Deborah Lippmann Ice Princess and Ice Queen swatched

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Remember the beautiful Deborah Lippmann nail colour duo from last year? Roses in the Snow? You don’t? Then see here 🙂  Deborah Lippmann Roses in the Snow swatched  Anyway, I loved Roses in the Snow so much I was very excited to see two new Deborah Lippmann holiday nail colour duos released this year. Not one, two! Awesome. Those colour duos are pretty much a matching nail colour and glitter shade that you can top the nail colour with or do some nail design, if you’re into that kind of stuff. Also, there’s some limited edition packaging going on there usually, which I love. The two bottles of nail polish in these sets are fashion size, according to Deborah Lippmann, that is, they are mini bottles. Which means, you can try out this manicure and then go ahead and get full size versions of these shades, if you love them. The thing I’ll say up front is that those duos look and feel like holidays, so you’ll probably get a smile, at least, out of them.

 

We’re going to start here with Ice Princess. Are you ready? I mean it. Are you ready for it? Because it looks awesome.

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O-oh, it’s so beautiful. Very snowy, very wintery, very holiday like, very… Ice Princessy. Ice Princess is a great name, by the way.

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I look at the back of the box to see what the two shades in it are. La Vie En Rose. Ok, we know that one. It’s part of a permanent range. And Heart of Glass. That’s new 🙂 Another important thing I see on the back here is Deborah Lippmann’s suggestion on how to wear it. You can follow those directions or come up with some ideas of your own.

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Princess should have a palace to live in, Deborah Lippmann has one for you here 🙂

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This manicure strikes me as a very tender one. We’ll see if it proves to be true.

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Tender and pink and worthy of a princess 🙂

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And here are our two shades. This big glitter in the tray is ever so cool. Like broken tiny pieces of ice. They become the two shades we have here.

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This tray might be the most holiday like thing I’ve seen so far. I can only hope the nail colour will prove to be as nice.

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This is our pink nail colour proper.

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La Vie En Rose. Life in pink. What can be better? 🙂

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This pink is ever so tender. Delicate. Just a breath of pink.

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If you do two coats, it will be sort of sheer. Not all the way, half of the way or so.

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You know that I don’t like sheer manicures though, so I did three coats to make sure this cute shade covers my nails pretty much fully.

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The shade is a cooler pink with some pearly shine to it, but this shine is wrapped in the shade, it’s understated, noble, it’s within the pink, not on the outside.

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La Vie En Rose is a step up from nude well groomed look like pinks.

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In this set framed in all the glittery design it looks frosty and crispy. But it might well be romantic, if you wear it in summer, spring or fall, any other season than holidays.

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Let’s see that glitter now.

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The shade is called Heart of Glass. How wonderful is that? Heart of Glass.

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It’s a traditional glitter. Sheer or almost sheer with bigger, or medium, maybe, holographic glitter particles of uneven shape.

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Very glassy, indeed. Or icy. Winter in a bottle.

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There’s not crazy much glitter in this shade. A handful.

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So, to me, it being sheer or almost sheer and not having a huge amount of glitter particles means I can’t really wear it on its own.

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If you do like sheer nail colour though, you might be able to wear it as is. And the glitter will be a pleasant bonus.

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I don’t know if you like glitter top coats. If you do, keep in mind that not only it’s cute, it’s the type of glitter exactly that’s very trendy this holiday season.

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Now let’s try to combine the two – La Vie En Rose and Heart of Glass – and see what we get as a result.

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Hm. This is very puzzling. You almost can’t see the glitter.

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It’s too light, and then the pink colour is light too. So, when you top one with the other, you can only see some shine, holographic silvery glimmer on the pink. And nothing else, really.

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I dare say, some people will think the glitter doesn’t give them enough here, doesn’t show enough in this manicure.

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Because the glitter here almost blends in with the pink, merges with it, adding texture to the pink but not really showing that much.

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Here’s good news though. These two shades – La Vie En Rose and Heart of Glass – look so tender together.

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This set can be a perfect romantic or holiday set. Ever so shy and pretty. And icy 🙂

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That’s Ice Princess. Can you feel a blast of cool air? Can you hear icicles and snowflakes jingling in the air? If you can’t you will, when you wear it 🙂 I wish the glitter would show more, but it’s a matter of taste. And I have an idea that I will save for later, for after we’ve looked at the second duo.

 

Ice Queen. Queen and Princess. I wonder, how they are different. And I hope Queen is as beautiful as Princess.

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Ok, this is definitely more intense than Ice Pink. Red and gold and stunning. More contrast here for sure.

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This packaging is so fabulous, and it has the same snowy pattern on it. And then all the glitter.

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A look at the back of the box tells me that the red shade is our good old acquaintance Lady Is a Tramp, part of Deborah Lippmann permanent range. The glitter is called The Golden Rule. And it’s very much like that other glitter in the pink set Heart of Glass, it’s medium size, and the glitter particles are of totally random shape. Deborah Lippmann directs us to either use it as a top coat or place it strategically on the nail to do some nail design.

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This is the palace, and it looks very much like that palace for the Princess, only it’s darker and framed in red.

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Dark and sultry and red.

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Boy, this red and gold look so good in the glitter tray. They stand out so nicely against the glittery background. I don’t know, maybe, I would like to see some gold in the tray with the glitter, so as to match the nail shades better.

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Still love the tray itself though. I almost wish I could have a glitter shade with as big chunks in it 🙂

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Here’s our red nail colour.

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Lady Is a Tramp. I’ve already shown you this shade once as an option for Valentine’s Day. Here Deborah Lippmann Valentine Exclusives – Sweetheart Duet and Sweetheart Trio swatched

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It’s a vampy cherry red. A classic.

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Womanly. Elegant. Hot.

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Red without being too on the nose red.

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This shade is probably a classic anytime other than on holidays 🙂 For holidays we usually get brighter red nail shades.

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Here’s what I love most about Lady Is a Tramp. It’s not too dark. Darker reds – like all dark shades – can slide right into black. This shade doesn’t.

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It’s definitely one of the shades one could use in one’s makeup stash even after the holidays are over.

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Moving on to the golden glitter now.

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First and foremost, it’s gold, I can confirm it now 🙂

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Further on, this glitter is smaller to medium, uneven in shape, and there’s not much of it there.

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I think it’s a little smaller than the holographic glitter in Heart of Glass, but it’s close enough in size.

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This glitter is very festive, but there’s just too little of it in there for me to wear it on its own.

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By all means though, it’s a good top coat for nail colour. And if there’s not enough glitter there for you, just add another coat 🙂

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Golden glitter is so closely tied to holidays it’s enough to apply it over any favourite nail shade of yours to make your manicure celebratory.

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And I like it very much that this glitter is all uneven like bits and pieces of tissue paper.

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Now let’s see what The Golden Rule will look like over Lady Is a Tramp.

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Uh. That’s what I’ve been missing in Ice Princess. Contrast. There’s definitely enough of it here.

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This cherry red with gold scattered all over it looks very special occasion like. And the red in it being cherry red makes it only better, as far as I’m concerned.

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The fact that there’s just a handful of glitter here has its advantages. If you are not a huge fan of glitters The Golden Rule can help you get into the glitter groove.

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This manicure can easily carry you through several holiday parties, and we all could use some of it at this time of the year.

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It’s a very rare combination, really, of elegant and sexy. And it proves that the two can go well together.

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It’s like cherry jam with golden sprinkle over it. Desserty, warm and yummy.

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That’s Ice Queen. Can you feel the warmth coming off it? It’s like a warm blanket or a cup of tea or coffee in your hand. If you can’t feel it yet, you’ll be sure to feel it, when you wear it. I’m quite happy with the way the glitter looks against the red nail colour background here.

 

Remember I told you I had an idea that I wanted to save for later? Well, here goes. Looking at the two sets I want ever so much to swap the glitters in them.

 

This way the golden glitter will top the light pink.

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OMG! I love it.

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It’s special occasion like, holiday like, girly, romantic, womanly, awesome.

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This gold becomes this pink.

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It’s so fresh and so nice.

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I want to wear it this way. Right now 🙂

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Love it. What a great manicure option.

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And the holographic glitter will top the cherry red.

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Adding layers and textures and reflections to it.

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Making it mysterious.

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This combination is exciting.

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It gives the hot red an artsy twist.

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Adding a zest to it to make it special.

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Love this one too 🙂 Splendid.

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Me swapping the two glitter top coats put things in perspective. And made the two sets even better for me, personally. If you’re a traditionalist when it comes to makeup, or else, manicures, you can use the sets as they are designed. Speaking about the design, it’s the case when design definitely adds to my experience. I hope it will add to yours too. The shades are good quality and nice enough. You know why I tried to swap the glitter top coats though? Because in these two sets I lacked that extra creativity there was in Roses In the Snow set from last year. These two sets are something we’ve already seen. While Roses In the Snow is something new. That’s exactly why I got full size bottles to be able to create Roses In the Snow manicure any time I want it. While I’m not sure I want full sizes bottles of any of the four shades in these two sets. Well, maybe that pink and gold 🙂

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  1. Pingback: If you had to have one glitter nail shade this winter/holiday 2016 season… – makeupandmyself

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