Deborah Lippmann All Fired Up Fall 2018: Swatch & Review


There is no better way to kick off fall than with new polishes from Deborah Lippmann! It is rare that I actually grab an entire collection, but this one has a combination of unique and too-pretty-to-resist shades, so my autumn-loving, jewel tone worshipping self had to have ’em all. I am happy to report that they are even prettier in person than I thought they would be and are all two coats or less! The All Fired Up collection is in the gel lab pro formula. To me, this means a great paddle brush and putting up more dough per bottle, but if the system works for you, then that is great and I am all for it. I personally am not here for polish longevity, I just want a good color on my nails to amuse me for a few days before I replace it. These all fit that bill! I hope you will join me below the cut because Deborah Lippmann really got in the seasonal spirit and our nails are all the better for it.

For the swatches you will be seeing today, I used Deborah Lippmann All About That Base as my base coat and Seche Vite as my top coat where noted.


Deborah Lippmann Nasty, 1 coat

I am going through the polishes in the order that they are listed on the website, so I have to start this post off with a fail on my part: I forgot to take pictures of this one, Nasty, with top coat! However, it is the prettiest polish of the collection and so stunning that you would probably explode if I showed you it in all its glory. Really, I did you all a favor. Deborah Lippmann describes Nasty as a “burnished plum shimmer.” Holy hot dogs, it is so much more than that. The gold shimmer melts into the plummy base so well that it is effectively a duochrome. You can see the shift on my nails without me even trying to capture it. Drool. This is my number one pick from the collection. Yeah, you have seen purple and gold before, but not so masterfully done as this. More drool.

It has great coverage with just one coat. The formula is thin, but actually easy to control. I see some slight brushstrokes but the paddle brush makes straightening them out a cinch. I have almost zero skills when it comes to this, so if I can do it, so can you.


Deborah Lippmann Nasty, 2 coats

Nasty is complete perfection in two coats. The color deepens a little, the coverage is more even, and the gold shimmer is just as evident. Brushstrokes are visible, but a non-issue for me. This is a new favorite, it is a color you could stare at all day. Try not to wear it while driving ;]


Deborah Lippmann Bo$$, 2 coats plus top coat

The second polish I have to show off today is Bo$$. The promo pictures on the website made it look like a straight-up shimmery green, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw in person that it is indeed a “deep teal shimmer” as Deborah Lippmann describes it. It is not the most unique polish in the world, but the concept is executed perfectly and I have a lot of love for it.


Deborah Lippmann Bo$$, 1 coat

Bo$$ has good coverage with just one coat. I had a few light spots, but it is a thinner formula polish so we can forgive that. I am pretty sure the shimmer in here is so prominent because it is much lighter than the base; it has that lit from within look that I usually associate with warmer tones.


Deborah Lippmann Bo$$, 2 coats

A second coat of Bo$$ covers all the lighter spots. I saw some slight brushstroking, but it is so easy to straighten out with the paddle brush. Bo$$ dries a tad dull, so you will definitely want to use top coat to get it looking its best.


Deborah Lippmann Queen Bitch, 2 coats plus top coat

Queen Bitch is easily the most unique polish of the collection. I own nothing like it and cannot say that I have seen anything remotely dupable. Deborah Lippmann describes it as a “gold with multi-tonal shimmer.” I genuinely cannot tell if it is a bunch of gold flakies with a dose of some other colored flakies or if they really are all shimmers. The pieces seem so large, yet the coverage is very complete. You might be able to layer this one over other colors, but I think it would really dominate the base. {Unfortunately, I did not swatch it as a topper because I did not get the idea until writing this post.}


Deborah Lippmann Queen Bitch, 1 coat

The first coat goes on super easy. Queen Bitch has fairly even coverage (which is why I think you could use it as a topper) and you can see all of the colors. It is sheer but super reflective, which helps build up opacity.


Deborah Lippmann Queen Bitch, 2 coats

To me, Queen Bitch looks like it is at full coverage in two coats. In person it is just so shiny that picking out nail line is impossible. I could see a situation where you might need a third coat, but I did not find it necessary.


Deborah Lippmann Sorry Not Sorry, 1 coat plus top coat

The one cream polish in the collection is the beautiful “deep cobalt” that is Sorry Not Sorry. For those of you wondering, yes, it does appear blue in person. It is not too deep to be a glorified black.


Deborah Lippmann Sorry Not Sorry, 1 coat

Sorry Not Sorry is a one-coater, people! For the record, I never try to apply polishes in one coat and I tend to do thinner coats, so this is the real deal. The formula is thicker than everything else in this collection (you all are collectively thinking “duh, it’s not a shimmer/metallic”) and has a sticky quality. Not sticky as in gloopy, but as in it stays where you put it. It does not dry super smooth, but a second coat or a decent top coat will solve that for you.


Deborah Lippmann You Oughta Know, 2 coats plus top coat

Lastly, we have the one polish in the collection whose name references a song I actually know. You Oughta Know is described as a “rust with pink shimmer.” The shimmer is not like the gold in Nasty or the lighter teal in Bo$$; it definitely adds something to the polish but it does not stand out or contrast with the base. The polish as a whole is firmly in the red camp. It is simply divine and if you like rusty, bricky reds, you too will love it!


Deborah Lippmann You Oughta Know, 1 coat

You Oughta Know has amazing coverage with just one coat. I see a few light spots and the color still needs to darken up a bit to match what you see in the bottle. There are some barely-visible brushstrokes. Maybe. If you get your microscope out, perhaps. It is a thinner formula like all the other shimmers, but I had no issues with control.


Deborah Lippmann You Oughta Know, 2 coats

A second coat of You Oughta Know lends the perfecting touch. It is fully opaque and the rusty red is in all of its autumnal glory. I did find that this polish dries a tad dull, so have your top coat of choice ready.

It is a splurge, but I am so happy that I have this collection! If you need any of these polishes, I would highly recommend grabbing Nasty and Queen Bitch because you probably do not have any dupes. You can buy the whole collection at a discount ($80 for all five instead of $100), but only do so if these polishes are screaming your name. That sounds terrifying. Appease the polish demons in whatever way you have to ;]

What fall collections are you excited about this year?

xx, Ashley

Deborah Lippmann is cruelty-free. I bought my bottles from Deborah Lippmann’s website.


5 thoughts on “Deborah Lippmann All Fired Up Fall 2018: Swatch & Review”

  1. I’ve never tried the DL “gel lab pro” formula but this looks like the perfect opportunity to do so. My picks are Nasty and Queen Bitch – don’t love the names of this collection though… seems a bit try hard, I know they’re song names but STILL – however, the colours are stunning! The finish of Queen Bitch reminds me a bit of OPI Warm & Fozzie from the Muppets collection from 2011! The colours are different but the mottled finish is similar.
    I’ve not paid much attention to new collections since I’ve been trying to be GOOD and not buying much nail polishes lately – mainly focused on using all of my untrieds and I’ve even been tracking each new one I’ve worn, and noting whether I’ll keep or purge them, with a view of doing a massive declutter.
    BUT… these polishes ARE screaming my name! Those damn polish demons… 😮


    1. If you like paddle brushes, I think you’ll like the Gel Lab Pros. They are seriously easy to work with. Ugh, the names!!!

      I usually like the names of DL polishes but these ones were a bit cringe-y. I died a little inside every time I typed “Bo$$.”

      You are right about that OPI, it has the same vibe.

      If you decide to be a bit naughty and go for more polish, these would be the ones to do it for. I personally have found most of the new mainstream releases recently fairly uninspiring.


  2. Thanks for the swatches. I’m a fan of the DL gel lab pro formula and appreciate the fact that they are cruelty free. However, the “photos” on their website often don’t accurately reflect the colors. Thanks to your swatch, I have my eye on “Nasty”. FYI, they have a cyber sale going on for $30 off the purchase of $100 in case anyone wants to splurge.

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    1. Totally agree, I love Deborah Lippmann but always have to search for swatches if I want to know what it really looks like 🙃 Nasty is even more amazing in person, if you like what you see here, you’ll love it on your nails! That is a truly amazing sale, will be hitting it up, thank you!!!

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