Bee’s Knees Lacquer: The Thirteen (part 1 of 2)

Bee's Knees Lacquer, PR, Regular release

*Disclosure: PR samples- I received these polishes free of charge in exchange for photography.*

Release: 28 February 2020

6 polishes

These polishes are inspired by The Thirteen from the book series Throne of Glass. Part 2 with another six polishes is coming next month, plus the already released Manon Blackbeak makes for thirteen total!


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Asterin is a rich deep blue with gold/green shifting sibling UP.

3 coats + top coat

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Sorrel is a grey-taupe base with pink/gold/green shifting shimmer. It’s a lovely amped-up basic neutral shade.

2 coats + top coat

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Faline is an interesting one. I thought the base might be white, but it is indeed the palest green color. It does seem to be a white-based color though because during application it streaks like all white-based colors. Go in with medium-thicker coats and work quickly to avoid streaking. The shimmer starts green and has a lovely shift to blue.

3 coats + top coat

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Edda is a white jelly with gold/green shifting ghost flakes. This one is so ethereal and gorgeous. I shot these photos in diffused light to highlight the flakies more.

3 coats + top coat

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If I had my way, this collection would have more ghost flake jellies. I simply adore them. Thea has a chocolate brown base with green/blue shifting ghost flakes. It is quite sheer. I did generous coats, and in real life my nail line peeked through a bit more. If you have very strong nail lines I’d recommend using an undie.

3 coats + top coat

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Imogen is the sheerest of this collection. It probably functions better as a topper, but I didn’t know this until after I took these photos. The base is an aqua-turquoise jelly with red/green shifting ghost flakes.

4 coats + top coat

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I shot this macro in diffused light to highlight the flakies.

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There will also be a new sticky base coat named Spectre launching with these new shades! I don’t wear normal base coats often enough to be a good judge, but I did wear it under a plain creme mani on my dominant hand just to test it out. I did have tip wear, but I always do with any base coat since I have a habit of running the tips of my nails against my thumb. My mani lasted for 6 days before I opted to remove it, but I had no chipping! I do want to note that it had a stronger smell than I’m used to with base coats, and it seemed to linger around my workspace for a few hours as well.

I always love Bee’s Knees Lacquer for doing unusual colors, and I absolutely love her ghost flake jelly polishes. I have to name Edda as my favorite from this collection–the white base is just so lovely. Thea gets an honorable mention. The brown jelly base is so cool and unexpected.

These will be releasing at noon Eastern time on 28 February 2020.

The launch will also start the customer appreciation sale, with the entire store being 15% off, including all these new polishes!

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