Much encouraged by my first experience with Deborah Lippmann lipsticks, I went ahead and ordered another lipstick/nail polish set of hers. Sexy Back Duet is a "fierce flirty fuchsia crème" duo (actually, "duo" would be more of an accurate term. Just saying) of a full size lipstick and a fashion size nail lacquer. It is another great set, and I must say this time I am more impressed with the lipstick than the nail polish.
Sexy Back Nail Lacquer
A fashion size nail lacquer is about half the full sized bottle, which makes this set a pretty awesome deal since it's like you're getting the nail polish for $2. I was even luckier because I scored the set from the recent Beauty.com sale.
On my nails, Sexy Back shows up more of a cool berry with red undertones. I thought I had a dupe but it turns out Sexy Back is totally unique in my collection. It reminds me of Revlon Cherries In The Snow a little, but Sexy Back looks modern and more flattering thanks to its creme-gel finish.
The applicator is naturally a bit shorter so that I wouldn't call the application a breeze, but it is definitely much better than those Essie minis. They have ballz inside and everything. We need ballz regardless of the size.
I don't know why I assumed the lipstick would be more opaque with satin finish. The finish is almost identical to "I'm Every Woman" (my favorite nude lipstick at the moment), which is sheer and glossy with buildable coverage.
Again, it is more of a berry than a fuchsia.
Sexy Back is not one of those "in your face" kind of fuchsia, if it is a fuchsia at all.
Honestly I've seen flirtier fuchsias than Sexy Back, but I love this bright yet wearable shade regardless.
I completely forgot to take a lip swatch pic, but here is an overall look.
If you are not so sure about Deborah Lippmann lipsticks, I would say try them. I think they are great options for sheer lipstick lovers like me. Both the nude and the bright I've tried are excellent. The only thing is the limited color range, but hopefully there will be more in the future.
(non-affiliated) PSA: Deborah Lipmann lipsticks are on sale until 5/31/2015. 30% off. No code required.