24 November 2012

Lac Attack Magical Musings collection swatches

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Saturday whooo! I hope all my American friends had an excellent Thanksgiving!

Today I've got swatches of the Lac Attack/Glitta Gloves collaboration collection, Magical Musings. These are, of course, Harry Potter-themed polishes, and you guys know how hard I love Harry Potter, so I might possibly nerd out a bit talking about some of these.

I don't really have words for how much I love these. I've dreamed of a Harry Potter collection for so long that I can still hardly believe that this is real and that I got the chance to help make one!

All swatches are with basecoat and topcoat. Some are on their own, some are layered - I'll specify in the intro to each polish.

Just so I'm not repeating it over and over - the formulas for these were great. These glitters are more dense than glitters Anastasia has done previously, and I know she was worried about them being super thick. They weren't at all. I found them all easy to apply and even the problem children (there were two, sort of) were still easy to work with.

Swatches under the cut - lots of photos in today's post!



First up, fittingly, is Amortentia. Amortentia is the most powerful love potion in the world. It smells like whatever attracts the person most. This is a really lovely polish. I know I'm not really one for pink but it's gorgeous. Pink glitter with some holo glitter mixed in and light purple hexes. I was surprised at how much I loved this one on! I wore it on its own but I imagine most people will choose to layer it - my nails are so short at the moment that it took me three coats to reach a level of opacity I was happy with, but people with longer nails would probably need more. I think this would look really cute over periwinkle... I must try that soon!



Dementor's Kiss. I don't have words for how much Dementors scared me when I was younger. I didn't even know what Dementors would make me think of but I knew that I wouldn't like it haha! A Dementor lives off the sorrows of people, and its strongest weapon is its "kiss" - sucking a human's soul out through their mouth. Creepy, eh? Anyway, this is a black and red glitter in a clear base. I love it, are you surprised? Black glitter. I layered two coats of Dementor's Kiss over one coat of China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. I wanted to keep it dark and thought the red would show up nicely over the dark grey.



Durmstrang. Another one of the European wizarding schools, located somewhere in the north, because Dumbledore introduces them as "friends from the north" and because of the furs that are part of the uniforms.  I'm pretty sure Rowling said that it's in Scandinavia. Also, in the Goblet of Fire film, it appears that Durmstrang is an all boys school and most of those boys are pretty attractive (not Krum, though. Definitely not Krum eww) so yeah... I'd be okay with that. Durmstrang is a somewhat sheer shimmery icy blue with gold shimmer and black diamond shards. I wanted to keep going with the cold theme, so I layered two coats of Durmstrang over two coats of China Glaze Splish Splash. This is (sort of) problem child one - I had a bit of issues getting the diamond shards to not just immediately go to the edge of my nails. A bit of placement was required but it wasn't difficult so I didn't mind too much.



Death Day Party. Harry goes to Nearly Headless Nick's 500th death day party in the Chamber of Secrets. He finds out that Nick feels left out among some of the other ghosts because he can't join the Headless Hunt (since his head isn't actually severed, you see). Nicholas is one of my favourite characters so I love this polish for making me think of him haha! This is a really hard polish to describe... lots of flakes and iridescence. I love that the main colour of the flakes is grey though. I chose to layer this over a white to try and show as much of the colours as I could. This is two coats of Death Day Party over three coats of Essie Marshmallow.



Beauxbatons Academy. The French wizarding school. If I couldn't go to Hogwarts, I think I'd like to go to Beauxbatons.... even though I don't speak French haha. One of the things I think most people think of when they think of Beauxbatons is the powder blue carriage the students arrive in during the Triwizard Tournament... I always loved the mental image of it. I'd like that carriage also. This is definitely one of my favourites of the collection. I love them all but this is the first polish I wore and it actually pained me to remove my manicure so I could keep swatching them the next day! Beauxbatons Academy is a pale milky-with-a-hint-of-blue with white squares, two different shades of blue, yellow and iridescent glitter. The base for this polish is fairly sheer, but I used a ridge filler as my base coat, which helped hide some of my staining (as well as giving me a tiny bit of white) so I felt more comfortable wearing it on its own. I'm sure it would be beautiful layered but after testing a few combinations out on a nail wheel, I really preferred how it looked on its own. This was three coats.





Felix Felicis. Liquid luck. A desperately tricky potion to make but man, I'd make it all the time if I could. Harry taking the Felix was one of my favourite parts in the movies just for this...

"Not to mention the pincers..."
Anyway, Felix makes the drinker lucky for a time (depending on how much they take) - they will succeed in any endeavour they attempt. I'm amazed that people don't make it all the time, seriously. Except for it being toxic in large quantities and the kinda weird side effects if it's brewed wrong... Felix Felicis is a gold glitter topcoat. I see everything in here. Little gold flakes, gold shimmer, gold hexes, gold squares (be still my heart!)... perfect. A great layering polish (especially with the holidays coming up!) and one coat gave me excellent coverage. This is one coat of Felix Felicis over one coat of OPI I Brake for Manicures.



                                                    

Hogwarts. My dream school when I was younger. I was so convinced that I would have an owl telling me I got accepted, man. How many children were crushed when they didn't get them? Cruel. Anyway, despite the cruelty of its namesake, I love this polish. It's a mixture of silver, orange, green and blue glitter - there might be more colours in there that I can't see but those are the main ones. I loooooooove this one and it's kind of like a little piece of Ana and I in there hehe - part of our House colours are in here! According to Pottermore, I'm a Ravenclaw and she's a Slytherin! No wonder we get along so well, to me Ravenclaw and Slytherin are quite similar. I hate when people say Slytherin is the "bad" house, it's so black and white. The qualities that end up getting people sorted into Slytherin aren't necessarily bad. ANYWAY, this is three coats on its own. :)



Holidays in Hogsmeade. The only all-wizarding village in Britain. I would love to live there pls. This is a perfect Christmas polish. Two shades of green, large red and white glitter. I know it was only just Thanksgiving for some of you but we celebrated Thanksgiving in October and Christmas season has officially hit at my work, so I've got the holidays on the mind. I chose to layer this over two coats of OPI Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow suede... one of my favourite greens ever. This was the second (sort of) problem child - this one is a bit thick. Not so thick that it's impossible to work with, just thick enough that I was conscious of it in comparison to the others. I also had more issues getting the white glitter out than the red and green - not sure why but perhaps I only noticed it because I love white glitter haha.



Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Named for the joke shop two of the best characters (Fred and George and oh god FRED) started up. That store sounds like the happiest place ever, no lie. I could live there forever. Weasley's Wizard Wheezes is a mixture of orange and yellow glitter and yes, that is bar glitter you see, and no, I don't hate it! I think it's perfect for a Fred and George polish haha. I wanted to layer this over a bright blue but the combination was seriously making my camera spaz, so I ended up layering it over a darker blue instead. This is two coats of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes over one coat of OPI Yoga-ta Get this Blue!.



And last (but certainly not least) is another one of my favourites, the Horcrux of It... A Horcrux is an object in which a witch or wizard has hidden their soul. Yes, this is pretty much reserved for the bad guys because you have to split your soul to make one and yes, you do that by killing someone. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes because he wanted to be immortal but that didn't work out so well for him, so I wouldn't recommend making one. This is a sheer black base with small green and mustard-ish glitter, plus larger green hexes. Seriously love this. And with a thin topcoat (Essie Good to Go) it was so shiny! This is two coats of the Horcrux of It... over one coat of Wet n' Wild Black Creme.



SO MANY PHOTOS.

So! That's our collection? What do you guys think? I seriously love them. I'm biased though, so... do any catch your eye?

The Magical Musings collection will be available December 1st on the Lac Attack website. It says that international shipping isn't currently available but don't worry, Ana is sorting that out! These will be $8 for a full size and $4.25 for a mini. You can also keep up with LA on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on an exact time for the sale. :)

I really wanted to get these up and give you guys at least a week to ponder on what you might want to scoop up when they go live... it's now 8:30 AM here and I haven't slept yet, so I probably won't be responding to tweets/emails/comments for the next few hours. I do want to say, though, that Anastasia and I have been so overwhelmed with the support from you guys - all of your sweet comments have meant the world to us and we're so happy you guys are excited for these!

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

29 comments:

  1. I will be buying all of them. I'm a huge fan there's no way I can pass these up!

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  2. Wow!! Absolutely beautiful!!

    By the way, I'm Ravenclaw too :)

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  3. WOW. This is an amazing collection!!! It's SO HARD to pick a favorite!!

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  4. Congratulations on the collection, they look great! Beauxbatons Academy, Amortentia, and Durmstrang have to be my favourites. I'm disappointed that she doesn't ship to Canada, but I understand and enjoyed the swatches nonetheless.

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    1. Hi Meghan - I know international shipping is currently disabled on her site but I'm Canadian and she shipped to me so don't worry! ;) Seriously though, Ana told me that it will be available again very soon :)

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    2. Thanks for the update Kirsten! I will make sure to keep an eye on her website. Good to meet another Canuck on the blogosphere. :)

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    3. Agreed, Meghan! I can never meet too many Canadians through blogging, sometimes I feel like we're sorely under represented haha!

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  5. This is such a brilliant collection!! I'm so in love with the theme, and I *love* the selections you guys chose for these polishes. If I have to pick favourites, I'd go with Weasley's Wizrard Wheezes, Dementor's Kiss, Holidays in Hogsmeade, and Beauxbatons, but the colours and the inspiration for them all are just fabulous. ^_^

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  6. The pink one is really cute, also like the gold varnish

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  7. I am SO excited! I'm such a huge nerd for all things Potter and all of those polishes look exactly like the aspect of the Potter world that they're based on. I want them all! I can't wait until they're released!

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  8. These looks amazeballs! Well done girls! :)

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  9. I love all of them...you ladies did a beautiful job :D

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  10. Oh my effff, so gorgeous! And I am a huuuuge Harry Potter nerd, so I'm definitely getting most of these.

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  11. I'm getting all! My favorites are beauxbatons and Amortentia... Great job, congratulations!

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  12. I want these so so so so so so so badly but I live in Australia! :(

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    1. Don't worry, love, Anastasia will be shipping everywhere for this collection! <3

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  13. These are great :) I love Dementor's Kiss, Holidays in Hogsmeade (really festive shade!) and Horcrux of It.

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  14. congratulations darling! these are amazing :D what a wonderful collaboration!!

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  15. I am loving all of these. I love Harry Potter as well, infact, I just watched The Deathly Hallows Part 2 last night. I need this collection in my life.

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  16. My blog is called Horcrux Nails - Suffice to say, I NEED these polishes! x

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  17. These look amazing, I need these in my life. I've always wanted a Harry Potter collection as well. I have a Hufflepuff inspired polish from Etsy :)

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  18. OMG. I will be buying quite a few of these this weekend. My calendar is marked!! ^_^

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  19. Wow. Wow wow wow. I love love love everything about this collection! This is one brand I have actually not tried but I do not think it will be this way for long!

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  20. I want them so bad!!! All of them!! Amazing. x

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  21. Glitta gloves rock. Otherwise not welcoming, I loved the Dementor's kiss and the Horcrux of it. I do am a HP fan Kirsten!

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  22. Hands looking much better. www.logoworkgloves.com

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  23. I so want weasely's wizard wheezes, and I love your little introduction to each polish!

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