Perhaps mermaids don't dream in technicolor, they do one better: in sparkles!
The Quick Take
Brand/Name: Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream
Color: Pale seafoam green
Formula: Seafoam green foil/shimmer base with aqua hex glitter, and gold and silver microglitter
Finish: Glitter/foil hybrid
Price: $18.6- $22 CDN for 15mL
Seen at: Holt Renfrew, Murale, The Bay, Nail Polish Canada, Spa Boutique, Nordstrom (watch out for duties tho)
Note(s): As far as I know, Mermaid's Dream isn't a limited release for Spring 2012. I purchased my bottle from Spa Boutique when they were running their no minimum free shipping promo earlier this year. I managed to snag my bottle for $21, taxes included.
The Fun Facts
Token bottle shot.
Label at the base.
Info on the box, including the ingredient list.
Somewhat skinny (compared to the prevalent wide brush movement) DL brush.
In all its seafoam glittered shimmer splendor!
This is one complicated color to describe. There's so much going on! The base is a very pretty seafoam green foil that's mixed in with some silver and gold bits. You probably wouldn't even notice the metallic bits in the foil finish unless you look closely in very bright light. Add to the mix are small aqua hex glitter that bring to mind bubbles in the water. Despite being a foil, Mermaid's Dream actually dries down to a surprisingly gritty texture. It's not just the glitter in the mix, but the actual base has some sort of texture to it, too.
***All nail swatches were done with Nail Tek II Foundation Base Coat and two coats of Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream unless stated. I apologize for the lighting in the photos; I took them on an overcast day so I've also had to substitute artificial light for the usual sunlight photos.
Yes, it feels as gritty as it looks.
Shiny, nonetheless, because of the foil finish.
Bright light brings the tiny gold and silver bits to life.
I like the Deborah Lippmann brush. It's thin enough that you can get into the nook and crannies without creating a mess, while it can fan out nicely so that you can probably cover a smaller nail in one stroke. I'd take these sort of brushes over those newfangled 'pro-wide' brushes any day! Consistency on this one was somewhat thick, but that's expected when you're dealing with glitter. It did, however, flow nicely despite the higher viscosity and leveled itself upon drying. I have to note that this is one pigmented formula. I probably could've gotten away with one medium to thick coat but decided to do two medium coats just to be sure. As with other glitter bombs, you'll want to use the foil method of removal. It comes off easily with no staining. Dry time is just a tad faster than average.
I swear to you that this one has top coat.
Hammie says: I..I have no words..
Hammie says: SPARKLES...!!
You'll have to be generous with top coat; this one tends to eat it up so you'll probably want to layer on a few coats. The photos above have a layer of Gelous under a thick coat of Seche Vite. It's smooth to the touch but still retains the textured look to it.
I hate to play enabler when a nail polish is pricey like Mermaid's Dream. But if you consider yourself a nail polish connoisseur or go crazy over pastels/glitter/anything sparkly, YOU NEED THIS. I'm sorry, but you really do. I have absolutely nothing like it and I have seen absolutely nothing like it. This one is in a class all its own. I've heard that some people didn't like the textured finish or the foil/metallic look to it, so if you fall into that category, then you'd best stay away and spend your $$ elsewhere. I, for one, am beyond thrilled that this is one of those heavily hyped nail polishes that actually exceeded all expectations. The color is so reminiscent of the sea and has such a summer-y vibe that just looking at it puts a smile on your face. I kid you not. I was probably grinning like an idiot the entire time I had this on (for the record, it lasted a week on my tips without any visible sign of tip wear, only growth at the cuticles. Yes, 7 days. That's a record right there.) but I couldn't help it! Maybe Hammie is rubbing off on me.
If you have yet to bite the bullet, Mermaid's Dream doesn't seem to be a limited release (but don't quote me on that). It is still available at most online retailers, even on the official Deborah Lippmann website (unfortunately, they only ship to continental US). I can't vouch for the brick and mortar stores as I never even saw this one at a store myself. Since it is a spring release, I would wonder if they still have stock (especially with all the new fall collections coming out), but you can take your chances if you prefer to shop in store.
Yes, $22 CAD is a hefty price to pay for a single bottle of nail polish. I rationalized my own purchase as a birthday gift to myself to take the sting off some. But I will say that you do get 15mL of product which is pretty good for the price if you compare it to other luxury brands like Estee Lauder ($25 CAD for ~9mL) or even Chanel ($25 CAD for ~13mL). With such comparables, it doesn't seem like such a bad deal. And you do end up with a very unique color and finish. That's got to count for something.
Hammie turned strangely catatonic after that sparkles outburst. He seems completely mesmerized by Mermaid's Dream and isn't really responding to questions. Maybe he needs a minute but we'll move on, anyway. So while I know he'll balk at the price tag, the superb application, unique finish and color easily make it worth your while to own your own bottle of mermaid dreams. It comes as no surprise that we've scored it:
Aren't you glad it's Friday? We hope you have some awesome plans for the weekend! We have a busy one but we hope to have a super relaxing one right after. Mostly because we think we'd have deserved it. Before you ride off into the sunset and get on with the R&R, we'd like to know: How expensive is too expensive when it comes to nail polish? What's your most pricey bottle of polish? Would you be willing to shell out the $$$ for a color that you really want?