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Pair with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab base and top coat for salon-quality results.

Deborah Lippmann

Birchbox Breakdown

We imagine that if the Egyptian queen ever visited the Big Apple, this is the polish she’d choose to wear. Inspired by the bright lights of the big city, Cleopatra in New York is glamorous with a bit of an edge. The black jelly-like base is packed with large pieces of hexagonal gold glitter that sparkle against the pitch-black polish. It’s unexpected and a little bit wild—just like New York City, and just like Cleopatra (especially in her Elizabeth Taylor incarnation).

How it Works

Biotin, green tea, and aucoumea resin (a natural tree resin from West Africa) strengthen and condition nails. Deborah Lippmann lacquers are free of harmful ingredients like toluene and formaldehyde, and they’re never tested on animals.

How to Use

After applying a base coat, paint nails with two to three coats of polish. Finish with one to two layers of top coat to bring this chunky glitter polish to a smooth, glass-like finish.

Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer, Citric Acid, Biotin, Butylene Glycol (AND) Water (AND) Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Aucoumea Klaineana Oleo-Resin Extract, [ +/- ] (May Contain) Titanium Dioxide; C.I. 77891 D&C Red #6 Barium Lake; C.I. 15850, D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake; C.I. 15850:1, D&C Red #34 Calcium Lake; C.I. 15850:1, FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake; C.I. 19140, D&C Yellow #10 Aluminum Lake; C.I. 47005, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake; C.I. 42090, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide; C.I. 77510, Red Iron Oxide; C.I. 77491 . Black Iron Oxide; C.I. 77499, Mica; C.I. 77019, Bismuth Oxychloride; C.I,77163, Guanine; C.I. 75170, Polyethylene Terephthalate, D&C Violet #2; C.I. 60725, Aluminum Powder; C.I. 77000.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Add some attitude to your mani
Purchased

This polish is really beautiful and versatile.
It can be edgy or feminine, city or special occasion.
It does take a few coats to really get the black saturated and you'll need to devote some extra time to remove it when you're ready - but it is so worth it!

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So pretty

This looks so pretty and shiny and sparkly, I really like this nail polish. Lasts long, but also takes a little work to take it off. Still, I like it and don't mind the little extra trouble.

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sparkle!

This is a gorgeous polish, & I am obsessed with Deborah Lippmann. For me, the only downside is how difficult it is to remove.

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disappointed

I did some good Cyber Monday shopping, and figured I'd pick up this gorgeous polish. I was going to give it as a gift, but when it arrived it was too pretty to let go! So I applied a base coat, three coats of this polish, and a top coat. It sparkled, it shined, it was perfect for the holidays. I'm a huge fan of black/gold glitter, and this polish looked great.
Then I started to notice the chips.
After a day, there were small chips along the edges of my nails. No problem, I filled in the patches and vowed to be a bit more careful. I've never had a polish chip on me that quickly, so I figured it was something I did. But it chipped and chipped again, ultimately looking horrendous by day three.
I know glitter polishes are a pain to remove, but I'd hoped that since this one chipped off so easily, removing it wouldn't be so bad. Wrong again. Total bummer to take off. The black base came off easily enough, but I had to scrape the glitter off my nails.
So frustrating! I expected better from a brand like DL.

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