Thursday, October 9, 2014

Literary Lacquers Rebecca Collection Swatches and Review

Good morning, dear readers! I am really excited to be sharing a new Literary Lacquers collection with you today! The Rebecca Collection was inspired by the book Rebecca written by Daphne Du Maurier. This suspenseful novel is written in the form of a flashback, and this collection is dedicated to Rebecca, a woman whose presence permeates throughout the entire book and yet the reader never meets her alive. Intrigued? You should be! I don't have a lot of extra time for reading at the moment, but I had to pick up a copy of Rebecca from my library when Amy first mentioned it to me!
I always feel like a broken record in posts where application was the same, so let me start out by saying the formulas of these polishes were sublime and so easy to work with. I had no troubles at all with the glitters; they dispersed nicely for me with minimal effort. I used three thin coats of polish followed with top coat for these photos.

Rebecca, Always Rebecca

Rebecca, Always Rebecca is an eggplant linear holo with holographic sparkle.

“Rebecca, always Rebecca. Wherever I walked in Manderley, wherever I say, even in my thoughts and in my dreams, I met Rebecca. I knew her figure now, the long slim legs, the small and narrow feet…. I could guess her laughter and her smile. If I heard it, even among a thousand others, I should recognize her voice. Rebecca, always Rebecca. I should never be rid of Rebecca.”

In the novel, our unnamed narrator, a young girl known only to us as The Second Mrs. deWinter becomes obsessed with the supposed perfection of her husbands deceased first wife, Rebecca. She is constantly comparing herself to Rebecca and supposes that everyone that she meets in her new life is also comparing her unfavorably to the accomplished, beautiful and socially connected Rebecca who has been dead for less than a year.

Ah, such a gorgeous purple! I am really picky with my purple polishes, and Amy must have tiny spies in my house- she always seems to come out with shades that I like! I really like that this polish has a bit of sparkle, even when indoors and in artificial lighting.

Je Reviens

Je Reviens is a deep teal linear holo with holographic sparkle.

The buoy was just opposite, about thirty feet away. There was something written on it. I craned my neck sideways to read the lettering. “Je Reviens.” What a funny name. Not like a boat… “Je Reviens” – “I come back.” Yes, I suppose it was quite a good name for a boat. Only it had not been right for that particular boat which would never come back again.

Rebecca was assumed to have drowned in her little sailboat, Je Reviens, despite being known as an excellent sailor. Je Reviens means I come back or I return, is it ironic that the boat is named such? Has the boat disappeared beneath the water for good or does the name herald future events?

I'm not gonna lie, dear readers, one of the things that really excited me about this polish is that I could actually translate it myself. There really is truth in the expression "If you don't use it, you lose it!" and my French speaking skills have drastically declined over the years. I digress, so let me get back to the polish....

Je Reviens is such a beautiful dark teal, and I must say complements the name impeccably! I actually got chills when I first saw the name. Teal is one of my favorite shades to wear during the fall, so I am excited to see this one in the collection!

Shadow Between Us
Shadow Between Us is a smoky grey linear holo with holographic sparkle.

He put his hands over mine and looked into my face. “Rebecca has won,” he said.
I stared at him, my heart beating strangely, my hands suddenly cold beneath his hands.
“Her shadow between us all the time,” he said. “Her dammed shadow keeping us from one another. How could I hold you like this, my darling, my little love, with the fear always in my heart that this would happen? I remembered her eyes as she looked at me before she died. I remembered that slow treacherous smile.”

Has the shadow and specter of Rebecca and her death poisoned the potential for a happy life and marriage for Maxim and his young wife? In Manderley, the ancestral home of the de Winter’s her presence is felt everywhere. Her abandoned bedroom is the best room in the house. Her preferences are still observed. How can our young narrator ever hope to stand on her own in these circumstances?

Grey polishes have been on my mind a lot lately, and I am never really sure how I feel about them on me. I feel as though I cannot pull off most lighter greys, and I am glad Amy went with this smokier version for Shadow Between Us. It is such a beautiful dark grey holo, and it is the perfect accompaniment to the other two shades in this collection.

I am quite excited about the shades in this collection, and they complement each other so perfectly! I definitely want to use these for a fun nail art look; I hope to have something fun to share soon!

The Rebecca Collection will be launching this Friday (October 10th) at the Literary Lacquers shop located here. Be sure to follow the Literary Lacquers Facebook page for the exact time the collection launches. Due to the increase in the cost of supplies, these and other Literary Lacquers polishes will be $12 a bottle. You can also buy all three colours at the discounted price of $35.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

1 comment

  1. I haven't read that book since high school! It's probably time to pick it up again! (Or at least download it on my kindle. LOL) Gorgeous polishes as well!


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