Illamasqua Mottle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Mottle Nail Varnish ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “speckled green.” It’s a pale, pastel green with very subtle yellow undertones with small black glitter and larger, hexagon-shaped black glitter pieces. I couldn’t even think of a dupe for the base color, let alone one with both components! I was totally stumped. A few readers have mentioned that Hard Candy has dupes for Illamasqua’s speckled polishes. I haven’t seen Hard Candy’s in person, but from promo photos, it looks like the glitter is smaller and more circular with a combination of white and black glitters (and it seems to vary depending on the base color), but both brands are using pastel base colors with glitter to give it a speckled/sprinkled effect. Deborah Lippmann’s Staccato Collection also features three pastel-hued colors with small black glitter (bottle photos suggest that Deborah Lippmann and Hard Candy’s are closer to each other).  I haven’t seen Deborah Lippmann’s in person either. You may prefer the effect or composition over the other, so pick your poison! :)

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Illamasqua Mottle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Fragile Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Fragile Nail Varnish ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “speckled blue.” It’s a pale, airy blue cream base with small black glitter and then larger hexagon-shaped black glitter. I don’t have any specific dupes that mimic both the blue base and the accompanying black glitter pieces, but you might have a top coat that’s similar in glitter content, so I’d recommend trying it with these potential shades (that are similar to the blue base color): Zoya Blu and NARS Kutki.

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Illamasqua Fragile Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Fragile
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “speckled lilac.” It has a soft, pale lilac cream base with flecks of small black glitter and larger hexagon-shaped black glitter. I don’t know of any dupes in particular for this shade (Deborah Lippmann also has speckled polish but nothing in lilac). If you have a top coat with black glitter already, you might try using Essie Bangle Jangle, MAC Little Girl Type, Nubar Purple Aster, or Zoya Marley has a base color, as they are similar.

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Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Speckle
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

Illamasqua I’mperfection Collection for Spring 2013


The world isn’t perfect. But who wants to be perfect anyway? I’mperfection is an open invitation to stand up and show the world what makes you perfectly, imperfect. We want you to highlight the features other brands encourage you to cover up and celebrate your imperfections like badges of honour. So show off your freckles. Make beauty spots more beautiful. Shine a light on your birthmarks. And be proud of your scars. Because life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about celebrating who you really are.

“Within the word imperfection you’ll find Im Perfection; sometimes the soul of the word is staring you in the face. It is our so called flaws that make us unique. The beauty is in our differences , our imperfection is our beauty. ” — Alex Box, Creative Director

Speckled Nail Varnish – $14.00 / £14.50 (Limited Edition)

  • Freckle Speckled soft neutral
  • Fragile Speckled soft blue
  • Mottle Speckled soft green
  • Scarce Speckled soft pink
  • Speckle Speckled soft lilac

Powder Blusher Duo (£26.00)

  • Katie & Ambition Soft Candy Pink / Neutral Shimmer
  • Lover & Hussy Soft Apricot / Candy Pink
  • Beg & Bronzerella Dusky Rose / Copper Bronze

Blush Up Brush ($44.00 / £28.50)

A specific cut shape to define and elongate the cheekbones, slimming & sculpting the face.

Lipstick ($24.00 / £16.00)

  • Immodest Vivid Pink

Intense Lipgloss (£14.00)

  • Shoot Leaf Green

Availability: Sephora and Illamasqua.com

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Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish (£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale opal green iridescent.” It’s a pale pink-red at one angle, then it turns into a pale, yellowed green shimmer at another angle, while the base color is a pale beige with a hint of pink overall. It’s definitely duochrome, and it is a strong one at that. There are a few green duochromes on the market, but I don’t have one that shifts pink-green (or such a yellowy green at all).

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Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Top 10 of 2012: Best Nail Lacquers

Top 10 of 2012: Best Nail Lacquers

I really don’t know how I managed to keep this list to ten, because I feel like I fall in love with a new polish every week. There were SO many more amazing polishes that aren’t on this list, though. I tried to go across brands and put together a list of ones that really struck me or were more original.

What’s was your favorite nail lacquer of 2012?