Sunday, July 10, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Fall Nails

It's hard to think of fall when surrounded by sweltering summer heat, but these shades sure are a nice reminder that the season will be here in just a couple of short months. These colors make me think of things like pumpkin pie, autumn leaves, tartan plaid, and back-to-school shopping. This collection is currently available exclusively at Nordstrom through July as part of their Anniversary Sale offerings but will be available at and other retailers beginning in August. The new shades included here are:
- Single Ladies: dark and vampy red
- Brick House: shimmery rust/copper
- Billionaire: deep, glossy hunter green
- Stormy Weather: dark smoky grey (created with Narciso Rodriguez)

L-R: Single Ladies, Brick House

L-R: Billionaire, Stormy Weather

Note: Brick House looks more coppery in person and not quite as orange as it appears in these photos. (The ridges you see are not due to the polish formula but to flaws in the surface of the nail wheel.)

Pictured in sunlight above and below

Pictured below in low light:

Pictured below in flash lighting:

And a few more pictures in direct sunlight below, 
to give you a better idea of the true shade: 

Metal Filigree Gemmed Box from Pier 1 imports

Some comparisons 

L-R: Single Ladies, Just Walk Away Renee

Single Ladies seems a tad cooler-toned than Just Walk Away Renee, but these are so close in color once you get past the 2nd coat that it probably isn't worth having both of these. Can't even say I prefer one over the other either--they are that similar. If you already own at least one dark, glossy red then you can probably skip this one with no regrets, but if you are on the hunt for one, Single Ladies is definitely worth a look. 

L-R: Stormy Weather, Break a Leg-Warmer!

As you can see these two above look similar in the bottle, but on the nails Stormy Weather is significantly darker than Sephora by OPI's Break a Leg-Warmer!. This also reminds me of a darker version of Dior's Gris Montaigne (sorry, don't have that one handy to compare).   

L-R: Zulu, Billionaire

When I first tried Billionaire I immediately thought of Nars' Zulu. This has that same great, high-shine jelly formula, although it's not all that similar in color aside from the fact that it's also a very dark shade of green. Billionaire starts out as a mossy/army green, and when it dries it darkens to more of a hunter green. In comparison, Zulu almost looks like a deep emerald green. I only used two coats below, but when using jelly formulas like these I normally apply at least three coats for more even coverage. When applying Billionaire don't be discouraged by the very sheer first coat--by the third coat the color will build up into a lovely, intense, glossy green.

(Sorry, no comparisons for Brick House as I don't own anything else remotely similar.)

Thank you for visiting! :)


  1. Great post! I got Stormy Weather (didn't see the others) but you are making me really want Brick House. Thanks for sharing!

  2. @The Ultimate Makeup, Thanks! I think maybe Stormy Weather was launched separately(?) I included it with the others because Nordstrom had these 4 grouped together for the anniversary sale. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I love them! Especially Brick House and Stormy Weather. I thought of 2 possible dupes for Stormy Weather, Nails Inc Thames or OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees - although that could be a bit too dark! The only colour colour that I think might be similar for Brick House is Illmasqua Shrapnel? I don't have that one, so it's just an idea from memory. And can I just say, your nails are lovely ;o)

  4. Great post - these colours are gorgeous! :)

  5. What a beautiful post! I've spent my evening skimming through your entire blog. I love how you put so much effort into your photos to show the products to their best effect.

  6. Thanks for taking the time and effort in making these pictures, swatches and comparisons! Your photos are all beautiful :)

  7. Ooooh, this is the first swatch post I've seen of these new shades! Stormy Weather and Billionaire are DEFINITELY calling my name.

    Also, I always love the background you use for these shots. So creative and lovely!

  8. Hi Leanne OCD: Thanks! Will definitely check out the Nails Inc shade and Shrapnel. I love OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees! I think this one might be a bit lighter but haven't seen them side-by-side yet Thanks also for the kind compliment (I've always wished I had a longer, more downward curved nailbed):)

    Hi Modavista, thanks! I think it's a very fall-appropriate collection! :)

    Hi Vita, Thanks so much, I enjoy taking photos and playing around with lighting and different lenses! :)

    Hi Liz, Thanks very much :) They are worth a look if you don't already have something similar :) I always love these kinds of dark, super glossy polishes!

  9. These are gorgeous! I recently bought two Lippmanns, but I got glitters.

  10. I will definitely get Stormy Weather and Billionaire. I got Just Walk Away Renee and thought they would look similar. Thank you for great comparizations!

  11. Hi Leticia, I saw a set at Nordstrom with three Lippmann glitters and I didn't get it but I keep thinking about it! Thanks for commenting :)

    Hi Flyavsted, Hope you enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by :)

  12. I really enjoyed this post. What stunning colours. I think Brick House is my favourite, simply because it is so unique. I have a feeling that Stormy Weather is a tad more blue than the Dior. I think I could happily own all of these.

    Thank you for the wonderful photography as ever,
    Jane x

  13. Hi Jane, Thank you :)! They are great colors, aren't they - I like Brick House as well and it stands out, being the only shimmer in the collection xx

  14. I was quite curious about these shades; thanks for taking the time to post them! My favorite would have to be single ladies--- it's such a nice black cherry color. I'm also interested to see how NARS Galion will compare to Stormy weather and Break a Leg-Warmer.

  15. Absolutely breathtaking photography as usual!! Your nails are beautiful as well.

  16. Hi Dovey, I love Single Ladies! I think it's the kind of shade that looks good year round :) I will have to check out Nars Galion to see how it compares :)

    Hi Perilously Pale, Thanks so much for the kind words! :)

  17. Gorgeous swatches! I like Brick House in dark lighting but Stormy Weather is really calling to me. Thank you for such beautiful images of these new shades.

  18. Hi Kristie, thanks very much! :) I think Brick House came out more true to life in the darker lighting photo. It's amazing how different a color can look depending on the lighting situation!

  19. I love all four shades, brickhouse reminds me most of fall/autumn. Wish I could wear these on my nails now.

  20. Hi pinkribbons, I know what you mean :) there are so many new fall collections being released I'm totally ready to get back into fall colors!

  21. Wow I really want Stormy Weather! I wish summer was already over so we could wear these colors now!!!!

  22. Hi HDTM! I like Stormy Weather a lot - will probably do a pedicure with it soon! Thanks for stopping by :)

  23. Love these!! Great comparisons, btw. Before I got to Just Run Away Renee, I was thinking how Single Ladies compared..and then boom! You had it. I think I might have to get Single Ladies. Thanks for a great post! :) xxx

  24. Hi Rachel, Thanks! - they're both nice, but I think I'm beginning to like Single Ladies a little more than the Renee shade :) xx

  25. I love these!! I definitely need to pick up Single Ladies and Stormy Weather - this one is my favourite :) Thank you for sharing the swatches!

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  26. Hi YK, Thanks - dark grey definitely seems to be a popular color in the fall collections :)

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    I love your nail polish review... my favorite colour would be Brick House... it's such a nice colour and so different!!

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    Thank you so so so much.

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  28. Hi Shelley, Thank you! Hope you are having a great weekend as well! Thanks for stopping by :)

  29. Hi Kaide, Thanks so much! :) Apologies for the very late response -- your comment got stuck in the spam folder for some strange reason and I just found it today!


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