Pumpkin Patch featuring Literary Lacquers

I have the first of my Halloween designs to share with you today created with a “new to me” brand called Literary Lacquers. If you are like me and don’t believe in coincidences then you’ll enjoy the story of how I came upon this brand.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, Literary Lacquers Tesseract

So first the story. I was delving into a “new to me” blog called The Happy Beauty Case. It is written by the lovely Francine and she is in Italy. One post in particular caught my eye because of the gorgeous polish she had used called Carrot Carrot from Literary Lacquers. I hadn’t heard of the brand before but made a note to check out their Etsy store even though I suspected they were a European brand. You can only imagine my surprise later that day when I learned that Literary Lacquers was not only here in the US, but only about an hour away from me in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What are the odds of finding out about a brand right here at home from a blogger nearly 6,000 miles away??

Of course that was a sign to me that I was destined to try these polishes and purchased the two I am going to show you today because I found them interesting and unique to my collection. I reached out to the owner, the super busy and very sweet Amy Milder, and shared the story I just told you. Aside from our shared passion for polish, we learned that we are both originally from the east coast. Hopefully we’ll be able to grab a Starbucks someday soon!

A bit more about the brand in Amy’s words:
Literary Lacquers was founded at 7,000 feet above sea level in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2012 out of a desire to combine my two biggest passions: literature and polish. Each polish is inspired by a literary reference and I attempt to evoke in color and texture the feel of the passage or work to me. I’m fascinated with the way that light passes through polish and bounces off shimmers and glitters and I’ve worked to develop complex and original finishes to my polishes. All of the polishes are 3-free and each contains two stainless steel shaker balls.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, burnt orange holographic polish
Lighting: Indoors, artificial light
 My first pick is More Like Fire Than Light, described by Amy as a juicy orange linear holographic. To my surprise I had no orange holos in my collection so I was eager to get this one before Halloween. The formula was perfect; a bit sheer but easy to build up to opacity. I used 3 thin coats plus topcoat for these photos.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, burnt orange holographic polish
Lighting: Outdoors, direct sun
I have to tell you (well, actually I probably don’t!) that the holo in this polish is amazing regardless of the lighting! The color was a bit of a chameleon on me. Most of the time it had a little copper leaning, as you see in the photo above, that I found quite flattering. But it was also quite capable of “juicy orange”, as seen in the first photo.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, burnt orange holographic polish
Lighting: Outdoors, shade
Even the shade couldn’t keep this holo down! I really love this color! If you are having trouble finding an orange polish that is flattering on you, give this one a try. It worked very well with my skin tone and that is not usually the case with me and orange. I think it’s the touch of copper, or burnt orange as my Mom referred to it, that makes it very wearable.
Literary Lacquers Tesseract, white pearl holographic polish
Lighting: Indoors, artificial light
My next pick is Tesseract, described as a pearly subtle linear holographic. If you’ve ever gone shopping for one, you know that white holographic polishes are hard to come by so I just had to get this one! Amy was kind enough to explain that white pigment and holo pigment cancel each other out, making it difficult to create a true white holo. Again the formula was perfect and sheer, so I applied 3 thin coats followed by topcoat for these photos.
Literary Lacquers Tesseract, white pearl holographic polish
Lighting: Outdoors, direct sun
I think the description for this polish is spot on! It definitely looks white and I was able to catch rainbows with the subtle holo. The touch of pearl is that little something extra that makes it truly unique.
Literary Lacquers Tesseract, white pearl holographic polish
Lighting: Outdoors, shade
I love the transformation when I moved into the shade! The polish took on a hint of beige pink mixed in with the pearl. This is such a pretty polish! If you are searching for a white holo, look no further. Its also a very office appropriate shade if your company has guidelines about polish.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, Literary Lacquers Tesseract
Here is where I started with the nail art design. I used 3 coats of More Like Fire Than Light on my thumb, index and pinky fingers and 3 coats of Tesseract on my middle and ring fingers. I finished with a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, Sinful Colors Mystery Moonshine, KB Shimmer Band Geek

I apologize that I don’t have step by step photos of this design for you. I got all caught up in the creative process and totally forgot the camera was sitting there! The good news is that I’ll have a stamping decal video for you soon and I hope that will make up for it.

I used the advanced stamping technique, also known as stamping decals, and created decals using 2 designs from MoYou London’s Festive 15. I filled in the pumpkins with orange acrylic paint. The other decal was created using Mundo de Unas stamping polishes and the multicolor stamping technique. I used it simply to help with proper placement of the design on my nail.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, Sinful Colors Mystery Moonshine, KB Shimmer Band Geek
Once the decals were on I added some glitter. I did a gradient on my index finger using More Like Fire Than Light and KB Shimmer Band Geek. Then I did a glitter gradient using Sinful Colors Mystery Moonshine on my thumb and pinky to bring more Halloween colors into the design.
Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, Sinful Colors Mystery Moonshine, KB Shimmer Band Geek

The finishing touch was applying the Jack O’Lantern from Daily Charme to my index finger with a dab of nail glue.

Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light and Tesseract Sinful Colors Mystery Moonshine KB Shimmer Band Geek Daily Charme Mundo de Unas

Product Recap
Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTek Foundation II and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polishes: Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light and Tesseract
Accent polishes: KB Shimmer Band Geek and Sinful Colors Mystery Moonshine
Stamping plate: MoYou London Festive 15
Stamping polishes: Mundo de Unas Black #2, Orange #13 and Yellow #11
Embellishments: Jack O’Lantern from Daily Charme

More Like Fire Than Light and Tesseract can be purchased directly from Literary Lacquers. There are currently approximately 50 polish choices with prices ranging from $10 to $12, including the brand new Rebecca Collection. Amy will also create a Custom polish just for you! Orders ship in 3 to 5 days and international shipping is available.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the polishes I’ve shown you today and the Halloween design I created with them. I would love to hear your thoughts! I just noticed that Pumpkin is this week’s prompt in my #NAILlinkup Group. Perfect! I’m on time for once! Please take a minute to scroll down and see the designs created by other members of the group.

Thank you for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.

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  • Very cool!!! I loooove that orange!

  • Thank you Diana! I was so pleased with these polishes from Literary Lacquers. God bless you too sweetie! <3

  • LA CAJITA DE DIANA

    woooooow!!!!Stunning nail art. I love ur polishes. God Bless U

  • Oh good, you saw the post! I meant to drop you a note and time got away from me…as usual. 🙂 I would love to grab a Starbucks with you! Be sure to let me know if you're coming to New Mexico. Where are you in Italy? I was lucky enough to visit Florence on a business trip once. I'm sorry to have killed you with that beauty! It would make a lovely addition to your collection!! <3

  • Thank you Fife Fantasi Nails! I am so glad you enjoyed the polishes and nail art! Happy Halloween! 🙂

  • Glad to have been helpful! And thank you for the link-up! I hope we could grab a Starbuck, some day, too! ♥
    (You have killed me with the roaring beauty of More Like Fire Than Light, do you know it?)

  • fife fantasi Nails

    I love this design and shade of polishes you have used to create this art 🙂