Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Purple Makes a Cameo in This Blue

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cornflower blue.” (Sephora has it listed as “periwinkle blue.”) It’s a dusty, cornflower blue that leans noticeably purple. It almost more purple than blue, but it’s not true purple. Which, I suppose, tells you how complex and confusing this color family can be! I couldn’t think of a dupe–Essie Lapis of Luxury was too blue, while Essie Smooth sailing was too purple (and shimmery, too). I’d love to hear from you if you know of any dupe possibilities!

The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats.  It dried down to a glossy finish without the need of a top coat (shown without a top coat).  The glossiness is really impressive; it’s just so shiny and glossy; it just looks really elegant and polished.  I typically get anywhere from a week to a week and a half of wear out of Illamasqua’s formula.  It wears exceptionally well in my experience and is a go-to formula when I travel, because it never chips on me.

The Glossover



Is it purple or is it blue? Is it some crazy combination of the two? The naturally glossy finish means you don't even need a top coat!











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Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

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44 thoughts on “Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. That’s definitely blue for me. And a bit too pale blue for my taste, I’ll skip this one.

  2. mirian

    oh. my. god.

  3. I personally don’t see purple in this based off these pictures, but I do see that I am in LOVE with this shade (whatever it is :P)

  4. Katherine

    It looks like it might be a more vibrant China Glaze Electric Beat or a more purple Orly Snowcone.

  5. Jordan

    This looks very similar to Essie bikini so teeny if you need a dupe!

  6. Shelley

    Beautiful. I wish I had this in the summer.

  7. Kooks

    Right at the top of my head, I thought Pacific Blue by Sally Hansen is a really close dupe but then I realized this is a tad bit lighter, if not a whole shade lighter. But I do think they’re pretty similar :) hope I helped!

  8. Elle Jaye

    I love this. I love Essie Lapis of Luxury but the two are not very similar. *adds this to my sephora cart*

  9. MonicaP

    Ok, I think I’ll be stopping by Sephora this weekend to purchase a few polishes by Illamasqua .. 😀

  10. moena

    Now I’m really glad I ordered this. :)

  11. Traci

    Ohhhh my Goooood I WANT THIS!!

  12. A.

    I don’t wear blue on my nails (except very dark navy blue) but this shade I might actually consider getting. It’s a very interesting color.

  13. tea-chan

    Looks like a slightly paler version of Pacific Blue by Sally Hansen. Or maybe a minute difference in tone. I’d have to see it in person to decide whether it’s for me. It’s a gorgeous color, though!

  14. blueraccoon

    I love blue nail polish (my nails are blue at the moment, actually) and this is a gorgeous shade. A bit light for fall, but I’d still wear it!

  15. Phoebe

    Holy hell, that is gorgeous!

  16. angel L

    Gorgeous! it looks so squishy and luscious.

  17. Gwen

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen you give a perfect score before. :)

  18. Do you have Sally Hansen Pacific Blue to compare it to?

  19. t_zwiggy

    So pretty! I like this even more than Noble.

  20. renee

    aaaah this is gorgeous!! christine, do you know of any eyeshadows that are similar in color?

  21. Sarah

    Ooo, I love that color.

  22. Kat

    So beautiful! And a perfect score!

  23. xamyx

    This would be a beautiful color for eye makeup (in fact, I had a liner *many* years ago that was quite similar-Maybelline Expert Eyes in Parfait Plum), but I’m not a fan as a nail color. I also don’t see a correla-tion in the name & color. Petty, I know, but when I hear/read “Cameo”, I think of a pinky-coral.

  24. this is hands down the most beautiful blue polish I’ve ever laid eyes on–there’s no question about it, this WILL be mine! I knew there wouldn’t be any real dupes because I’ve been searching for a cornflower blue for sooo long! I’m so happy Illamasqua made this–just bummed its LE

  25. Miss J

    OOOMG! That’s gorgeous.

  26. Alex

    Any similarity with China Glaze Secret Periwinkle?

  27. Carolina

    “Is it purple or is it blue? ” :) In all the photos it looks pretty blue, but I know what you mean. For my thesis’ cover I wanted purple, so picked the colour out of the pantone cards and that’s it. Or so I thought. First sample print and it looked blue. Or was it purple? No one could really tell (it looked purple on screen, but blue on paper), so I ended up picking a different, more “purple-y” shade so there was no doubts. 😀

  28. An

    Such a beautiful sweet blue!!! I don’t have a shade like it!

  29. If Illamasqua weren’t multiple times the price, this would replace Secret Peri-wink-le by China Glaze in a second (so hard to work with). I freaking love periwinkle!

  30. Kimberly

    This looks really similar to China Glaze’s Secret Perwinkle but less brighter. Illimasqua’s Cameo Nail Varnish is beyond beautiful!

    • Yellowlantern

      Yes, I was also going to say that this is reminding me a lot of CG Secret Periwinkle. For those who like the color, but not the price or if it’s not available anymore check out the China Glaze color.

  31. What? A perfect score from Christine? This is a rare occasion, but the polish is so beautiful, it must deserve it!

  32. Terri

    Oh Christine, you are bad for my wallet but good for my (makeup) soul!! I just linked and bought this because it’s so, so gorgeous and while I was there I bought Charisma as well……I can’t wait to try this out!

  33. Alannna

    sally hansen x-treme wear in pacific blue, appears from the picture to be the same shade of blue but darker. I’m sure if you mixed some white in pacific blue, you’d have an extremely similar colour! and they’re only like 3$

  34. Kristen

    I’m a bit late in commenting here, but it also reminds me of China Glaze Rainstorm, although that’s got blue microglitter in it. This is lovely, though!

  35. BritishB

    In the UK Topshop do a range of nail varnish, and ‘celestial’ looks pretty close to this. It’s a gorgeous cornflower blue, but probably slightly less glossy than this. I always get compliments whenever I wear it!

  36. Sharon

    Didn’t you forget to put it into swatch gallery? Noble is there but Cameo isn’t.

  37. Wow, the gloss without a top coat is awesome! Really suits your skin tone too :)