Illamasqua Pastels Nail Varnish Collection for Spring 2010 Swatches & Review

Yep, it’s Tuesday. My second least favorite day of the week next to Monday. 😉

The much anticipated Pastels from Illamasqua for spring 2010 are here ladies & gents! I have two of the four to show you today.

Can I just say, I was worried about the formula. Like really worried. I thought for sure these were going to be super thick and streaky and hard to apply, like most pastels are. I was SO wrong! I kid you not when I say these applied like any of the most perfect polishes I have ever used, pastel color be damned! Another positive is they were totally opaque in just two coats! Peep ’em!


Caress is a pale baby blue color. First off I must say I love this color, it’s one of my favorite kinds of blues. And secondly, I don’t have any other pastel color like it, so it’s unique as well!


Nudge is a pale light green. Now this isn’t a mint green people, it’s pastel green but not very minty! For that I say yay because we have seen tons of mints lately, and I was hoping for something a little different, which this is.

I am dying to review the other two in this collection, which I will be getting when they come stateside. The other two are Wink, which is a lavender and Blow, which is a yellow.

These are available on Illamasqua’s website now and will be available at Sephora starting in May.

What say you, are you digging these?



  • March 16, 2010

    Nudge is godly! I would totally agree with you on the difference from the others 😀 I hope I can get my hands on this :)
    .-= rijaH´s last blog ..Essie – Perky Purple =-.

  • March 16, 2010

    i was so impressed by the formula myself! i left blow at the illamasqua counter…it didn’t really look that great against my skin but i picked up the other 3! i’ve worn and reviewed caress but that’s it so far!
    .-= sara´s last blog one hundred and ninety six, sally hansen salon burnt sienna =-.

  • March 16, 2010

    These are really pretty! I always get worried about pastels though because I’m not sure how they will look against my skin tone because I have an olive complexion. At least you can always try them out on your nails at Sephora!!

  • March 16, 2010

    I am BEYOND excited that these are coming to the US! And now even more so ’cause the formula and colors are amazing. Thanks for the swatches!
    I don’t mind Tuesdays as much ’cause that’s when new DVDs come out 😉
    .-= Sarah R.´s last blog ..There Would Be No Greater Gift… =-.

  • March 16, 2010

    Big Fan! and don’t fret, tomorrow is hump day!

  • March 16, 2010

    Loving ’em! Glad to have you back too : )

  • March 16, 2010
    Jackie S.

    Yeah! I cant wait for them to hit Sephora! Love Caress!

  • March 16, 2010

    I love these! I wish they weren’t so expensive.
    .-= Skulda´s last blog ..Threes of Me – Tagged by =-.

  • March 16, 2010

    I think Caress is gorgeous!
    .-= Solveig´s last blog ..Nailstation Fake Blonde =-.

  • March 16, 2010

    OMG! I am so loving Caress!! Glad to know the formulas on these were okay. Finding that palest blue has been such a challenge for me, but I think Caress will fit the bill. I’m wondering how pastels look for a summer pedicure…I’ve never tried that. Thanks, as always, for the gorgeous swatches & the time it takes to do the posts.

  • March 16, 2010

    Nudge looks so slamming, but it also looks a lot like one of new diamond shades …. tranquility I think?
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..sneaky new zoya pic! =-.

    • March 16, 2010

      Hi Meghan,

      Yeah those are on the way to me I haven’t seen them in person yet. We shall see!

  • March 16, 2010

    Caress has been added to my list & I will be getting it during my bday for sure!
    .-= marisol´s last blog ..Beauty makes people come together =-.

  • March 17, 2010

    They’re really coming to the US? In May? Oh. My. Goodness. I’m so excited! Even though the exchange rate is more favorable than it has been in years, I’m just not willing to pay the extra price to actually BUY Illamasqua products from their website and have them SHIPPED all the way here. Knowing I’ll be able to buy these so soon makes me positively giddy!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..China Glaze Light as Air =-.

    • March 17, 2010

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes they really are! :)

  • March 17, 2010

    Glad to know that the formula is great. I hate trying to get pastels even on the nail. Love both of those shades. Very tempting.

  • March 17, 2010

    These are both ridculously beautiful on you! I can’t wait to see your swatches of the other two. :)

  • March 17, 2010

    I like Caress. The colour is unique and interesting. Great look for only 2 coats!