Monday, 20 August 2012

First Look: Illamasqua Nail Polishes

Illamasqua has been buzzing around Youtube for a while and is the topic of much discussion on beauty blogs as well, but this is actually my very first experience with the British based brand and I decided to get my feet wet by purchasing three of their nail polishes. I picked up these nail polishes at a Sephora store while I was away on vacation, and for USD$14.00 a pop they are pretty darn expensive but I decided to take the plunge nonetheless since I was sooo anxious to try them out. So here's the line up.... from left to right we have Nomad, Lament and Jo'mina and all these shades have a high gloss finish, but Illamasqua does make a variety of other shades with matt and rubberized finishes; you can take a look at the entire collection here.



I was highly impressed with the nail polishes, I actually achieved decent opacity in one thick coat and the colours were rich, bold and super glossy, the way nail polishes should be. The brush applicator is a bit thin as seen in the picture below, but this does not affect the application of the nail polish itself; and the packaging/bottle is sleek and some what regal looking in my opinion.

Brush Applicator

First on the list is Nomad and it is described on the Ilamasqua website as a bright jade, take a closer look...

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Lament is a gorgeous bright coral pink

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And last but not least Jo'mina is described as an electric lilac

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My final thoughts... YES!! I would definitely recommend these polishes to any nail varnish aficionados out there. They are pricey, yes I know, but you get what you pay for; they are great long lasting, full coloured and highly glossy nail polishes that are worth a try.

Hope this helped :)


  1. Love these! Never heard of this brand before tho

    1. Thanks Rochelle! the brand is still pretty young (it launched in '08) and a bit pricey, but so far I've only heard good things about them on youtube, here's a cool nail art vid by them


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