Bee’s Knees Lacquer: Lovecraft Country

Bee's Knees Lacquer, PR, Regular release

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

Release: 23 October 2020

9 polishes

An all-UP collection inspired by TV series Lovecraft Country

When Sarah released the stunning 7 Wonders collection last November, she warned us that those would be the last UP polishes we’d see from her in a while. Alas, that long while is now over, and she’s broken that hiatus in the most spectacular fashion.


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Invulnerability is a yellow-leaning chartreuse jelly with green/blue sibling UP. This is the sheerest of the collection, and if you dislike VNL you will definitely want to use this one as a topper. It looks chartreuse in the bottle but on the nail it appears more yellow. The blue shift of the UP really really didn’t want to photograph, but it is magical.

3 coats + top coat

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Cthulu Rising

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Cthulu Rising is an olive green with red/green OG UP. I just love this color combination that almost feels classic from BKL now.

3 coats + top coat

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Conjuration is a bright tangerine with gold/green sibling UP. This color is perfect for Halloween, but it’s also a gorgeous shot of warmth and sunshine.

3 coats + top coat

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Hippolyta is a purple-toned grey with green/blue sibling UP. This one is among the most opaque of the collection. In the bottle it looks more purple, but on the nail it looks predominantly grey with a purple lean. I love the combination of the green/blue UP with purple-ish bases, and this base color is very chic and classy.

3 coats + top coat

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Metamorphosis is a soft dusty rose with gold/green sibling UP. The official description is “tawny pumpkin”, but it definitely looks pink to me. Unfortunately this shade of pink isn’t the most flattering on me, but I think it would do well on cooler skin tones. It’s quite a soft and elegant shade.

3 coats + top coat

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The Siren

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The Siren is a light petrol blue base with red/green OG UP. Blue-based UP polishes have been done to death, but this one is unique with its warm undertones.

3 coats + top coat

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Protection is a deeper magenta loaded with red/green OG UP. This shade is feminine but not girly, exactly my preferences when it comes to this region of the color spectrum. There is so much UP in this shade, and the deeper base color helps all the UP sparkle beautifully.

3 coats + top coat

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Kumiho is a deep red jelly with green/blue sibling UP. For some reason this red might be pulling a tiny bit brown on some screens. There is no brown in real life–it is a true, deep red. And it is a STUNNER. This color combination sounds weird on paper, but it is dynamite in real life. The blue shift glows. This is similar to the previously-released Dragon Heartstring but with a larger particle UP. This one has good coverage too, with no VNL after three coats.

3 coats + top coat

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Any surprise I saved this knockout for last? Just look at it.

Shoggoth is the darker sister to Concilium, a deep vampy purple loaded with green/blue sibling UP. Concilium stole my heart last year, and her sister stole my heart this year. This one has me dead. I don’t even mind if it takes another year to get the next UP collection…I might never revive from this one. Ugh.

I used four coats here, because three was just the teensiest bit patchy, and the fourth coat smoothed everything out. No regrets. (No VNL either.)

4 coats + top coat

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The Lovecraft Country collection will be available on October 23 at noon Eastern. All polishes are $14.

As all polishes contain UP, this sale will be capped, unlike the usual unlimited presale, so make sure to grab the ones you want sooner rather than later. I will not be held responsible for any heartbreak! Go go go!!

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