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

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