Bee’s Knees Lacquer: Crescent City (part 1 of 2) + nude creme

Bee's Knees Lacquer, PR, Regular release

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

Release: 24 April 2020

7 + 1 polishes

A collection inspired by book series Crescent City, plus one nude creme

This collection has seven polishes, which can be split into two creme-based shimmers and five sheerer shimmery multichrome-type polishes. Because of the sheerer formulas, Sarah also created two nude cremes to be used as undies, one more pink and one more beige. I opted for the beige one for my skin tone, but if a pinker color suits you as a nude you’ll want to check out other swatches as well!

First up are the two creme-based shimmers.


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Alphahole features a light, aqua-mint base with pink/gold shifting shimmer. Super cute spring shade!

3 coats + top coat

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Umbra Mortis

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Umbra Mortis features a pale grey base with blue/purple shifting shimmer. The shimmer in this one appears almost ghostly. The formula is so very lovely.

3 coats + top coat

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This is the creme base I chose. It is not part of the Crescent City collection, but it’s releasing alongside the others.

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Possessed is a warm beige-tan crelly. It is a bit too close to my skin tone for me to be comfortable sporting it on its own, but it is perfectly-suited to be used as an undie under sheerer polishes to hide VNL, which is exactly what I will show you further below. It dries to a high shine on its own!

If you don’t have medium warm skin like me, please check out another swatcher who has a skintone closer to yours!

3 coats, no top coat

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It is very buildable and self-levels perfectly, which is absolutely critical to any sheerer polish. Streaky sheers have no business taking up space in anybody’s collection. I love that I will be able to use this polish as an undie in either one or two coats depending on how much VNL I want to hide. I ended up using two coats under some swatches of the sheerer multichromes.

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Alright, and now onto the five sheer, shimmery multichrome-esque polishes!

I show all five of these as a topper in one coat over two coats of Possessed on my ring finger, and on its own in three coats on the rest of my nails.


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Lele is a pearlescent multichrome that shifts pink/gold/green. At three coats I can just barely see a peek of my VNL, but it’s minimal. As a topper in one coat, it just gives a lovely wash of pink/gold shifting shimmer.

3 coats alone  -or-  1 coat as a topper

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Light It Up

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Light It Up features a sheer golden base filled with red/gold/green shifting shimmer. The resting red state of the shimmer is a little more saturated and brighter than it appears in my photos. In three coats I could definitely make out distinct VNL. As a topper it actually looks very similar to it on its own, just without the VNL, although this will vary depending on your skintone. I really like how this one looks on my warm skin!

3 coats alone  -or-  1 coat as a topper

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Luna’s Horn

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Luna’s Horn features a sage base that shifts silvery-white/green/blue. This one is so cool! The shift is so magical. It is the most shimmer-packed of the group, so be mindful of streaking when you apply. It also has the best opacity–I could almost get away with two coats but decided on a third for a perfect finish. This one also looks minimally different when used as a topper since the polish is quite opaque on its own.

3 coats alone  -or-  1 coat as a topper

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Prince of the Chasm

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Prince of the Chasm features a sheer blue base that shifts teal/blue/purple. The resting color of this one is a touch more teal than it was photographing. This shade is quite bright and glowy. It’s on the sheerer side, so it looks different as a topper vs. when applied on its own.

3 coats alone  -or-  1 coat as a topper

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The Viper Queen

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And lastly, The Viper Queen has a sheer green base that shifts green/blue. The resting state is kind of like a golden green that shifts further into a true green before hitting the luminous blue at the end. I really like this shade on my skin. Also one of the ones with better coverage, so the difference when used as a topper is minimal.

3 coats alone  -or-  1 coat as a topper

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The Crescent City part 1 collection is releasing April 24th at noon Eastern time.

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