Literary Lacquers

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Note from shop owner I am moving across the country for my new job! I should be back by Mid-November!


Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 1, 2021

I am moving across the country for my new job! I should be back by Mid-November!


Amelia Milder

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Amelia Milder


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About LiteraryLacquer

Sales 11,151
On Etsy since 2008

Inspired by two passions: literature and polish

Literary Lacquers was founded at 7,000 feet above sea level in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2012 out of a desire to combine my two biggest passions: literature and polish. Each polish is inspired by a literary reference and I attempt to evoke in color and texture the feel of the passage or work to me. I'm fascinated with the way that light passes through polish and bounces off shimmers and glitters and I've worked to develop complex and original finishes to my polishes.

All of the polishes are 3-free and each contains two stainless steel shaker balls.

All of my purchased shipping materials are 100% recycled and my greenwrap is 100% compostable as well as being recyclable. It's even cute!

Shop members

  • Amelia Milder

    Owner, Designer, Head Glitter Wrangler

    Obsessed with cosmetics in general and nail polish specifically, Amy has been driven to create and share polishes inspired by works of literature.

  • Alex Bacon Leslie

    Marketer, Customer Service

    Running on a steady diet of coffee, literature, and glitter, Alex is a passionate advocate of the marriage between polish and prose.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 22, 2019
Welcome to Literary Lacquers! I strive to create unique and complex polishes inspired by works of literature. I use only recycled shipping materials and special greenwrap that's compostable and recyclable. I love polish and the polish community and hope to bring joy to you with my creations. Each batch is handmixed with joyful loving intent in the high desert of Santa Fe. Because each polish is created by hand, there may be some variations among bottles.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
In the case of a breakage in shipping, please contact me with a photo of the damage and I will replace (or refund, if the polish is not available for some reason) the polish and shipping costs.

If you have a problem with the formulation, please let me know. Polish is an interesting medium to work with. Sometimes ingredients do weird things and while I do thoroughly test my ingredients, it's impossible for me to replicate every polish storage situation. I recommend storing nail polish in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Q. What Forms of Payment Do You Take?

A. PayPal and credit cards through Etsy Direct Checkout

Q. Do You Charge Sales Tax?

A. Yes, I charge 6.625% GRT to New Mexico buyers.

Q. Can I Cancel My Order After I've Placed It?

A. If you have not received a shipping notice, you can cancel your order.
***Important: I ship to the shipping address listed in PayPal only. Please make sure that your shipping address is up to date in PayPal before you pay.***

Current turnaround time 5 business days, though in the holiday season or during large launches that time may be longer. Please check your confirmation email for more information.

I ship all orders from Santa Fe, NM. Shipping times vary, but generally speaking, you will receive your package within:

US Southwest and West Coast: 1 to 3 days
US Midwest: 2 to 4 days
US East Coast: 3 to 7 days

Canada and Mexico: 3 to 7 days
Elsewhere: 7 to 30 days, depending on customs regulations

On occasion, a package may be lost, or not make it through customs. I cannot be responsible for what happens once the package leaves my hands but if your package goes missing, please contact me and I will do my best to work something out.

During Winter Holiday season, packages can be delayed.

I add delivery confirmation to packages for tracking purposes.
Additional policies and FAQs
My customs waiting list is very long right now and I'm not taking any additional custom orders right now. I welcome any and all general conversation about nail polish and polish creation.

I will happily discuss wholesale accounts with anyone interested!