Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Literary Lacquers Review

*Press Sample*

Today I am honored to share with you some polishes that were sent to me to review from an indie brand I have been a frequent customer of.

Literary Lacquers is a nail polish brand that combines the best to two worlds, books and nail polish. For a true book nerd such as myself, this is super exciting. Amy, the wonderful creator, gets the inspiration for her polishes between the pages of books, making her creations special on a whole new level.

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I have three different polishes to share with you today and a nail art look I created with one of them, let's dive in shall we?

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This gorgeous polish is named Rebecca, Always Rebecca is an eggplant, deep purple holographic polish. This polish has a linear holographic finish with medium-sized scattered holographic sparkle throughout. I used two coats for the opacity above and used HK Girl Top Coat. There were zero application issues. I really really love the color of this polish, it is so vampy and beautiful, I just know I will wear it frequently in the future.

Amy created this polish in inspiration of the book "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier. Here is what Amy shares about the novel in the description of this polish.

In the novel, our unnamed narrator, a young girl known only to us as The Second Mrs. deWinter becomes obsessed with the supposed perfection of her husbands deceased first wife, Rebecca. She is constantly comparing herself to Rebecca and supposes that everyone that she meets in her new life is also comparing her unfavorably to the accomplished, beautiful and socially connected Rebecca who has been dead for less than a year.

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Next up we have Porco Rosso from Literary Lacquers 2014 Community Collection. The idea for this polish was from Schette of Schette EssaisBeauté, in inspration of Porco Rosso, an animated character from a Japanese adventure film.

This polish is a lovely Earthy red toned holographic polish with gold flakies which come out to play in indirect light. This polish went on well in two coats and is pictured with HK Girl Top Coat. I really love the tone of this polish, it is definitely unique in my collection, and really reminds me of Pantone's Color of the Year – Marsala.

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And last but certainly not least, we have Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred. This polish is just an amazing blurple holographic polish with these lovely blue and violet glass fleck flakies, which give it such beautiful flashes in the shade. This polish looks purple most of the time, but in outdoor lighting, it leans more navy blue, almost the perfect shade of jean holo. This polish went on like butter in two coats and it topped with HK Girl Top Coat.

This polish was inspired by "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed. Here is what Amy shares about the book.

Wild is Cheryl Strayed's first-person memoir of her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon to the border of Washington State. After Cheryl’s mother died, she spiraled down into heroin one night stands which led to the destruction of her marriage. After her divorce, with very little left to lose, she decided to embark on a challenging hike despite having very little experience, hoping to save her own life as she explored the wilderness. This book is jam packed with truth and vivid description, from the importance of the right footwear to how to accept grief without allowing it to obliterate us. This book literally made me laugh and cry, sometimes in the same paragraph.

And because I cannot leave well enough alone, I had to add some sort of art to at least one of these polishes! I hope it doesn't steal the beauty away from the polish itself, but I think it just adds dimension to it!

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That last shot is one I took outside yesterday, which shows how in some lighting Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred can lean more blue than purple. This polish is definitely a chameleon, but in the best way possible. I have nothing like it in my collection.

For this nail art I broke out a Bundle Monster QA88 plate I won from Cathy at More Nail Polish, and stamped various designs from different parts of the plate. I stamped using a white polish, and when I used a quick dry top coat, the pigment did bleed into the stamped image a bit, but I like the effect. To give it more dimension and to help the look pull more blue, I added dots using OPI Eurso Euro.

Literary Lacquers polishes can be purchased at the Literary Lacquers Etsy Shop. These polishes retail for $12 for a 15ml bottle of polish. Literary Lacquers are 3 Free, meaning it is free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

For more information and photos of upcoming collections, make sure to follow Literary Lacquers on Facebook and Instagram.

So what do you think of these polishes? Have you ever tried Literary Lacquers before? What polishes are your favorite from Amy?

*This polish was sent to me for my honest review.

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