Thursday, October 19, 2017

Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable

Unspeakably Desirable was released on 24 August this year by New Mexico-based indie polish maker Literary Lacquers as a limited edition, numbered polish marking creator Amy's birthday. Officially described as "a bright coral mega glitter holo with copper, gold and rose microglitter," the name comes from a quote by Mark Twain, one of Amy's favorite authors:
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
The color is a rich, medium-light orangey coral with a stealthy rosiness and aspects of terracotta, like something along the lines of a slightly muted tea rose. There's a certain creamy quality to it that reminds me of tomato soup when you make it with milk. Abundant holographic pigment gives it a glistening, tapestried dimensionality and nuances the base with hues of tomato and Congo pink in ambient light, dotted with tiny bright sparks in rose and coppery orange from the microglitters. In the sun there's a lush linear holographic flare, somewhat dispersed by the microglitters, framing a swath of frothy coral pink and shading to persimmon at the sidewalls of the nail, the whole blanketed with a net of bright prismatic sparks, most notably in gold, orange and green.

Application went well. The consistency of Unspeakably Desirable is fluid, dense and smooth with a medium-to-thicker viscosity that I added a little polish thinner to but should please those who prefer working with a slightly thicker polish. Thinned, it had an even, fluent glide over the nail. Self-leveling properties are very good as is pigmentation, netting evenly opaque coverage in two coats. I did my cleanup as I went along to avoid overly sticky glitters. Unspeakably Desirable dries naturally in very good time to a flat, slightly textured finish that wasn't entirely smoothed by Seche Vite so I added a layer of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze for a glassy finish.

Photos show two coats of Unspeakably Desirable over √úNT Ready for Takeoff peel-off basecoat with a double topcoat of Seche Vite and Girly Bits Glitter Glaze.


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable

I usually think of coral as a summer color so I was surprised at how fall appropriate this polish feels on the nail, possibly because it pulls richly orange on my skin tone compared to the way it appears in other reviews that I've seen, where it seems much rosier. I love the generous sparkle of those microglitters, it adds a lighthearted, playful quality to look.

Like what you see? Unspeakably Desirable is still available in the Literary Lacquers etsy shop!

love,
Liz

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