Thursday, 13 January 2011

Fairytale Nails

I was perusing the House of Fraser Beauty Hall (Westfield) the other day when the fabulously sparkly Deborah Lippmann nail polish display caught my eye.
I've heard quite a bit about this brand, more specifically their 'Happy Birthday' multi-coloured glitter polish (which was sadly, not there!) and their 'Stripper to Go' removal mitts. The Deborah Lippmann line forms part of the new(ish!) Apothecary line in House of Fraser, which I was also excited to explore as until now, I've only admired the online store. They also had an array of MOR products... swoon!
Although it was a tough call, the polishes that drew me in were the fabulous 'Across the Universe', a navy jelly-ish base with bright blue glitter and huge hexagonal green and blue glitter and 'Today was a Fairytale', a clear/pale grey base with silver glitter and the same chunky hexagonal glitter in silver. I must admit it was the name that got me on the latter... as a huge Taylor Swift fan it has me singing 'Today was a Fairytale' every time I look at the bottle!
l-r: Across the Universe: 2 coats, 1 coat, Today was a Fairytale: 2 coats, 1 coat.

As for application, they are surprisingly smooth. For the glitter-haters amongst us, they are genuinely not as rough a finish as your standard glitters. But then again, these aren't your standard glitter polishes by any means.

Across the universe is a really unique polish that has great depth to it in person and is therefore virtually impossible to photograph well (with my poor photography skills, at least!). It applies easily and fairly evenly, leaving a beautiful opaque finish in two coats.
Across the Universe: Above 2 coats, Below 1 coat

Today was a Fairytale however, was a slight disappointment. As the base is clear it would require three coats to get a totally opaque finish, and because the glitter is all the same colour, the larger pieces (which are what make the polish unique) are somewhat lost. I think it would work better as a bling-tastic topcoat over a bright colour.
Today was a Fairytale: Above 2 coats, Below 1 coat

It is a pretty polish none the less but in my opinion, Across the Universe is a much more worthy contender for your 18 hard earned pounds. Having said that, they both knock the socks off Chanel's polishes in my book!

I also gave 'The Stripper to Go' mitts a whirl and I must say they are fabulous. One mitt removes three coats of polish from all 10 fingers in record time with no mess and no fuss. They would be fab to take on holiday or keep in your bag for nail 'emergencies'. The £14 price tag would put me off using them on a regular basis but they would definitely be worth splurging on if you're a frequent traveller!

I'd love to hear if any of you have tried out Deborah Lippmann polishes, or if you'd like to try them? I've got my eyes set on the stunning, deep purple, Lady Gaga inpired 'Bad Romance' next!

The collection is available from House of Fraser online and in selected stores.
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37 comments

  1. The blue colour looks really nice and a bit more special/fancy than the silver one. They look really pretty x

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  2. the price may be a killer but ooooh wooow so pretty loooool pretty things like these usually make massive holes in my wallet xx

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  3. the blue one is gorgeous! and im sure the clear, as you said, would make a fab top coat!

    xoxo,

    insidelook19.blogspot.com

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  4. I've never tried them, as they're not available here, but I'm jealous of those who have tried them!The bad romance swatches I've seen are pure awesomeness!
    Thanks for sharing (and making me want them even more!)
    xx

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  5. across the Universe looks so nice!
    xx

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  6. GAH! The glitter polishes i get in my country feel like sandpaper afterwards!

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  8. "Across the universe" is sucha good name, reminds me of a starry night sky :)

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  9. Those colors look incredible! I've never used them but it looks awesome :)

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  10. I just love the name - today was a fairytale. could you perhaps post a photo of it as a topcoat?? Thanks xxx

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  11. Across the Universe is beautiful!

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  12. Wow, will have to keep an eye out for these!
    x

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  13. i love the blue one so much, not really feeling the other one though :S. thanks for posting these up :) xx

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  14. They look gorgeous, i really like the navy one xxx

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  15. love those nailpolish so gorgeous!

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  16. I'm a huge Beatles fan and just bought the Across the Universe Polish online. Thanks Fleur!

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  17. I saw the same display at a little beauty store in Philly. They had a purple/green dual chrome type color I loved, but the price definitely made me think twice about purchasing.

    I wish Gosh was available in the US. I'm still drooling over your tweet from yesterday!

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  18. Across the Universe is gorgeous!

    http://elle-yeah.blogspot.com

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  19. Thanks for the great review :)
    The blue nail polish is beautiful, perfect for a glam night out
    Thanks for showing these Fleur
    xxx

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  20. id heard great things about ACross the Universe and every time I see it swatched I see why. Beautiful color! great swatches!

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  21. I've never heard of this brand, but by the pictures they look really good! Cute post! :) X

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  22. Across the Universe looks stunning! I would agree about the Today was a Fairytale though - I use the NYC Starry Silver Glitter over other colours - £1.99 with blue and pink larger circles, so stands out much more, and dries super fast! Only downside is it's more chunky but I usually resolve that by applying thinly as there's so much glitter in it anyway, then just covering with a clear topcoat. Really want to visit House of Fraser Beauty Hall now :( xx

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  23. Wow, I love the Across the Universe one, it's sooo pretty. :)

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  24. Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday is an absolutely gorgeous color! It was a color I had been wanting for such a long time and I ended up getting it for Christmas from my brother! If you can't get your hands on it in stores, I would definitely recommend ordering a bottle!

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  25. Wow i normally am not a huge nailpolish fan but across the universe is really pretty and unique!

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  26. Wow! The 'Across the Universe' nail polish looks so pretty!!

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  27. 'Across the Universe' is absolutely gorgeous. It somehow reminds me of the Room of Requirement from HP.

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  28. yeah... 'Across the Universe'looks super awesome!!!

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  29. Deborah Lippmann nailpolish is the best! I've ordered a few online, but have never found them where I live. I love the across the universe, so I went to check out new stuff, and now I need that, and the bad romance polish!

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  30. Across the universe is beautiful. After you posted this I just had to run out and get it. And by run out and get it I mean order it on ebay since it's not avaiable where I live. :)

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  31. I love the term fairytale nails. Love to have them for myself, and I'll buy a men's overcoat for my husband.

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