Monday, 23 July 2012

Illamasqua Phallic & Viridian

I got some Illamasqua goodness for you today! Illamasqua has such unique, drool-worthy polishes that every time I go to Sephora, my sister has to pull me away from the nail polish display. They are on the pricier side at $18 a bottle, but so worth splurging on every once in a while. I'll review Illamasqua Phallic and Viridian for you today, with some beautiful ideas for further embellishing them.

Phallic is a deep royal blue with blue shimmer. Once applied, the shimmer seems to float just beneath the surface. The formula is perfect, opaque in 2 coats. I find that deep colours like Phallic look best on shorter nails...very modern Hollywood a la Lea Michele at the 2010 Emmys or 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Here are swatches with 2 coats of Phallic and 1 coat of Seche Vite:

Illamasqua Phallic

Illamasqua Phallic

I added a coat of Zoya Opal, a magical green fleck effect top coat:

Illamasqua Phallic with Zoya Opal

Illamasqua Phallic with Zoya Opal

Viridian is a metallic dark teal that leans green depending on the lighting, in other words, the colour viridian. The formula is also a 2-coater and brushstrokes are barely noticeable. When I saw the bottle, the first word that came to my mind was 'mysterious'. Here's 2 coats of Viridian:

Illamasqua Viridian

I felt the urge to bust out the ol' shatters and I picked OPI Silver Shatter. I love how this turned out!

Illamasqua Viridian with OPI Silver Shatter

Which do you prefer? The shatter or the flecks? I think both have their own charm and I love both the effects. The flecks are definitely trendier. However, this has inspired me to  get all my shatters out and try more combinations.

Thanks for reading!

- The Manicurette

1 comment:

  1. creepiest name for a nail polish ever.

    so weird I'm going to post this comment anonymously.

    it is pretty though!


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