Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Guest Blogger! Welcome to Illamasqua!

Today we have a great guest blogger coming to us from across the Atlantic - Rebecca from Nails Etc!  Rebecca has some fabulous Illamasqua polishes for us today, and since I'm still an Illamasqua virgin (and I prefer to not say the name Illamasqua outloud for fear of mispronunciation) I'm excited to bring you the first Illamasquas to ever grace Babbling Brooke. Welcome Illamasqua, and welcome Rebecca!!

The 2 polishes I have to review are Strike and Muse. 

First is Muse, which is a bright teal creme.

Illamasqua Muse

This pic is probably the most colour accurate but I found it hard to capture as the day was very overcast. It's a gorgeous colour with a very smooth formula that evens out over the nail to give a smooth finish. I'm not sure if it's totally unique though, I reckon there's a decent dupe out there.

This swatch was 2 coats, no top coat though - check out the shine!

Next up is Strike, which is a beautiful blue-green shimmer. In some lights it's blue and in some lights it's green, but I wouldn't call it a duochrome. It just has this gorgeous shimmer finish which is really reflective.

Illamasqua Strike

Sorry the picture is slightly out of focus but this pic shows the colour most accurately. (no flash, artificial light)

The formula was brilliant, as you'd expect for £13 a pop, and it is almost a one-coater. I coudn't let it be after one coat so I did two but if you were in a rush you could cope!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. I'd love to read your comments on these polishes or on Illamasqua as a brand in general.


Read more about Rebecca's polish obsession at Nail's Etc, and check out swatches of tons of pretty polishes!  Thanks for dropping by Babbling Brooke, Rebecca - and I hope you are all having a fabulous Tuesday!


Paige said...

Those are gorgeous colors!

Unknown said...

Thanks gildedangel!! I love both of the blues!

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