When I was just a baby blogger in December of last year, I remember reading The Crumpet’s (who, by the way, is currently running her yearly reader poll, go vote!) posts on the Literary Lacquers community collection and thinking about how incredible it must feel to be asked to create a collaborative shade with a really amazing brand like Literary Lacquers.
You can probably see where this is going- I was incredibly excited when Amy approached me this year to create a shade together for the 2014 Community Collection. I have my shade along with the rest of the colors from the new collection to share with you today, and I hope you’re just as excited as I am!
First things first- this collection consists of 8 regular shades total + a special gift with purchase color and will be released in her etsy shop on November 28th. Formula-wise, I had no issues with any of these colors. This is something I’ve come to expect from the brand, you can tell that she really puts a lot of effort into perfecting her polishes from the application to the packaging to the colors themselves, etc. I used Out The Door top coat for the below photos. This is going to be a bit of a lengthy post so let’s get started!
Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas is described as a pale silvery-blue glitter holo. Three coats. I might be a little biased, but I have to say this one is my favorite and I hope you all love it just as much as I do! (I also took a video of it on instagram to really show off the sparkle!)
When Amy approached me about creating a shade for the collection, I knew I wanted to do something blue and something icy. Winter is my favorite season, although we do not get nearly as much true winter weather where I’m currently living as I’d like (well, we get the cold but not quite cold enough for regular snowfall).
I also knew that I wanted to draw inspiration for the name from one of my favorite book series as a kid- the Chronicles of Narnia! Although I still read from time to time, it’s not nearly as much as I did when I was in elementary and middle school. I really devoured books back then- I was the first kid in my elementary school to get the highest points possible in their reading program (as a prize, I got to read the morning announcements and go to Pizza Hut with the principal, haha) and my mother was constantly annoyed by how often I begged her to take me to the library.
Anyways, the Narnia series was one of the first real fantasy series that I got into (and I even played Lucy in a local play during my acting phase, haha) so I knew I wanted to take the name from there. (Plus, Mugen is basically Aslan.)
|Dupes, am I right?|
In The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the White Witch has cast a spell on Narnia that makes it “Always winter but never Christmas”- I thought that fit in really nicely with this icy holo!
Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog is described as a slate grey holo with a strong purple shimmer. Two coats. This shade was created by XOXOJen and was inspired by The New Grub Street.
Literary Lacquers Fallen Tributes is described as a deep blue holo with copper shimmer and gold flakies. Two coats. This shade was inspired by The Hunger Games and created with 4boys1mom Lacquers.
Literary Lacquers Grasshopper With Cotton Candy Hair is described as a bright grasshopper green holo. Two coats. This shade was created by @allthegreenpolish and was inspired by The Dresden Files.
Literary Lacquers Porco Rosso is described as a deep red holo with taupe and gold flakies. Two coats. This shade was created by Schette of Schette EssaisBeauté and was inspired by Porco Rosso.
Literary Lacquers Attic Mice is described as a medium grey holo. Two coats. This shade was created by @nailsinthecityy and was inspired by Flowers In The Attic.
Literary Lacquers Effie’s Trinket is described as a bright pinky-purple holo with pink shimmer. Two coats. This shade was created by Drowning In Polish and was inspired by The Hunger Games. This is just a slight touch more pink in person than in the photos.
Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief is described as a ruby pink glass flecked shimmer. Three coats. This shade was inspired by Dinosaurs in the Attic.
Literary Lacquers I Heard The Bells is described as a bronzy-copper mega glitter holo. Three coats. This shade was inspired by the poem I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day. This color is a limited edition free gift with purchase from 11/28 through 12/07. A $24 purchase will get a mini bottle and a $48 purchase will get the full sized bottle. I took a video of this one to show the sparkle, too!
Overall, I think this is a really awesome collection and again, I’m so honored to have been able to create a shade together with Amy. These will be available in her shop on 11/28 so make sure to set yourself a reminder (although she is awesome and doesn’t encourage the F5 game so you shouldn’t have a problem getting the polishes that you want even if you’re not there right when they go up)! Literary Lacquers is also offering some holiday deals, you can check out the details on those here.
What do you think of this collection? Which colors are your favorites? Have you tried out any polishes from Literary Lacquers yet? Let me know in the comments! And if you do pick up my shade, I’d love to know what you think so be sure to share photos with me on social media!
|Mugen is…judging me.|