In my very first Topbox (November 2011), one of the items included was Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening.
You may remember how excited I was because it more than paid for the cost of the Topbox – great value!
Haha, well, it ‘only’ took me nearly a year to try it out. (Isn’t it strange how you can be so excited about a polish, but then it takes you forever and a day to actually wear it?)
Better late than never, I say!
After wearing China Glaze Prey Tell for a short while, I felt the need to make it blingtastic. This manicure was the result.
Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening Pictures
Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening Ingredients
Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening Swatches
All swatches have:
Natural Light Photos
√ Pink salmon shimmer
- Name: Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (The November 2011 Topbox that I got this polish in was provided by Topbox. After that free box, I signed up for a subscription, but then cancelled it after a few months. If you’re curious to see my Topbox reviews, click the link.)
- Where to Buy: Deborah Lippmann website & Holt Renfrew
Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening Review
The main colour of this polish is an icy pink. When I first saw this polish (and took it out of my Helmer to admire it on several occasions), I thought it was just an icy-pink glitter polish. It’s not! When I wore it, there are actually holographic glitter pieces, so when the light shines on them, you can see many colours in the rainbow – blue, red, yellow, green, etc.
Some Enchanted Evening by Deborah Lippmann has a chunky-glitter finish, so you’ve been forewarned…This is the hardcore type of polish that you’ll need to use the Foil Method for removal, unless you want to scrub your nails raw for an hour. (If you do the crime, you must do the time.) 😉
It’s also hella gritty. You must use a thick top coat if you want this to feel smooth. And it also ate glitter like it was at an all-you-can-eat-top-coat buffet.
There are large hexagonal glitter pieces and a sprinkling of smaller glitter.
I wouldn’t recommend wearing this polish solo. (The more coats you use, the harder it is to remove.)
When it’s layered over another colour, I think it looks the best because having a contrasting base colour helps to accentuate the glitter. I feel like if you wear this solo, the glitter just blends together, and you can’t really see the outline of each glitter piece.
In my swatches, I used 2 coats over a base colour, but it still looked very nice with just a single coat over a base colour. It really depends on how much of the base colour you want showing through. If I could redo this manicure, I’d choose to use just a single coat because the sparse look, in my opinion, was better than this dense 2nd coat.
Application & Formula
Some Enchanted Evening by Deborah Lippmann had a thick consistency, but it wasn’t difficult to work with. However, I can see this formula as being the type to get even thicker with age. Eventually, you’ll need to restore its original consistency with nail-polish thinner (not remover).
The glitter spread out evenly on my nails without me having to put in much effort, and when you go over with a second coat, the glitter still disperses evenly without any trouble.
I found that it dried faster than the average polish, but that’s pretty standard for glitter polishes.
I love, love, love the way Deborah Lippmann polishes look because the bottles remind me of ice cubes. There’s something really modern and slick about their bottle design.
This polish retails for more than the average nail polish (about $20-something CAD and $18 USD). That’s quite a lot, and I expect a lot from expensive polishes to justify the high price tag.
Sadly, I don’t think this is a $20-something polish. The formula isn’t outstanding, the colour is nice with the holographic glitter, but again, it’s not outstanding. For a pricey polish, everything about it needs to be outstanding for me to recommend it.
It’s not a bad polish, but I feel like you could find something similar for much less.
(If you want a Deborah Lippmann glitter polish that’s worth the price, I suggest Across the Universe!)
Final Verdict: 5/10
Yeah, Some Enchanted Evening by Deborah Lippmann was one point away from being ‘Busted’ on Swatch And Learn.
It treaded water because I like the sparkly glitter, but Some Enchanted Evening almost sank because that glitter was gritty and the formula was thick. For the price, I would expect smooth glitter and perfect consistency.
Do you wear chunky glitter, or do you avoid it because it’s so difficult to remove? What’s your favourite and least favourite Deborah Lippmann nail polish?