Billionaire”? Brilliant review!

    • Eugenia says:

      Hahaha! Thanks, Liz! The only issue: I’ve had the song running non-stop in my head since I posted this review!!! I wasn’t kidding about the glossy finish; if you get a chance to try it in-store, do yourself a favour and swipe on a couple of quick coats and see for yourself! It’s awesome!

  8. pajammy says:

    Uh oh. I skipped this when making my Nordstrom purchase and went for the glitter set and a couple of old DL glittery shades instead but now I want this too!! I might have to make a second Nordstrom order and I have your gorgeous swatches to blame! Haha! <3

    • Eugenia says:

      It’s funny, because from the original promo pics, I didn’t know if I would actually choose Billionaire over the shades being launched, but seeing it in person…..completely did me in! Can’t wait to see your swatches of all your DL’s and let me know if you end up picking this one up too! Hugs!

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