Though I have yet to purchase a Deborah Lippmann polish myself, I’ve been captivated by Nordstrom-exclusive Across the Universe since I first heard it described. Luckily, Soaper1 was on the case, and sent me this gorgeous photo, which totally sealed the deal. Here’s her review and swatch:
Deborah Lippmann is offering several new polishes during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. The All that Jazz trio features: Lady Sings the Blues (dark blue jelly with silver regular and hex glitters), Razzle Dazzle (dark raspberry with glitter), and Some Enchanted Evening (clear with pink regular and hex glitters). They’re also offering two polishes sold individually: Across the Universe (blue jelly with green and blue hex glitter and blue regular glitter) and Bad Romance (black jelly with magenta regular and hex glitters). These polishes are $18 each and are currently only available at Nordstrom — both online and in-store. If Lippmann does what she did last year, these polishes will be available individually on her site this fall.
The base for Across the Universe is sheer. I applied three coats and one coat of Poshe (I did fairly thin coats). The next time I apply this polish, I plan to do two coats. You definitely need at least two medium-thick coats to achieve a nice opacity, but with the addition of the third coat, I thought the glitter started to get lost. When applying this polish, I found it’s best to make as few strokes down the nail as possible; if you make too many, you end up moving the hex glitter down the nail or back onto the brush. Also, I ended up with a few pieces of hex glitter on the free edge of my nail. I used my orange stick to gently push them back on the nail.
For a hex glitter polish, Across the Universe is pretty smooth. When you run your finger over the polish, you can feel some texture, but it’s not bad at all. If it bothers you, I suspect that two coats of top coat would smooth it right out. The wear on this has been pretty good. I’m expecting this to be difficult to remove since it’s packed with glitter, so I plan to use the Studio Tools remover tub.