Beauty Road Test: Meet Your New Go-To Summer Nail Polish Collection, Deborah Lippmann’s The Mermaids!

Deborah Lippmann has done it again with The Mermaids, a summer-perfect collection of dreamy, glittering nail polish shades!

Deborah Lippmann mermaids

Remember the fabulous Mermaid’s Dream nail polish that Deborah Lippmann unleashed on us last year? Nail polish fiends everywhere just couldn’t get enough of the shimmering pale green shade and its delicate blue sparkles. And guess what? We’re in luck: Deborah heard us loud and clear and has given us what we wanted: More mermaid-inspired shades! Bettys, prepare to meet your new favorite summer nail polishes!

When I found these gorgeous lacquers waiting for us in our mailbox, I couldn’t WAIT to try them out. The Mermaids collection ($19 each, consists of four seaside-perfect colors: Mermaid’s Eyes, a shimmering cerulean; Million Dollar Mermaid, a twinkling tangerine; Do the Mermaid, a lustrous lavender; and Mermaid’s Kiss, a bubbly blush. Normally my go-to nail polish shades tend towards the blues and greens; this time, though, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of immediately brushing on Mermaid’s Eyes, I went instead for the pretty purple color called Do the Mermaid.

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It went on easily and dried surprisingly quickly, with the result being a gorgeous wash of pale lavender color dotted with confetti-like sparkles in a darker, contrasting shade of purple. Here’s what it looked like on me (in a slightly blurry photo):

Deborah Lippmann mermaid road test

Although I loved the way it looked on its own, you could also easily use it as a shimmering top coat over a deeper eggplant shade; it might add some interesting depth. Fair warning: It can be a little tricky to remove, as the chunky glitter bits have some real staying power—but the plus side of that is that I went seven days with nary a chip in sight. Next up, I’m planning on using one of the other three shades on my toes—I’d love to see how delightful they look wiggling around in the water once beach weather finally hits.

Deborah Lippmann’s The Mermaids polishes are available at, Barneys New YorkBloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Snap ‘em up while you can—you’ll have the dreamiest summer manicure out there!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.

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