Thursday, 2 October 2014

Literary Lacquer: my first foray into indie nail polish

Way back in 2003 through to about...2008, probably, I was obsessed with nail polish. I always had intricately painted nails, with weird designs and shapes and pictures on them. But sometime in the later part of high school, I realized a few things:

  • I hate chipped nails. 
  • I am very hard on my hands and nails and therefore chip them all the time.
  • No base coat or top coat has ever improved this.
  • I was running out of sufficient leisure time to do my nails, let alone want to do them.
Mostly, for the last six years, I've been painting my toenails, though I occasionally do paint my fingernails. But mainly toes. I also very recently rebooted my polish collection: I had easily 30 polishes that were old/clumpy/colours no longer my thing/leaky (in one case)/overwhelming, and I tossed them all one afternoon. I've very slowly begun to rebuild, with a set of Nails etc. minis from Sephora (I have finished a bottle of nail polish exactly once in my life, in 2005), Revlon base and top coats, and a couple of drugstore polishes. I decided that this would be the perfect time to take a gander at some indie polishes. 

I'd been eyeing some polishes from Literary Lacquer for at least six months when I finally placed my order a few weeks ago. I can't remember who stumbled across them, myself or one of my cousins, but we were drawn in because she has an Anne of Green Gables set. To give a little context, I grew up an hour and a half drive from Prince Edward Island (I remember when the Confederation Bridge was built and how exciting it was). I have read all of L.M. Montgomery's books. I like to debate the merits of all of the books in the Anne series (Anne of the Island is best. Followed by Anne's House of Dreams. Her best book is The Story Girl, though). I was on the island at the end of August, actually (and avoided all Anne-related areas. That's for self-preservation. I'm never going to Green Gables. Such a tourist trap).

Basically, Anne has been a part of my life for all of it, and nostalgia demanded I get some of these. Plus I like books. A nail polish shop based on books sounds like my kind of shop.

Originally there were six polishes in the collection, but while I was deliberating, two got discontinued. I ended up picking Raspberry Cordial and Marilla's Amethyst Brooch.

Overall, I was really pleased with these polishes. They're well-crafted, astoundingly beautiful colours. I wanted to get something I could easily wear on my toes, since that's where they'll probably end up. It's a fortunate thing for my wallet that I don't wear that much nail polish, or it would be another thing to obsess over. Because these are gorgeous.

I ordered September 3rd, they shipped September 9th, and arrived in my mailbox from New Mexico on September 24th. So pretty standard time. 

Any weirdness in the polish is just my shoddy application skills.

Raspberry Cordial

Raspberry Cordial? is a raspberry pink linear holographic polish with added holo glitter. 2 coats will give full coverage. In my experience, topcoat does not dull the holographic effect.

(There's an excerpt from the book you can read on the listing.)

This was a dream to apply. It was thin, but highly pigmented. I had no trouble with getting too much on the brush. Two coats does in fact give full coverage, and with using my Revlon top and base coats with it, it didn't chip for five days, which is basically a miracle as far as I am concerned. This is a really pink nail polish, very pretty and sparkly. Very pretty.

Marilla's Amethyst Brooch

Marilla's Amethyst Brooch is an amethyst shimmer polish with a pink to orange flash. The orange will show up best in lower lighting. This polish looks especially awesome under fluorescent lighting (you're welcome, fellow office dwellers!) 2 coats will give full coverage. 

(This also has an excerpt in the listing.)

I gasped when I saw this. The pictures on the listing do not give it justice, and mine don't either. This is beautiful. It's a lovely purple with some absolutely dynamite shimmer. I didn't see a whole lot of orange but the pinky-purple shimmer transforms this polish from a nice purple to fantastic. It's thicker than Raspberry Cordial, and chipped after three days. Still pretty decent, especially since I cleaned the bathroom while wearing this one.

You can check out Literary Lacquer's storefront here. She's got plenty of beautiful colours based off of great books!

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