Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab is a new duo out this spring that contains Coat of Arms (base coat) and Shining Armor (top coat). This is a gel-like nail system which is supposed to give you the high-gloss, long-wear, quick-dry look of a regular gel manicure but without the UV curing light.

It’s removable like any nail polish, just a simple nail remover takes it all off.

But does it really work?

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab-2

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab-3
Coat of Arms, Shining Armor

The instructions for use are pretty easy, basically like any manicure.

  • One coat of Coat of Arms base coat
  • Two coats of nail lacquer
  • One coat of Shining Armor top coat

You just wait a minute or two in-between all coats.

I tested this system out using Deborah Lippmannn’s Almost Paradise. I had no issues with the application at all. Everything was straight-forward as normal. No bubbling or unevenness with the top coat. It does dry pretty quickly but not as quickly as say Nubar Diamont, Poshe or Seche Vite. But still pretty quick!

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Day One
Day one

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Day One-2
Day one

So you can see my nails look shiny and smooth (if not a bit greasy from too much cuticle oil). I’m not sure that full-on squishy thing was happening like a traditional gel manicure though. It looked like any other normal manicure to my eye.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Day Two
Day two

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Day Two-2
Day two

This is day two. It still looked nearly as perfect as it did after right applying with maybe a tiny bit of wear on my nail edges. Still shiny.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Day Three
Day three (left hand)

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Day Three-2
Day three (right hand)

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Day Three-3
Day three (left hand)

On day three there was some definite wear, mainly on my right hand, which I use more. My left hand looked pretty good, except for my thumb started cracking. It wasn’t as shiny as the day before and some scratches in the finish were showing. My right hand though had a lot of cracks, small chips and tip wear. Enough so that it was time for me to remove.

Overall: The normal amount of time I can wear any nail polish is 24-48 hours on average. This did extend my wear to 72 hours, but then I felt it wasn’t looking too fresh anymore. So yes it extended it a bit, but not that much. I was really hoping for 4 or even 5 days.

Availability: Nordstrom, Zappos,, Deborah Lippmann.

Pricing: $45.00.

Would you be interested in trying this or have you? What was your experience?


Note: Deborah Lippmann is cruelty free.

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Written by Kelly
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