Sunday, January 22, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe

All Across the Universe
Base: OPI Dating a Royal from 2008 Mod About Brights collection
Topped with: Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe
This is my first, and as of this post, only Deborah Lippmann polish. Why? Biggest reason- $18 is a lot to drop on a single polish. I have a pretty humble budget, but when I had some credit, I finally splurged on this one. Also, this brand is not available in store anywhere near me.  I prefer to see a polish in person before buying it, but the number of swatches online tempted me so. Finally, there are quite a few Deborah Lippmann near dupes out there, so for me to make a purchase of that price, it needs to be something quite unique.
Without a doubt, the presentation of the packaging and bottle really make it stand apart and you feel like you might have had a decent reason to spend so much on a polish. I love that it comes in a little plastic box because I despise picking up a new polish and discovering someone has already swatched it. The design of the bottle is lovely too- a bold square design that almost makes it look like a tiny award. I had no issues what so ever with the brush either, so no complaints.
The polish itself is a dark blue jelly base with teal, and green hex glitter surrounded by smaller bright blue glitter. In the bottle, it looks just amazing, and every time I see it, the Beatles song plays in my head. This has been a huge lemming of mine for quite some time!
I layered 1 coat over OPI Dating a Royal. To be honest, this combination did not delight me as much as I had hoped. I think because Dating a Royal was quite opaque and I only used 1 coat of Across the Universe, it just wasn’t as deep as I had hoped- it simply lacked that mystical dimension I had imagined. The application also reminded me why I don’t wear large glitter polish much. I did have to move the glitter bits quite a bit once they were on my nail to try to get an even distribution.
Here is the end result- I got many compliments on it, but I think I had just over hyped it in my head.

I’m not letting go of it, but I am going to take a different approach with it next time.
What is the most you’ll spend on any one polish?
Ever feel a little let down after fulfilling a lemming?


  1. Oo, you have to try it over another color. The royal takes away from it. I wish I could remember what I used. Try black, Here Today, Aragon tomorrow or Yodel me.

    1. I will definitely have to try that! I've seen some incredible pictures, and my combo simply wasn't the best...