Deborah Lippmann’s highly coveted nail colors tend to be be based on the titles of songs, or celebrity suggestions (e.g clients from Cher to Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Posen to Rodarte). At Spring 2011 Fashion Week however, Badgley Mischka chose her “Glitter in the Air” as the nail color of choice for their runway show. This color is a sheer, sky blue, glitzed up with flecks of salmon pink and blue glitter. And we’re not talking tiny, ladylike, almost-can’t-see-them bits of glitter either. These are almost confetti-sized. The blue is trendy, the glitter, gutsy. This polish comes loaded with all the elements you need for a trendy Spring!
Another Deborah Lipmann color that will work with everything for Spring, is “Naked.” It is a clean, sheer beige that was inspired in part by customer request, and partly by Pink’s performance at the Grammy Awards (who could forget her singing, while floating around in the air, wearing a nearly-sheer body suit wrapped in sparkles). This color reminds me of classic lingerie – but for your nails. No matter what you wear it with, you’ll feel elegant. The color has more intensity than “just nothing,” but like a little black dress, if you get tired of the nude look, you can also use it as a base for a French manicure or just add some crystals for a feminine “night out” look.
Find Deborah Lippmann nail polish at Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and on the Deborah Lippmann Web Site
Taking a different spin on things, is Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish. This line features tea tree oil, garlic bulb extract, Vitamins C & E, and What Protein, as “self defense against the toxic chemicals found in traditional nail polishes.”
When I first began reviewing beauty products regularly, more than a dozen years ago, consumers legitimately worried about the amount (and lack of disclosure) of bad things in nail polish (e.g. toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP) . Nails are porous, and anything toxic can and will seep in through the nail and nail bed. But consumers have become more savvy and more demanding, so many of today’s nail polish companies have removed the parabens and other questionable ingredients. But in 2006, Dr. Adam Cirlincione, a New York Podiatrist, helped developed a polish for this then-pregnant wife, that didn’t have DBP Toluene or Formaldeynde, but did have healthy ingredients you would actually like in a polish: tea tree oil, garlic bulb extract, Vitamins C and E, and Wheat Protein. All of these are naturally occurring antifungal ingredients that even help avoid nail discoloration.
Even better, there are (if I counted correctly) 22 different colors (paired with an “emotion” as well as a color) including a base and top coat, and a shiny clear. I do have a few immediate favorites: “Peaceful Pink Coral” (bright enough to make the real coral, look drab); “Positive Pastel Pink” (the color of ballerina’s leotard), “Healing Heather Grey” (a simple, semi-sheer, clear, dove grey), “Vigor Violet” (not the shrinking kind, but a rich, in-your-face violet), and “Revive Ruby Red” (a deep, metallic red that’s more maroon than red). So far I’m really liking what I’m seeing from this line. The polish is packaged in chic, square bottles with a matte, black, rubberized cap that’s easy to grip. The brush applies a smooth stroke of color. When you’re ready to remove the polish, there’s a Non-Acetone Enriched Nail Polish Remover to get the job done (infused with the same, good-for-your-nails, ingredients). The line also has an Enriched Cuticle Oil, and Hydrating Treatment to help dry, brittle nails. Polishes are $16.00 each, treatments are $10.00 Nail Polish Remover ($5.00 for 2 fl. oz).
Get Dr.’s Remedy at Rickys NY, or www.remedynails.com, or by calling 1-877-323-NAIL
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