Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Summer: Yellow Brick Road

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “super sheer mellow yellow.” The shade was made famous by Lady Gaga wearing it a few months ago. Sheer is definitely an apt descriptor, because after three coats, my natural nail line is still visible. It’s a bright, sunny yellow with a jelly finish. For some reason, this yellow makes my hands look sunburnt, so it’s not as flattering on me as it might be on others! (Boo!)

The consistency is thick-ish, though not difficult to work with, and it flows really nicely on the nail. It’s not even streaky on the first coat because of how naturally translucent it is. Overall, the formula was easy to work with, and even after three coats, it didn’t feel too heavy, though I’d recommend just going with two since it’s designed to be a sheer. The drying time is a little long, and I recommend waiting a minute or two between coats. I typically get a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann polishes (using Zoya Anchor and Armor as base/top coats).

The Glossover

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Yellow Brick Road

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There is something about the jelly finish that makes sheer polishes have more interest to them. I wish this shade was more flattering on me, because I think it's perfect for summer--so warm and bright.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer

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Where can I purchase Yellow Brick Road? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

I can't think of anything that is similar in finish, though shades like Chanel Mimosa, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, and Rescue Beauty Yellow Fever are similar in color (all are more opaque).

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33 thoughts on “Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. llehsal

    I love this….still looking for the perfect yellow. Yellow clashing with my brown skin kinda just doesn’t work…boo! If any other commentors have any suggestions I would love that :)

  2. Sam

    I’ve got to be honest, I hate this color. Not to be gross, but it just reminds me of some sort of bodily fluid or mucous filled with infection. If there was a song that had “UTI” in the title, that’s what Deborah should’ve picked for the name of this polish (she names her polishes after songs). It would be much prettier if it weren’t a jelly.

  3. I love yellow polish – in fact, I’m wearing some on my toes right now. But, I don’t like this finish. The see-through nature of it on your nail actually reminds me of a 3-pack-a-day smoker’s nails!

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    It looks like you have smoker’s nails (don’t take it personally Christine :)

  5. Maybe you can try layering this over another color to make it more wearable?

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Roslynd Roslynd

    I love Lippmann polishes but this is just ugly, they could have made it amazing with such a great name, the sheerness though is not cool

  7. It really reminds me of egg yolk when it’s applied! Pretty, and hunger inducing :)

  8. Steph

    I loooove jelly nailpolishes, but I would love this if it were more opaque. Nice colour though.

  9. Karen

    Giant pass from me. Not only is yellow my least favorite color, but the sheer finish makes nails look stained.

  10. Nancy

    I wonder if it would be a good base under Chanel’s Mimosa or over the top of it.

  11. In all of the pictures I’ve seen with people wearing this polish, it looks SO opaque. They must be wearing some kind of opaque base underneath…
    Anyhow, the only reason I don’t buy DL nail polishes is because I used to follow her in Twitter and I found her tweets highly pretentious and obnoxious! lol… not exactly a great reason to avoid a brand, but oh well.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth hobbitfancier55

    I like the idea of this, but I think the execution could be better. I understand the jelly idea (I love jellies!), but a little more opacity would be nice. I own OPI’s Need Sunglasses? and I think that is a much better option if you want this look. It still has the jelly finish, but is much more opaque. Just my two cents. I’m glad you reviewed this though!

  13. It’s pretty in the bottle, but not as opaque as I would like. I prefer Mimosa instead.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sass Sass

    This polish is just awful. This is coming from a yellow nail polish lover.

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Deandrea Dee

    I don’t think I like it on you, Christine, but I think it would look nice on me. I like that it’s sheer–I hate heavy yellows.

  16. Cora

    Not for me. It’s pretty in the bottle, but not crazy at all about the way it wears.

  17. heather

    Eek! Ugly polish. The more I look at the pictures the more it reminds me of a clear top coat over a smoker’s nails! It’s too harsh of a shade to be so sheer.

  18. Don’t like this shade — not bright enough for me, and it’s still see-through. Reminds me of highlighter!

    The other yellows shades you featured look much, much better! :)

  19. Lindsay

    I think it would be perfect with white nail polish underneath it.

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amber Amber

    Your nails look diseased with that polish. It needs to be more opaque.

  21. Looks kinda of like candy corn but I’m not loving it.

  22. definitely not a fan! it looks like.. disease? idk, it doesn’t look right to me.

  23. meme

    Looks nice in your swatches – better than any others I have seen – sure is for me – way more maybe wearable than Chanel Mimosa. But I just look sick in yellow polish – pale, brights – does not matter.

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariel Maryelle

    Definitely prefer Chanel mimosa over this…. I don’t think I’ll get on board with the yellow nail polish trend for summer.

  25. Shurico

    Last picture looks similar to Chanal’s Mimosa

  26. Shalimar

    I would definitely rock this shade.

  27. Amanda R

    You know what? I totally dig it, which is weird because 1) I’m not a yellow person and 2) I usually hate sheer polishes. It’s got some great shine to it, though.

  28. Deb

    The colour looks so gorgeous in the bottle (I love yellow nail polish) but the way it looks in application? So disappointing. Way too sheer and not bright enough. I much prefer MAC’s Phosphor from Neo Sci-Fi, and I’d love to get my fingertips on Chanel’s Mimosa!

  29. aleksandra

    its really good at giving the impression of stained yellowed nails, looks disgusting :S:S