I learned of Literary Lacquers several months ago and have been consistently impressed with every polish I have tried. It is very apparent that Amy is dedicated to her craft and devotes a lot of time to creating unique, flawless polishes inspired by her passion for literature. All of these formulas are perfect, just the right consistency, and so easy to apply. I tend to have a heavy hand to go along with my lead foot and all of these polishes were opaque in 2 coats for me. Depending on your application style, you may prefer 3 coats with some of the colors.
I have chosen to describe all of the colors in my own words and I don’t want you to be confused or surprised if you see them described a little differently elsewhere. No worries, we are all talking about the same polishes! I am wearing Glisten & Glow’s HK Girl Topcoat for all of the photos, but I will note what each polish is like without topcoat. All of my photos were taken indoors using a daylight bulb except for those marked with the “Southwestern Sun” in the top left corner. Alright, let’s get started!
Always Winter Never Christmas is a silvery blue linear holo loaded with silver holo glitters. This shade was created by Kirby at The Mercurial Magpie and inspired by The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. It starts off somewhat sheer but builds up easily and with no dragging between coats, even if they aren’t quite dry yet. Despite the large glitter payload this one also removed easily with an acetone polish remover when I excitedly forgot to use my Glitter A-Peel basecoat. It dries to a silvery sheen that is lightly textured without topcoat.
If you know how much I love sparkle and bling, you’ll know how much I loved this polish! The shade of blue is soft and ‘neutral’ and would be complimentary on anyone. A perfect winter blue! The crazy amount of holo glitters in here would magically turn colors when the light caught them a certain way. I actually had to check with Amy to make sure it was just Silver in the bottle!
Effie’s Trinket is a radiant orchid linear holo with a touch of deep pink shimmer. This shade was designed by Heather at Drowning in Polish and inspired by The Hunger Games. The pink shimmer in this shade is very pronounced during application, to the point that I questioned in my notes if there was glitter in the formula. But it becomes more subdued and plays peek-a-boo with you on dry down, as you can see in the close up. This polish takes on a smooth, almost metallic sheen without topcoat.
Even as this Pantone Color of the Year winds down, I am thrilled to find a radiant orchid holo! Purple is my color after all.
The Ruby Thief is a hot pink to fuchsia intense shimmer with lots of glass flecks and flakies. This shade was designed by Jenne at Polished Pathology and inspired by Dinosaurs in the Attic. WOW is there a lot of good stuff going on in this little bottle! Between the name and the look, I couldn’t help humming Wizard of Oz tunes as I polished with this beauty. As you would expect, the finish is textured from the flecks and flakies and has a metallic sheen without topcoat.
Lurid Fog is a deep grey linear holo with a strong purple shimmer from 2 different size pigments. This shade was designed by Jen of xoxo, Jen and inspired by The New Grub Street. This is one serious holo out in the sun! The purple shimmer in this polish was amazing during application and very noticeable on dry down without topcoat. It felt like it became somewhat more subdued once I applied topcoat and then I reviewed my photos. Hello purple shimmer! Like Effie’s Trinket, this polish takes on a smooth, almost metallic sheen without topcoat.
Porco Rosso is a deep rosy copper linear holo with gold flakies. This shade was designed by Schette of Schette EssaisBeautè. This one was quite the chameleon in different lighting, ranging from light rosy copper to a deeper orangy red color. My photos depict it the way I saw it most often. It is completely unique from anything I have in my collection! Without topcoat this polish has just a touch of texture from the flakies and a metallic sheen.
“Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
I Heard The Bells is a deep warm golden holo crelly loaded with small multicolored glitter. This is Amy’s creation and inspired by the Christmas poem of the same name. The formula is similar to Always Winter Never Christmas, starting off sheer but building easily. Gold polishes do not usually work with my skin tone, but this is not your typical gold! There is a bronzy warmth to it that makes it work on my fair skin so I bet it would be appealing on just about everyone! This polish dries down surprisingly smooth without topcoat and has a nice sheen.
Who is ready for some NAIL ART??? My inspiration for this first design came from the 2 holo glitters and I just had to try them together. I am going to call it “I Heard The Bells”, but it’s Always Winter Never Christmas on these nails. Pun intended!
Thanks for reading this big long post! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!