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OPI – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps opener

 

Sometimes it seems like nail polish brands are on the same wavelength; with OPI’s San Francisco Fall 2013 release coming out at the same time as that of the Essie Fall 2013 launch, the shade that stood out from both collections was a gorgeous duo chrome. Naturally, I needed to know how close the two really were and that curiosity led me to hunt out a couple more similar shades. The following breakdown is how they compared:

All swatches are with base and top coats.

index finger: Deborah Lippmann ‘Wicked Game’ – the sheerest of the four, most apparent lilac tones, grey in the base quite subtle

middle finger: OPI ‘Peace & Love & OPI’ (reviewed here) – medium density formula, a couple of degrees brighter overall, the teal & mauve tones the most predominant of the four

ring finger: Essie ‘For The Twill Of It’ (reviewed here) – the thickest formula of the four (still an easy application, however), the closest in look & finish, the thinner brush of the Essie scores points for leaving behind fewer visible brush strokes

pinkie finger: OPI ‘Not Like The Movies’ (reviewed here) – mid-sheer formula with pronounced lilac undertones, the only one of the four bearing silver & gold micro glitters, the grey base is more apparent than the others

 

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps

clockwise from top left: Deborah Lippmann ‘Wicked Game’, OPI ‘Peace & Love & OPI’, OPI ‘Not Like The Movies’, Essie ‘For The Twill Of It’

 

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons

 

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch 2

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons

 

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch 3

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons

 

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch 4

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons

 

It’s quite obvious from the swatches above, that both OPI and Essie have achieved similar results with their respective duo (multi) chrome lacquers and while to my eye there are a few differences, they are minimal at best. Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Wicked Game’ has the honour of being the first out of the gate with this ethereal kind of shade, and I like the fact that it’s still available today (part of the permanent range). Do you need both the OPI and the Essie? I’d say probably not – your choice will be determined by either your brand favourite (OPI vs Essie), or brush preference (the thinner Essie vs the wider OPI). Then again, if you are a collector of this type of finish, you’ll want both. Or all.  I’m just sayin’…

 

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Deborah Lippmann – She’s Always A Woman mini trio

DL She's Always A Woman opener

 

Released for holiday 2012, I initially passed this limited edition trio up in favour of ‘The Millionaire’s Holiday’ giftset (reviewed here), as well as because I assumed the 3 shades shown here were nothing unique in my Deborah Lippmann collection of lacquers. It took my daughter to point out how gorgeous this set truly is, so that forced me to give it a second look – and realize how right she was! Then there’s the total cuteness factor of the mini bottles … how can one resist?

Note that this set (CAD $25.00) includes 3 mini sized bottles of lacquer at 8 ml/0.27 fl.oz each, versus the 15 ml/.50 fl.oz of a regular sized bottle.

All swatches are with base and top coat.


DL She's Always A Woman box

Deborah Lippmann – she’s always a woman trio


DL She's Always A Woman back of box

Deborah Lippmann – she’s always a woman trio


DL She's Always A Woman open box

Deborah Lippmann – she’s always a woman trio


DL She's Always A Woman trio

Deborah Lippmann (left to right) – My Prerogative, Raspberry Beret, Putty In Your Hands


DL Putty In Your Hands

Putty In Your Hands – a warm leaning mushroom/putty hue with slight mauve undertones in the base, in a sheer jelly/crème hybrid formula that reaches a good opacity by the second coat. Self-levelling and with an ultra high gloss at the finish, this universally neutral shade is decadently creamy looking. Coats applied: 2


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Deborah Lippmann – Putty In Your Hands


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Deborah Lippmann – Putty In Your Hands


DL Putty In Your Hands and comps

I was pleased to find that ‘Putty In Your Hands’ was unique in my collection of Deborah Lippmann – even compared to the other neutrals that I own:

  • index finger: Modern Love (reviewed here) -similar sheerness but more pink based, crème formula
  • middle & pinkie fingers: Putty In Your Hands
  • ring finger: Waking Up In Vegas –  grey-hued with yellow undertones, most opaque as well as least glossiest


DL Putty In Your Hands & comps swatch

Deborah Lippmann – Putty In Your Hands comparison


DL Raspberry Beret

Raspberry Beret – an intense maroon/berry base (that’s more of a jelly than a crème) filled with irregularly shaped iridescent mylar flakes, in a medium thick suspension-like formula. Completely opaque at 2 coats, the finish may not be as glossy as the other two of this set, but the flakes add such an incredible level of depth to this shade, like embedded shards of glass visible at surface level. Top coat is a must to bring out all its facets and to eliminate any visible bumpiness. Coats applied: 2


DL Raspberry Beret swatch

Deborah Lippmann – Raspberry Beret


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Deborah Lippmann – Raspberry Beret


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Deborah Lippmann – Raspberry Beret


DL Raspberry Beret and Raise Your Glass

Believing Raspberry Beret to be quite close to Raise Your Glass (reviewed here), I was happy to find them completely different from each other:

  • index & pinkie fingers: Raise Your Glass – lighter coloured base hue, thinner formula & filled with raspberry hued glass-like micro glitter
  • middle & ring fingers: Raspberry Beret


DL Raspberry Berry vs Raise Your Glass swatch

Deborah Lippmann – Raspberry Beret comparison


DL My Prerogative

My Prerogative – a mix of navy/royal blue & vivid ultra-marine blue in a medium thick hybrid crème/jelly formula, that nonetheless applies effortlessly along the nail. Somewhat sheer, this self-levelling shade becomes 100% opaque by the second coat, leaving a glassy finish behind and is non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2


DL My Prerogative swatch

Deborah Lippmann – My Prerogative


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Deborah Lippmann – My Prerogative


DL My Prerogative and I Know What Boys Like

The only other solid blue Deborah Lippmann shade I own, I Know What Boys Like (reviewed here), has nowhere near the impact of My Prerogative:

  • index & pinkie fingers: I Know What Boys Like – more of a deep cornflower blue, lighter in tone by several degrees, jelly formula, glossier
  • middle & ring fingers: My Prerogative


DL My Prerogative vs I Know What Boys Like swatch

Deborah Lippmann – My Prerogative comparison


DL My Prerogative & Across the Universe bonus swatch

Bonus: I couldn’t resist adding a touch of Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe – love the effect!

 

Final thoughts: Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer not only comes in a range of colours and formula that is on par with the best of high end brands, but the bottles themselves look like little jewels and are definitely display-worthy. I was surprised that even in a mini format, neither the aesthetics that this brand is known for, nor the brush size were compromised; it’s just all shrunken down! Putty In Your Hands is such a chic neutral and eminently wearable, while My Prerogative adds an urban flavour to your nails, but it’s Raspberry Beret that steals the show with its multi-dimensional look – I love how each offers something so completely different. Now if we can only convince Ms. Lippmann to launch these in a full-size format, I won’t need to hoard my little beauties!

I purchased this set from Holt Renfrew (Montréal).


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*Disclosure: Some products provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration.

Deborah Lippmann ‘The Millionaire’s Holiday’ Giftset (Holt Renfrew exclusive)

 

Tis the season … for holiday gift sets, and no one does it better than Deborah Lippmann. This weekend, while browsing through the selection on display at the Holt Renfrew Montréal store (or as I like to call it, home!) I came across several groupings that literally stopped me in my tracks. After much debate, I finally decided on ‘The Millionaire’s Holiday’ giftset – as much for the name, as for the shades themselves: 3 festively appropriate hues, but amped up Deborah Lippmann style.


The Millionaire’s Holiday


The Millionaire’s Holiday


The Millionaire’s Holiday


The Millionaire’s Holiday


 

The Millionaire’s Holiday (CAD $45.00 set) is one of several holiday releases from Deborah Lippmann, although this particular set is a Holt Renfrew exclusive (Canada) and from my understanding, also exclusive to Barney’s New York (US). What I find so interesting, is how Deborah Lippmann managed to reinterpret the 3 colours most associated with the holidays, and offers them up in such sophisticated richly glowing hues.

All swatches are with base and top coats


 

Sexy Mama – a warm leaning, deeply shimmering candy apple red shade with some understated titian undertones, in a slightly thick formula which nonetheless applies easily and in a totally self-levelling way. The intense saturation of pigment almost makes this a 1-coater, although a second coats goes a long way in enhancing the deep ruby glow of this beauty. As there is the potential for some light staining, do not skip base coat here. Coats applied: 2


Deborah Lippmann – Sexy Mama


Deborah Lippmann – Sexy Mama


 

Easy Money – a complex greyed pine base shade, filled with an ultra-fine mix of  blue, gold, bronze and copper shimmer. Although the formula in this lacquer is semi-sheer, it applies exceptionally well, laying down in a self-levelling way and leaving behind a beautiful shine at the finish. Absolutely nothing like this in my collection – a truly unique shade. BONUS: no staining upon removal. Coats applied: 3 (thin)


Deborah Lippmann – Easy Money


Deborah Lippmann – Easy Money


 

From Rags to Riches – a similar semi-sheer formula as that of ‘Easy Money’, this is a deep baroque gold/brass hue, with an interesting mix of golden-caramel undertones, and a slight greenish tinge seen in certain angles. Definitely a whole “aged/patina” vibe going on here (think “old money” rather than “nouveau riche”) and made eminently wearable due to its warm cast. Note that you need a steady hand in application, in order to avoid any visible brush strokes. Coats applied: 3 (thin)


Deborah Lippmann – From Rags to Riches


Deborah Lippmann – From Rags to Riches

 

Final thoughts: Not having been able to test these before buying, I sincerely hoped that they wouldn’t disappoint, but I needn’t have worried; I have yet to be let down by any Deborah Lippmann lacquer. The price tag was a nice surprise as well, coming in at $45.00 (CAD) for the three, versus the $20.00 (CAD) each I usually pay (if not more, for some of the specialty releases). The shades are all fabulous, jewel-like tones, and if you’re looking for that perfect gift for the lacquerista in your life, I highly recommend this trio of beauties. Then again, you could always gift it to yourself …