Monday, June 11th, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “seafoam splendor.” It has a “glittered shimmer” finish. It’s a green-gold shimmered aqua-blue base with larger blue glitter. I don’t have anything similar to this to my recollection. The mixture of shimmer and glitter makes it rather different.  It was extremely pigmented; I actually thought it was a one-coater, so the swatches are done with a single coat of polish. While editing, I could see that at least one nail would have benefited from a second coat, so I’d say two coats is best unless you’re really good and get it done in one.

The texture of the polish on the nail is chunky/gritty; you’ll need a really thick top coat (or two layers of top coat) if you’re bothered by the feel of the glitter/shimmer.  As far as the consistency went, it applied pretty evenly and fluidly without pooling against the sides. It’s not “thick” in the traditional way, but it’s densely packed with both pigment and shimmer/glitter. I really liked how evenly the glitter spread–I didn’t have to finagle the pieces around at all.  I typically get a week of wear with very minimal tip wear with Deborah Lippmann’s formula.

The Glossover


Mermaid's Dream

As far as I know, this is a really unique shade, texture, and overall look--so I'm totally in love with it for those things alone! It's incredibly pigmented, so it's easy to apply--plus, it dries down pretty quickly, too!











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Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $18.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

I couldn't think of any!

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59 thoughts on “Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches


    BRB going to nordstrom’s!

  2. EstherKudron

    oooooooooh this is beautiful. looks like it might be dupe-able by layering a few different polishes, though I’m not exactly sure which colors to use.

    • VanessaCastillo

       @EstherKudron Try layering China Glaze Optical Illusion over Color Club Perfect Mol-ten for a similar look. :)

  3. lizyviolet

    loving it!

  4. Dominique33

    Very pretty nail polish, I wish we had Deborah Lippmann here ! Really gorgeous shade and name !

  5. Vanillasnow

    Lovely colour, but looks a lil bit too gritty for me.  (Plus it’ll go horribly with my skintone anyway).

  6. I love the color, but I don’t like gritty textures.  I need a better top coat.  Right now I have to use 3 coats of Essie No Chips Ahead to make glitter feel smoother on my nails.

    • jeneyg

      Try seche vite or inm out the door topcoat. They are both pretty thick and work well with glitter polishes.

  7. So perfect to wear to the beach!  I love it!!  It would look amazing on toes too :)

  8. t_zwiggy

    Nice shade, but too chunky glitter for me personally.

  9. jeneyg

    I’ve been eyeing this for a while now. I want it, but I just hate paying that much for a nail polish! :(

  10. Miss J

    Oh, fun! I like it, and it’s definitely very mermaid-y!

  11. Stephville

    Must… Buy.. This…
    I’ve been eying it since it came out and this was the icing on the cake for me… I need this in my life ASAP

  12. AlannahRose

    That name fits the shade perfectly!!

  13. So I jumped over the, my favourite on-line nail shop and nabbed this before it’s gone.  I wish it wasn’t $22, but I get points towards freebies..giddy up!

  14. Mariella

    not something I’d wear on my fingernails but I would LOVE to have this on my toes for the summer. I just don’t think Deborah Lippmann products are available where I am.

  15. LindaTuckerLaLonde

    i have this and i’m wearing it right now and, I LOVE IT.  it does not feel gilttery on me, with a good top coat (seche vite is what i use).  stays on for about 4-5 days for me.  LOVE IT.  can’t say enough good things about it. :)  can you tell, i love it?  ha ha  i got mine online at nordstrom, $18; free shipping.  outrageous price for nail polish, but i don’t care, because I LOVE IT! :)

  16. Kari

    that is such a gorgeous polish! i just wish it wasn’t so expensive or else i’d be all over it :[ i can’t justify paying that much for a nail polish.

    • LindaTuckerLaLonde

      i know, i had a hard time justifying the cost as well, but i have no regrets.  everywhere i go, someone says how much they like it.  however, i’m not out to please others.  i love it for myself.  it’s so unique and simply put: beautiful.  i do need two coats and again, it does NOT feel gritty to me, not with seche vite for a top coat.  i have not other top coats so i do not know about others.  also, on me, it looks more greenish — like a teal greenish blue — MARVELOUS.

  17. sinead391

    Could this be a dupe for Wet n Wild “Cost Is No Issue”?

  18. Debbie

    Do Deborah Lippman nail polishes really worth the $18 price tag??? I love this color but I don’t know if I can shell out $18 for a tiny jar of nail polish, especially when I rarely use up the entire bottle of any nail polishes.

    • I think if the color is unique, sure – but that’s generally how I feel about polishes :)  Formula-wise, it’s great, but there are a lot of cheaper great formulas, too.

      • Debbie

         @Christine (Temptalia) Thanks, Christine.  I just bought it! 😛  I do think the color is lovely and extremely unique, and you said you can’t find a dupe out there.  I think you need to get commission if the sale of a product surges after you reviewed it. 

    • Quinctia

      If it’s not LE, I figure you could wait a few months, look around for any dupes…and then, if you still really want it and it’s unique, it’s a worthwhile splurge.
      With a big BUT…but I’d only do it if it was a color I was sure I’d wear all of the time.  I tend to buy every interesting nail polish I see that’s in price range of drugstore brands – OPI/China Glaze, so I haven’t bought a Lippmann because I wouldn’t wear it enough with all my other polishes.

  19. Wow, this looks so unique! I agree, it’s hard to tell that you need two coats of polish, particularly because of the texture of the finish. I don’t own any Deborah Lippmann because of the price tag, but this one is pretty tempting.

  20. guest11

    Does anyone have a problem getting glitter nail polish off?

  21. Aiman

    I love this nail polish! This is definitely my favorite nail polish from Deborah Lippmann!

  22. Hailey

    I don’t think you understand the meaning of “finagle.” Also, you put “recollection” where you meant “collection.” Very pretty color, the photos are perfect from my experience with this polish.

    • Alex

      If you’re going to be picky about someone else’s grammar, make sure you’re right.
      “To my recollection” means “if I’m remembering correctly,” which is what she meant. She can’t recall anything she has which is similar to this.

    • sarah

      finagle: to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or MANIPULATION.  as in, she did not have to manipulate the glitter pieces to achieve good placement.  PWNED. 

  23. FawnCard

    I freaking love this polish! I want it so so so !bad

  24. Moni

    Lippmann is unbeatable in the glittery nailpolish department. I just bought this on the weekend and this shade is incredible to say the least. I initially expected it to be a little too light based on pictures but it is actually bluer than in the photos posted.
    Seriously this is like nail jewelry… I can’t think of anything else in recent memory that has the same visual impact as this polish.

  25. jensawolverine

    Ooh, nice! I haven’t seen a Deborah Lippmann polish I’ve liked in awhile it feels like… But this is one lovely.

  26. Cora Zane

    I want, I want, I want!

  27. Meg Hlushak

    i love this colour. i had to have it!

  28. Hayley Chola Tompkins

    Christine, can you adopt me?

  29. Hayley Chola Tompkins

    plz respond

  30. Melanie Scammell McLendon

    l keep calling it “mermaid tears” also…oops

  31. Holly Elder

    Love it

  32. Naomi Gray

    Ah, kind of unny seeing as I’m wearing OPI’s Mermaid’s Tears right now, haha (:

  33. Naomi Gray

    *funny. oops.

  34. Jessica Xuan

    Me too!!! I keep thinking its called mermaids tears!

  35. Jennifer

    A nail polish even more gorgeous on the nail than in the bottle?!  I just ordered mine.     0:-D
    As always, thank you for the wonderful review and swatches, Christine!!!!  😀

  36. AllisonFuerste

    I think I found a very close dupe at Urban Outfitters. It’s called Sea Dust.

  37. Terra Fisher

    Oh! Oh! Oh! So pretty

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  40. megbkent

    I bought this polish a few weeks ago, and am wearing it right now! I love it – it is so different. It is a pricy polish – £18.00 in the UK, but as it is one of a kind, I don’t mind spending that amount! As @Moni said, Deborah Lippman is the go to brand for glittery polishes!

  41. Wow, this color is amazing!

  42. Coffee & a Cardigan

    I may actually shell out the money for this- Beautiful!

  43. ebonyamberjade

    this is a very unique shade

  44. thaliachelsy

    Am I the only one that found this polish started chipping almost immediately?  Love the color, texture, etc. but I was so so disappointed by the wear on this!  

  45. I have it too, it’s gorgeous but I have a hard time finding outfits that fit the color..

  46. AngieLid

    I’ve been wanting this for so long! I need to save up for it now that it has your approval. :)

  47. Oh, wow! The color combination is just awesome! It has some kind of texture, right? Does it wear off easily? Say, for example, I’m the kind of person who cooks and washes the dishes all the time, will it last for at least a week on my nails beautifully?