Review: Illamasqua Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nail Varnish ★★★★½
Price: $34.00
About: pigmented and glossy nail polish. Extremely hardwearing and chip-resistant. Packaged in a standard glass nail polish bottle with plastic square cap.
Review: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in colour Faux Pas is a lovely blue-toned violet, and looks so pretty in the bottle. Once applied it is very true to the colour seen in the bottle. It is a very deep and intense colour, which applies smoothly and easily, and it’s not difficult to achieve an even finish, even for someone like me who is very clumsy at applying nail varnish on my own nails. It has an almost waxy look to it, and is so opaque that it was almost sufficient with just one coat, but still I did two as recommended. As I did not have the Illamasqua base and top coat, I used my regular base and top coat. The nail varnish dries very quickly too. The finish is almost matte, which I do like, as it is a nice a change from other nail varnishes. But for those who prefer a glossy look, a glossy top coat could easily fix that. Worn without my other branded top coat, Illamasqua Faux Pas started chipping a little on the very tip of some of my nails after about 4 days of wear, which really isn’t bad at all, as I am working on a computer all day most days, and also use my hands a lot, and also having two dogs, I tend to wash my hands regularly throughout the day. The nail polish removes easily without leaving any colour residue on my nails. The packaging of the Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish looks sleek and elegant, and unlike other nail varnishes, it comes in a small square black box. The actual nail varnish also comes in square bottle with a square cap. On the negative side, compared to other nail varnishes, it is a little on the expensive side, and consequently it would have been lovely if it had also been 3-free. But all in all I love this nail varnish, it has a good long wear, and I love the intensity of the colour and the matte look, so I hope to be able to add more colors to my collection. I’d highly recommend Illamasqua Nail Varnish.
Purchased: No.
Reviewed by: Karina Nyholm-Hunter
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