11 January 2012

Nerd Lacquer swatches!

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Wednesday! It feels like forever since I wrote a proper post, but hopefully this will make up for it!

Lately we've all (well, I have) been fawning over excellent frankened glitters. And now they're available to us from a variety of sources. The glitters are unique and the collection concepts are awesome. This is one of them.

Nerd Lacquers are created by a crazy talented lady named Amanda. They're available in her Etsy shop or from the darling Katie of Harlow & Co. If you're still in need of convincing, my love Jen posted awesome swatches of these today! I died.

Each polish is inspired by "sci-fi favourites and other geekery" and they're fabulous. Enough talky talky, onto a LOT of pictures below the cut! I put them under a cut because there's a ton of them and I left them in their extra-large sizing so the details were more visible. :)

Don't Blink

Don't Blink, two coats layered over two coats of China Glaze Pelican Grey, which I happened to have on at the time. Phworrrr. This was the first one I chose to wear and I was in love. I wore it for my first day of classes! Don't Blink has a squishy grey jelly-ish base with silver and black glitter, along with huge chunky silver hex glitter and silver microglitter. It's amazing. It also does not need to be worn layered - that was just how I wore it. All of these are opaque enough to be worn on their own with the exception of the next polish!

Don't Blink is part of the Oi, Spaceman series, inspired by Dr. Who. I'm a huge Anglophile but most people are surprised that I've never really watched Dr. Who. Perhaps I shall try some day!

Pinin' for the Fjords

Pinin' for the Fjords. One coat over Essie Bangle Jangle. This is the only polish that cannot be built up opacity - at least to my preference. That being said, it's beautiful. Pinin' for the Fjords has purple, two shades of blue, big silver hex and micro black glitter. It's crazy. And you know how I feel about black glitter? Yeah, that. These are also awesome because a lot of them feature black glitter. Just saying.

Pinin' for the Fjords is from the Something Completely Different series and it is that!


Argentum. Three coats. Such a fascinating polish. At first I was like MEH THERE ARE OTHER PRETTIES... and then I wore this and couldn't take my eyes off of it. It's got silver microglitter with larger hex glitters mixed into an almost foily base. Amazing. Beautiful.

Argentum is from the Alchemist series - Argentum is silver, of course. Did you know that silver has the highest electrical conductivity of the elements? I remember that from chemistry wayyyy back when... because I've always loved silver, I think!

It's Just a Flesh Wound

It's Just a Flesh Wound, two coats. Ahh. Glorious. Inky black base with orange, black and red glitter of varying sizes, mixed in with huge silver hex glitter and microglitter that looks to be black. Such hotness. I'm sure it surprises exactly none of you that I love this one lol!

It's Just a Flesh Wound is also from the Something Completely Different series. This series is aptly named and awesome.

Cold & Calculating

Cold & Calculating, two coats. A very cool-toned purple base with varying sizes of silver hex glitter, deep purple (haha) glitter and small silver and purple glitter. Also awesome. I don't wear purples often but I loved this one!

Cold & Calculating is from the Where No Lacquer Has Gone Before collection. That's the same collection Warrior Ethos is in... which also looks mindblowingly cool.

And last, but certainly not least, is my favourite of the bunch, hence the picspam.


Nebula, two coats. Nghhhh it's amazing. It's like a gritty little glitter galaxy. <3 Nebula has a blackened reddish-purple base, which you can see in the next picture... that's the polish at one coat. It's loaded with so much glitter that I'm still not sure I processed it all. Okay. Holographic glitter, fuchsia and red hex glitters, silver glitter... light purple glitter... light pink glitter... I can't even. It's beautiful. Even if you skip the rest of these, you NEED this one.

It obviously dries pretty gritty... which I don't mind at all, but I bet it would look stunning with topcoat too!

OKAY. Ohmygod so many pictures. So, you can get these directly from Amanda's Etsy shop and from Katie of Harlow & Co., though it looks like almost all of these beauties are sold out. Have no fear, though - she'll be getting restock in next week! Yay!

And if you're feeling a bit lucky, head on over to Harlow & Co.'s Facebook page, where there's a giveaway to win a mini quad of Nerd Lacquers of your choice!

I think the main thing for you to accept is that you need at least one. Preferably Nebula but I'd never tell you what to do. ;) If you need more convincing, don't forget to check out Jen's post! I really think I need Warrior Ethos!

 Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!


The products in this post were provided to me in exchange for an honest review. For more information, see my disclosure tab above.


  1. um I think you did them justice..they look beautiful on you! I wanna squish your nails! <3

    also I need to watch Monty Python now because of It's Just A Flesh Wound

  2. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE a Doctor Who inspired polish!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! :D Amazing!! These are amazing!!! :D

  3. I like "It's just a flesh wound" the best. It's just a shame that the base covers some of the hexagons.
    Argentum is also pretty. :)

  4. ARGH!! What are you and Jen trying to do, bankrupt me! As if I wasn't oogling these enough already. I'm gonna need to get me some of these polishes stat!! (Lovely swatches as always though Kirsten <3) xx

  5. Wow - awesome polishes! Can't wait to try them out! I love both you and Jen's blogs ... they've helped me to expand my polish collection by more than I'd like to admit!!! :)

  6. Ive been eyeing some of these on Etsy. they really are gorgeous!

  7. I need them all...my wallet weeps!

  8. I'm drooling... Just saw yours and Jen's swatches of those amazing glitters and I'm so glad I ordered them two weeks ago. Can't wait to try them myself!

  9. I need Don't Blink & Nebula, and you need to watch Doctor Who!

  10. I absolutely love these polishes and Nebula is my favourite for now, I say now have you seen the firefly ones?

  11. You must come to the dark side and watch Doctor Who. :P Also geeky polishes? Want all

  12. I had no idea that frankens were available to those of us who aren't lucky enough to be friends with these super-talented creative folks. Thank you so much for devoting a post to this!

  13. I love Pinin' for the Fjords, it is so pretty!

  14. That last super dark color is beautiful! And I love the gray glitter as well >: D I'm such glitter-whore lately. lolz

  15. I need these! Great swatches, thanks for sharing!

  16. These are so pretty!!! Nebula & Cold and Calculating are my definitely my favorites… but oh, you made all of them look so good! Especially Don't Blink! <3

  17. Freaking gorgeous glitters all based on some of my favorite pop culture references? What did we do before these existed? So amazing!

  18. I am going to add It's Just A Flesh Wound & Nebula to my collection. I have Don't Blink and I am in love.

  19. WOOOWW, they are all so pretty!!! I placed an order last week too but already wanting more <3


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