Monday, March 3, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light

It may be March, but there are no signs of spring to be found here in Virginia! This post is coming to you live from B's house, where I got snowed in (one inch, and we're expecting a little more). I would have gone back home yesterday, but I got a TERRIBLE cold over the weekend and was in no shape to drive yesterday. Between the Nyquil knock off I've been taking and the fact that I didn't feel like a functional human being until earlier this morning, it was best not to make any moves. (You guys, I didn't go to the opera broadcast I had a ticket for on Saturday. *That's* how cruddy I was feeling.) The prospect of spending another day with Sterling Meowlory Archer doesn't hurt, either.

Anyway, now that I'm feeling a little better, it's time for a blog post! :)

Sixteen years ago today, my favorite Madonna album was released. Many wonderful albums came out in 1998, and yes, Madonna has decades of hits to her name, but ... "Ray of Light" is my shit. The album AND the Lippmann polish.

Three? Four? coats with SV.

I wasn't able to capture the color shift of the iridescent flakes as they went from red-orange to green-blue, but it's there. Trust. They really pop against the indigo jelly base!

I hadn't heard the greatest things about Ray of Light's formula, so I was expecting the worst. Instead, I found it to be very easy to work with. Yes, because it's jelly-based, you're going to need at least three coats for opacity; I know there are people who like to layer Ray of Light over cremes, but I think that takes away from the dimensionality of the flakes. I can't remember whether I used three or four coats here (I tend to get excited with flakies, so I pile those mofos ON); whatever I did, it dried smoothly with SV and the flakie effect was BEAUTIFUL.

Ray of Light was part of Deborah Lippmann's "3D Holographic" duo from Spring 2012, so it's been around a while. HAHAHAHAHA. "Holographic." I'm starting to think that the beauty industry has no idea how to use the internet, because ... NOPE. We all know this -- and Lippmann Sweet Dreams -- is a flakie! Ray of Light goes from $19 to $20 at most stores. However, I scored my bottle at the end of 2012 in an awesome HSN deal where Lippmanns were either half off? $8? It was a sweet deal. That's all I know. I also know there is? was? an Urban Outfitters dupe of this polish, but the formula is quite fussy, so perhaps the UO polish is worth looking into if you don't want to plunk down cash for a Lippmann. (EDITED 3/6/14: If you'd like to, check out the other nail goodies offered at HSN [here]. This is not an affiliate link, so shop away!)

In conclusion, YES.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you guys again this week! We'll see what happens between the snow, sicky times, and work. It'll be interesting.


  1. This is very pretty! I actually have the Urban Outfitters dupe of this color. I tried wearing it once but I was having a hard time with the formula so I took it off. I've been kind of scared to try it ever since but it's definitely a beautiful polish. Hopefully I'll have better luck with it.

    1. Thanks, Melissa! Yes, I'd heard not great things about the UO's formula. Maybe some thinner will set it right?

  2. Ray of Light came out 16 years ago?!? Are you effing kidding me? Good God, that makes me feel ancient! And to think I'm pretty convinced I'm still twenty summthin....

    Anyways, I received this recently, and feel like I need to layer it over something as I feel like I would get more depth from it that way. Pretty nonetheless.

    Hope you feel better!

    1. I KNOW RIGHT.

      Well, you know my feelings about layering this one, but I'm sure it'll look beautiful, whatever you do! :)

      Thanks, boo. I hope you're doing OK yourself!

  3. So, I don't hear super well and for the longest time I swore up and down that Madge felt like disco foam, instead of like she just got home.

    Do you remember Hit Clips? (I had to Google around for like 10 minutes to find out the actual name of that thing.) My sister had one but the only music chip she had was "Ray of Light."

    1. Oh wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I only remember them from the hot second they were Happy Meal toys! That's so funny.


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