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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Literary Lacquers: The Ultimate Outlaw Collection

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Literary Lacquers
The Ultimate Outlaw Collection

Tonight I have a lovely collection of 8 polishes to show you from Literary Lacquers called The Ultimate Outlaw Collection - all inspired by outlaws and rebels.

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Since this is going to be a long post, grab your beverage of choice and pull up a chair! Along with each polish I show, I am also including the maker's own inspiration - in italics.

The Ultimate Outlaw is a bright sapphire blue linear holo. Great formula and application. No issues to report at all. Two coats and no top coat for the photos.

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. 
The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. 
Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet.

This quote is the inspiration for the entire collection; it was one of my very favorite books when I was in my late teens.. Robbins fascinated me as a young adult with his fast and loose writing style and penchant for outlaw philosophy. Still Life with Woodpecker chronicles the love affair of two redheads, Bernard Mickey Wrangle, the outlaw bomber philosopher (who is insistent upon explaining the difference between an outlaw and a criminal) and Leigh-Cheri Furstenberg-Barcalona, the environmentalist princess. The two arrive separately in Hawaii for the Care Fest, a gathering of environmental leaders and environmentalists in general (she to participate, he to blow it up), and they meet and fall in love. One part fairy tale, one part philosophical treatise on aspects of love and how to make it stay, and one part an exploration of the boundary between self and other and what happens when you attempt to transcend those boundaries, this book attempts to answer many of the perplexities of life.


Original Virtue is coral glass fleck/micro-flake shimmer jelly polish. Easy formula - 3 light coats and one coat of top coat for the photos.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. 
It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.”

Oscar Wilde is one of the original celebrity literary outlaws. Accused as a homosexual (which he most certainly was) by the father of his lover, Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas, he sued for libel, but was clearly the one on trial himself. Wilde withdrew his case but was ultimately arrested and convicted of gross indecency with other men and sentenced to two years hard labor. After his release, he left for France and never returned to Britain or Ireland.

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Mysterious, Irrevocable, Sacred is a purple linear holo with a blue flash and blue and purple glass fleck. No issues to report with this one either. Great formula and application - 2 coats with no top coat for the photos.

Inspired by Wild

Wild is Cheryl Strayed's first-person memoir of her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon to the border of Washington State. After Cheryl’s mother died, she spiraled down into heroin one night stands which led to the destruction of her marriage. After her divorce, with very little left to lose, she decided to embark on a challenging hike despite having very little experience, hoping to save her own life as she explored the wilderness. This book is jam packed with truth and vivid description, from the importance of the right footwear to how to accept grief without allowing it to obliterate us. This book literally made me laugh and cry, sometimes in the same paragraph.


The Mad Ones is a light Spring green linear holo. Again, great formula and no issues at all. Two coats and no top coat for the photos.

Inspired by On the Road with Jack Kerouac

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.

On the Road is a largely autobiographical work that was based on the spontaneous road trips of Kerouac and his friends across mid-20th century America on a quest for meaning and belonging in a changing world. It is a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation that was inspired by jazz, poetry, and drug experiences. It rejected the societal norms of the time and ushered in a new concept of personal freedom and the ideals of the Beat Generation and their longing to find meaning in life.


Everything You Love is a smokey, muted plum linear holo that has sort of a creme/crelly formula. No issues to report. Two coats and no top coat for the photos.

Inspired by The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Oh, she say. God love all them feelings. That’s some of the best stuff God did. 
And when you know God loves ‘em you enjoys ‘em a lot more. 
You can just relax, go with everything that’s going, and praise God by liking what you like.
God don’t think it dirty? I ast. God love everything you love—and a mess of stuff you don’t.
Naw, she say. God made it. Listen
The Color Purple chronicles the struggle of several black women in rural Georgia in the first half of the twentieth century. Upon publication in 1982, the book generated tremendous controversy, instigating debates about black cultural representation. Critics complained that the novel reaffirmed old racist stereotypes and focused too heavily on sexism instead of addressing American racism. Feminists praised the book as a feminist fable of the power of strong female relationships and the idea that gender and sexuality are not as simple as we may believe. The heated disputes surrounding The Color Purple are a testimony to the resounding effects the work has had on cultural and racial discourse in the United States.


Ether Binge is an aqua holo, glass fleck/micro-flake shimmer crelly. No issues at all. Two coats and one coat of top coat for the photos.

Inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

"The trunk of the car looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers . . . and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls . . . Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon."

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas chronicles (semi-autobiographically) the Las Vegas adventures of Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they chase the American Dream and ponder the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement in a drug-fueled hallucination-filled haze. On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help."

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Annabel Lee is a grey jelly with translucent/opalescent micro-flakes and iridescent and holo micro-glitter. This one can be worn alone (as I am showing here in 3 light coats and one coat of top coat) or layered over a coordinating grey (like XOXO Jen did here over Zoya Dove). I actually prefer wearing it over another polish because it does tend to get a tad thick to achieve opacity alone.

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem Annabel Lee

But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we— Of many far wiser than we— And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the sea Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride, In her sepulchre there by the sea— In her tomb by the sounding sea.
Edgar Allan Poe is the father of the modern horror genre and Annabel Lee is the last poem he completed before his death. Annabel Lee represents one of Poe’s favorite themes, the death of a young, beautiful woman. Poe’s fascination with love, death and insanity permeates all his works; his version of horror is a psychological one. His enduring popularity owes a great deal to his image as a tortured soul who married his teenaged cousin and after losing her to consumption, spent the rest of his short life drowning his sorrows in brandy and opium, before dying penniless at the age of 40.

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And So I Step Up is a wine-colored glass fleck/micro-flake shimmer crelly with lots of red glass fleck/shimmer and gold and copper micro-flakes. No issues with formula on this one either. I used 3 light coats of this one with no top coat.

Inspired by The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

“And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.”

Offred, the protagonist of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a reluctant rebel. Over the course of the book, she thinks about rebellion often but is too afraid of pain to act directly. Offred is a handmaid, a fertile woman assigned to a Commander of the dystopian Gilead regime to bear a child for the Commander and his wife. In this version of the future set in barely recognizable Boston, women are property, not even allowed to read. Offred’s rebellions are small at first, stealing butter to moisturize her skin and taking a dried out flower from an arrangement, but she eventually begins an affair with the chauffeur, Nick. As the novel ends, the secret police are coming to take her away, but she’s told by Nick that it’s the rebellion coming to help her escape. We do not know if Offred is rescued or sent to her death, but as she steps up into the van and her own uncertain future we can only hope for her safety.

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OMGosh what a collection! So what do you think? Have you grabbed any of these yet? Which are your favorites? Mine? Hrmmm...I think my favorite is Original Virtue with Everything You Love as a close second. And Annabel Lee, when layered over a coordinating grey, is another favorite.

The launch of The Ultimate Outlaw Collection was March 26th but they are still available and you can purchase individually for $10 each OR as a set for $75 - $5 off! Hurry before they're gone. Available at her Etsy shop here. You can also follow on Facebook here to stay up-to-date on the goings-on over at Literary Lacquers.

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  1. Absolutely beautiful collection!! <3 <3

  2. Wow! Your swatches are absolutely stunning!


  3. Gorgeous swatches of a gorgeous collection! Love these but Original Virtue is my favorite. ♥

  4. Thanks for taking the time to swatch all of these for us! This collection is fantastic!

  5. R u serious? I could easily have all of these in my collection, they're so beautiful. It's not often a company makes a collection that I like every single colour!

  6. Good Golly Miss Molly! This collection leaves me (almost) breathless! In a Spring of so many beautiful collection releases (is it just me being new to the nail polish obsession or is this many wonderful Spring releases the norm???), this is a total standout. On behalf of my wallet, I am crying Mercy!!!

  7. OMG I LOOOOOOVE so many of these polishes and your swatches are GORGEOUS!!! Do you by any chance have polishes from the I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) latest spring collection? I wonder how some of them compare with these Literary Lacquer beauties, namely Ether Binge vs. Music Box and Everything You Love vs. Dreaming in Violet. Thanks for posting!! ;)

  8. That coral is gorgeous, as is the green, the aqua, the blue, the grey...!


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