Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new collection from Lemming Lacquer to share with you called the Daedric Princes Collection. This collection, based on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, consists of 12 shades with a variety of complex holo, glitter, and flake finishes. This collection was a true pleasure to swatch as they just kept getting better and better the more I went! In addition to the Daedric Princes Collection, Cassie will also be releasing 4 monthly polishes (September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, and December 2016). These will all be releasing on December 30 at 7 PM CST in the Lemming Lacquer shop.
Since I'm not familiar with Skyrim and probably could not explain it as eloquently as her, here is what Cassie had to say about the inspiration behind this collection (and she included her specific inspiration for each polish that I have included with the individual polishes):
The Daedric Princes collection consists of 12 polishes: ten are inspired by Daedric Princes in Skyrim and two are inspired by the lands traveled to by The Dragonborn in two of the available DLCs. The Daedric Princes polishes are inspired mainly by each Prince's artifact or their plane of Oblivion. The Daedric Princes are largely malevolent, cruel and mischievous while one or two are considered good, all demand to be paid proper tribute and respect. Artifacts are awarded to The Dragonborn for completing quests for that Prince and can be a weapon, armor or jewelry imbued with special powers exclusive to that object. Honor these deities by adorning your nails with these mythical shades.
Sheogorath is a pink leaning purple holo with pink and gold shimmer and gold holo microglitter. Formula was fantastic to use and I used 3 thin coats for full coverage. I loved the golden glow of this one. It wasn't "in your face", but gave the polish lovely depth and warmth.
Sheogorath is the infamous Prince of Madness is not only mad but is known for having a rebellious streak and being a practical joker--sometimes with not so funny consequences.
Molag Bal is a deep navy blue jelly with silver shimmer, white flakes and silver holo microglitter. This one had a lovely jelly formula that built up nicely to opacity in 3 thin coats. I loved all of the fun bits swimming around here...I mean just look at those flakes!!
Molag Bal is inspired by the Daedric Prince's plane of Oblivion called Coldharbour. He is described as the Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement, seeking to ensnare souls within his domain.
Vaermina is a black jelly base with bright blue twinkling flakes and black and blue holo microglitter. Formula was very easy to use and used 3 thin coats for full coverage. The effect of the blue shimmering bits against the inky black is just stunning and almost fools you into thinking the base is blue as well. This one is even better in person!
Vaermina is the Daedric Prince of dreams and nightmares and is the deliverer of dark portents.
Nocturnal is a green-turquoise creamy holo with gold and bronze metallic flakes. Formula was very nice to work with and I used 2 coats here for full coverage. This polish had a seafoamy quality to it that I loved and the flakes are super pretty. There are several of these creamy holos with flakes in this collection and I'm such a sucker for each and every one. The holo is more subtle and shimmery in these.
Nocturnal is the Daedric Prince of night, the patron of all things secretive and honored by The Thieves Guild. Inspired by the Skeleton Key received as a reward for completing a quest for the Daedric Prince. The Skeleton Key is an unbreakable lock pick that can open any lock.
Hircine is a blue-green duochrome holo with gold/red/bronze metallic flakes. Formula spread easily and built up to opacity in 2 coats. This one grabbed me from the time I saw it in the bottle. It has a strong blue/green shimmer throughout the base that gives it such pop! I saved it for last so I could wear it after my swatch session. :D
Inspired by the second sign--a fire appearing on a frozen lake--in the prophecy foretelling of the Hunt of Hircine. Hircine is the Daedric Prince of the wild and the hunt.
Peryite is a lime green holo with various colors of metallic multichrome flakes. Formula was super nice to work with and I used 2 coats here for full coverage. This is SUCH love. I'm totally a lime green girl and the rainbow of flakes are just magical!
Inspired by the Daedric Prince of Pestilence, this shade was made with the diseased acolytes of Peryite in mind.
Hermaeus Mora is a brown-based green holo with a shimmering metallic gold core. Formula spread easily and I used 2 coats for full coverage. The golden shimmer in this one is very glowy and gives this green an olive tone.
Hermaeus Mora is inspired by the formless Daedric Prince of the same name. Obsessed with knowledge, his plane of Oblivion is a dark, murky, dusty library where all forbidden knowledge can be found but is guarded by tentacled monsters.
Meredia is an antique bronzed-gold holo with shimmering metallic gold core. This one has an easy to use formula that reaches full opacity in 2 coats. This is a true bronze holo (and you don't seem to see many of those) so I found it really unique. It has a burnished quality that is really lovely!
Inspired by Dawnbreaker: the blessed sword that burns undead enemies given to the Dragonborn for completing Meridia's quest. Meridia has a fiery hatred for all things undead and she rewards those who purge the world of draugr and Necromancers.
Sanguine is a warm-toned red holo with red/gold microflakes, gold holo microglitters and gold shimmer. Formula was super nice and I used 2 coats for full coverage. This is a STUNNING red. Such a red red. The glowy golden shimmer and glitter make it extra special.
Inspired by the Sanguine Rose given to the Dragonborn as a reward for completing the mischievous--- and hedonistic Sanguine's quest. The rose can summon dremora (demons) to fight for The Dragonborn during battle.
Azura is a gray holo base with bright blue shimmer and navy-teal flakes. Formula was very nice to use and I used 2 coats for full coverage. This is such a gloomy, stormy shade and the combo of blue/grey is fabulous. Check out that awesome shimmer!
Inspired by Azura's Star: a soul gem that allows the Dragonborn to trap the souls of creatures killed by the Dragonborn. Souls can be used to enchant items like weapons or armor but unlike normal soul gems, Azura's Star does not disappear once the captured soul is used. Azura is the Daedric Prince of dusk and dawn, the magic between day and night and she is often considered one of the few benevolent Daedric Princes.
Solstheim is a taupe holo with burnt orange microflakes and gold/red/bronze metallic flakes. Formula is very nice to use and I used 2 coats for full coverage. The color scheme here is just gorgeous and the flakes glow like embers in the taupe base. This is most definitely a neutral with a fun twist.
Solstheim is an island off the coast of Skyrim and home to many nords and dark elves. During The Dragonborn DLC, upon first docking in Solstheim the Dragonborn is greeted with an ash covered landscape, red skies, and dangerous fire enemies.
Soul Cairn is a plum holo with silver shimmer and white flakes. Formula was nice to use and I used 3 thin coats for full coverage. The white flakes are subtle here and only pop in certain lights or at certain angles. The do add lovely depth to the polish.
The Soul Cairn is a plane of Oblivion traveled to by the Dragonborn in The Dawnguard DLC. The Soul Cairn plane is where human spirits trapped in black soul gems wander. The realm is filled with a gloomy eeriness and grim skeletal enemies.
Up next I have four monthly polishes that Cassie will also be releasing. I'm not sure how long these will be available, but the monthlies have been limited edition in the past, so I would grab these as soon as you can if you want them!
September 2016 is a burnt orange holo. Formula was lovely on this beauty and I used 3 thin coats for full coverage. Beautiful shade of orange, lovely holo effect...I'm a happy camper! It's so juicy!
October 2016 is a dark brown/olive holo with copper shimmer. Formula was very easy to use and I used 2 coats here for full coverage. This one has a lot of complexity that isn't easily captured in a photograph, but the copper shimmer really is a nice touch.
November 2016 is a warm-toned red holo with a shimmering metallic gold core and gold holo microglitter. Super nice formula with full coverage in 2 coats. This polish is amazing! It's a cross between red and a warm burnt orange and the glitters really set it off. Love love!
December 2016 is a pine green holo with gold shimmer and gold holo microglitter. Formula is again, super nice to work with and I used 2 coats for full coverage. Once again, I love Cassie's use of the golden shimmer here which really adds a nice subtle glow to the polish.