Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer - Review, Pictures, Swatches

image from neaimanmarcus.com

Once upon a time there was a little mermaid named....Mariel. This mermaid was in no shape or form like Disney's The Little Mermaid.  In fact, All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Any characters mentioned in this story that are from a major conglomerate with enough corporate lawyers to sue me is also coincidental. 

So anyway, Mariel lived "Fathoms Below" the surface of the sea.  While she was not a part of royalty and had no "Main Titles", there was always much "Fanfare" whenever she was around.  She belonged to a social club called the "Daughters of Triton".  They were similar to the Daughters of The American Revolution or Mayflower descendants.  As Mariel saw it, this group was an excuse for the more wealthy mermaids to exclude others.  As one of the mermaids put it, it was a social group that made those without wish they were "Part of Your World".  

Mariel wasn't so thrilled with being part of this group but her mother reminded her that when you are a mermaid and you live "Under the Sea"  the only thing to do is go to social events and just ignore the ones that want to be "Part of Your World".  For the "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (as her mother referred to them) that don't belong to the exclusive club,  they miss out on the annual "Les Poissons" all you can eat french fish buffet.  It is a popular event in which french cooking is combined with french kissing and all the mermen get to "Kiss the Girl" that brings them the most fish.  At the end of the evening they shoot off  "Fireworks" to signal the end of the social season.  Don't ask how fireworks go off under water. We're talking about mermaids and mermen you have to use your suspension of disbelief.  Mariel was shy and reserved. She just wanted to swim and sing and hang with her friends that weren't part of this social circle.  She wanted a life free of the drama that normally surrounded by the other members of that exclusive organization.  
image from neimanmarcus.com

One day Mariel started to dance a little "Jig"  when she heard the "The Storm" was coming and the Mermaid Cotillion had to be postponed.  She certainly didn't want to interact with those snobs, but she also didn't wish for the "Destruction of the Grotto" that the recent weather caused. It was devastating. There was so much damage everywhere.  Apparently there had been a ship sailing through at the time of the storm and it didn't fare too well.  There was "Flotsam and Jetsam" all over the place. (Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo. Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard or jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore.)  Upon taking a "Tour of the Kingdom" Mariel noted that the destruction was of epic proportions.  

Mariel wished for "Bedtime" so she could sleep and dream of a better Merworld in which to live.  However she had to get the "Wedding Announcement" for her sister...um... Kariel out to the members of the social club.  She wasn't sure how they were going to have a wedding with all the destruction and damage.  Fortunately it was "Eric to the Rescue" as Mariel's friend Eric had a plan.  He managed to get the Orcas to tie giant clam shells on their heads and basically bulldoze all the jetsam and flotsam out of the way.  The other members of her exclusive organization pitched in to rebuild houses and get stores open. They helped non members and members alike.  

The wedding announcements went out, the social club was fixed up, everyone pitched in to make the wedding and reception a big success.  Mariel realized that while she may not like all aspects of her Merlife, the members of her Mercommunity would always pitch in to make sure everyone had a "Happy Ending".

The Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer was the inspiration for this post. (sort of). The Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dreams nail lacquer wore like iron on my nails. It is very gritty and bumpy and would be best used with a thick top coat to smooth it out and provide a glossy finish.  The finish without a top coat (as seen in the pictures) is that of a satin finish. Not matte but not shiny either.  This was a mere 2 coats to achieve opaque coverage.  The brush is a nice shape, the product flowed freely and wasn't too sticky or thin. The bottle is decent and all around I'm starting to fall in love with Deborah Lippman nail polishes!    I better be careful as they are $18 a piece!  I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus as an impulse buy. I'm so glad I did. I always get a lot of compliments when I wear it and I adore the color and unique glitter finish!  Do you NEED it?  YES! It's unique, it's beautiful, it is a one of a kind (Until Revlon copies it like they did to Across the Universe and Bad Romance).  Oh if you are weary of glitters because they are so hard to remove, try the Foil Method! It works like a charm!

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  1. I need this polish! I'm afraid Deborah Lippmann is going to make me broke. Wonderful review as always!

  2. I love this polish! I recently did a post on it too. Love your clever post, by the way :) It made me giggle.

  3. I got a dupe of this from Urban Outfitter's brand called Sea Dust... looks to be dead on and was only $4. Score!

  4. I have tons of Lippmann lacquers and love them all. As for the foil method, I've discovered an even easier way to remove glitters. I fold a soaked cotton pad over each fingernail (and hold them in place with my other fingers for a sec), then put on a latex glove and go about my business for 5 minutes or so. I don't have to fight with foils or deal with them falling off my fingertips this way! Plus, I can use my hands (to some extent) while I'm waiting for my nail polish to dissolve.

  5. Now those are big glitters O_O It looks kind of cool, but this probably isn't for me. I don't like the feel of glittery nail polish and since you said it feels very gritty...

  6. I was just looking at this yesterday--so pretty and unique. The Little Mermaid is still one of my fav Disney movies. Please don't get sued, then you'd have to go to the slammer and I would have to sneak makeup into you inside a cake. I can't bake.

  7. I am so glad I picked this one up - it's currently on my toes. I love this shade and my daughter loves it, too! I'm also starting to fall in love w/DL polishes. Agreed, it's a pretty durable polish!

  8. I tried this one at the store but for some reason I can't apply this smoothly....

  9. I come for the reviews and swatches and stay for the stories!!

  10. I find it too expensive. Likr the NYX polishes more. they only cost $4


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