Was I the only one who ordered Deborah Lippmann’s Waking Up in Vegas ($16) after All Lacquered Up reported that this polish was used on Lady Gaga on September’s Vanity Fair cover? Or that wondered whether “Greige”–the name used to described this color was “The New Taupe”?
Waking Up in Vegas–like the song that becomes an earworm stuck in my mind–is an easy, edgy, so-this-season polish that I’ll reach for again and again. Application was very easy, coverage was nearly opaque in one coat and completely covered in two. The color attracts enough attention, and is deliberately different enough from last winter’s taupes, to look fresh for Fall. If you wear neutral grays, blacks and whites, it’s the easiest color in the world to integrate into your wardrobe. Pair this with a nude (or a deep red) lip and you’ll be ready.
I’ve been wearing this over Creative Nail Design’s Stickey basecoat, topped with Poshe’s topcoat successfully. I’m sure other base and topcoat (taupe-coat?) combinations would work equally well–this nail polish has a good formula with a medium-to-fast dry time.
Out of the bottle, Waking Up in Vegas is a gray with a touch of warm beige. It’s light without being delicate and applies like a true creme in texture. There is no shimmer, no frost, no fleck, no jelly. Just straight, uncompromising color (which may be what gives the polish its edge).
The warmth of Lippmann’s Waking Up in Vegas is readily apparent after comparing it to a true gray, here Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Concrete Jungle. Of course, Waking Up if Vegas is much lighter and softer than the comparatively brown Chanel Particuliere.
I looked for close duplicates in my stash, and the nearest shades were Essie’s Body Language (which is more pink) and Essie’s Playa de Platinum which is a bit lighter. Because of its lightness, Playa de Platinum feels more summery to me, and it may be a little harder to integrate Playa de Platinum with Fall’s deeper colored clothing.