August 27 2014

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Beauty Throwdown: Battle Blue Glitter Nails


If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then there is a lot of mutual adulation going on in the beauty industry right now. The latest tributary effort comes courtesy of Revlon—specifically its new Blue Mosaic Nail Enamel, which looks an awful lot like Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe, the smash-hit lacquer that debuted backstage at Lela Rose last Spring. But while the sapphire varnishes with different grades of blue and aqua glitter may seem like mirror images in their bottles, appearances can be deceiving. In the name of good journalism (and a particularly dull night of television programming), we pitted them against each other for a paint-off of epic proportions. May the best polish win.

The Original: Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe

Lippmann immediately earns a few points for originality; her glittery brainstorm did, after all, come first. Then there’s the polish itself, which features chunky blue and green paillettes plus fine-milled sapphire dust that is scattered across a backdrop of sheer, moody navy. Two coats will grant you dense, glittery blue goodness that dries to a finish far smoother than most sparkly lacquers.

The Upstart: Revlon Blue Mosaic

Shimmering blue and green paillettes, check. Super-fine sapphire glitter, check. What separates Revlon’s Blue Mosaic isn’t the shimmery stuff, but the backdrop against which it is arranged; while Lippmann’s is a wispy navy, this one is so bare it’s nearly transparent, which means all that fine-grained glitter is all the more visible. Its one draw back: the dry-down leaves a rough finish behind so a topcoat is necessary.

The Verdict: It’s a Draw

Both Lippmann’s Across the Universe and Revlon’s Blue Mosaic create major sparkle impact on their own, but Lippmann’s works better as a single-bottle paint job. Layered over a black or gray base, however, and Blue Mosaic is an equal showstopper. Ultimately, there are no winners or losers here; when it comes to glittery tips, we’re happy to say, the more the merrier.

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