Hey, pretty young thing, do you think you can stand the purple rain?
Flash back to the ’80s with Lippmann’s two new spring 2009 nail polish shades. Available next month, both colors pay homage to two of the biggest song hits of the decade, Prince’s Purple Rain and Michael Jackson’s P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).
Purple Rain ($15) gives props to Prince, aka the strange little man who made wearing ruffles and high heels hot. It’s a frosty light violet that reminds me of something from the Wet n’ Wild nail polish line circa 1986, and it’s so dead-on ’80s that I want to pull on some black jelly bracelets and ride around the neighborhood on my banana seat bike!
I love Prince and purple, but I’m not totally sold on Purple Rain. Help me out. What do you think? Does it look a little too pale and frosty on my nails? I keep seeing images of Dame Edna’s purple coif.
Lippmann teamed up with designer Zac Posen to create Purple Rain for his Spring 2009 runway show at Mercedes-Benz fashion week in New York, coming up with the name and helping to develop the color.
I might try layering it over a darker color to deepen the shade.
If you’re of a lighter skin tone than I am and like the way you look in pastels, Purple Rain could look really great on you. Lippmann polishes always deliver when it comes to durability, and that’s also the case here. Making and Beauty Blog Rating: B-
P.Y.T. = one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs of all time! “Pretty young things, repeat after me, say nah nah nah!” So you know I had to bump that jam when I painted my nails with the second shade in Lippmann’s spring release, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) ($15).
In the bottle, P.Y.T. looks like a creamy coral dream come true. On my nails, however, it looks uber-sheer, almost transparent, with just the faintest whisper of coral. I think it’s still lovely, but I found myself wanting more. In the pic above I’m wearing two layers.
The color streaks a bit, so next time I rock it I think I’ll layer it above a base coat.
Base coats work like primers for nails, filling in ridges and providing a smooth surface for color to adhere. They’re also an easy way to extend the life of a manicure. I like Lippmann’s Ridge Filler Base Coat ($16), which was recommended to me by my friend Aimee, a manicurist at one of Lippmann’s Nail Studios.
I think I’ll wear P.Y.T. on my fingers when I’m in the mood for something subtle. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Britney tribute on America’s Best Dance Crew: HAWT DAYM!
Did you catch America’s Best Dance Crew last night? Wasn’t it one of the best episodes ever!? The crews had to dance to songs by one of my favorite pop tartlets, Britney Spears, and two groups ripped the competition to shreds!
I was climbing the walls after the Beat Freaks performed Womanizer! LOVED the Britney-inspired choreography, and I thought the group showed they could dance sexy and not just tough and hard-hitting.
Quest Crew also turned in an amazing performance, didn’t they? I was blown away by the blindfolded sequence. Doing back flips blindfolded? Are you kidding me?
LOL… seriously, I’d love to see that show live.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,