Tuesday, November 29, 2011

StrangeBeautiful Library of Color Volumes 1, 2 & 5 Swatches!!

Before going on to the swatches, I just have to show you the new set that is having its presale now. OMG, am I in LOVE!!!

The Scoop
For her Dickensian Volume of Color, STRANGEBEAUTIFUL creator Jane Schub drew inspiration from photographer Joel-Peter Witkin; Edward Gorey’s The Loathsome Couple; the Brothers Grimm; A velvety lump of coal; the dull, yet metallic shards of broken shale that line the hills of the Hudson Valley; and Dickens.
The Dickensian Edition features a range of 10 compelling elusively metallic colors each shade slightly disturbing and exquisite to wear.

Thanks to Heather I have swatches for you today of three volumes instead of just my volume two!! These sets are GORGEOUS! They are also very pricey! Each set will run you 85.00 and they do NOT go on sale! If you are like me and live in Canada, expect this:

And that is for ONE set!! Now you know why volume one has remained on my wishlist! EEK! Anyways, these are a lovely formula that depending on the colour range from one coaters, to two coaters. The bottles are basically the same shape and size as the Julep bottles which I find a great size and shape to hold and work with. 

My biggest pet peeve with these polishes is the lack of names. But not only do they lack names, they lack numbers. They lack any type of identifying method whatsover! And to make matters worse, the Library of Colors used to have 8 larger bottles in the set, now they have ten MUCH smaller bottles and all the colours of have changed. So my volume one will be totally different than an OLDER volume 1 and again, no way to distinguish! BAH!!!!!!!!! 

VOLUME ONE (thanks to Heather!)
The Scoop
Volume 1 was inspired by: Josef Albers Color Theory, A Mid Century Modern Knoll Fabric, Oscar Wilde, the exuberant paint colors used to decorate the walls of the Federalist period, a color inspired by an Andy Warhol painting at the Dia Museum, the color Puce which I remember mixing when oil painting as a child, a green - winged teal, the dark inky blue of a never ending deep lake at night and the fear of swimming in it, and of course the Ettore Sottsass Red Valentine typewriter.

Willful and provocative, the StrangeBeautiful library of color will change each season so grab it while you can.

Volume 2
The Scoop
Volume 2, takes inspiration from a variety of objects: An interesting color palette of Camo called Tan and Water camo used by an elite German anti- terrorist unit. The slate blue color of a uniform in an 1846 N.Currier print “The Death of the Gallant Major Ringgold”.V iolette (Pansy Violet) ink from the venerable French ink company J. Herbin founded in 1670, the dull red color of a lobster shell immediately after it has been removed from boiling water.

These inspirations are what came to mind when creating StrangeBeautiful’s richly perverse color saturated Volume 2.

Volume 5 (one more, thanks to Heather)
The Scoop

For her Volume V Library of Color, STRANGEBEAUTIFUL creator Jane Schub drew inspiration from the spectral banks of the Hudson River estuary upon which her 19th century brick factory looms like a prescient structure in a foreboding Bosch painting.

Moody, erotic, irreverent and tender, the STRANGEBEAUTIFUL Volume V edition features 8 diaphanous veils of wildly haunting colors, each shade slightly disturbing and yet effortless to wear.
Inspirations and references range from the vampiric gradations of a healing bruise; the moody rusts of menstrual blood; sooty, phantasmal India ink; the profile of a gray blue Heron scooping fish against a background of gooey river runoff and the apocalyptic color palette of Medieval Flemish paintings. Visceral and private, each shade cloaks the finger in an aqueous film of color for an effect that is strange, beautiful, and impossible to forget.

Unlike traditional nail polishes, the Volume V shades coat the nail in a gossamer bath of color. Not quite transparent, the effect is fluid and semi opaque, as if the nail itself had taken on a mysterious life of its own.


  1. Oh I love these, am currently toying with buying volume 1. Have you worn them? Do they wear well?

  2. I find they wear well. The odd one or two in there have a thinner consistency requiring an extra coat, but over all I am really impressed!



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