Thursday, December 12, 2013

Literary Lacquer: Community Collaboration

Amy at Literary Lacquers released a community collaboration set and shared the following with me, "My favorite part of the holidays is getting together with my friends and family, so I wanted to celebrate that sense of community in my collection and honor the lovely women I have gotten to know over my first year in business."

I believe her sentiments are evident in that each polish seems to have been created with care and attention to detail. I want to take the same care with each blog post so I'm going to show a few at a time rather than all ten at once.

Phenomenal Woman is a Burgundy to purply shifty holo, designed by Jen Sky Walker of the blog Musings of the Wife of a Jedi. She chose the design to represent one of her favorite poems, Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou.

At first sight of the bottle I couldn't quite figure out if it was red, pink, burgundy, or holo. Guess what? its all those things! Its a nice reddish burgundy in dim lighting, but it flashes pink and when the light hits it the holo and shimmer sparkle and flash! Quite complex, beautiful and definitely a great interpretation of the poem. I wore three thin coats with topcoat for added gloss.
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Phenomenal Woman
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Phenomenal Woman
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Phenomenal Woman

Jen, the blogger who designed the polish writes this about it:
"Scientist by trade, I had the pleasure of being promoted this year to a stay at home mom to a sweet little Jedi baby. It was this new life as a mom with messy hair, spit-up on my shirt, a newly broken nail and chipped polish, and more baby weight than I cared for that led me to choose Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou as the inspiration for my polish creation. Far too often we hold ourselves to an impossible standard of beauty that we fail to see that what truly makes us beautiful comes from the inside, not our outward appearance. I wanted this polish to be bold and confident because that is what makes a woman phenomenal."

Camille Sepharial D'Artigo has a blurple jelly base and is loaded with silver and black holographic sparkle and black microglitter, with a teal-blue flash for extra magic! It was designed by Courtney of and inspired by one of her favorite characters, Camille, the moon witch from the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn.

When I first saw the bottle I didn't realize the base color was a medium shade of indigo, and I didn't see the black microglitter or teal shift until I tested it on a nail. With the first brush stroke my eyes widened and I think I may have exclaimed, "Wow!" out loud. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear it over Revlon Modern Grace, its the perfect color to go with this polish!
I could have stopped at one coat of Camille, but I just couldn't restrain myself. I love to watch the teeny glitters float and swim as the brush swipes it on - so I wore three coats! Awesome glitter payoff, very nice coverage and definitely dreamy, one your friends will want to own!

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Camille Sepharial D'Artigo
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Camille Sepharial D'Artigo
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Camille Sepharial D'Artigo

Courtney writes this about her polish design:
"I'm a cruelty free beauty blogger who is hair obsessed. I'm an avid urban fantasy reader. My constant companion is my standard poodle Phaedra.
I was inspired by my favorite character Camille Sepharial D'Artigo from the Otherworld Series. I wanted a purple polish because her eyes are violet and I wanted black accents to represent when she works magic."

I have become acquainted with the two polishes that I shared today by wearing them for several days and noticing how they look in different lighting through the day. Both ladies and polishes are equally wonderful and I hope I have conveyed that through photos and writing.

The Community Collaboration is available at Literary Lacquers on Etsy and stay in the know by following the brand on facebook.


  1. wow you've done an AMAZING job swatching both of these, especially the latter xx

    1. Thank you so much Debbie! I'm super flattered that you think so!


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