Swatch & Review: Literary Lacquers – The Raven Duo and The Needle’s Bite

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TGIT??? Are you surprised to see a post from me today? I know I don’t normally post on Tuesdays but with so many great polishes coming out, I had to make an exception. I hope this post finds you all well on this fine morning because boy, oh boy, do I have great things in store for y’all today. Let’s start off with a quick game of Charades. Ready? Ok…

2 words. Both words start with ‘L’.

Ding, you got it! Literary Lacquers! How did you guess it so quickly? Was it the title of the post that gave it away? I have to be more clever next time. Anyway, I bet you can’t guess what I have from Literary Lacquers. Swatches? Well duh! But I bet you can’t guess what world famous poem 2 of the 3 were inspired by. The Raven? Crap! I thought I was better at Charades and the guessing game than this. Oh well, now that the cat is out of the bag, let’s jump right in.

It’s customary around these part that I introduce ‘new to me’ brands and so here is a little bit about Literary Lacquers I didn’t know.

“Literary Lacquers was founded at 7,000 feet above sea level in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2012 out of a desire to combine my two biggest passions: literature and polish. Each polish is inspired by a literary reference and I attempt to evoke in color and texture the feel of the passage or work to me. I’m fascinated with the way that light passes through polish and bounces off shimmers and glitters and I’ve worked to develop complex and original finishes to my polishes.

All of the polishes are 3-free and each contains two stainless steel shaker balls.

All of my purchased shipping materials are 100% recycled and my greenwrap is 100% compostable as well as being recyclable. It’s even cute!” –Amy Milder

First, The Raven Duo
After the success of Soul Within Me Burning from the inaugural Color Box, Jen Carter of xoxoJen and Amy decided to make a few more polishes inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven.

And This Mystery Explore

“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;–

And This Mystery Explore – A smoky grey crelly packed with holographic copper and orange holographic microglitter and shimmer.



 Sweet Lenore

‘Tis the wind and nothing more!”

Sweet Lenore – A bronze metallic linear holo with just a touch of grunge.


This duo is currently available for   $10 and $12 respectively.
There is also a slightly discounted trio with these two and Soul Within Me for $32.50.


The Needle’s Bite

The Needle’s Bite – A vampy mysterious metallic gunmetal linear holo with an antique gold highlight shimmer.


The Needle’s Bite was designed with Alex and Eli Bacon-Leslie and inspired by the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant. This LE is available now thru November 16 for $13 with a $5 donation from each bottle going to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“With Type 1 Diabetes, every day can feel like a succession of needles. Each day is filled with finger pricks, blood tests and insulin injections.”
“Eli Bacon-Leslie chose to name the polish “The Needle’s Bite” because of his experiences living with Type 1 Diabetes and endless days of needles and blood tests, something the characters in the book could empathize with. The characters in the “Newsflesh” series live in a world of constant needle pricks and blood tests, but in their case, the tests are for zombie amplification, not blood glucose.”

Like I said before, this is a new to me brand and as always I must give my honest review and first overall impression of this brand and its polish. I have to start by saying…. WHAT THE HECK TOOK ME SO LONG TO TRY THIS BRAND!!! As I applied each polish, my heart melted more and more with each stroke. Honestly, the formula is like buttah! The colors are amazing and they are perfectly opaque in 2 easy coats. I am here by inducting Literary Lacquers into the Queen of Nails 83 Wall-O-Polish…as soon as I get more shelves hung.

Because I’m nosey, did any of these polishes step up to the plate for you? Will you be purchasing the duo and/or The Needle’s Bite?

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