Illamasqua had a contest awhile back where people could submit their “dream” nail varnish color to them for a chance to have their color created by the company. Over 6,000 people entered the competition and today I have two of the three winning colors.
The colors that were posted in the press release did not really match the actual nail colors in real life, which was a little disappointing. The one I *really* wanted to see in person, Raindrops (a light blue/grey jelly with silver glitter) I didn’t actually get for review here, so I might be purchasing that one soon, since it looks amazing in swatches I have seen.
The formula was pretty good for these, but not perfect. Read on.
Shrapnel is a bright copper/rose-gold metallic with small shimmery gold bits. It has a slightly frosty look to it, but not too bad. It does apply a wee bit streaky so you will see brush strokes here. But I actually really like the color, much to my surprise. I kinda dig rose/copper colors as of late since there aren’t that many of them yet. This covered really nicely in just one coat, but I used two. The promo pic of this one showed as it being very gold, not copper.
Eclipse is a deep navy blue bordering on purple with a silver frosty thing going on. Hmm. I don’t dislike it as much as I thought I would, but still not loving it. I think the base color is a little boring and not all that unique and the frost isn’t my cuppa tea. This one also is a bit brush strokey. The coverage again was pretty opaque, this is two coats. I was disappointed with this in the end mainly because the promo pic looked amazing, and it wound up being very different. I expected something much darker, more purple and maybe with green glitter flakes in it, but this was not that!
I liked these but don’t think they are as interesting as the promo pics showed. The colors are both pretty, but maybe not that unique (at least to someone who owns as much polish as me) and I’m not loving the frosty finish.
How are you feeling about these colors?