Ode To Deborah Lippmann's Across The Universe Nail Lacquer

deborah lippmann across the universe review swatch
Besides holding the record for the blog post with the longest title, this post also has the honor of featuring my all-time favorite nail polish. Yep, that's a big claim. Sometime around late 2012 I named Illamasqua's Creator Nail Polish as my favorite but it was recently dethroned by this, Deborah Lippmann's Across The Universe ($18). (I still love you, Creator!)


deborah lippmann across the universe review
deborah lippmann across the universe review
deborah lippmann across the universe review swatch nail
deborah lippmann across the universe review swatch
deborah lippmann across the universe review nail swatch polish
What makes Across The Universe so great? Just look at it, it's beautiful! It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I just can't stop looking at my nails whenever I wear this. Yes, it's a damn pricey polish, but totally worth it. What has always set Deborah Lippmann polishes apart is the uniqueness of their glitters. Many were happy to pay the hefty price tag in order to have a nail polish unlike any offered by other brands. Fast forward a few years and Lippmann's influence on the nail polish market is undeniable. You can now find dupes for several of her shades from powerhouse drugstore brands like Revlon and L'Oreal. NYX has even completely ripped off copied Lippmann's signature bottle design. I say that bluntly because, have you seen them? They're identical!

So, could I have gotten a dupe? Probably, but let me tell you. If it was hard enough for me to get my hands on such a coveted color like Across The Universe, imagine how impossible it would have been to obtain a dupe. Why? Because I live in a tiny island. And no retailer wants to ship nail polish by air. (I know, I know. It's considered a hazardous material and it's technically illegal, but a girl just wants to get a damn nail polish!) And no one here used to stock Deborah Lippmann until a few months ago when my local Sephora finally started carrying them.

I won't keep boring you with my sob story on how long I wanted this and couldn't get it. Let's talk about the product itself. The dark blue base is about 70% opaque so you can get away with wearing this glitter alone (no base color). It applies very smoothly. The glitters are not clumpy, hard to position, and don't do that annoying thing where they stand up vertically. As you know, glitters do not want to come off your nails so naturally Across The Universe lasts and lasts and lasts... I wore this for over 10 days straight and only saw minor tip wear. (I want to point out that I always use a base coat with nail polish.)

One thing, though. I wouldn't call this galaxy/universe-like. It reminds me a lot more of mermaids. Still, love the color and love the name (go, Beatles!) That is all. Until next time!

Looking for a new beauty blog to read? I highly recommend Raspberphobia written by Annie.

34 comments

  1. This colour is so pretty. I see Deboral Lippmann products in some stores sometimes but i always resist purchasing them because i know that i have way too many nail polishes already. I am not usually a big fan of the chunky glittery polishes because i know that they are a complete nightmare to remove! But this is really pretty though :) I haven't seen anything quite like it~

    Thank you for sharing and i hope you have a lovely day! <3

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
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  2. Gosh, this np is amazing, i have a dupe from essence *_*
    x

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  3. ahh this is so beautiful!Its been on my wishlist for ages xx
    Sweet Electric Blog

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  4. This polish is so stunning, I really really like the shade
    Casualllyawkward

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  5. It's so gorgeous and yes mermaid like... and who doesn't want to be a mermaid?!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  6. This color is so pretty! The package is cute too
    xx

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  7. I think this is a stunning polish - I can't fault it in any way! xxx

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  8. Oh my goodness, this has moved to the top of my wishlist for sure! So beautiful T xx

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  9. This color is so gorgeous! Sometimes a dupe just doesn't match up and for a polish as pretty as this it sounds like the real thing is definitely worth it :)

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  10. It really reminds me of mermaids! Love it!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  11. This nail polish is gorgeous ! Mermaid on a nail !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  12. That's gorgeous. I agree with the mermaid notion. I love blue and green together and love hex glitters.

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  13. This nail polish is absolutely gorgeous!!! I'd wear it all the time!

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  14. This color is fantastic! I'm waiting to treat myself to one of Deb's glitter polishes... Maybe a birthday gift to myself? March isn't too far off XD
    blushingbiddies.com

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  15. Most awesome nail polish, like ever! It has all I love: blue colour and glitter :D
    xx

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  16. what? nail polish is illegal to be shipped by air? who knew? that is really funny. The color is gorgeous. I do love deborah lippman polishes, but gotta get a real job first.

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  17. This is absolutely gorgeous. The colours in it just go so well together.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  18. This is just so gorgeous.. Oh my gosh. I need this in my life. NOW.

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  19. Oh, how gorgeous! I don't own any Deborah Lippmann polishes, but you're definitely tempting me :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  20. I actually really like this. Such great colors in it and I love how big the glitter pieces are.

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  21. Lovely colour

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  22. hello gorgeous! i need this one! ♥
    p.s thank you for your comment, it means a lot to me!

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  23. This is beautiful, it reminds me of a mermaid's tail. Deboral Lippmann know how to do polishes.

    Zubie | Zubie's Musings

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  24. That is a big claim but I can see why you love it! It is absolutely stunning.
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  25. This colour is so gorgeous, reminds me of mermaids!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  26. The whole shipping nail polishes is super annoying! This is one gorgeous shade! I love glitters and now I want this in my stash, it's beautiful! xx

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