Friday, December 28, 2012

Literary Lacquers Midsummer Night's Dream Polish Collection

Good morning, dear readers!  I hope you have all been enjoying the holiday season and were able to spend quality time with those that you love!  The hubby and I stayed at home by ourselves this year, and it's so hard to believe that next holiday season, we'll have a little one in the house to spoil!  With the holidays winding down, I'm looking forward to having more time to focus on my blogging once again. I wanted to share with you today some swatches of an older collection by Literary Lacquers, and I hope you enjoy them!  This collection is based on one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and these polishes are absolutely beautiful.

Midsummer Night's Dream
I used three coats of polish, one coat of Gelous, and one coat of top coat for these photos.  I'm not sure that the Gelous was truly needed, but the large blue glitter hexes seemed to not lie perfectly against the nail.  One coat top coat probably would have been fine if I didn't have the large blue hexes on my nails.  This stunning blue polish is packed with blue, gold, and black glitters of various sizes, and no digging was necessary to get them out of the bottle.  The larger blue glitters are a little more sparse than the other glitters so I had to hunt a little for them, but it only required a few extra dips of the brush in the bottle.  They were very evenly dispersed throughout the polish and I didn't have any issues with them sinking.  This polish is beautiful, and I think it captures the fairy dream world perfectly.

Love in Idleness
I used two coats of polish for these photos, and there is still some visible nail line present.  A third coat should cover it completely or you can plan to layer this over another polish.  It does have a bit of glitter and feels pretty textured on its own, so I followed up with one coat of Gelous and then one coat of top coat.  This is a gorgeous sheer lilac polish with lots of sparkle: square and hex shaped glitters in shades of purples and iridescent pinks.  There is also bar glitter, but the bars are very fine (both thin and short) and don't require any work for placement like the traditional bar glitter you're more used to seeing.  No digging for glitters was needed, and they dispersed surprisingly nicely.  I expected to have more issues with it because there are so many glitters, but that certainly was not the case when it came to this polish.  Love-in-Idleness is alluring and delicate, and my favorite of the set.  I generally shy away from purples, but this one is simply captivating, and it was definitely love at first stroke!

What Fools These Mortals Be

This one was surprisingly hard for me to swatch- I couldn't decide what to use for underwear for days!  I was tempted to use a purple, but I was afraid the purple glitters would just disappear, so I wanted to think outside the normal colour choices.  I decided to use Zoya Tracie as the underwear (two coats), and I then dabbed on about two coats What Fools These Mortals Be.  I also used one coat of Gelous and then one coat of top coat in these pictures.  I had no issues getting the glitters out of the bottle whatsoever, but it definitely took a little bit of finagling to get them spread nicely on my nails.  Fear not- it's still rather workable- but be prepared to send a little extra time with this one.  This one is a real stunner, especially in full sunlight!  Wow!

Final Thoughts
I loved all these polishes, and Literary Lacquers has quickly become one of my top three indie brands!  Amy, the creator, is such a sweetheart, and I love that she has such a wide range of finishes to choose from.  She has put so much thought into designing her polishes, and I cannot wait to see what she has coming up next!  I'm a big Shakespeare fan, so I hope to see another Shakespeare inspired polish collection in the future.  Macbeth anyone?  

Links and Other Additional Information
Starting today, Literary Lacquers is having a New Years sale!  Full sized bottles are now 20% off, and if you spend $50, shipping is free for domestic orders with code NEWYEAR.  The sale is scheduled through January 4th and includes all collections.
Literary Lacquers Etsy Shop

Keep an eye on the Literary Lacquers Facebook page for stock updates and previews of upcoming collections!
Literary Lacquers Facebook Page

Have a great day, dear readers, and enjoy the weekend!

XOXO, Jen



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