Literary Lacquers Rebecca Collection is inspired by Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a suspenseful novel told in the form of a flashback. This collection is dedicated to Rebecca, the book simply throbs with her presence, but yet we never meet her alive.
Rebecca, Always Rebecca
“Rebecca, always Rebecca. Wherever I walked in Manderley, wherever I say, even in my thoughts and in my dreams, I met Rebecca. I knew her figure now, the long slim legs, the small and narrow feet…. I could guess her laughter and her smile. If I heard it, even among a thousand others, I should recognize her voice. Rebecca, always Rebecca. I should never be rid of Rebecca.”
In the novel, our unnamed narrator, a young girl known only to us as The Second Mrs. deWinter becomes obsessed with the supposed perfection of her husbands deceased first wife, Rebecca. She is constantly comparing herself to Rebecca and supposes that everyone that she meets in her new life is also comparing her unfavorably to the accomplished, beautiful and socially connected Rebecca who has been dead for less than a year.
Rebecca, Always Rebecca is an eggplant linear holo with holographic sparkle. Gorgeous shade! It's a sort of mulberry color with hues of brown at certain angles. The holo in all three of these is pretty fabulous!
The buoy was just opposite, about thirty feet away. There was something written on it. I craned my neck sideways to read the lettering. “Je Reviens.” What a funny name. Not like a boat… “Je Reviens” – “I come back.” Yes, I suppose it was quite a good name for a boat. Only it had not been right for that particular boat which would never come back again.
Rebecca was assumed to have drowned in her little sailboat, Je Reviens, despite being known as an excellent sailor. Je Reviens means I come back or I return, is it ironic that the boat is named such? Has the boat disappeared beneath the water for good or does the name herald future events?
Je Reviens is a deep teal linear holo with holographic sparkle. Do you remember the other teal polish from LitLaq that I reviewed called Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? Well, I think this is the more grown up sophisticated brother of that polish! It's greener with just a hint of blue, has more sparkle and is such a rich color!
Shadow Between Us
He put his hands over mine and looked into my face. “Rebecca has won,” he said.
I stared at him, my heart beating strangely, my hands suddenly cold beneath his hands.
“Her shadow between us all the time,” he said. “Her dammed shadow keeping us from one another. How could I hold you like this, my darling, my little love, with the fear always in my heart that this would happen? I remembered her eyes as she looked at me before she died. I remembered that slow treacherous smile.”
Has the shadow and specter of Rebecca and her death poisoned the potential for a happy life and marriage for Maxim and his young wife? In Manderley, the ancestral home of the de Winter’s her presence is felt everywhere. Her abandoned bedroom is the best room in the house. Her preferences are still observed. How can our young narrator ever hope to stand on her own in these circumstances?
Shadow Between Us is a smoky grey linear holo with holographic sparkle. The purple holo really pops on the grey base color - my camera really picked that up for these shots!
The formula of each of these was almost buttery and very easy to control with the brush while applying. Clean up was minimal and although there are glitters in each polish it was smooth as glass with just one coat of top coat.
The Rebecca Collection Launches on October 10, 1PM Central time at the Literary Lacquers Etsy shop. Each bottle is $12 or get a discounted price if you order the set of three at $35. (plus shipping)