Lippmann Collection • Mermaid's Dream • Nails
|Would buy this product again.||83%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I also posted this (same) review under the brand "Deborah Lippmann".
I got Deborah Lippman's "Across the Universe" as a gift and promptly exchanged it for "Mermaid's Dream." (I hadn't liked the look of the glitter components- too big/bold for my taste). The small boutique didn't have very many DL choices, so I went with Mermaid's Dream- about the most non-traditional polish I own. (Um, Mermaid's Dream is the 5th bottle in my "collection", so now you know where I'm coming from.)
I applied 2 coats (no base coat or top coat- don't have either) and a few days of dish-washing have scrubbed almost everything off. The remaining patches on my thumbs still catch my attention, with the mix of gold, green, and light blue shimmer, and lovely cerulean blue medium-sized glitter. Each component color is very pretty, and the overall effect does remind me of iridescent fish scales seen in sunlight slanting through clear aqua water.
I'd seen swatches posted online, where the close-up photographs made the polish look unattractively chunky and gritty. I was pleased that 2 coats (applied with a light hand) didn't look so, well, horridly bumpy.
This polish is a bit too runny for my taste. Since I am a novice at doing my nails, I prefer thicker, gooey-er polish where it feels like I have more control over the amount of product that ends up on the brush. With thinner polish, I frantically race against the polish dripping down the brush, and the layer of color always ends up either thicker or thinner than I want it.
While I wouldn't buy this polish again, that's because:
(1) $18 is too much for my liking
(2) I've never really developed a nail-polish habit, going for months (maybe years) without wearing any ... this is a recent phase, and a beauty item that I just don't care that much about
Still, this color is quite pretty. I had previously bought (and returned) Essie's Turquoise and Caicos, since I couldn't figure out how to replicate my in-store test swatch, which left me with a lovely layer of sheer blue/green. Somehow, in my limited nail polish experience- Mermaid's Dream strikes similar visual chords- a flash of bright, sunny, green/blue ... as if I see a sunbeam underwater.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Love love love this color!! When I wear this I get lots of compliments. my only complaint is that even with a great base coat it starts to chip pretty quickly.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
My reviews here are usually very long, since I tend to write them when I'm bored. But this one will be brief. Look at the bottle. Look at the swatches. Now realize that It's even more amazing than you're hoping it is. 'Nuff said.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
One of my favorite polishes of all time. This is so stunning! I honestly couldn't stop looking at my nails when I wore this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
As soon as I saw this I had to have it since I love anything mermaid-related, plus it's a gorgeous color - shimmery aqua green with gold microglitter and larger chunks of blue glitter. The reason I gave this a four out of 5 is the noticeably gritty texture. I have polishes with much bigger, more densely-packed glitter particles and they're not nearly as bumpy as Mermaid's Dream. Still, it's REALLY pretty and I can't wait to wear it all summer.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This new nail color by DL is so very beautiful. For me it's fresh and interesting.
In one light it has a lot of green, in another light it has lots of blue and in between it has some really pretty blue, green, and gold glitter that is not so over powering that you're wearing your children or grand-children's nail polish. This glitter changes the color slightly and makes it more green or blue in certain lights, very interesting.
It does take 3 coats to cover the nail totally, but I expected that. It looks as if you are wearing something as close to the ocean as one can get. If you are imaginative you can almost feel the ocean breeze, or see the Mermaid popping out of the ocean, LOL.
It is not a smooth polish even after two or three coats of top coat. It is rough to the touch. I feel the bits from the glitter, however that is not noticed when looking at the polish on the nail, only to the wearer who touches their nails. Other than that there is nothing wrong with this polish at all. Still a strong wear. I pulled off 5 days as usual with my DL polishes, even when it chipped after 5 days I still didn't notice right away.
As with all DL glitter polishes I still have to soak my nails to get it off completely, but I don't mind that too much. I soak my nails in a non acetone polish remover for about 1 1/2 minutes, then off comes the polish with the same remover on a cotton pad or ball. I do one hand at a time no rubbing.
I have had quite a few compliments on the color and when it hits the light just right, most times there is another exclamation of "oh wow this is pretty" because the glitter sparkles. Of course there always is the "where did you get this" and "who makes it", followed by "where can I buy it". I have friends that want to use mine for their toes, eeewww, not my DL, they need to get their own, LOL.
I say splurge and get this for the spring and summer! It is a gorgeous color and a lot of fun wearing. I still take my me time and do my own nails and they look great! My polish collection is getting rather large and my husband is giving me funny looks, DL is taking over my fridge and my husband needs room for his snacks, LOL.