Lippmann Collection Lady Marmalade Is Like Barbie Pink Goodness

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Watching old black and white movies on TV the other night, I felt compelled to add some color to my life. I applied three coats of Lippmann Collection’s Lady Marmalade nail polish ($15), a shimmery coral pink.



I think it’s a playful, youthful shade, even though the name is also the very grownup hook of a song that goes “Voulez-vouz coucher avec moi, ces soir.”

Maybe the Lippmann folks chose the name based upon how the shade looks in the bottle — like a scandalous red — but on my nails it’s a warm-toned strawberry pink, something Elle Woods would have worn before she left for Harvard.

Despite having the trademark Lippmann polish durability and thickness, Lady Marmalade is a bit sheer in comparison to Lippmann’s matte polishes. It took me three layers to really make the color pop.

Once applied, nail polish shades can look completely different depending on your skin tone and the opacity of your fingernails, so even though Lady Marmalade looks more strawberry pink than coral on my nails, you may see more of its coral and gold tones.



Even though Lippmann polishes aren’t cheap, they do seem to last longer than most other polishes I’ve used. In part because of their durability, I think they’re worth the price.

What do you think about Lady Marmalade? Does the shade remind you of anything else?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Emme says:

    So strawberry. I wouldn’t imagine it would look this way when applied, I like how it looks in the bottle but I have to admit, I love the shade on your nails, it’s absolutely beautiful.

  2. Sisi says:

    I love your site! The color’s really sheer but pretty. BTW its ‘voulez-vous coucher avec moi? ce soir.’

  3. Marisol says:

    That is a great summer color. Lately I have gotten into nail polishes and this post is making me want to try this line. Of all the lines you have tried, which one is your favorite? Least favorite?

    Hope you had a great Sunday!

    Marisols last blog post..First haul after no buy

  4. Tiffany says:

    Hey Karen!

    Oooh, I think that’s such a pretty color. Where are Lippmann polishes sold?

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Emme,

    I know! I was totally surprised when I saw how the shade turned out on my nails. The color looks really spunky and sparkly. Do you usually like wearing brights?

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Sisi,

    Got it! Ahh, my French is so rusty. Thanks for lookin’ out.

    Have a great week. 🙂

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Hmm, I always like trying new polishes, so my favorites periodically change, but right now I’m really liking Essie and Lippmann for staying power and China Glaze for their interesting colors. My least fave is MAC; the polish is very thin and chips like crazy on me.:(

    What ya been up to today? Do anything fun?

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    You can purchase them in person at Nordstrom stores, or online at the Lippmann Collection or Nordstrom websites. 🙂

  9. Marisol says:

    I did a MAC haul although I was disappointed when I stopped by the Chanel counter and they didn’t have the Fall 2008 Collection out yet. I came back to my place asap since it was miserable outside — over 100. I am visiting my mom who lives in Marin this weekend so I may hit up the Village and hope to get some more goodies.

    Marisols last blog post..Song of the Week

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Head to the Village Nordstrom Chanel counter ASAP! That’s where I saw the fall 2008 stuff. If my homebody Jesus (hay-zeus!)is workin’ tell him hi for me. 🙂

  11. Emme says:

    Hmmm…So far pastel colors, I’m technically a nail polish newbie but I like different shades of pinks and reds.

  12. Glosslizard says:

    I’ve gotta check out those Lippmann shades, long-lasting is for me!

    And BTW, SF Nordstrom had the Chanel fall stuff in too! 🙂

  13. Karen B says:

    Mmmmm. Strawberry nail polish. Mesa wants. And I want some Strawbaby too, but yeah. I got into MAC too late to get some. *pouts*

    Karen Bs last blog post..You have GOT to be kidding me

  14. Dao says:

    It reminds me of strawberry shortcake! Yummy! Btw, that’s a really tiny bottle of nail lacquer. I went to Sally beauty supply yesterday and saw China Glaze there. Unfortunately they don’t have the LE (them OMG,BRB,…) and I wanted that holographic white nail polish. I have a white nail polish craving lately 😀

    Daos last blog post..First FOTD: In with the Blues

  15. Jamie says:

    I love the color! So perfect for summer pedicures!

    Jamies last blog post..Beauty Deals: Zoya Polish Picked Specifically For The Beauty of Life Readers!

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