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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Literary Lacquers -Ocean at the End of the Lane trio


     Today I have for you a gorgeous trio releasing to the core line of colors on June 23rd from Literary Lacquers. The Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio which is inspired by the book of the same name is sure to have something for everyone whether you like matte polishes, multi-chromes, glass fleck or holographic finish.

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     Miner's Gift is described as a blue/purple multi-chrome with holographic micro flakes. When I looked at the bottle my first impression was a deep dark blurple with gold micro glitters. 

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.” p. 14

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     The formula for Miner's Gift was a bit thicker than I'm used to but not to the point that it was difficult to work with. Because my nails are still recovering from my foray into builder gel nails and have a VERY distinct ridge I had a small issue with bald spots on the first coat. Everything built up nicely and you can barely see the ridge after the coat. So I guess what I'm saying is that even if your nails are in rough shape this polish will make them look fabulous. And if you don't have a distinct ridge like I do you won't have any issues with application. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat. Miner's Gift dries to a smooth sparkly finish.

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     Swaying Grayly is described as matte light grey polish packed with silver flakes and glass fleck. My first impression after looking at the bottle was a medium grey polish with silver and gold flecks.

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Swaying Grayly without top coat
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Swaying Grayly with a glossy top coat

Designed with Adrienne Nguyen

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."

     Swaying Grayly has a smooth even application and a flawless formula. each coat was packed with sparkle. Shown here as 2 coats without top coat and then the addition of a glossy top coat. Dries to a smooth finish with zero texture from the flecks.

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Swaying Grayly without top coat

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Swaying Grayly with Glossy top coat

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Swaying Grayly without top coat

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Swaying Grayly with Glossy top coat
     Lettie's Ocean is described as a soft turquoise holo with holo sparkle. My first impression after looking at the bottle was a pale turquoise with scattered holographic glitters and a subtle hint of linear holo.

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Lettie's Ocean photographed in a lightbox
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Lettie's Ocean photographed in direct sunlight

Designed with Carolyn Chambers

Lettie is an eleven-year-old girl who just may have very well been eleven for a very long time. 


"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."

     Lettie's Ocean has a smooth formula with even application. I was expecting a sheer polish that required 3 coats or more but full opacity is reached after 2 coats. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat. Dries to a smooth even finish.

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     I honestly don't have a favorite from the trio. I like the deep rich color contrasting with the holographic sparkle of Miner's Gift, The layered flecks in Swaying Grayly and the holographic flash in Lettie's Ocean. Can you pick a favorite? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

     The Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio Releases on Friday, June 23rd from Literary Lacquers at noon MDT along with some returning favorites. Want to know what they are so you can knock out some of those lemmings? Well, you're in luck I just happen to have a list!

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

      This is not a restock situation, the shop will remain open and stocked. Holos/Multichromes will be $12 and Shimmers/Cremes will be $10. 

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