Deborah Lippmann Jewel Heist Picks: Fake It Til You Make It, Glitter and Be Gay, Shake Your Money Maker

September 22, 2013
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Deborah Lippmann makes the best glitters. Her line is one of the few that catches my eye enough to brave the glitzy chunky glitters even though I’m very conservative when it comes to makeup and nail polish. Her fall Jewel Heist collection has some beautiful glitzy shades. I was really surprised with myself for caving on Fake It Til You Make It ($17), Glitter and Be Gay along with Shake Your Money Maker (glitters $19 each). Every now and then I’ll try something way out of my comfort zone, determined to make the items work for me. These colors were just so stunning in the bottles I couldn’t pass, but after testing I found these to be extremely glitzy. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll find the right occasion to wear these since I work full-time in a conservative corporate environment. (I’m testing the glitters on the toes this weekend.)

Fake It Til You Make It is a glitzy textured gold-platinum infused with red, green and silver micro glitters. Two coats give a rich super metallic look. It’s the only one of the three I feel comfortable wearing on my fingers but still a bit too glitzy for me to wear to work.

Glitter and Be Gay is a mesmerizing gold glitter infused with smaller chunks of multi-colored sparkles. Like many other glitters, this one requires careful application to get glitter on the nail. Two rounds of dabbing and then brushing get the nail covered evenly with still a bit of the bare nail showing through underneath. It looks pretty layered on top of a red or another gold. Extremely glitzy though.

Shake Your Money Maker has a sheer transparent green base, large chunks of gold glitter and then smaller chunks of green glitter. It has a festive holiday feel. I love the color but still have no idea when I’ll actually be able to wear it.

Here they are swatched, two coats each:

Fake It Til You Make It is the only one I’ve tested so far for a full manicure. Here it is swatched and another set with comparisons to prior limited-edition shades (unfortunately no longer available):

Definitely out of my comfort zone but irresistibly gorgeous. I can’t stop staring at the bottles! As a business/financial analyst – I don’t think I can pull these off at work (call me boring but I just can’t do it). Do you like glitters for nails? Can you wear them easily or are you more on the conservative side for nails? 

I found these at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

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  • Wow these are beautiful! I think I need them now as well! x

  • lona

    hi! i just love your blog and, i feel it's the very best! but, i have noticed with yours and others that there's quite an emphasis on nail polish. while that's great, will you be showing any other eyeshadows and blushes? you used to do dolce and gabbana, nars, edward bess and others. i work in a "strict" working environment as well,i'd love you to suggest multiple looks for eyes, cheeks, and lips for everyday for "the working girl". i know you did tom ford and chanel and those brands tend to be shown all over the internet. i've been depending on your posts…i do feel that most collections have been lackluster lately…well, thankyou and happy sunday! lona.

  • Edina

    Quite frankly, I like each of the other polishes in your comparison picture better than the Lippmann one. I think you could wear any of the comparison at work, since they look classy and elegant. But not the Lippmann polish, it has something that screams "tacky disco polish". And the ones with the chunky glitter are even worse. They all probably work for a halloween party of something like that, but everywhere else they're going to look cheap and out of place. Sorry, not my cup of tea.

    • I could not agree MORE with this comment!

  • Fake It Till You Make It is my favorite here! I avoid chunky glitter because it's a pain to remove, but I do enjoy seeing it on others πŸ˜‰

  • I picked up glitter and be gay, fake it until you make it and va va room… That blue purple glitter was soo gorgeous. I bought the two chunky glitter shades as accent shades for my ring finger. I don't feel comfortable enough to wear those two as full manicure. Great blog post as always!

  • I only picked up fake till you make it because chunky glitter is not my thing. I have other chunky glitter shades from Deborah Lippmann and although I like watching them in the bottle, I don't like it on my hands. Removing is also a big issue since I am too lazy for it πŸ˜‰ Anyway using them as accent colors on just one finger is the best thing to do with those super glitters I think.

  • I have all of them and I love this collection <3

  • So pretty!!!!!!
    I will have to buy ONE of these!!!!!

  • I love those colors but I don't wear them. It's way out of my comfort zone but I do enjoy seeing them on other.

  • I love DL polishes, they really are unique. I love the colours you've chosen and your swatches are excellent. Shake Your Money Maker is my fave πŸ™‚

  • Hi Sabrina,

    I think the concept behind Deborah Lippmann's Jewel Heist is so fun! I'm not typically a glitter person either, but I do agree that DL does it best!

    My favorite shade here would have to be 'Glitter and be Gay'. The sparkle mix is so lively πŸ™‚

  • I'm not a fan of glitter polishes cause I can't figure out how to take it off:( these look cute, but definitely not work appropriate!!

  • These are gorgeous! I love glitter polishes, even though they are a mess to take off.

  • tanguera

    I don't care for the oddly rough texture of "Fake It" but I love the jeweled glitters! Lippman's glitter bombs always somehow look artful, dare I say sophisticated… I don't think they look tacky at all! Then again, I'm a belly dancer who lives in Las Vegas so perhaps my opinion on bling should be considered in context. πŸ™‚