Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss

This is three coats of Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss, from the summer 2013 The Mermaids collection (spin-offs of the original Mermaid’s Dream), topped with Essie Good to Go top coat.

In direct natural light:

Mermaid’s Kiss is a sheer, slightly milky, blush-pink base with pink and champagne-gold microglitter/shimmer, as well as a smattering of small raspberry and gold hexes. At three coats, it’s still somewhat sheer, but the shimmer effectively hides the sheerness in most lighting. The overall effect is similar to Milani Golden Romance, Julep Love, and, of course, the original Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream and its doppelganger Revlon Wintermint. It reminds me of sweets, like strawberry ice cream or Pop-Tart frosting. 🙂

The formula applies smoothly and dries faster than average, even with three coats. No special glitter placement was necessary, and I had no problems with the fairly standard round, square-tipped brush.

In indirect natural light:

To be honest, I like Mermaid’s Kiss more than the original Mermaid’s Dream, even though I typically go for minty green shades over pinks. I also found it interesting that Mermaid’s Kiss often ends up looking pretty close to my skin tone, despite looking obviously pink in the bottle, so it looks like a dressed-up nude, almost.

This polish normally goes for $20, but I managed to snag it off the Deborah Lippmann website on sale for $10. The sale’s over now, but it may come up again.

I’ve heard some people have issues with the durability of Deborah Lippmann glitter polishes, but so far, this has lasted a day without visible wear. I’ll update this post in about a week or so, when I’ve more to report on that. 🙂


LynBDesigns Slay

Quick swatch post: this one’s LynBDesigns Slay, a blazingly neon watermelon red-pink crelly, from the Vocab collection.

This is two coats in outdoor natural light – and believe me, it’s even brighter and more vibrant in person, as cameras can’t capture its fiery fluorescence like our eyes can:

Imagine this red-leaning pink in full neon glory, and you’d get Slay. The formula is amazing for a neon – in fact, I’d say it’s just about perfect. No white base coat required! It could be even more opaque with three coats, but I liked the slightly translucent candy-like look at two coats. It applies smoothly and dries faster than average to a matte finish. I used Essie Good to Go top coat for the glossy look.

I’m so in love with this polish. ❤ ❤ ❤ It’s so saturated and juicy, just the way I like my colors.

I’ve still got more from my LynBDesigns haul to swatch, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, do any of you have favorite neon polishes to recommend to me?

Durability & removal update 8/9/2015: Slay did pretty well over a week, but in the way of other neon polishes I own, the polish layer started to gradually separate from the nail plate a bit as time went on, and the heaviest-use nails (index & thumb on both sides) chipped by around the 5th day. Not too shabby, considering all the typing, piano playing, and baby-stuff washing I did. The polish (with a base coat underneath) didn’t stain my nails, despite the intense color, and removal was a breeze.