Thursday, June 22, 2017

Literary Lacquers June New Releases Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Literary Lacquers is releasing a bunch of new and returning stock in the store Friday June 23rd.  This is my first time reviewing for Literary Lacquers and I was impressed with all the detail that was provided (inspirations, price, release date, description of lacquers).  Just reading about the inspirations and all the other returning stock, I was so excited - you will be too!

Let's get into the swatches and details!  *Picture heavy post with lots of pretties!*

I'm going to start with the returning shades I was sent.  First is Salmon Enchanted Evening, a lovely shade of coral.  This is a creme that had amazing formula and was opaque in 2 coats.  I did test this polish for stamping and it picked up onto my stamp!  (I love finding polishes that stamp.)  Photos show with shiny top coat.  (Brush macro made my camera get all whacky, color is more accurate in nail photos.)

The other returning shade I have to share is Green Gables, a stunning green linear holographic polish.  Photos show 2 coats with shiny top coat.  

Now we are going to move on to a special polish - a gift with purchase of $20 (free mini) and $50 (free full size) called Feather Family.  Feather Family is a dusty pink scattered holographic with silver holographic micro flakes.  Inspiration below photos which show 3 thin coats with shiny top coat!

Inspired by The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Named by Alex Bacon-Leslie, LitLaq Marketing Director

When I was searching for the right name for this gift with purchase polish to adequately express the gratitude I have for the support and love given to me by my fans and customers as I come out of this long dark period of LitLaqlessness, Alex pointed me in the direction of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, a brilliantly fun sci-fi book by Becky Chambers. The book introduces a few interesting alien species, including Sissix, the reptilian feathered Aandrisk tech. 
 “Okay, well, on her wall, there’s this big fancy frame with a mess of Aandrisk feathers hanging from it. Every Aandrisk’s got one, as far as I know. See, if you’re an Aandrisk and somebody really touches your life in some way, you give that person one of your feathers. And then you keep the feathers you get from others as a symbol of how many paths you’ve crossed. Having a lot of feathers on your wall shows that you’ve had an impact on a lot of people. That’s a pretty big priority for most Aandrisks. But they don’t give feathers out casually, not, like for helping you carry something or giving you a free drink or whatever. It’s got to be an experience that sticks with you, but it can totally be between strangers.”
 Thanks for being my feather family.

Next we have Lettie's Ocean, a soft turquoise holo with silver holographic glitters.  This applied nicely in 2 coats and photos show with top coat.  Inspiration below.

Designed with Carolyn Chambers

Lettie is an eleven-year-old girl who just may have very well been eleven for a very long time. 

"Lettie Hempstock was made of silken sheets the color of ice, filled with tiny flickering candle flames, a hundred hundred candle flames. Could there be candle flames burning under the water? There could. I knew that, when I was in the ocean, and I even knew how. I understood it just as I understood Dark Matter, the material of the universe that makes up everything that must be there but we cannot find. I found myself thinking of an ocean running beneath the whole universe, like the dark seawater that laps beneath the wooden boards of an old pier: an ocean that stretches from forever to forever and is still small enough to fit inside a bucket, if you have Old Mrs. Hempstock to help you get it in there, and you ask nicely."

Swaying Grayly is one of the most unique polishes I have come across.  It is a light gray polish with silver flakies and glass flecks.  I really love the originality of this polish.  Photos show 2 coats with shiny top coat (1st and 2nd photos) and matte top coat (3rd and 4th photos).  Inspiration below!

Designed with Adrienne Nguyen

Inspired by the persistent description of Ursula Monkton in her true form as Skarthach of the Keep as represented by tattered grey canvas.

“It was my old bedroom, but it wasn’t. Not anymore. There was the little yellow handbasin, just my size, and the walls were still robin’s-egg blue, as they had been when it was mine. But now strips of cloth hung from the ceiling, gray, ragged cloth strips, like bandages, some only a foot long, others dangling almost all the way to the floor. The window was open and the wind rustled and pushed them, so they swayed, grayly, and it seemed as if perhaps the room was moving, like a tent or a ship at sea."

The last polish is my favorite (no surprise since I'm a purple lover) and called Miner's Gift.  It is the best of both blues and purple as a blurple multi chrome shifting polish with silver holographic minoflakies.  Photos show 2 coast with shiny top coat.  The inspiration is below!

Inspired by the character of the opal miner. The death of the miner is the catalyst for the awakening/actions of Skarthach. His offhandedly adult means of compensating for the loss of the one thing that gave the boy comfort is counter-balanced by Lettie’s selfless, childish (as in done by a child – not as in immature) and steadfast determination to make things right for her friends. As such, the Miner (and other adults – Hempstocks excluded) is the initial counter character to Lettie.

 “He was a South African, although he had made his money mining for opals in Australia. He gave my sister and me an opal each, a rough black rock with green-blue-red fire in it. My sister liked him for this, and treasured her opal stone. I could not forgive him for the death of my kitten.” p. 14

Now there are ton of returning polishes coming out of the vault that will be stocked Friday and below is the list!

Literary Lacquers Relaunch:
Friday, June 23, noon MDT
Holos/Multichromes - $12
Shimmers/Cremes - $10
This will not be a restock situation, the shop will remain open and stocked thereafter.
Returning favorites:
1. And So I Step Up 
2. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster 
3. Ether Binge 
4. Flickum Bicus 
5. Grasshopper With Candy Colored Hair 
6. Porco Rosso 
7. Some Glad Morning 
8. Green Gables
9. Lake of Shining Waters 
10. Raspberry Cordial? 
11. Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch 
12. If It Pleases You 
13. Happy Prince 
14. Hope Is A Thing With Feathers 
15. Amortentia
16. Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred
17. Orgasm
18. If Thou Hast Eyes To See
19. Desdemona’s Handkerchief
20. Salmon Chanted Evening
21. Bluestocking Romance
22. Breathing Dreams Like Air
23. Laters Baby
24. Long May She Reign

Loves:  I love the originality of Swinging Grayly and the striking color of Miner's Gift.  I also love the soft delicateness of Feather Family (as well as the inspiration behind it).  

Wishes:  I hope there are more multi chromes like Miner's Gift in the future and more matte flake polishes like Swinging Grayly!!

Happy Polishing,
Kristi aka BeginNails


  1. I love Literary Lacquers and am so glad the shop relaunched full time today! There are so many gorgeous shades to choose from!

    1. Yes, I totally agree! Full time is the way to go! Allows us to get our hands on them as needed.

  2. Miner's Den is stunning. That's a shade I love year round.

  3. I never tried this brand, I'm so glad they're restocking. Time for me to check them out!!!

  4. Lettie's Ocean is such a gorgeous shade!

  5. Man those new shades are amazing! Love all 3 of them!

  6. Sooo beautiful! I'm obsessed with Salmon Enchanted Evening, it's the perfect shrimpy-salmon coral for summer.

    1. You are right! Summer nail art needs to go over it!

  7. Gorgeous swatches! I really like the miners gift polish! So beautiful!

    1. One of my faves too - purple gets me every time.

  8. This reminds me how gorgeous Green Gables is! When Amy first launched, jelly holos were her specialty and she does them so well.

  9. What a beautiful set of polishes, lovely for summer x

  10. I love Lettie's Ocean!!! Just perfect for summer!!!


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