Deborah Lippmann – She’s Always A Woman mini trio

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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.

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Deborah Lippmann – she’s always a woman trio

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Deborah Lippmann – she’s always a woman trio

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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

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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

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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.

52 Responses to Deborah Lippmann – She’s Always A Woman mini trio

  1. Sandi says:

    Love the last one with Across the Universe!! That looks great!

  2. This is a tempting little set but I’m passing on it since I’m not interested in accruing more polishes at this point. The comparisons are fantastic though and really so helpful! At the end of the day, DL remains my top fave of all nail polish brands. She consistently produces amazing shades and quality without a hitch!

  3. Rach says:

    Drooool… Raspberry Beret is gorgeous, but I’m not sure if the other shades are unique enough to warrant me buying the set! I love what you’ve done with layering Across The Universe on there – beautiful x

  4. Latoya says:

    All three of those shades are fabulous, Eugenia! And I still am drooling over Modern Love, I really need to pick that shade up already. I have a weird dislike for miniature sizes of beauty products, though they really make SO much more sense since I’ll never finish a full size!! They are cute, though 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      For some bizarre reason, I avoid mini sized bottles as well, although you’re right: who ever finishes one full sized bottle of polish these days? But I’m impressed that these bottles are not just smaller, cheaper versions of their larger-sized siblings. Plus, it’s a great way to wet your feet in with a higher-end brand!

  5. D... says:

    You know I was wondering about this set a while back, especially putty in your hands. I eventually decided against it. Buying online can be such a gamble, don’t you think my friend. But I really like raise your glass. Hmmm…

    • Eugenia says:

      I can totally see how Putty In Your Hands would appeal to you, and I love how it’s not too warm leaning, nor cool with a good balance of grey & yellow in its base. I rarely buy online for exactly the reason you mentioned – I’m a lousy gambler!

  6. Oh my.. Raspberry Berret is just soooo pretty!! Love the flecks and your swatch is perfect as always!

  7. Nancy Dines says:

    I love my perogative. I wonder how closely it resembles RBL dead calm, because that polish is at the top of my lemming list!

    I also wonder how it compares to the dark blue of the OPI euro centrale collection, opi…eurso euro. Oh those names, lol 🙂

    On your recommendation, Eugenia, I purchased the Millionaires collection, and I love everyone of those polishes. Deborah Lippmann polishes do not disappoint, so although they are a bit pricey, the polishes reflect the quality that you’re paying for.

    I love love love your nail art! Very beautiful and classy! I just wish I had ATU to replicate your design!

    Thanks for another nail lacquer-oriented post, they are my favourite!

    • Eugenia says:

      My pleasure, Nancy – happy to hear you enjoyed the post! As to the RBL you mentioned, I don’t own that shade, so I couldn’t say – sorry 🙁 I haven’t had a chance to compare My Prerogative to any similar shades I own, but I’ll keep you updated on that (at least, I’ll try my best to!)

      Thanks for liking my Across the Universe combo – I highly recommend that shade; you could check out a less expensive alternative to it, made by Urban Decay!

  8. What a set! I love Raspberry Beret! And Across the Universe layered over the blue one looks gorgeous. Interesting comparisons.

  9. I love Deborah Lippmann polish so much! This looks like a great little set.

  10. Love that navy one Big Sis! I love navy anything haha!

  11. Linda says:

    I absolutely love Raspberry Beret and My Prerogative, especially with the effect you added! I can live without the Putty In Your Hands. I’m guessing Raspberry Beret stains, as you usually carefully denote those that do not. Ah, who cares, I want it anyway!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks for pointing it out, Linda; I should have mentioned that none of these shades stained upon removal — another plus, as though they need any other reason!!

  12. sobsessed says:

    Omg these are GORGEOUS!!!!! Raspberry Beret is stunning!!! So is the last mani with ATU 🙂 xo

  13. Ooo Raspberry Beret!!! Let’s hope that’s released individually 🙂

  14. I’m going to have to pick this up if I can find it. My prerogative is gorgeous!

  15. Larie says:

    Raspberry Beret is so pretty! Definitely my favorite. I’ve really loved dark fuchsia glitters lately. I don’t know what it is!

  16. Julia says:

    You’re on a roll of great posts, Eugenia! This set is really nice, but if I could buy Raspberry Beret on its own, I would be all over it in a heartbeat. I thought I saw this set on sale in Nordstrom a few weeks ago, but I passed it up because I was already buying a Dior and a Butter London and now I think I made a terrible mistake! It’s still available on the website, albeit at the regular price ($25 US, very fair). I just don’t need the blue or the greige (especially since I bought Dior Gris Trianon oops haha).

    My Daddy got me The Millionaire’s Holiday for Christmas, too :). He went to Barneys to get it (I didn’t even know there was a Barneys around here) and I think he was very…impressed…by the sales associate’s shiny black leggings/leather pants!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Julia! 🙂 Here’s hoping that Ms. Lippmann does indeed release this as a full sized bottle!

      And as to your dad, who can blame him for being impressed by an outfit like that? 😉 Kudos of getting The Millionaire’s Holiday set!

  17. ltbeautyblog says:

    The blue is so pretty, I love wearing blue polish!

  18. Danisha says:

    I love that kit especially the raspberry beret

  19. Deborah says:

    Gorgeous colors but Raspberry Baret stands out ♥.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Wow. Your swatches are utterly and totally beautiful! Not only do I now really want this mini-set, but I’m eyeing several of your comparison polishes as well!

  21. Maribeth says:

    I love this little set, but my soul weeps every time I think about Raise Your Glass! That is such a special color and steals the show 😉 I was hoping Raspberry Beret would be a dupe, but I will just have to keep hunting!

  22. refinedandpolished says:

    Gosh, Raspberry Beret is gorgeous! The flakes add so much depth.

  23. Laura says:

    Raspberry Beret is gorgeous! Speaking of Deborah Lippmann… I was looking at her ridge filling base coat but not quite willing to pull the trigger on a $20 option if it’s not worth it. Do you have any comments on ridge fillers?

    • Eugenia says:

      To be honest, I don’t use ridge fillers as my nails don’t have need of a product like that; the closest I came was trying out one from Seche, and I don’t know if I noticed a difference (probably because my nails didn’t need it to begin with) – I have heard that some people totally rely on them, however. I wish I could have been of more help 🙁

      • Laura says:

        I get it, your nails are perfect to begin with 😉 I figured that would be your answer since I haven’t seen you mention anything other than the usual base coat, but thanks anyway!

        It’s funny, I hadn’t thought anything of my nail ridges until I started following blogs and noticing how great everyone else’s nails looked!

      • Eugenia says:

        Lol – perfect, no, but I do feel blessed that I received good nail genes! If you’re concerned about any unevenness on your nail beds, then by all means invest in a ridge filling base coat and see how you like it!

  24. I was toying with the idea of getting this set. The one I really like is Raspberry Beret. Still thinking and your swatches are swaying my decision! 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Oooh…..Kitty, I’m in love with each & every itty bitty shade in this set! Usually there’s one that gets a so-so reaction from me, but not this time around! If you have a chance to snag it, I do recommend it!

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