Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Illamasqua Nail Varnish - why they're worth every penny

Illamasqua Venous Load Kink Creator Nail Varnish

The four shades above in order are Venous, Load, Kink, and Creator.

Illamasqua. There is genuinely nothing from this brand I've found so far that I have not adored. Fantastic formulations, top quality products, and completely cruelty free. YES. The nail polish is no exception. Genuinely chip-free nails for a full week or more? You're in the right place.

Kink is a deep, bottle green, with a rubber finish. It has a matte lid on the bottle which distinguishes it from the others in your stash-nice touch, Illamasqua. The rubber finish is essentially kinda-sorta matte, and you do need a few extra minutes of drying time.. but that green is so chic. It's my go-to #girlboss shade.

Load (rudey rude) is a pastel, cream-yellow colour. Unlike every other pastel nail varnish ever, this is almost completely opaque with one coat, and actually goes on evenly. And a genuine, busy-person-who-actually-uses-their-hands, full week wear time. Hurrah! I've had so many compliments on this colour when I've worn it, and it doesn't stain the nails at all. Love it!

Creator is an incredible black shot through with loads of silver glitter. The glitter is evenly distributed in the varnish and doesn't seem to collect at the bottom over time, which is a huge plus. Word to the wise on this one - it ain't coming off. Ever. You have been warned.

Venous is a teal-green colour, with a cream finish. This is probably my favourite nail varnish of all time. It just screams holidays. Look at that colour! It is a DREAM to apply - very even, no streaks, no pooling along the side of your nails - and looks genuinely as good as new for at least a week. The photo above, believe it or not, is one coat. ONE. I'm on bottle number two, and I don't think that's ever happened with a nail varnish before, unless it's done that dried-out goop thing that unfortunately is usually the cause of death for any nail product!

Illamasqua Nail Varnish isn't the cheapest on the market - but it is, in my opinion, one of the most foolproof and hardwearing formulas out there. It knocks the socks off Chanel Le Vernis in terms of longevity, and the ever growing colour selection is excellent.

Has anyone tried the new Nail Veils? They're next on my list!

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