Over the summer, Deborah Lippmann came out with 3 sets all centered around True Blood. I m absolutely obsessed with True Blood and have been watching it since the very first episode. So when I saw that she had a trio of nail polishes, another special limited edition nail polish, and then a lipstick nail polish combo, I had to have them. But she was selling them exclusively on QVC, and I would never be home when the show was airing.
So when I was hunting around on Amazon for Deborah Lippmann “Cleopatra in New York” (which you can check out here!), I saw this set on sale for $18! I don’t remember how much it originally cost, but a Deborah Lippmann single polish is normally $16-$18, so I immediately put it in my cart and checked out.
I have only owned 1 Deborah Lippmann creme polish so I was excited to try these out!
Keep reading for swatches and my thoughts!
New Flesh is a peach toned nude. The name is PERFECT! This really does look like flesh and the inner horror geek in me loves this polish even more for it! Its almost the perfect mannequin hands color for me because its so peach toned. I have Deborah Lippmann “Naked” and that is my go-to mannequin hands look, so be on the lookout for a comparison post!
The formula is actually more of a jelly rather than a creme, which was a surprise. The translucency made it look even more like flesh! It was mostly opaque in 3 coats, but I could still see VNL. I didn’t mind about seeing my nail line and plan on using this for a ton of jelly sandwich manicures. The dry time was alright but it dried super glossy. This is without a top coat!
Strange love is a nice magenta color. Wait … I can never remember … which is more pink and which is more purple, Magenta or Fuchsia? Those 2 colors I always mix up. However, you can see that this polish is so pretty! I normally don’t go for pinks but this one blew me away.
This also had a jelly-ish formula. This one I hesitate the most as classifying it as a jelly. It applied just like a jelly and dried super super glossy like a jelly (this is also without a top coat), but it was really pigmented. This is just 2 coats! The dry time was like New Flesh, just average.
Bad Blood was the polish I was the most excited about in this set, but also the one that was the most sheer. It has the PERFECT name as well, because this really does look like dried blood! And this came out when the whole Ox Blood color trend was starting, so this would have been perfect. I absolutely love the color and love the name. However, it was extremely sheer and the most like a true jelly.
It took 4 coats to get this color, and you can still see VNL. This polish will be reserved strictly for jelly sandwiches. The dry time was great on the first 2 coats, but then took forever for the second 2 coats. This is also without a top coat, and dries really glossy. And looking at it in the bottle, it looks very similar to Zoya “Katherine”. Be on the lookout for a comparison post of those as well!
Overall, I freaking love this set! I love every color but know that 2 are really sheer! Also know that these are Deborah Lippmann mini’s, which I wasn’t aware of when I purchased the set. These are .27 fl oz. when a regular DL is .5 fl oz. Personally I like that because I always feel an immense level of satisfaction when I can finish a nail polish. I’ve already worn New Flesh 3 times since purchasing this set, and I have a feeling that Bad Blood will be the perfect topper for jelly sandwich manis.
What do you guys think? Do any of you have this trio? What are your favorite Deborah Lippmann’s?