December 5, 2014

Literary Lacquers 2014 Community Collection & I Heard The Bells: Swatches, Review and Nail Art


I am so pleased to bring you several polishes from Literary Lacquers 2014 Community Collection! Amy, the lovely lady behind the label, started this holiday tradition last year as a way to honor some of the great woman she meets through polish and keeps it going this year with collaborations from several of your favorite bloggers and IGers. Be sure to use the links to learn more about the inspiration for their colors! WARNING: Serious photo spam after the jump!

Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas, Effie's Trinket, Lurid Fog, Porco Rosso, I Heard The Bells, The Ruby Thief
There are 8 polishes in this collection and a special Limited Edition polish that is available as a Gift with Purchase through Sunday, December 7th. I have 5 of them to show you and the Limited Edition, called "I Heard The Bells". Trust me, it is worth the price of admission!

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!

Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas, silvery blue linear holo glitter

Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas, silvery blue linear holo glitter

Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas, silvery blue linear holo glitter

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.  

Literary Lacquers Effie's Trinket, radiant orchid linear holo pink shimmer

Literary Lacquers Effie's Trinket, radiant orchid linear holo pink shimmer

Literary Lacquers Effie's Trinket, radiant orchid linear holo pink shimmer

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.

Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, hot pink shimmer polish with glass fleck

Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, hot pink shimmer polish with glass fleck

Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, hot pink shimmer polish with glass fleck

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.

I just told you about my passion for purple, so imagine my joy of finding it bundled up with a grey holo so intense that it's almost dangerous to wear outside!

Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, deep grey linear holo purple shimmer polish

Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, deep grey linear holo purple shimmer polish

Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, deep grey linear holo purple shimmer polish

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.

Speaking of Pantone's Color of the Year, have you heard about their pick for 2015? It is called Marsala, and Porco Rosso is spot on with the description! I quote Pantone:
 "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."
Literary Lacquers Porco Rosso, pantone 2015 deep rosy copper linear holo

Literary Lacquers Porco Rosso, pantone 2014 deep rosy copper linear holo

Literary Lacquers Porco Rosso, pantone 2015 deep rosy copper linear holo

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.

It was love at first sight with me and this beauty! Seriously, do you see all that sparkle?? I have been coveting this bottle since the package arrived and couldn't wait to get it on my fingernails. As I said above, it is well worth the price of admission if you were planning to do a little Literary Lacquers shopping...or even if you weren't. :) Ahem, enabler...

This Limited Edition polish is available as a Gift with Purchase through Sunday, December 7th. You will receive a mini bottle with your order of $24 or more and a full size bottle with your $48 purchase.

Literary Lacquers I Heard The Bells, warm golden holo glitter crelly

Literary Lacquers I Heard The Bells, warm golden holo glitter crelly

Literary Lacquers I Heard The Bells, warm golden holo glitter crelly

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!

Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas, Literary Lacquers I Heard The Bells
The snow storm begins on my pinky. Winter breezes blow across my fingers and gently ring the bells. As the last of the snow falls on my index finger.

Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas, Literary Lacquers I Heard The Bells
 Polished with Always Winter Never Christmas and I Heard The Bells.

Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas, Literary Lacquers I Heard The Bells, MoYou London Festive 02 Suki 07, Daily Charme
Stamped with MoYou London Festive 02 and Suki 07 using Mundo de Unas White. Accented with holo snowflakes from KBShimmer Flake Dance. The Bell charm is from Daily Charme, but they probably won't recognize it. They sold it in Red & Gold, but I needed Silver & Gold so I polished it. :)


This post would have been ready a day earlier, but I couldn't stop with the nail art! Amy and I both live in New Mexico and I decided nothing could be more fun for this second design then giving a nod to the Southwest...Diva style! We'll call this one "Southwest Glam".

Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief
Amazing polishes make amazing designs! The hardest part here was choosing my stamps.

Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract
Polished with Essie's Trinket, Lurid Fog, The Ruby Thief and Tesseract.

Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, MoYou London Explorer 26, Daily Charme
Stamping decals created with MoYou London Explorer 26 using Mundo de Unas Black and filled in with the polish colors listed above. Applied over Tesseract on middle finger and Lurid Fog on ring finger. Reverse french manicure created with tape and detailed with The Ruby Thief on a striping brush and Silver Mini Skinny Triangle Studs from Daily Charme.

Overall I am very impressed with this collection! I think the designers had some exceptional ideas and Amy did an amazing job bringing them to life. I hope you enjoyed seeing the polishes and how much fun I had creating nail art with them. They are available now at Literary Lacquers. Don't wait to order though, the Limited Edition offers end this Sunday!

Thanks for reading this big long post! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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17 comments

  1. All of these polishes are absolutely divine! I loved the nail art especially the SouthWest glam look!

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  2. Thank you Sumeet! I totally agree! Have you had a chance to try this indie? I LOVED that design too and it is definitely a favorite out of all the designs I have done recently. <3

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  3. The Nail Smith (Millie)December 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Such gorgeous polishes! And I love that MoYou tribal stamping, I got the non-XL plate with the same designs ;-)

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  4. So pretty! Love the nail art too

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  5. Thank you Manna! All of the colors were so amazing and I had the best time creating the nail art. I'm in LOVE with "Southwest Glam"!! <3

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  6. Thank you Mille! Amy did an amazing job with them! The tribal design was my favorite too! That plate has great images and I know I'll be reaching for it again soon! <3

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  7. Oh man. you are so talented!! This is beautiful! I love how you can always pick the perfect colors to go together!

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  8. Thank you so much Anne sweetie! I've got to say KBShimmer made it easier on me with their holiday collection! I went a little spend crazy so there's much more to come!! <3

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  9. Boy, howdy, you're not kidding. A release date two weeks before the holiday is WAY too close. So... you get them for a year from now? What kind of sense does that make! Crazy sense.

    LOVE that ornament plate. I bet it'd make some spectacular decals. :)

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  10. Yeah, makes no sense at all! I will ask them about it again. I HAD to have them both and paid the price for tracked shipping. Hopefully I can get some decal art up for you with the ornament plate so you can at least see vicariously Erin! <3

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  11. If I start a band in the near future, I will name it Vicarious Nail Ornaments in your honor. :)

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  12. LOL!! You crack me up girl! But I must say, it's a great name!! <3

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  13. That textured polish is just beautiful - as is your Frosty design!! Congrats on the guest post too!!

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  14. First, wow! What a wonderful review - beautiful photos and lots of great information!! And, that southwestern sun - just perfect! I had to chain myself to the living room - far away from my wallet! :)

    Those are some really amazing polishes! I am not as big of a holo enthusiast as some (don't hate me) - but all of these still catch my eye. Always Winter Never Christmas, Lurid Fog and Porco Rosso are quite intriguing.

    Your nail art is the extra bonus here!! Wow! I love your description of your I Heard the Bells design and a silver + gold design is always a favorite of mine!! Love it!<3

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  15. First, thank you very much Kim! I am so glad you enjoyed the photos and my review. And you never miss a thing, like my Southwestern Sun! I thought it was a cleaner look than adding a caption to every photo.

    I totally agree! Amy did an amazing job with this collection! Well, every collection I’ve seen for that matter. {Making a mental note about the holo thing}.

    Glad you liked that nail art design too! Those words popped into my head and I thought it would be fun to share what I was thinking when I was creating it. <3

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  16. I agree! That textured polish is crazy BEAUTIFUL!! Of course I had to go back for more...stay tuned! Glad you liked my Frosty! Thanks so much, I was so honored that Jacqui asked me! <3

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  17. Stunning!! love it love it love it <3

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