Nails I Love
DEBORAH LIPPMANN – Across The Universe
I don’t know what’s happening to me lately. I seem to buying and liking polishes in all sorts of colours I’ve always hated – orange, teal, blue – and now I’m about to pick a fight with Deborah Lippmann, but more of that later.
ATU always features high on lemming lists, and I had resisted it for a long time. I already have Ruby Red Slippers and Bad Romance, and this is closely related to both, but because I hate blue, I didn’t buy it. Then I kept seeing pictures that made me appreciate the sheer artistry of it, and whaddya know … ta-dah!
Like her sisters, ATU is a jelly base packed with sparkle and multi coloured hexagonal glitter. It’s quite literally WOW in a bottle. This is sooooo beautiful that I can just stare at the polish in the bottle like a hypnotised child – it is THAT gorgeous.
The base is a sheer petrol colour, so it’s best to layer this (plus it helps the de-glittering). I used China Glaze FIRST MATE, a dark blue. The first thing you notice is the glitter – lovely pieces of medium hexagonal glitter in turquoise, emerald and then – not silver, but – a greyed out lilac. The effect is just to die for.
It’s only when your eyes adjust to the glitter that you notice all the shimmer and sparkle threading through it – the teeny tiny dots of turquoise that make it look like a living breathing thing of beauty.
Ok, and here we go … why the hell, Deborah Lippmann, is this called Across The Universe ? It should be called Under The Ocean. This conjures up for me the image of the deep Pacific or Indian ocean, where the bright coral fishies live amongst seaweed and bright green reed, and there’s always little bubbles of air rising up … seriously, this is aquatic.
Now I don’t disagree that ATU is a lovely concept, but for me this is a little too light and green to be true cosmos, however, this is just coral reef in a bottle!
Now it’s on my nails, I can’t stop staring at it. I also can’t stop thinking of oceans. So, Deborah Lippmann, I have rechristened it. The Crumpet decrees ATU forevermore be known as UTO lol.
(I sill think you’re a genius tho).
Sky or sea, which do you think ?
Top Tip – if you’re ever unsure what a nail colour looks like, go to Google images, which will give you plenty of contrasts and compares.