Saturday, July 12, 2014

Four From Literary Lacquers

Well, hello there. Nice to see you. How you been?

Ok, 'nuff of that. I have four Gorgeous polishes to show you from Literary Lacquers. Notice that's a capital G in gorgeous. I would have made the word all caps but I didn't want to shout at you that much.

l to r: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, If It Pleases You, Phenomenal Woman, Dandelion Wine

For those who don't already know, Amy Midler, the mastermind behind Literary Lacquers, creates polishes inspired by the world of literature. While her creations involve more than just holographics, in my opinion her holos are some of the best. She also seems to find ways of giving some polishes a bit of a twist that makes them extra special. 

You can visit her Etsy shop and find more beautiful polishes. I have several at this point and there are more I have my eye on. I have included a link in the name of the polish that will take you to the product page for that polish. 

These four were actually purchased from Gloss48, where you can find some great deals on just about anything beauty or cosmetic related as well as their blog and video tutorials. 

These four polishes were two duos I purchased when they were on special. The duos are still there but now sell for $20 each. You do have to sign up to view everything on the site. I received a $10 promo code when I signed up, which was really nice.

All right. Now for the main reason for this post. 

All four polishes are rather sheer with the first coat but easily build to a nice opacity. All pics here are with 3 thin coats, no base or top. The formula on these made it very easy to get those thin coats, which in turn made it easy to control where the polish went and made clean up an absolute breeze. Dry time is good, too. 

I had hoped to get sun pics of all of these but the sun wasn't having any of it - or rather, the clouds that kept rolling in front of the sun were being the difficult ones. Still, I think the following will give you some idea of what to expect and you can always click the polish name to see more on the Etsy shop page. 

Shall we start with that amazing turquoise beauty on the left?

This is Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. The literary reference here is "Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy". To quote the description on the shop page: “The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick." Ah, makes you wanna go order one, don't it? Well, the polish, anyway.

What doesn't show up very well in the pictures are the chunky holographic glitters that are in this one. The holo is strong enough to be seen inside and the extra glitters give that little extra oomph indoors.


This is If It Pleases You. And I will again quote from the product page: "This polish was inspired by The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice, originally published in 1983 under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure. It’s a kinky fairy tale, telling us what happens after the prince wakes Sleeping Beauty (not with a kiss this time…). If it pleases you is what Beauty is taught to answer questions by her masters." While my pictures make this one look a bit on the purple side, in real life it has a bit more of a brown cast - kind of like a bruise.

And then we have....

Phenomenal Woman. The product page for this one says: "Phenomenal Woman is a burgundy to purple-y color shifting holographic polish created by Jen Walker of Musings of the Wife of a Jedi ( to represent one of her favorite poems, Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. To read this fabulous poem check out this link:"

And finally.....

Dandelion Wine. This one was inspired by a piece of writing from Ray Bradbury called "Dandelion Wine". If you'll follow the link in the polish name, you can read the entire passage that inspired the polish. 

One other note about this one. It is a holographic yellow with a duochrome-like shift to an orange/pink that give it almost a bronzed look in certain lights. Unfortunately, I could not catch the shift in any of the multiple pics I took. Also, the holographic finish is quite subtle and best visible in direct sunlight. 

Didn't I say these were Gorgeous with a capital "G"?

I'm looking at lot of new polish congregated on my desk right now, so there will be lots more swatches to come. And I just realized I haven't done the nail art technique for this month - free-form stripes. In fact, I may just expand that idea to include a couple of other nail art techniques I've seen recently.  

While I get inspired, I'll just say thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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