Revlon in Heavenly over OPI in You Callin' Me a Lyre?

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I'm no longer picking up many Deborah Lippmanns because of growing weariness with the brand, so when I saw that Revlon had released a dupe, I did something all too rare for me these days - I went drugstore hopping. Over the winter I was loving really soft and delicate glitter combos, and I thought this polish would be perfect for that kind of look. Sadly, like Arrested Development Season 4, this polish let me down! Revlon in #770 Heavenly was released with the Winter 2012 "Bubble Gum Days / Urban Nights" collection and is currently permanent. It is composed of large hexagonal and square glitters in a clear base (it looks slightly ivory and milky in the bottle, but applies clear). The glitters are opalescent and flash orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple. And you can probably tell from my macro, but the formula SUUUUUUUCCCCKS. It is extremely thick - thicker but not as gluey as Rescue Beauty Lounge in IKB:2012. I thinned it twice before applying, and it was still disgustingly thick. It was so thick that I could not really do a thin coat. Normally I wouldn't complain as much about it, but you can see that it caused bubbles. All. Over. The. Place. So many bubbles. From a normal distance, the bubbling wasn't really visible, but it was so prevalent that it really bothered me. I got my bottle from a new, untouched display, and I had heard the Lippmann formula was really thick as well, so I won't chalk it up to a bad bottle. But I do like this combination of glitters, and I will probably try to use this again after thinning it like 3:1, so I guess I am a sucker.

I layered 1 coat of Heavenly between OPI in You Callin' Me a Lyre? (1 thin coat over Heavenly and 2 thin coats as the base). You Callin' Me a Lyre? is the light pink jelly from the Spring 2012 Soft Shades "NYC Ballet" collection. It has a lovely, easily-buildable, non-streaky formula. The pink is pretty neutral, maybe a tiny bit cool.

Also, instead of using my normal CND Stickey base coat, I used Nail Tek Foundation II, which is a ridge-filling base coat that has a modest white tint, which I sometimes use to help build up the opacity of sheerer polishes.

Worn January 9 - 10, 2013.

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Here's a blurry picture to give you an idea of how this mani looked from a normal distance:

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This is what Heavenly looks like in the bottle. This opalescent type of glitter layers really beautifully over both light and dark polishes - it looks cool over deep cool colors like blue and purple and, of course, black.


WARNING: Graphic close-up below! This is not even the worst finger (that would be my ring finger).


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Indirect natural light
Indirect natural light - cloudy

Heavenly is an exact dupe for Deborah Lippmann in Stairway to Heaven. You can see this from Frazzle and Aniploish and Obsessive Cosmetics Hoarders Unite!'s swatches (over black) and comparisons. You can find even more pictures from Naz's Nails (over navy) and Nouveau Cheap (over black).

You Callin' Me a Lyre? has been swatched by, among others, Scrangie, Vampy Varnish, Spaz & Squee, The Hungry Asian, The Polished Perfectionist, The PolishAholic, Lucy's Stash, and All You Desire.

Have you ever seen bubbling this bad? And what do you think of Heavenly?

Comments

  1. Love it, I tried this with My Pointe Exactly and I love the look. Mine didn't bubble though, I wonder if that's because you used a thinner? Anyway, thanks for the inspiration, my nails look great but I wish I had your long nailbeds!

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  2. Anonymous - I've never had problems using thinner, but because the suspension base stayed so thick, and I had shaken it to disperse the thinner, that might have been the problem. I'm glad you didn't have any issues!

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