Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Lippmann Collection Funky Chunky Nail Lacquer ($35.00 for 3 0.5 oz. lacquers) is third polish from Lippmann’s Celebrate Set, which also contained my new polish love Ruby Red Slippers and the gorgeous Superstar.

I had several readers ask me why I didn’t review this polish alongside the other two, and the simple reason is it looked unexciting in the bottle, so I didn’t reach for it when I was trying out the other two, much more eye-catching shades! A follow-up to that would be that it’s such a subpar lacquer from Lippmann that it’s such a real disappointment–not just within the set, but overall. Lippmann has such a fantastic formula and color selection, I’m quite surprised at how dismal Funky Chunky is.

Funky Chunky is a black jelly base lacquer with black hexagon glitter bits. It’s very similar Ruby Red Slippers, but it lacks dimension, pizazz, and pretty much anything that would make it pop. It ends up looking like a sloppy black polish, because the glitter is nearly undetectable in terms of sparkle – it just looks uneven and messy. The black base doesn’t go opaque in two coats either, so you do need to go for three thinner coats for better coverage.

One of the big reasons this product just doesn’t hit the mark is that the chunky glitter actually makes the black base look sloppy and messy–uneven without any reason as to why it would be that way.  Glitter polishes always tend to have a bit of an uneven texture and feel to them, but you can see the glitter so it’s all good.  Since you can’t visibly see the glitter here, it just looks like you don’t know how to paint your nails!

Normally, a Lipppmann lacquer is priced at $16 a pop, so you pay an extra $3 for the other two and you do get this polish. It’s disappointing, but maybe you can add some extra glitter and make it pop for fun. Call it a chance to experiment!

Bottom Line: It’s a bad sign when glitter isn’t even detectable with flash photography (which can always amplify the sparkles of glitter!). This polish is just a total miss for me, and if you could purchase the other two separately, I’d advocate for that, but since you can’t, I still think the set is worth every penny for the two standout shades Ruby Red Slippers and Superstar.

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  • Product: 15/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: I don’t recommend this shade whatsoever on its own, but I do recommend the set it comes with overall, just because the other two shades are amazing.

Availability: Beauty.com, Nordstrom

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20 thoughts on “Lippmann Collection Funky Chunky Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Raven

    Hi Christine,
    I must admit that I WAS completely let down by this polish as well!! It seems that alot of polishes have been a major fail for me as of late. Anyway, if you find anything breathtaking, keep us posted!! I hope all is well!!

    xo
    Raven!

  2. rose

    this is sooo disappointing. what was lippmann thinking?

  3. that glitter is so invisible it is almost amazing. beauty products are always touting their new technology, but this is one time I’m sure everyone would be interested in the secrets of invisibility!

  4. Lulee

    hey Christine (or anyone else) i was wondering if you do anything special to get glitter nail polishes off… they are SUCH a pain to get off and for that reason alone i steer clear (says the girl with pink glitter painted toenails). anyway, any tips to make the process more bearable?

    • Hey Lulee,

      I usually take a cotton pad and soak it in makeup remover (I use Zoya’s), and then I press it against the nail for a few seconds, just holding it against the nail. I then remove the cotton pad, repeat the process against a second nail, and then I go back and remove the polish. I don’t find the process too difficult, IMO!

  5. That looks like it’s straight up black! Maybe they could have opted for a slightly sheer black for the glitter to come through.

  6. KyaLyn

    To make this one come out looking decent, I ended up putting on two coats of a black nail polish and then doing a light layer of Funky Chunky trying to get as much glitter on as possible. It seemed to have worked better than the first try of 3 layers of Funky Chunky.

    It was still pretty disappointing when I absolutely adore the other 2 in the collection.

  7. Luisafer

    glitter… where??? sorry for that waste of money…

  8. auroragyps

    So many people seem to be to disappointed with this polish, but Id love a chance at playing around with it to see how I could get it to look. I cant help it, but I see potential in just about all the swatches Ive seen. I wonder how many people have bought the set, just to hate Funky Chunky and get rid of it on Ebay or something, because I dont want the whole set, nor can I afford it. I guess I have some hunting to do.

    • I didn’t even know anything about it prior to receiving it, to be honest, and I don’t like bashing products or whatever. I guess I am optimistic – I want everything to work well, LOL!

  9. ocelot1

    i think D- is still to high of a rating for this polish. This polish is ridiculously crappy! polish is too thick and cant see the glitter sequin things. and for that much money? deborah is out of her mind. i tried to thin this polish out, apply it with something else, mix some of it, nothing works!

    • It’s part of the set, though, so there’s decent value overall (because you do get two great polishes as well, and ultimately, you get 3 for the price of 2). The packaging is still nice, too. Those are all things that keep it from being an F, but if you look at the product score, you’ll see it got a failing score there (15/30).