Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe is my first Deborah Lippmann nail polish. It was the one that I was lemming badly ever since I first set eyes on it.
Even though I bought it at the same time as Chanel Peridot, it took me all this time to wear it! Why? I wanted to save it for a special occasion…at least for the first time.
New Year’s Eve was the perfect opportunity because not only does it have the bling, but it complemented my blue monochromatic outfit.
I layered Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe over OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! Using the OPI as a base allowed me to achieve the bottle colour with fewer coats of Deborah Lippmann.
I wore this polish from December 30th to January 2nd. All swatches were photographed on the last day, unfortunately.
Later on in this post, I’ll show you what Across the Universe looks like solo.
What did you wear to ring in the New Year?
Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Pictures
Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Ingredients
Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 1 coat of OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It!
- 2 coats of Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Claims: TRUSTED, Product Status: HOLY GRAIL
- Blazing blue & metallic green glam in sheerest navy
- Name: Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $20-ish CAD
- Where to Buy: Deborah Lippmann website, Holt Renfrew, SpaBoutique.ca, Amazon.com, Nordstrom, FlatIronExperts, DermStore & other places
Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Review
Across the Universe by Deborah Lippmann is a show-stopping nail polish that I consider a must-have for those who are big fans of green and blue!
It combines the colours in a sexy, mysterious way – light blue, medium blue, and shamrock green all in a translucent blue base. It’s this translucent base that gives the polish depth and allows the glitter to shine through instead of being covered up.
Every time I looked down at my nails while wearing this (which was often), it reminded me of a mermaid’s tail, right down to the scales.
Even in dim light, it catches the light. In sunlight, it glitters like crazy! This is a polish that you’ll be admiring on your nails throughout the day – it deserves all your attention.
Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe is a glitter polish, so there is noticeable texture. You’ll want to apply a good top coat to smooth it out.
It has light-blue hexagonal glitter, shamrock green hexagonal glitter, and vibrant-blue, small glitter. The colours complement each other so well!
Application & Formula
The formula had a great consistency – not thick or goopey like I was expecting with a glittertastic polish like this.
It was easy to paint on, however, sometimes one or two of the glitters would hang beyond the tip of my nail. I needed to push it back with my finger because I didn’t want something scratchy. (When I applied a top coat at the end, that also helped to smooth the edge.)
Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Solo
If you don’t layer the polish over another colour, this is what it looks like by itself. (I did 2 coats here. The nail wheel was originally white. Also, see how some glitter sticks out over the edge? That’s what I was talking about in the previous paragraph.)
Achieving the Bottle Colour by Layering
The beauty of this polish is that, because of its sheer base, you can layer it over other nail polishes to achieve different effects.
Since I was in love with the bottle colour, I opted for one coat of OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It!, which is a vibrant, shimmery-foil-like, pigmented blue polish I enjoyed wearing. (Click on the link to see my swatches and review on it.) On top, I used two coats of Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe.
You could also layer Across the Universe over a black for a darker, more dramatic effect. (I really wanted to keep the blue personality, though. I think that’s how it looks best.)
I really dig the square bottle – it looks luxurious and modern without being flashy. For some reason, every time I look at it, I imagine that it’s made out of a block of ice.
What I don’t care for is the plastic box that holds the polish. I think it’s unnecessary. Most people will just throw it in the garbage. (I’m going to store this polish in its box in my Helmer, though.)
I realize that this polish is advertised as being luxurious (and luxury polishes often come in boxes), but I think it’s not environmentally friendly. (Maybe you can recycle it?)
Those who are vegans or those who just want to support cruelty-free beauty products, you’ll be pleased to know that Deborah Lippmann nail polishes aren’t tested on animals.
This polish is more expensive than your average bottle, but considering how stunning the colour is and how you can play around with it over hues you already own, I think it’s worth the higher price tag!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Deborah Lippmann nailed it – this was pure love and lust from the second I saw it. I highly recommend this colour, and it’s a polish that I’m sure I’ll be wearing multiple times!
Have you worn any Deborah Lippmann nail polishes? Do you love Fiona Apple’s cover of the song, Across the Universe as much as I do? What’s your Holy Grail nail polish?