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Beauty Throwdown: Battle Mirrored Chrome Nail Polish


While metallic makeup is typically reserved for Fall, shimmering shades of pigment were all over the Spring runways (think: foil lids at Fendi and the silver banana-shaped strokes of eye shadow at 3.1 Phillip Lim)—which gave Deborah Lippmann the green light to kick plans for her Mirrored Chrome Flip nail lacquers into high gear. The three-piece line just launched with Private Dancer, a highly reflective violet, Sugar Daddy, a metallic champagne, and Swagga Like Us, a gold green that happens to bear a striking resemblance to Chanel’s Peridot. Chanel creative director of makeup Peter Philips’ limited-edition polish launched last summer and is debatably one of the color innovator’s most noteworthy creations, which is why Lippmann’s take on the unexpected hue struck an immediate chord. Is there enough room on the market for two exceptionally formulated bottles of iridescent bronze varnish? We find out below.

The Original: When Philips first showed us Peridot backstage in Paris last year, we were smitten. The intermingling green and gold swirls looked exquisite in the French house’s signature square glass, black-capped bottles and even more so on fingertips. Two coats provides a sparkling, opaque gold finish that diffuses into a shimmering olive tone, which gets picked up by the light with every hand gesture.

The Challenger: While Lippmann’s version is described as an “oxidized copper teal,” it applies more like a straight copper. The blue-green undercurrents are harder to make out with two coats of this polish, but they are there if you look closely. The plus here is that Lippmann’s formula applies slightly more smooth than Chanel’s Peridot, i.e., without any visible glitter flecks.

The Bottom Line: Both are incredibly lovely colors that offer their own unique finish: If you’re looking for a liquid copper that’s reflective but not sparkly, Lippmann’s Swagga Like Us can’t be beat. If you want a lighter, more multidimensional gold, go with Peridot—although best to act fast; Peridot was limited edition when it launched last July, and it’s unclear how much longer it’s going to be available for purchase.

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