Deborah Lippmann: Mermaid’s Dream

I ordered this along with Bad Romance a few weeks ago from as they were a bit cheaper there than at Douglas.  I had been wanting Mermaid’s Dream since I first saw a picture of it before it had even been released.  Not only do I love green, but I love glitter nail polish, so I knew I add this to my collection.

So, this past Sunday I went ahead and prepped my nails with my Essie Sensitivity Base Coat, next I applied three coats of Mermaid’s Dream (you could get away with two to be honest though) and then finished things off with my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.  I find with glitter polish that a high shine top coat really brings them to life, not to mention the fact that it helps with wear time and durability.

Just as I suspected, I was not disappointed by Mermaid’s Dream.  As with all Deborah Lippmann nail polishes that I own, the formula was quite nice.  Keep in mind that the first coat goes on a little sheer since this is a very different formula than DL’s other glitter polishes.  For instance a polish like Bad Romance or Across The Universe has larger circular as well as hexagonal glitter suspended in a jelly base.  Whereas Mermaid’s Dream is much more multi faceted and has much smaller less chunky blue glitter and gold micro glitter set in a shimmery metallic sea foam base.  One little gripe I have is that Mermaid’s Dream appears particularly sheer on the tips of the nails, but perhaps that is simply more noticeable due to the fact that the tips are very white in contrast to the pink nail beds.  As for wear time, I am on my fifth day of wear and I’ve not experienced any chipping yet.  I am admittedly hard on my nails so this is pretty good for me at least.

If you’re looking for a unique nail polish that you don’t mind splurging on then I say run to your local Deborah Lippmann retailer and pick up a bottle of this immediately.  DL polishes range from $16 – $18 USD (her glitters tend to be on the higher end) and €22 – €25 in Germany(Mermaid’s Dream is €22 at  I’ve included a link down below to where you can purchase Deborah Lippmann polish via  However, they are also available at her personal site Lippmann , Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus &  Barneys, Zappos in the States and at the Nail Polish Canada site in Canada.  You can also find them at House of Fraser and on in the UK and at Douglas stores here in Germany.

Deborah Lippmann on

This is usually where I would provide you with a list of similar nail polishes. Well, I am sorry to tell you that there aren’t any to speak of at the moment.  Mermaid’s Dream is unique to Deborah Lippmann so if you have your heart set on this color, then you are going to have to part with a good chunk of change ladies.  It seems that there is now a pretty close dupe for Mermaid’s Dream available at Urban Outfitters called “Sea Dust.”  A big thanks to One Pretty Place, since that is where I originally came across this amazing bit of information.  You can see comparison swatches at Impoverished by Polish as well.  As always, thanks for reading!

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