Girlfriend, I think it’s time…
I fought fall’s relentless approach with every fiber of my being, but thanks to the new Deborah Lippmann polishes for Fall 2011 ($16 each), I think I’m finally ready to get with the program. I guess it’s about time, after all, seeing as the first official day of the season is just a single week away (on September 23).
Goodbye beaches, swimming pools, flip-flops and fro-yo (well…). Hello, knit hats, knee-high boots, scarves and sweaters.
Soon the last of the summer watermelons will disappear, only to be replaced by the first of fall’s pumpkins.
Easing the transition from summer to fall are the following four new nail polishes from Deborah Lippmann, which combine dark, moody colors with both cream and shimmer finishes, and a consistency that’s neither thick nor thin.
From the left: Stormy Weather, Brick House, Billionaire and Single Ladies
The four of them dry reasonably quickly but do require patience, as I’ve had to use about three layers of each of them to achieve fully opaque coverage. And together, the three layers take about 45 minutes to dry (not including a base or top coat).
Two of the shades, Brick House and Single Ladies, apply a little streakier than I expected them to…
But thankfully my two favorite shades of the bunch, Stormy Weather and Billionaire, don’t have any issues with streaks.
Stormy Weather (doesn’t it really look like stormy weather?)
Creamy Billionaire, ironically enough, reminds me of one of my least favorite songs (“I wanna be a billionaire, so frickin’ bad!” — BLUH), but I sure dig the shade. If Ripley from Aliens attended a red carpet affair, I could see her wearing it on her nails. It’s got a real “tough girl in a ball gown” thing going.
It also looks quite a bit like the ocean up here in Northern California — murky greenish black. I remember surfing these waters a few years ago, something I still can’t believe my friend Cindy and I ever had the courage to do. Sitting on my surfboard, I’d look down into the water and couldn’t see my feet!
Even though two of these colors have minor issues with streaks, I think the four of them on balance are great (especially Billionaire and Stormy Weather, fo’ sho!).
PRICE: $16 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stores, and also online
MAKEUP AND BEUATY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,