Literary Lacquers: Literary Liquors Collection – swatches and review

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Books and beauty, what could be better?

There are people who read and then there are readers. Those of us with a book (or Kindle) in our hand at any given moment, who watch book trailers like they are summer blockbusters and who will still get worked up about sad endings to their favorite books, even years later. (Seriously, do not even bring up “Where the Red Fern Grows” to me in public…) As a voracious reader, I was extremely excited to hear about Literary Lacquers – an indie polish brand that uses books as the inspiration for its collections.

I was thrilled to test out the Literary Liquors Collection, a line inspired by the spirits and alcohol that play a role in some great works of literature. Fun! Once I saw the colors, I was floored by how perfectly the colors of this Literary Lacquers collection matched their inspirations!


Dandelion Wine ($10) was inspired by the book of the same name by Ray Bradbury and is a polarizing color – either you’ll love this for you want to run for the hills. But before you strap your tennies on, I’d give this bright and sparkly yellow a chance.


“Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer in a bottle. It was all the warm afternoons and the cloudless skies, stoppered tight; to be opened, said the label, on a January day with snow falling fast.”


Flashing violet at the right angle, this yellow holo almost leans green on my skintone. However someone with more fair skin might love this; they’ll also love the easy application. Like all the other Literary Lacquers I sampled, there were no issues with formula or dry time.


Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster ($10) is an out-of-this-world blue that takes its name from the eponymous drink from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “the alcoholic equivalent of a mugging—expensive and bad for the head.”


A bright turquoise holo that flashes green in certain light, this color is so rich, you need to see it in person. Three coats made it opaque and I had no application issues. It also dries crazy fast, which is a definite bonus.


Raspberry Cordial ($10) is a bright pink that invokes the super sweet concoction that Anne thinks she gives her friend Diana in Anne of Green Gables, when in reality she’d been filling her with currant wine.


This linear pink holo also has holo glitters, so there’s no getting away from the sparkle! The formula took about three coats to get close to opaque and applied like a dream.


Two At the Very Most Martini Glitter ($10) comes from one of my favorite authors, Dorothy Parker

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
At three I’m under the table,
At four I’m under the host!


Two at the Very Most is created with “Black hexes, white squares, gunmetal hexes, silver chrome hexes so shiny that they reflect light like a disco ball, a touch of holographic microglitter and added green circle glitters (for the olives, of course!)”

For such a chunky glitter, I really didn’t have an issues getting a variety of pieces on my nails, which was a pleasant surprise. The pictures show it alone and over black and white but I feel that this would look best over a nice dove gray or maybe a pale neutral pink. My favorite part is the holographic microglitter, it and the green circles elevate this polish from your usual black and white glitter variety to something special!

If any of these polishes peaked your interest, I recommend checking out the Literary Lacquers shop for more wordy beauty. I am impressed in general with indie polish makers and the inspiration they find for their brands, but Amy, creator of Literary Lacquers, takes the cake. Melding beloved books and high-quality nail polish, she has a definite commitment to creating a polishes that honor our favorite moments or cherished characters, and she has made a fan out of this beauty-loving bibliophile!

we heartsters – What book or character would you like to see captured in nail polish?

photos: Alyssa for we heart this


  • lyssachelle

    Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. skin tone: NC42 skin type: oily to normal favorite beauty product: nail polish and mascara


  1. After much, much hinting, my mom got me the polishes from the Green Gables collection from Literary Lacquers for my birthday, and they are so, so perfect!

    I think I might have to pick up the Martini glitter polish as wel.

    1. Aren’t they gorgeous?? As an Anne fan, I squealed when I saw that polish in my review box! :-)

  2. I have died and gone to heaven over these, especially the Dorothy Parker! The teenage girl in me would swoon over a Sylvia Plath “The Bell Jar” themed polish–it should be the color of wine and smell of roses and sadness.

    1. Oooo that would be a good one!! A poetry themed collection would be amazing.

      I really feel like Literary Lacquers is the BPAL of nail polish; she really hits the nail on the head with the colors meeting their inspiration.

  3. Aww what a cute/cool concept! I love it. I’d like to see polishes based on Gone with the Wind, Hunger Games (I know there already are some, but I’d love to see an indie polish brand do it!), and the Princess Bride.

    1. Oh, Gone With the Wind would be great! A sparkling green for Scarlett’s eyes, a nice comforting creme for Mammy, something sultry for Rhett, a blue for Bonnie…

      And I believe I have seen other polish maker do Princess Bride (an Etsy search will probably pop some up!) but I’d love to see LL’s take on the book. (Which I love just as much, if not more, than the movie!)

    2. I gently disagree! I think Mammy’s should be red, like the petticoat Rhett bought for her. (Though TBH, I’m not sure if that’s in the book, or just in the movie…)

  4. I would love to see polishes based on Downton Abbey. There are so many characters and so many colors that could capture the essence of the story.

    1. Yes! The style of that time was just so gorgeous, it’s just filled with inspiration…
      (Sidenote: I saw an ad for a Downton Abbey jewelry line at Bed Bath and Beyond! The jewelry is stunning and I love me some BBB, but the partnership is…odd.

  5. Ok, music may not be considered literature…but kinda!
    I’d love to see acollection based on a classic album. My mind immediately goes to Duran Duran Rio:
    Rio – coral kissed beach sand
    The Chauffeur – dark and eerie gunmetal grey
    Hold Back the Rain – stormy blue sky
    etc. etc. etc.

  6. Wow, you guys are really into this! I love it! I agree and think the names of these lacquers match up nicely to their partnering some great lit! You have some nice looking nails @lyssachelle!
    I’d like to see some for Songs and Bands too.
    The first to come to mind was the great Jimmy Hendrix –
    How about nail polish called, “Purple Haze”, it would have to be out of sight cool!

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