Welcome to Illamasqua’s Toxic Nature Nail Varnish collection for spring/summer 2011.
It might be a concept that seems odd to people or creeps them out, but I for one am a huge fan!
“Unpredictable. Uncharted. Unnatural. Distorted by mankind, the natural world is fighting back. In retaliation against the genetically modified society that plunders it, the landscape has issued forth a torrent of hybrid shades. Corrupted hues glister amongst muted tones – extreme, intoxicating version of their original selves. This is an atomic-botanical environment where survival is key and camouflage by colour is the path to existence.”
What I love about this collection is that it comes with a cool concept, it’s not just “Oh here’s another makeup collection with some neat packaging.” It makes it more interesting to me and definitely more memorable.
Radium is in a word, crazy!!! It’s a screaming bright acid lime green with gorgeous shimmer. I saw the promo pics for this earlier this week and knew it would be my favorite, and it didn’t let me down. I love it, it’s unique and so fun. It was on the thick side, but I still felt I needed three coats to get full opacity.
Bacterium is a brown/grey duochrome with silver/blue flashes. This is most definitely a very unique color, never seen a duochrome quite like it. It was a little bit on the brush-stroke-y side, but not too bad. I liked the color in this photo and in the bottle better than the way it really looked with my skin. I love the concept of it, but it didn’t quite work out for me like I hoped it would. Still very cool! This was three coats.
Gamma is a SUPER bright neon orange. If you are looking for a bright color this spring or summer, this is a good one because it screams at you! 🙂 This was a tiny bit uneven when I applied it so I used three coats.
Stagnate is a mushroom-y mauve creme. Of the four I tried, it was the thinnest formula and seemed a little watery at first. It did buld up nicely after three coats. I don’t think it’s the most unique color, but still a nice one.
I think this is a really cool, and unique collection for the most part. The concept behind it made me like it even more. Radium is definitely a must have color, and I think a lot of people will want Bacterium just because it’s so unique.
Availability: March 10th online and March 17th in UK stores
I would love to know what you think about this nail collection, please let me know!