Saturday, March 29, 2014

ALIQUID Lacquer - The Silmarillion Collection

Hi friends!!
I've got a beautiful polish collection to share with you today from ALIQUID!
When Alison of ALIQUID asks me if I'm interested in reviewing for her I wholeheartedly shout from the rooftops YES!!! She makes some really great polish, always in unusual combinations AND she makes an outstanding handmade lip balm, too!







The Silmarillion Collection
The Silmarillion was J.R.R. Tolkien's magnum opus, which he worked on for virtually his entire adult life but was not published until after his death. It's the elves' account of the early history of Middle-Earth, starting with the creation of the universe and detailing the long war against the evil spirit Morgoth and the fate of three jewels called the Silmarils.
Shores of Paradise ($10.00 for 15 ml/$4.50 for 5 ml) - 2 Coats + Top Coat

Shores of Paradise is a slightly sand-tinted base filled with various shades of gold, brown and white microglitter, plus scattered larger glitter in red, garnet, blue, aqua and clear iridescent. Full coverage in two coats.

"...They sailed in their swift ships on the waters of the Bay of Elvenhome, or walked in the waves upon the shore with their hair gleaming in the light beyond the hill. Many jewels the Noldor gave them, opals and diamonds and pale crystals, which they strewed upon the shores and scattered in the pools; marvellous were the beaches of Elende in those days."
Divine Curse ($9.00/$4.00) - 2 Coats with Natural Finish

Divine Curse has a sheer purple base packed with copper, gold and green shimmer, red flecks, and black flakes that flash purple. Opaque in three coats, but I had no problem at 2.

"'Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains. On the House of Feanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. The Dispossessed shall they be for ever.'"
Hidden City ($10.00/$4.50) - 2 Coats with Natural Finish

Hidden City is a forest-green linear holographic polish with gold, copper and bronze flecks. Beautiful in any lighting! Opaque in two coats.

"...There was a deep way under the mountains delved in the darkness of the world by waters that flowed out to join the streams of Sirion; and this way Turgon found, and so came to the green plain amid the mountains, and saw the island-hill that stood there of hard smooth stone...then Turgon knew that he had found the place of his desire, and he resolved to build there a fair city...high and white were its walls, and smooth its stairs, and tall and strong was the Tower of the King."
Nightingale's Song ($10.00/$4.50) - 2 Coats with Natural Finish

Nightingale's Song is a grey scattered holographic polish sparkling with shimmer and flecks that shift between blue, purple and gold. There are also some rainbow iridescent glitters sprinkled throughout. Looks different in every light! Opaque in 2-3 coats depending on your personal application.

"There came a time near dawn on the eve of spring, and Luthien danced upon a green hill; and suddenly she began to sing. Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and the song of Luthien released the bonds of winter, and the frozen waters spoke, and flowers sprang from the cold earth where her feet had passed. Then the spell of silence fell from Beren, and he called to her, crying Tinuviel [which means 'nightingale']; and the woods echoed the name. Then she halted in wonder, and fled no more, and Beren came to her. But as she looked on him, doom fell upon her, and she loved him..."

Day Shall Come Again ($9.00/$4.00) - 2 Coats with Natural Finish

Day Shall Come Again has a rust-colored base with a strong multichrome shimmer that shifts from burgundy to red, dark orange and yellow. Amongst the shimmer you will also see copper, green and red sparks. Opaque in 2-3 coats.

"Last of all Hurin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Hurin cried: 'Aure entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive, by the command of Morgoth, for the Orcs grappled him with their hands, which clung to him still though he hewed off their arms; and ever their numbers were renewed, until at last he fell buried beneath them."
Dragonspell ($9.00/$4.00) - 2 Coats with Natural Finish

Dragonspell is a hypnotizing amber jelly polish with gold flakes and green shimmer.

"...Looking westward she stared straight into the eyes of Glaurung, whose head lay upon the hill-top. Her will strove with him for a while, but he put forth his power, and having learned who she was he constrained her to gaze into his eyes, and he laid a spell of utter darkness and forgetfulness upon her, so that she could remember nothing that had ever befallen her, nor her own name, nor the name of any other thing; and for many days she could neither hear, nor see, nor stir by her own will."
Devouring Wave ($9.00/$4.00) - 2 Coats + Top Coat

Devouring Wave is a blue jelly filled with a riot of metallic, iridescent and holographic hexes and shreds; colors include black, silver, red, blue and purple. May be worn alone or over a base color.

"...There came a mighty wind and a tumult of the earth, and the sky reeled, and the hills slid, and Numenor went down into the sea, with all its children and its wives and its maidens and its ladies proud; and all its gardens and its halls and its towers, its tombs and its riches, and its jewels and its webs and its things painted and carven, and its laughter and its mirth and its music, its wisdom and its lore: they vanished for ever. And last of all the mounting wave, green and cold and plumed with foam, climbing over the land, took to its bosom Tar-Miriel the Queen, fairer than silver or ivory or pearls. Too late she strove to ascend the steep ways of the Meneltarma to the holy place; for the waters overtook her, and her cry was lost in the roaring of the wind."

All of these applied wonderfully. Devouring Wave was a bit thick because of the glitters, but it was well worth it when I top coated it to see all of that glorious shine and sparkle. They all took only 2 coats for full opacity and none of them needed to be layered over a base color.
My faves were Devouring Wave, Dragonspell (talk about UNIQUE!) and Hidden City!


LIP BALMS!!
I am a lip balm hoarder, when Alison asked me if I wanted to try one of her new flavors I jumped! She had previously sent me her Mint Citrus one and I use it quite loyally (boyfriend loves it too) - so she sent me Lavender Honey this time and omg it is NUMBER ONE in my arsenal now. It smells and feels so good.
If you like balms, you need to try this - they're made of Mango Butter, Beeswax, Apricot Kernel Oil and Olive Oil!


The Silmarillion Collection is available NOW (Buy all 7 at once for $59--10% discount)
New lip balms: Ginger Rose and Lavender Honey ($2 for 1/$5 for 3)


COUPON CODE ALERT!!
Use code GNARLYGNAILS10 at checkout to save 10% OFF a purchase of $10 or more!
Expires April 5, 2014


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Missy Molotov

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