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Love-in-Idleness Full Size Nail Lacquer

Act II, Scene I
Oberon: Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell.
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love’s wound.
And maidens call it “love-in-idleness.”
Fetch me that flower. The herb I showed thee once.
The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.

This little flower, love-in-idleness, or the western wild pansy, creates the potion that causes all the trouble for the young lovers and Titania in the second part of the play. In the world of this play, love is not rational or a matter of choice, rather it is something that happens to you. Once the potion is used EVERYTHING gets mixed up. Soon, both Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Helena and completely disinterested in Hermia and Titania has fallen in love with the laborer Bottom (whose head has been changed into an asses head by the mischievous Puck). Hijinks ensue.

Love-in-Idleness is a very complex polish, with a light purple base; jam packed with fairy magic and iridescent glitters of many shapes and size and purple square glitter.

Swatch photos courtesy of Sparkly Vernis. Please check out her fabulous blog at

This is a full size 15ml bottle of custom nail polish.

Literary Lacquers are individually made by hand with love and good intentions. As each bottle is made by hand, there may be slight variations from bottle to bottle.

Literary Lacquers are 3 Free, meaning it is free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

All orders will ship within 5 business days.

Love-In-Idleness Full Size Nail Lacquer : Midsummer Night's Dream Collection LIterary Lacquers

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Polish base, Glitter, Mica, Pigment, Love
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from New Mexico, United States
  • Feedback: 1494 reviews
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