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 …

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

  1. Latoya says:

    Um. I NEED this. Every. single. shade. is AMAZING!! I’m calling Holts tomorrow. Damn damn damn. I need about three more jobs to afford all the things I want to buy right now! :S LOL

    • Eugenia says:

      LOL!!! Or maybe we should all petition these high end brands to lower their prices? Yeah…I didn’t think so either! Hope you pick this set up as all three shades will look awesome on you! 🙂

  2. THAT GREEN. Oh Eugenia, why must you tempt me so??

  3. eileenie says:

    the red reminds me of judy garland’s red slippers in oz omg

  4. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh, gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I saw these during the Holts 15% promo and wanted to get it but thought they were reminiscent of the OPI Skyfall collection (there is a similarity). Now that I’ve seen the swatches though, I can say that I don’t have any shades like this. OH EUGENIA!!! LOL <3

    • Eugenia says:

      HAHAHAHA! Isn’t it funny though? I make assumptions on first impressions of a product all the time…sometimes I’m right & feel smug (especially if I was looking for an out to not buy) and at others, I’m dead wrong and live with regret (especially if I don’t buy)….this was a happy coming together, of sorts! Glad you liked them!

  5. May says:

    Easy Money and From Rags to Riches reminds me a bit of the latest A-England duo, Beauty Never Fails and Holy Grail.

    In fact, I am wearing Beauty Never Fails at the moment and it seems to resemble Easy Money, except that BNF seems to have more gold shimmer?

    And From Rags to Riches seems to be a more caramelly foil-y version of the new Holy Grail…

    • Eugenia says:

      I can understand the similarities you’re seeing, but the reality is much different; the 2 a-england lacquers you mentioned are much more complex, and ‘Beauty Never Fails’ does not have the blue shimmery flecks found in ‘Easy Money’, while the new ‘Holy Grail’ does not have any orange-ish leanings like ‘From Rags to Riches’ seems to hold – but I must say, you have a keen eye just the same! 🙂

  6. Julia says:

    Wow, this set is SO pretty! Gosh, that gold shimmer in Easy Money…the other two are gorgeous but that one just blows me away with pretty. I have the set open on the Barney’s site in my other window…that big BUY button sure is tempting me. It’s funny, I don’t think I would be at all likely to pick this set out on my own just based on the bottles but now that I’ve seen the swatches, it’s a whole new story.

  7. Nancy Dines says:

    Stunning Eugenia! Boy I really really love this set.
    Easy money seems unique, which is a welcome surprise and change.
    Just when you think it’s all been done, something unique comes along.
    Now to find this set here in America!
    Thank you for your beautiful posts, as always 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank YOU for such kind words, Nancy…happy you liked the swatches! It is getting harder & harder to find unique lacquer shades, so it’s always such a welcome & pleasant surprise when I stumble across something new. As to where to get this set in the US, I was told via one of my readers (who also ordered it this way), that it’s a Barney’s New York exclusive!

      • Nancy Dines says:

        Well I found the set on Barney’s website and promptly ordered it. 🙂

        I wanted just one more (just ONE more, lol,,,right), so anyway I looked through your archives and saw swatches of the Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light, so I added that to my order.

        I can honestly say many times I purchased a product because I saw it swatched on your blog, you really bring out the best in the lacquers!

        As was previously mentioned, on the Barney’s website, the polishes don’t seem spectacular, but when swatched – extraordinary!!

        Thank you for continuing to bring great reviews, pictures, and beauty to us nail polish passion-istas!!

      • Eugenia says:

        Awww….Nancy, you really honour me with your words – thank you so incredibly much! 🙂 It makes me happy to hear that my swatches can help somehow; after all, that’s the real basis for a beauty blog — to be able to provide an honest review, clear & realistic swatches and to shade the passion with other like-minded folks…like you!! Hugs!

  8. Easy Money Big Sis! GORGEOUS!! What are you doing to me?? You are making me LOVE greens! 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      See, here’s the best part of ‘Easy Money’, Lil Sis; it’s not so green-y that it’ll scream: muppet, so go ahead and wear it to your heart’s content!

  9. olivia says:

    All of them are pretty but I like Easy Money the best!!

  10. Easy Money is so beautiful! I’ve seen a few DL sets here and there and I’m debating a couple as gifts…they seem so cute! 😀

  11. Gwen says:

    Just ordered it from Barney’s New York. They needed to call a store in Chicago to get it for me. This is the first place I’ve seen swatches, and they look hot.

  12. Sandi says:

    Easy Money is just…wow!! Love the mixture of shimmers!

  13. Danisha says:

    Ill surely gift myself soon!

  14. OH MY GOD. Easy Money just sent tingles up and down my spine. Just, wow.

  15. Katelyn says:

    LOVE Easy Money & your interpretation of From Rags to Riches as ‘old money’ is spot on! Love that comparison! 😉 Gorgeous swatches.

  16. Linda says:

    Hi Eugenia! These all look fabulous in the box, but I’m not keen on Rags to Riches on the nail for my colouring, anyway. Easy Money is very different but I like it and the red is beautiful. She just did another really gorgeous red along with Cleopatra in New York, black with gold glitter, that I’d like to see, too. The holiday sets coming out this year from all brands are fantastic! The makeup palettes…trying…to…restrain myself…! LOL

    • Eugenia says:

      Hey Linda…good luck with that restraint, lol! Willpower and I are not on the best of terms lately – but as much as I want everything I’m seeing, I’m already anticipating the barrage of spring lovelies …. oy! I saw the other DL’s you mentioned, and believe me, I am SO tempted to pick them up as well. We’ll see how that goes ….!

  17. Maribeth says:

    Son-of-a——. I really should just stop popping in here, because you are nothing but a horrible influence on me and stuff that I deemed, “not necessary” suddenly becomes “MUST HAVE!” each time you post. Knock it off!!!!!!!! Ok, in all seriousness- these are beauties. If I saw them on a shelf, I’d probably just skip them, but seeing them in all their glory on your nails just pushes me over the edge! XOXO

    • Eugenia says:

      Hahaha! Maribeth, you’re too funny! Here’s the thing; when I originally saw these, I was a little skeptical – I was worried they might be watered down versions, like I’ve heard of how some other shimmery shades are, but something told me to go for it. Gotta listen to the gut! 🙂

  18. Jess says:

    Very pretty…LOVE Deborah Lippmann. Her lacquers wear like iron on me. Those are full-sized? Not minis? That IS a good price!

  19. I adore Easy Money. The mix of shimmer is just fabulous!

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