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  1. MUG SHOT: My Wicked adventure in New Zealand with Deborah Lippmann

    October 25, 2013 by pam

    Remember Petah’s Wicked evening with Deborah Lippmann?

    A couple of weeks later, I flew to New Zealand for my own Wicked adventure and I traveled with Deborah’s Wicked set in tow. Petah had thoughtfully sent it to me super fast, to make sure I got it in time for my trip.


    Deborah released the set to celebrate the Broadway musical’s 10th anniversary and I thought the timing was perfect because Wicked was coming to my country. I went to Auckland to watch Wicked and meet the cast and crew – the same people who will be bringing the show to Manila in January. We arrived on Wednesday night, had dinner and headed to our rooms to rest after our two flights. But I knew I couldn’t sleep without getting my nails ready for the next day.

    I painted my nails with Defying Gravity and added One Short Day to the tips.


    Thursday was crazy exciting. We were scheduled to go backstage and discover just how much work it takes to stage a show as magical as Wicked. Naturally, I brought Deborah Lippmann’s set with me again. I showed it to Kellie Ritchie, Wicked’s head of wigs and makeup.


    Here’s the Wicked trio with some of the costumes. Note the abundance of green.


    I love how the box matches the fantastic costumes.


    I took a photo of the set with MAC’s Chromacake in Landscape Green, the makeup used by Wicked productions to transform actresses into the green-skinned Elphaba.


    I wanted to see how close Defying Gravity was to Elphaba’s skin color. And yup, it’s pretty close.


    That’s my Deborah Lippmann Wicked set posing with Elphaba’s hat.


    I couldn’t resist snapping a quick photo of my Wicked mani too. Forgive my dry hands. Travel really messes with my cuticles.


    Here’s a photo of my Wicked set onstage at Auckland’s Civic Theatre, the same theater Peter Jackson used when he filmed the movie King Kong.


    And here’s a photo of the set on one of the seats.


    That night, we watched Wicked. It was my second time to see the show. I first saw it on Broadway a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. The cast in New Zealand cemented my love for the show – it has officially become my favorite musical. It made me cry four times and that’s okay because it made me laugh even more times. Suzie Mathers is the perfect Glinda. She was so good. Jemma Rix was sick that night and we got to watch her understudy Ali Calder. (I can’t wait to watch Jemma in Manila – she was fantastic at the press launch.)

    After the show, we were given the chance to go onstage and have photos taken with Suzie, Ali and the charming Steve Danielsen who plays Fiyero. As I was posing for these pictures, one of my travel companions said something about me being crazy about nail polish. And I said, “I’m wearing Defying Gravity!” They asked me to show off my mani so I did. I thought it was funny that Elphaba was looking at my nails in one of the pictures.


    Friday had even more Wicked fun in store for us. We were set to spend hours interviewing the cast. I spent Thursday night preparing for those interviews. I also knew I needed a new Wicked manicure for the next day. So I brought out the Wicked set again and put together a fun mani using all three colors including Popular, the shimmery pink. This was the mani on my left hand.


    Here’s a closer look. I kept the Defying Gravity + One Short Day combination on my ring finger and middle finger, painted my pinky with two coats of One Short Day and my index finger with three coats of Popular. On my thumb I went a little crazy – I used Defying Gravity as a base, added One Short Day to half of my nail and then added a stripe of Popular. I did a similar mani on my right hand and wore all three shades on my nails all the way back to Manila.


    It’s been a couple of weeks since my trip but I’m still on a Wicked high. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack nonstop and I’m counting down to January. When I got back to Manila, I also spent time playing with the Wicked set and taking proper swatches.


    These are the three mini bottles included in the Wicked set.


    Let’s start with Defying Gravity.


    Deborah describes this as “Elphaba’s unlimited green.” Inspired by Elphaba, she created this green hue as an extension of Elphaba’s skin color. And because Elphaba is my favorite Wicked character (even though I really really adore Suzie as Glinda) and Defying Gravity is my favorite Wicked song (okay it’s a tie between Defying Gravity and For Good), this color was my favorite from the collection.

    It’s a beautiful shade of green. Application was easy. I used three thin coats.







    Next is Popular.


    Deborah describes this as “Glinda’s glistening pink.” Inspired by Glinda and one of the most fun songs from the musical, this polish is a shimmery pink that matches the dress Glinda wears for the Popular number.

    Application was easy but this is the sheerest of the three shades. After three coats, it was almost opaque, with the nail line still a little visible.





    And finally, One Short Day.


    Deborah describes this super glittery shade as “positively perfect emerald.” This was inspired by Glinda and Elphaba’s journey to the Emerald City. I love the song it was named after too.

    You know how some glittery shades can be so sheer that you need coat after coat after coat after coat to get it to go opaque? Not this one. It could have become opaque in two but I went for three. Loved the application too – it was super easy, no need to fish out any glitter. It applied quite nicely.

    Because it’s super glittery, One Short Day dries gritty. You will need a top coat to make it glossy and to bring out even more sparkle. But I skipped that bit so I could play with the colors together (you’ll see what I mean in a bit).




    You didn’t think I just swatched these three shades separately, right? I’m sure you know that despite my serious lack of nail art skills, I always have fun trying.

    Here are a few more looks I created using the Wicked set.

    Starting with a Defying Gravity base, I added One Short Day on top but not just to the tips – I painted almost half of my nails with the glittery emerald shade. I intentionally made them look uneven. I thought it made the mani look a little more interesting.


    Then I decided to add Popular on top of the Defying Gravity + One Short Day mix just to see how it would look.


    And I thought that was interesting too.


    Next I started with Popular as the base before adding really thin Defying Gravity tips.


    “Ooh, my nails look like watermelon slices,” I thought.


    And then I went a little crazy and added my version of Wicked watermelon seeds using One Short Day.


    I know, I know, it looks crazy.


    Using all three shades I also created a diagonally striped mani without using a nail art brush or tape. I just used the polish brushes.


    I started with a One Short Day base, added two coats of Popular and finished with Defying Gravity.




    Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Set is now available at Sephora stores and, and HSN. Follow Deborah on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In the Philippines, Deborah Lippmann products are available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

    Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Concertus Manila, David Atkins Enterprises and 105.9 Radio High and presenters Visa and Smart Infinity will be bringing Wicked to Manila in January 2014. Tickets are available at Ticketworld. Call 891-9999 or visit For more information, visit

  2. PETAH FILES: Green With Envy – a Wicked evening with Deborah Lippmann

    September 25, 2013 by pam

    A note from Pammy: Deborah Lippmann sent Polish Police an invitation to grab a bite and then watch Wicked with her on Broadway to celebrate the release of her collection at Sephora. The collection includes a fabulous Wicked set that Deborah created to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary. When I received the invite, I started hyperventilating. One, I love Deborah. Two, I looove Wicked! Wicked is my favorite musical – I watched it once in New York and, because the show is coming to Manila in January, I am planning to watch it a few more times. Watching my favorite musical with Deborah would have been a dream come true! Sadly, I am thousands of miles away from New York and couldn’t make it. But I knew we couldn’t pass up this fantastic opportunity. Luckily, my beloved polish elf and Polish Police’s New York correspondent Petah was ready to step in. And he didn’t just go, he even helped me prepare Wicked-themed presents for Deborah and lovingly wrapped them. But why am I telling you this? I’ll let Petah tell you about last night’s wicked Wicked adventure. Here we go…

    Pammy asked me to cover this event and we confirmed within minutes of the invitation. A couple of days later, I was in Times Square to celebrate the release of Deborah Lippmann’s Broadway show-themed nail polish set.





    Wicked is marking its 10th anniversary and Deborah commemorated Broadway’s jewel with its very own nail polish set. This lacquer trio is a tribute to the show’s beloved characters and their journey.


    The set includes Popular, a pink shimmer that was inspired by the frivolous and capricious Glinda…


    Defying Gravity (which happens to be Deborah’s favorite Wicked song), a green creme that replicates Elphaba’s distinct skin tone…


    and One Short Day, an emerald shimmer to symbolize our heroines’ journey to Emerald City.


    During the pre-show reception, I spoke to Deborah’s colleagues about the collaboration. With HBO’s Girls and True Blood-inspired collections already part of the brand’s rich polish history, theater seemed like the natural next step. Deborah’s love for music and the show (She’s seen it over a dozen times!) paved the yellow brick road for these munchkins.


    Deborah arrived mid-chatter and shared her journey with the two beloved witches. With emerald being Pantone’s color of the year, she was worried it would be a cliché but she bottled her hesitation and concocted its timing. She talked about sifting through a decade of costume archives and how that led to her color inspirations. Getting access to discontinued fabrics was a challenge but ultimately, she came up with undeniably mesmerizing shades.


    The show was and still is magical – from once-upon-a-time until its happily-ever-after. Lindsay Mendez as Elphaba and Alli Mauzey as Glinda were equally enchanting in their performances.

    I was toting Pammy’s new babies the entire night, excited to report back to the chief.


    It was a privilege to be in the presence of the nail polish rock star and lacquer wizard Ms. Deborah Lippmann. She was gracious and warm throughout the evening.


    And it was thrilling to have enjoyed the show for the third time with her. I felt like a giddy twelve-year-old girl, with wonderful nails.

    I am so sure this set will have fans of Wicked and Deborah rushing to the nearest Sephora.


    And if you were wondering about our token for Deborah, here it is.


    We loved these Wicked treats from our favorite brownie place The Fat Witch and thought Deborah would enjoy them too.


    And we were so thrilled to see this photo on Deborah’s Instagram last night.


    It was truly a wicked Wicked night.

    Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Set is now available at Sephora stores and Don’t forget to check out the Deborah’s Sephora-exclusive shades too – 99 Luftballoons, Chasing Pavements, Lilac Wine and She Bop. Visit and follow Deborah on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In the Philippines, Deborah Lippmann products are available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.