Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish

I’m Utterly Captivated with Charisma

Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry pink.” This is a rich berry-red with fine, ruby red shimmer that’s noticeable but on the subtler side. Dior Graphic Berry is a smidgen lighter and has no shimmer. Essie Size Matters is redder and has no shimmer. Illamasqua Vice is a bit more berry-hued and has a rubberized finish with no shimmer. Dior Apparat is very close, perhaps a smidgen more red and has a subtle golden sheen. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised is similar, slightly more berry-colored, and has no shimmer.

Charisma was fully opaque in two coats, and almost opaque in one, but it definitely needed two for full opacity. The formula was lovely to apply, because it was just the right thickness to yield rich color without causing it to pool along the sides, bubble, or streak.  There are subtle brush strokes visible under really bright light (like flash photography) but are barely visible under natural light.  This dried on par with most polishes, not exceptionally long or short.  I typically get a full week of wear with very, very minor tip wear and no chipping with Illamasqua’s formula.

The Glossover

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Charisma

A+
The only flaw here would be the appearance of brush strokes at certain angles. They're very subtle in natural light and slightly more noticeable under flash. The color is rich and opaque in two coats and was easy to apply evenly.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $14.00 (September 6th).

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Dior Graphic Berry is a smidgen lighter and has no shimmer. Essie Size Matters is redder and has no shimmer. Illamasqua Vice is a bit more berry-hued and has a rubberized finish with no shimmer. Dior Apparat is very close, perhaps a smidgen more red and has a subtle golden sheen. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised is similar, slightly more berry-colored, and has no shimmer.

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26 thoughts on “Illamasqua Charisma Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Neha Neha

    Loving it, loving it…LOVING ITT!!

  2. it’s beautiful, but not something i would personally wear..

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    Gorgeous! Nail polish shades like this are my absolute favorite for fall. I love Illamasqua’s nail polish formula so I’ll be getting this as soon as it’s available :D

  4. Beautiful! I might have to look into how much Illamasqua charges for shipping to The Netherlands because I’ve already seen a lot of nail polishes I really like.

  5. This one is really pretty! Love it!

  6. This is a gorgeous color. For some reason though, I have to be in a really specific mood to wear this kind of color in a shimmer. This goes for purples and blues in shimmers too (unless the shimmer is very fine). I’ll wear the same shades in cream finishes any day of the week, though

    • Nicoco Chanel

      I have the same thing about shimmers/creams. But give me anything else that shimmers and sparkles and I’ll be all over it.

  7. Holy crap, that’s amazing! Thanks for the beautiful swatches!

  8. Jennifer

    Ugh, I thought I was going to be taking a polish hiatus but now it seems there might be another spree, including Illamasqua Charisma and Illamasqua Creator!

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    WHAT a colour!!! I’m gnashing my teeth as Illamasqua isn’t available where I live. Not fair!

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Esther Esther

    I love this color *_* illamasqua needs to get their hands out of my bank account.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alison Alison

    I know that this is a dupe for Graphic Berry, but I like this one so much better – the finish and the shimmer just make it that much more special, don’t you think?

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

    Really pretty! Hm, I don’t know what to do now. I prefer Scarab, which, granted, is a totally different type of colour, and just got London Butter’s Chancer which is a brighter red with less plum and more glitter. Though I prefer Chancer, this is really pretty too. But perhaps just not enough to actually buy it over Scarab. Hm.

  13. Super sophisticated colour! So classy love it :)

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Vicky Vicky Carr

    Very beautiful!
    Cristine why you gave 4/5 on packaging?

  15. blueraccoon

    I love deep reds and this is just gorgeous. I love the shimmer, especially.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    It’s not nearly as pink as I’d imagined it would based on the “raspberry” description. This is absolutely gorgeous.

  17. Oooooh, this is right up my alley!

  18. Christy

    Hi Christine –

    Is this similar to any Zoya shades?

    Cheers!