Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “swirling lavender gray” with an iridescent finish. It’s a murky lavender-green, and yes, I said it, lavender-green. It’s more of a duochrome than a single shade, so you’ll find it flashes a murky purple in certain lights but in other lighting or angles, you’ll see a silvered green. It’s similar to MAC Ascension and Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy (which has severe opacity issues). None of these shades are totally opaque after two coats, but Wicked Game is closer to being opaque after two coats (which is what is shown in swatches), as both Ascension and Gray’s Anatomy were sheer enough at two coats that I felt compelled to go for three for swatches.

You will have noticeable brush strokes from the metallic shimmer strewn through the color base, which may or may not be your thing. It’s a lot like brushed metal in finish, and I can totally understand not loving that look! They’re fairly easy to control and get into a straight line, but you will want a steady hand (I wasn’t so steady, and I went awry on my ring finger!). Again, it’s not quite opaque in two coats, as you can still see visible nail line peeking through. Deborah Lippmann’s formula is solid; it doesn’t bubble, chip, or streak for me, and I typically get a week of wear with minimal tip wear.

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Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Also similar to OPI Not Like The Movies. I wonder who did this colour first? I’ve been seeing it a lot! I think Essence and Sinful have done it too…

I’ve tested this out with Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy. But if you do a base layer of pure silver that beautifully (and fickle) hue comes out more opaque.

That was my first thought when I saw how sheet this is–to layer it. The Silver sounds beautiful, I’m also wondering about a cream navy blue or a cream dark purple.

this has been out for a while now…definitely came out before OPI not Like the movies. maybe a year ahead of opi. This definitely looks better in the bottle.

I love this color, but I already have OPI Not Like the Movies (which is the same base color but has silver glitter), so I’ve been debating getting it for a while πŸ˜› The glitter in Not Like the Movies changes the finish from metallic to more of a foil. Zoya Ki is also similar, but much darker.

I know in your review of it you had issues with Gray’s Anatomy, but I have to say, having used it since then, I have to say mine was about as opaque as this is (in 3 coats). Maybe you had a crummy bottle? Or maybe I have a really good one, lol!

I’m passing on a $16 polish that I can dupe easily, in any case. Sorry DL.

I have the Wet n Wild one it caught my eye after I saw a similar but more expensive one at the drugstore(Chameleon brand). I was disapointed with how sheer the Wet n Wild one is and now I am only going to wear it over another polish

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