Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as “Rolex rose gold” with a metallic finish. Deborah Lippmann said it took her three years to get the finish you see in Glamorous Life–always fun to read tidbits like that. It’s champagne, it’s beige, it’s rose gold–it’s really a mix of pink and champagne with threads of gold micro shimmer to give it that metallic finish.  It was opaque in two coats.   Zoya Pandora is less metallic, more shimmered, and not as pink. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie has a similar softness but is a cream finish and has no gold.

This is one of the easiest metallics I’ve worked with; it’s not too thick and the brush strokes easily pull into straight lines–no wonkiness. There’s a lot of inherent shine in the finish even without a top coat (though I’d still recommend a top coat for prolonged wear).  The polish applies evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking.  I’ve had good luck with Deborah Lippmann’s formula–her shades typically wear for a week with minor to minimal tip wear.

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Glamorous Life

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I hope more metallics apply as easily as this shade did! It was such a pleasant experience to see the threads of shimmer with a more uniform appearance, rather than having to be really meticulous and ensuring to only use the minimum brush strokes to apply the color!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

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Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Zoya Pandora is less metallic, more shimmered, and not as pink. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie has a similar softness but is a cream finish and has no gold.

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54 thoughts on “Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Layla

    The colour is really pretty, but i just dun like nail polishes that show the brush strokes

  2. Christina Glasper

    I simply love this color!! Very chic and suttle..

  3. I don’t like su much the finish!

  4. Rebecca

    Eh, not crazy about the color. It’s a bit old — reminds me of the nail polish my grandma always wears.

  5. MissDeeCanada

    Im sorry, its way too streaky for me.

  6. claire

    This has been my go-to polish for fall!!! I was disappointed with orly’s rage, which everyone called rose gold, but it leaned to cool and didn’t look rosy to me! Loooove the glam life!!!

    • Harshleen

      Ditto! I returned Orly’s rage because it didn’t look too good on my skintone. Glam life looks perfect!

  7. This is lovely, but it’s kind of a “grandma” shade to me.

  8. Julie

    How does Zoya Austine compare?

    and you should add Deborah Lippmann to your swatch gallery!

  9. :| that has terrible steak lines!! oh no :(

  10. Michelle

    this took her three years to finish?! The color’s not bad, but it just seems too dupe-able. I guess frosts are always streaky, even Lippmann ones. Pass.

  11. Avatar of Gina Gina

    That is so beautiful!!! I’ve never been so drawn to a nude-ish polish before. I could just stare at my nails all day with a shade like that.

  12. Emi

    I’ve been waiting for this color, ha ha! Had to get it! :D

  13. Avatar of Diana Diana

    It looks a little streaky and messsy to me for $16.00. If I got ahold of it, with my little tremors, it would be a bloomin’ disaster!

    • This was applied it about 15 seconds (each coat, that is) – not at all messy or hard to work with! I have shaky hands, actually, since I have carpal tunnel.

  14. I think this is so pretty! I want it!

  15. a very similar colour would be chestnuts about you by sephora for opi. it’s has more of a shimmer/metallic feel to it but the rose gold is the same and it doesn’t show brush strokes.

  16. Oh my god, this is fabulous. A must buy!

  17. Prerna

    Do want! Would anyone happen to know why it’s only available on Beauty.com? What the chuck:(

  18. Caiti

    Love it! (And love your site!) This would be perfect on my pale, peachy hands.

  19. Avatar of Inday blkrox

    Glamorous Life is one of my all-time favorite songs, so I’d get it just for the name alone. That I absolutely love the color is icing!

  20. Mary

    I would love to know how this compares to Orly Rage, look so similar

  21. Jessica

    Still looks terribly brush-strokey.

  22. Courtney

    I guess I’ll have to get this to go with the Michael Kors rose gold watch I bought myself for Christmas!

  23. Donna

    I think the finish and the color itself are kind of dreadful but to each their own.

  24. Estrella Montiel

    Gorgeous color:)

  25. Avatar of Deb Deb

    It looks like silk! Not for me, but your application and photos are beautiful.

  26. Avatar of Mary Mary

    Hmmm…I just cannot like this. It feels “grandma” to me also. Reminds me of something I would have worn in the 70′s.

    Love your website. I could spend hours here!

  27. Pretty colour, too bad it’s so stripey

  28. Ells

    I don’t get the A for this, that polish looks like brushstroke nightmare

    • It’s a metallic finish – it’s supposed to be a brushed finish – just google “metallic finish” and see what real metallic pieces look like. Maybe if you have stainless steel appliances or brushed satin nickel fixtures in your house, you could look at those, too :)

  29. Christina

    Kinda reminds me of Nicole by O.P.I. It’s possible!

  30. i love it…but i have a strong attraction to rosey-golds and polk-a-dots…

  31. Em

    I think this looks like Essie’s Buy Me a Cameo. Both of these are very pretty colors.

  32. Baby Cakes

    I’m loving the color. I think it would agree with my skin tone. I don’t mind brush strokes. As you can see I’m very easy to please.

  33. Katie

    I see….old lady nails. This shade reminds me of something Blanch would wear on “Golden Girls.” :D

  34. I don’t mind the brushstrokes, i really need this one so bad…if anyone has it and wants to get rid of it, let me know ;) crysje@icqmaildotcom

  35. MORENA

    Thats a nice shade for people that can only wear “natural looking” nails to work. u know, nothing wild, something natural

  36. Ok I had to mark Love it because I have it ;) I am a sucker for anything 1)DL and 2)rose gold.

    That being said, I do not think this is the best representation of the color. Butter London Fairy Lights NAILS IT (pun intended). I was so much more impressed with that shade than DL’s. (just swatched both the other day).

  37. Jessie

    I think this polish is perfect! I’m 21 and it didn’t even cross my mind that this would ever be too ‘old’, its also so smooth on it feels like a gel manicure! Rose gold is my obsession at the moment and this is exactly what i was looking for and more :)

  38. loveisblind

    It looks like a slightly rosier and less copper version of Butter London’s Old Bill. This is a very pretty, antique looking color. But my butter london is a little too close to this to buy this one.

  39. Avatar of Aimey Aimey

    Mann, such a pretty color! It’s unfortunate because so many metallics have such beautiful colors but it’s just so damn hard to get them to apply right. Even with Glamorous Life, I hate that you can still see where the brush strokes were.

  40. busted

    An expensive polish that actually looks expensive for a change.

  41. This reminds me of Essie Penny Talk except less bronzey maybe.