43 posts tagged "Deborah Lippmann"
We’ve never really been big gel-manicure fans. While the prospect of a two-week chip-free mani is tempting, the inability to switch polish at a moment’s notice, and the idea of having something adhered to our nails via UV light, is a little bit of a deterrent. Except, that is, during fashion month. There is barely enough time to sleep, let alone keep up with our regular nail maintenance during the month-long collections cycle, which is why the wealth of latter-day gel-polish formulas have been tempting us with their siren call of late. The newest revolution in the long-lasting polish arena are top coats that give the same effect as a gel manicure but don’t need the power of a high-watt UV lamp to cure them. You simply swipe on, remove with your own nail-polish remover, and enjoy an extended amount of perfect polish time. Deborah Lippmann and LCN are two brands eager to deliver on the promise of the next generation of extended wear, but do they actually work? Here, we pit one against the other to find out the answer. Let the throwdown begin!
The Newcomer: The silky thin formula of LCN’s Polish Seal is deceiving in that it doesn’t feel like you’ve applied anything at all. But when it’s completely dry—which takes about five to ten minutes—your nails feel super strong and look decadently shiny. After a week of furious typing, dish washing, and general life living, our polish was still intact, albeit a little worn around the edges.
The Old Standby: Lippmann’s formulas always tend to be denser than most, and her Gel Lab system is no different. The two-part process starts with a base coat that goes on thick, dries easily, and ensures that your lacquer of choice does not budge, almost on impact. The equally substantial top coat then dries in mere minutes, without smudging. An impressive shiny gleam—and a week-plus of perfect polish—is your reward for the reaping.
The Bottom Line: When it comes to matters that are easily quantified, there can only be one clear winner, and that honor goes to Lippmann’s Gel Lab, which lasted two to three days longer than LCN’s Polish Seal. Never underestimate the power of a good base coat.
Narciso Rodriguez may increasingly be experimenting with color in his collections, but the complementary hair and makeup looks at his shows seem to be getting more and more stripped down in the process. Citing the success of Spring’s fresh, transparent face, Shiseido artistic director Dick Page confirmed that Rodriguez was keen on a repeat appearance. “I went to look at the clothes, and Narciso said, ‘I really loved how the girls looked last season. Can we do that again?’ I said sure. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“It’s almost untouched,” Page elaborated of the nearly nude faces. “For a lot of women, it’s not enough,” he joked of the light-handed approach for which he swiped lids with the brown shadow from Shiseido’s limited-edition Eye Color Bar, while giving brows a “sketch of color” and definition with its Eyebrow Styling Compact. As he dabbed lips with its forthcoming Perfect Rouge lipstick in Harmony, a dark crimson, he asked, “So if you didn’t see that happen, you wouldn’t think she was wearing lipstick, right?” In fact, every model looked as though she was sporting a slightly tinted balm rather than full-on color. Sticking to the theme of simplicity, cheeks got a customized dusting of Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Color while nails were kept short, round, and varnished with two coats of Deborah Lippmann’s ultra-sheer nude polish in Naked.
Paul Hanlon also picked up where he left off for Fall, bringing a certain ease to the hair as Rodriguez’s newly installed lead hairstylist. Creating imperfect center parts, Hanlon gave models smoothing blow-outs before applying a mist of hair spray to help slick strands behind the ears. Lengths were given a slight bend to create movement, but the key was to not do too much, thus letting Rodriguez’s traditionally understated clothes make the statement.
It’s only day two of New York fashion week, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that there’s a new nail trend brewing, and it’s got nothing to do with art. After Spring’s nothing-but-nude polish mandate, the influx of deep, dark varnishes we’ve seen over the past forty-eight hours has been that much more noticeable. At Richard Chai, Deborah Lippmann used the opportunity to preview her new-for-holiday Harem Silks from Bombay, a deep chocolate-bordeaux hybrid with a matte finish, while Butter London’s global color ambassador, Katie Hughes, used the Brit brand’s similarly hued, albeit glossy, La Moss backstage at Dannijo. Then, at BCBG, Lubov Azria’s bohemian babes got two coats of OPI’s Black Onyx lacquer with a semimatte top coat (because nobody loves a slick of edgy black nail polish like the beanie-wearing set). Could this signal an end to the manicure madness and a return to more classic, seasonal colors? We’ve got three more weeks to find out.
After a whole lot of speculation following a round of Instagrams that showed Rihanna with a bounty of Chanel makeup, it appears as though Gisele, not the Barbados-born superstar, has been named the newest face of Chanel beauty. It’s really a win-win either way. [Daily Mail]
Tata Harper’s line of organic skincare made with ingredients harvested on her farm in Vermont has been a smash hit since it debuted in 2010. Now the brand is erring ever so slightly on the side of makeup, with the launch of a trio of lip-care treatments, which might suggest to inquiring minds that Harper has designs on the cosmetics industry. One would hope so, at least. [WWD]
Deborah Lippmann is no stranger to celebrity collaborations, as she has worked with and created lacquers for everyone from Lady Gaga to Dree Hemingway and the cast of Girls. But who would be on her dream make-me-not-ever-sleep-again collaboration list? “There’s one person, and that’s Barbra Streisand,” says Lippmann. A glitter polish called “A Star Is Born,” perhaps? [EW]
Want a body like Beckham—Victoria, that is? Start eating an alkaline diet. The designer apparently swears by Natasha Corrett’s Honestly Healthy cookbook and diet that tries to limit acidity within the body to promote weight loss, clear skin, and shiny hair. [Radar]
Despite our own misgivings, and the fact that the runways have recently embraced a return to the minimalist manicure with an all-nude, all-the-time protocol, newfangled polishes continue to take the market by storm. From caviar appliqués and magnetic finishes to leatherlike lacquers, design-heavy strips, and DIY gel topcoats, there is an unending stream of options for your next next-level manicure. The latest launches one-up the shatter polishes of old and introduce a new concept in pro tips: speckled polishes. The idea here is really just embedding black glitter, instead of rainbow or like-colored flecks, in seasonally appropriate pastels. But the dichotomous nature of the combination feels like a fresh way to wear texture—stumbled upon by not one but two different brands. Both Deborah Lippmann and Illamasqua creative director Alex Box are seeing spots for Spring. Here, we put their new polishes to the test: let the throwdown begin.
The Hometown Hero: Deborah Lippmann has been inventing the wheel with glitter polishes since she debuted Marquee Moon—a silver lacquer mixed with then-unheard-of pieces of chunky hexagonal chrome sparkles—at Rodarte’s Fall 2009 show. Her new Staccato collection, which debuts next month at www.deborahlippmann.com, is similarly smart, albeit somewhat subdued, as it relies on uniform pieces of small circular black glitter and a pretty palette of three soft pastels, including the standout Rockin’ Robin, a creamy mint green.
The Indie Import: While Illamasqua may not be able to lay claim to the same glitter glory, the British brand’s polish pedigree is impressive. Its debut collection of neons and brights helped attract an international audience—and eventually Sephora, which brought the line stateside in 2009. Its new limited-edition Speckled Varnishes, which launch next month on www.sephora.com, offer slightly more scandalous shades of traditional pastels, including Mottle, a lime-tinged mint—which is to be expected from a brand that’s known for its shock values. To this end, the glitter in this five-piece collection is also varied and includes larger hexagonal sparkles as well as microscopic pieces.
The Bottom Line:
If you’re looking to make a statement with a more subtle, delicate edge, choose Deborah Lippmann for its more refined color palette. But if you’re looking for an unapologetic nod to funky finger-painting, Illamasqua is—and will likely always be—your best bet.