Monday, April 29, 2019

Literary Lacquers A Court of Feels and Sparkle Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! It definitely feels like a Monday. My co-workers have to travel to Chicago for a pen show this weekend, but this is my one show off a year, so I get to stay home and relax with the animals. While I enjoy the shows, they are exhausting and a lot of work. It's been so (too?) long since we've heard from Amy at Literary Lacquers, so I'm happy to report that she's back with a brand new 7-piece collection filled with metallics, glitters, and flakies! This collection is available now for purchase, and every order over $50 (before shipping) from now until May 1st will include a special edition bottle of polish with purchase which I also have to show you. The prices for the new set of polishes range from $10-$12, depending on the shade, or you can purchase the whole collection for a discounted price of $70. I know this doesn't give you much time to purchase to get this special offer, but swatching takes time. Oh, and all older Literary Lacquers collections are 25% off through the 1st as well. 

The Court of Feels and Sparkle Collection is inspired by the Sarah J. Maas series A Court of Thorns and Roses. This collection will take you on a journey through the 7 courts of the High Fae of Prythian. Amy promises these will be spoiler-free for those interested in reading the series. I've never read any of these books, but the polishes have definitely piqued my interest. It appears to have 4 books in the series and is a mix of the romance and fantasy genres. I know that was a lot of info thrown at you, so how about we get to some photos? I have 8 polishes to share tonight, so this will be a picture-heavy post. 

Literary Lacquers Adriata (3 coats) ($10)

Whew, we're starting off with a bang! Adriata is a bright aqua base with blue, green, and white opalescent flakes and microglitter. This one dries with some texture due to the glitter, so you'll want to make sure to use a thick topcoat to smooth it out. The formula was slightly thicker (but not in a bad way) and I used 3 thin coats for my photos.

Notes from the makerThe Summer Court is home to the beautiful city of Adriata nestled in its half moon bay.

Literary Lacquers Autumn Fire (3 coats) ($12)

I've been in spring nail mode for the last couple months, so it was refreshing to use a warmer polish like Autumn Fire. It's a coppery red holo with red microglitter. This one is very sparkly and the red glitters really pop. I used 3 thin coats for my photos, and it applied easily. It dried with some texture from the glitter, so I recommend a thicker topcoat. 

Notes from the Maker: Fire is the power of the High Fae that reside in the Autumn Court.

Literary Lacquers Court of Dreams (3 coats) ($12)

I couldn't stop myself from taking so many photos. Court of Dreams is a black base with silver holo flakes, silver microflakes, and blue/purple/indigo shifting shimmer. The base doesn't really look black to my eye because of all the shimmer. That shimmer is blue when looking at the nail straight on, but the pops of purple shows up at extreme angles. This is definitely not your usual spring collection. This is 3 thin coats and it applied easily. This is one of the few that dried with a smooth finish since there was no glitter. 

Notes from the MakerThe Night Court is home to the mysterious and dark Rhysand and his hot muscular Illyrian warriors (ahem). No spoilers but fans self anyway.

Literary Lacquers Cursebreaker (3 coats) ($10)

I can honestly say that I don't have a polish like Cursebreaker in my vast collection. It is a white gold metallic that's almost pearly in appearance. My pictures really don't do this one justice. I think this would look great on all skin tones, too. It needed 3 coats for full coverage, and applied easily. One piece of advice: try to apply this one carefully because it's really hard to get all the metallic flakes off the cuticle area. This one also dries with no texture. 

Notes from the MakerThe mysterious Day Court is home to Helion Spell-Cleaver, his power of Cursebreaking is vital to something I can’t tell you about because it’s a spoiler. These are hard to write, y’all, just read the books, they’re good.

Literary Lacquers High Lady of Winter (3 coats) ($12)

You guys know I'm a sucker for a grey polish, so of course High Lady of Winter is a favorite. It's a medium grey crelly base with white, silver, and blue flakes. The blue flakes stand out the most to my eye, and I'm 100% ok with that. I feel like a broken record, but this one also needed 3 thin coats and it dried with no texture. Like the rest, I had no issues with the formula or application. 

Notes from the MakerThis polish inspired by the frozen Winter Court is a little shout out to the fandom and my girl Vivianne, may her voice be heard. 

Literary Lacquers Sunstone Palace (3 coats) ($10)

Sunstone Palace is the other polish with a metallic finish. This one is more of a coppery rose metallic polish...perhaps you could call it a rose gold? Either way, I had no issues with any brush strokes which often happens with metallics. Yet another 3-coater with a smooth formula. 

Notes from the MakerThe books’ action only visits the Dawn court for a short period of time, but the description of the breathtaking palace inspired this lacquer

Literary Lacquers Veiled in Roses (3 coats) ($10)

The final polish from the collection is Veiled in Roses which makes for a perfect spring manicure. It's a bright pink base with holo and opalescent microglitter. That microglitter gives it some texture, so bust out that thick topcoat again. You may also need a little extra elbow grease for removal, so use the foil method or a peel-off basecoat to make things easier. The first coat went on a little patchy and sheer, but it built up to full opacity with the third. 

Notes from the Maker: Inspired by the Spring Court’s beautiful manor house, an alabaster estate covered in roses and ivy, surrounded by meadows and forests in a perpetual springtime. 

Gift with Purchase on Orders $50+ (before shipping)

Literary Lacquers Starfall (3 coats) 

Notes from the MakerI really wanted to call this polish My Other Ride is an Illyrian Warrior, but I decided to go with the more sedate Starfall. Starfall is a holiday celebrated in the Winter Court on a night where star spirits migrate across the sky. If you want a My Other Ride is an Illyrian Warrior name label, let me know in your order notes and I’ll hook you up!

Starfall is your free with purchase polish and is a navy holo with green microglitter, and opalescent green flakes. The amount of green in here was making me think this was a green base and not navy. Either way, this one was extremely holographic and glittery. This one is only available until May 1st, so make sure to add at least $50 to your cart. 

There you have it, another interesting collection with a great mix of finishes from Literary Lacquers. I think I'm going to see if my library has the first book. If that one calls to me I'll purchase the rest of them to read on my iPad. My top picks are Veiled in Roses, Adiata, High Lady of Winter, and Cursebreaker, but you can't go wrong with any of them. Again, the 25% discount on all past collections and Starfall are only available until May 1st, so head on over to the Literary Lacquers site to take a gander. To learn more about Literary Lacquers, check out their website, Facebook Group, Facebook page, and Instagram

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

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