When I was ordering my Deborah Lippmann Chromes, I noticed this little gem hiding at the bottom of the page. I never saw an official announcement for it, but I'm assuming it's new for Summer 2012 because I've never seen it before. The website describes Ray of Light and its pink counterpart, Sweet Dreams, as "3D holographic", so I knew I had to have it. Let me get this out of the way first: It is not holographic. It is a flake glitter (aka, a "flakie"). Lately it seems like polish brands are calling all sorts of random things holographic and none of them actually are. This is holographic:
Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light. Ray of Light is a deep indigo with a good amount of red/gold/green flakes. It's not sheer like I expected it to be. It's slightly jelly-finish, but nearly opaque enough to be a creme. The flakes are medium to small in size and appear red in most lights. These have a really subtle color shift compared to all the other flake glitters I have. The indigo base is very dark and tends to cover the flakes on the bottom layer of polish.
The formula on this one was not good. It's very thick and doesn't apply smoothly or evenly. I tried to do really thin coats, but it just insisted on being globby and creating thick ridges of polish at the edges of my nails. It's hard to do a thin, smooth coat with this in its current state and I plan on thinning mine the next time I use it. The coverage of the polish was good, I did three coats and it was completely opaque. However, due to the thick formula, dry time is long. Quick-dry topcoat is advised.
I really like the rich color of this and I love the contrasting red flakes, but the formula could use some work. This was way thicker and harder to apply than an $18 polish should be. Plus, I'm a little let down that it's not holographic. I pretty much expected that when ordering it, but I had to get it and find out for sure. It is a unique color in my collection (I have no other flakies with a dark indigo base), but you can approximate this look by doing a "jelly sandwich" technique by alternating coats of a deep blue jelly (NARS Midnight Express, Illamasqua Propaganda, OPI Dating a Royal) and a red/green/gold flake glitter (Essie Shine of the Times, Nubar 2010).
I ordered mine straight from Deborah Lippmann's website.