Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “playful periwinkle.” It’s a really rich, dark periwinkle, and to me, I see indigo–that perfect mix of blue and violet that gives you something different. I used two coats for swatches, and there is a hint of visible nail line, so I would say three is likely the ideal strategy here. It’s described as a cream finish, but it is more like a cream meets jelly–it has that slightly squishy look of a jelly.

Deborah Lippmann’s cream polishes last about a week on me with a good top/base coat (I prefer Zoya’s for both). The formula on this is a little watery, but I wouldn’t say it ended up being sheer or runny, as it still applied evenly and didn’t pull in places. Essie Smooth Sailing is lighter and has shimmer but reminded me of it nonetheless. SpaRitual Illume has a jelly-like appearance, but it leans more purple.

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I Know What Boys Like

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The color is interesting, which is why I think it will grab people's attention. At $16, it's certainly not an impulse buy, but at least the color isn't something we see all of the time. The jelly-cream finish may also be a draw!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
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Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

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Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Essie Smooth Sailing is lighter and has shimmer but reminded me of it nonetheless. SpaRitual Illume has a jelly-like appearance, but it leans more purple.

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24 thoughts on “Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. LOVE the color but I always wonder why it´s such an expensive brand :-/ And I love you for naming dupes :)

  2. I love this polish for the color, the finish, the name (the Waitresses, hell yeah!)… I think it should be my first Lippmann polish :) I bet it looks awesome with Happy Birthday!

  3. What a lovely blue cream!

  4. Tabitha

    OPI dating a royal looks identical

    • ami

      DAR is more jelly and a true blue with no purple tones to it. IKWBL has a dusky quality to it that isn’t translating well in these pics, IMO…

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lize Lize

    It reminds me of OPI Dating A Royal. Are they similar?

    • I don’t have any OPIs, sorry!

      • meme

        I wondered why you never review OPI. Do you just prefer not to or do you dislike OPI formula/brush/it’s large corner on the retail market?

        • I do not feel OPI respects beauty bloggers/blogging, and beyond that, they lied to their fans about the situation specifically in regards to Temptalia. I see no reason to promote or provide free advertising for the brand at this time. I don’t expect any readers to abandon OPI by any means, I just don’t post, use, or promote OPI on this blog. Readers are totally free to talk about OPI, list dupes, etc. though.

    • Alecia

      It’s nothing like opi’s dating a royal.

  6. That jelly look is love! I wish I had the money to buy this ):

  7. Jill

    I think it also looks similar to Essie’s Mesmerize. I like the cream finish.

  8. I agree with a couple other comments, looks exactly like OPI Dating A Royal. Gorgeous color and finish on both!

  9. What a lovely color! I’ve seen it on Birhbox an have wanted to try it for awhile now.

  10. I love the polish Deborah Lippman! And this color is just “magnifique”

  11. meme

    Pretty shade I always have felt since it came out. But I never felt compelled to add to to my collection. It’s a color that is been done a zillion times out there. I don’t need to pay $16 & tax & shipping to get this shade. In fact there are a lot of DL polishes in that category I feel. Were it not for her glitters and catering to development of colors with stars names attached to them, nothing to call my name here. Nice finish on her polishes. I will succumb sometimes to one of her more ‘average’ shades – but it’s rare. Agree with Helena, that I also bet WBL looks great with Happy Birthday – or even Up In the Air – the latter is a personal DL fav of mine. I like the sheerness of the glitter with the various sizes/shapes.

  12. Helen

    On my monitor, it simply looks blue.

  13. Melissa

    I love this! I love cream-meets-jelly polishes, the name, and the color… I don’t mind three coats!

  14. L

    It looks similar to Illamasqua Force to me. Only under natural light though…

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Aleeya Aleeya

    I love the name and the color is lovely. I’m gonna have to pick this up and see if the boys would like me more while wearing this lol.

  16. Alecia

    It’s purple in person whereas it looks blue in these pictures.