Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Literary Lacquers Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio Swatches and Review

I am back with three more new polishes from Literary Lacquers.  If you missed it, I had a post about the newest group custom and gift with purchase here. The three on the blog today are the new Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio, inspired by the book of the same title by Neil Gaiman. Let's have a closer look...
*sent by the maker for photography and review*
Literary Lacquers Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio

Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean is a dark sky blue linear holo with holo microglitters. It covers in two or three thin coats and has a good dry time. The glitters are slightly textured but a single layer of top coat smooths them and there are no removal issues. The polish was designed with Carolyn Chambers. Here is the inspiration:

"Lettie Hempstock was made of silken sheets the color of ice, filled with tiny flickering candle flames, a hundred hundred candle flames. Could there be candle flames burning under the water? There could. I knew that, when I was in the ocean, and I even knew how. I understood it just as I understood Dark Matter, the material of the universe that makes up everything that must be there but we cannot find. I found myself thinking of an ocean running beneath the whole universe, like the dark seawater that laps beneath the wooden boards of an old pier: an ocean that stretches from forever to forever and is still small enough to fit inside a bucket, if you have Old Mrs. Hempstock to help you get it in there, and you ask nicely."

Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean

Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean

Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean

Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean

Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift is a blue-to-purple multichrome shimmer with holo flakes. It is on the sheer side, and I am wearing it in four thin coats. You could probably get away with three or wear it over base shade. Great formula. Here is the story behind it:

Inspired by the character of the opal miner. The death of the miner is the catalyst for the awakening/actions of Skarthach. His offhandedly adult means of compensating for the loss of the one thing that gave the boy comfort is counter-balanced by Lettie’s selfless, childish (as in done by a child – not as in immature) and steadfast determination to make things right for her friends. As such, the Miner (and other adults – Hempstocks excluded) is the initial counter character to Lettie.
“He was a South African, although he had made his money mining for opals in Australia. He gave my sister and me an opal each, a rough black rock with green-blue-red fire in it. My sister liked him for this, and treasured her opal stone. I could not forgive him for the death of my kitten.”

Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift

Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift

Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift

Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift

Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift

Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly is a matte medium gray with silver microflakes and a dash of holo sparkle. I wore it in three thin coats and it had a perfect formula. It reminds me of gray heather knit material. It was co-designed with Adrienne Nguyen. Here is the info:

Inspired by the persistent description of Ursula Monkton in her true form as Skarthach of the Keep as represented by tattered grey canvas.
“It was my old bedroom, but it wasn’t. Not anymore. There was the little yellow handbasin, just my size, and the walls were still robin’s-egg blue, as they had been when it was mine. But now strips of cloth hung from the ceiling, gray, ragged cloth strips, like bandages, some only a foot long, others dangling almost all the way to the floor. The window was open and the wind rustled and pushed them, so they swayed, grayly, and it seemed as if perhaps the room was moving, like a tent or a ship at sea."
Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly

Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly

Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly

Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly

With the addition of a glossy top coat, the sparkle shows up a bit more.
Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly with top coat

Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly with top coat

The re-released polishes (click on name for link to blog post) available this month are:

1. And So I Step Up 
2. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster 
3. Ether Binge 
4. Flickum Bicus 
5. Grasshopper With Candy Colored Hair 
6. Porco Rosso 
7. Some Glad Morning 
8. Green Gables
9. Lake of Shining Waters 
10. Raspberry Cordial? 
11. Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch 
12. If It Pleases You 
13. Happy Prince 
14. Hope Is A Thing With Feathers 
15. Amortentia
16. Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred
17. Orgasm
18. If Thou Hast Eyes To See
19. Desdemona’s Handkerchief
20. Salmon Chanted Evening
21. Bluestocking Romance
22. Breathing Dreams Like Air
23. Laters Baby
24. Long May She Reign

The store will reopen on June 23 at noon MDT. In addition to the new core Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio, there is also a new group custom and gift with purchase polish that you can see here.  My favorite of the trio is probably Swaying Grayly, as it is unique in my collection and so calm-looking. Do you have a favorite?

*sent by the maker for photography and review*

Literary Lacquers is made by Amy in New Mexico. A huge fan of books, her collections are inspired by a broad range of fiction.


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