Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish

A Magical Cauldron of Silver Sparkle

Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “magical black.” It’s safe to say that’s a very apt description; it’s a gorgeous deep, dark black cream with large silver sparkles–that seem to be in an almost rectangular shape. NARS Night Breed is very nearly the same–I really can’t tell the difference. China Glaze Tinsel town has a lot more silver sparkle/glitter, so it looks more like a silver glitter with a black base than black with silver shimmer/sparkle.

Creator is opaque in two coats, and there’s plenty of sparkle with every coat. It scatters in an “even” way–you don’t have to worry about the bits of sparkle getting clumped up on one side or anything like that. As anticipated, the formula was a breeze to work with. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread evenly, easily, and fluidly without pooling along the sides or bubbling. The drying time was average, and the finish was naturally shiny. One of the reasons why Illamasqua’s formula ranks tops in my books is because it wears like iron. I’m always reaching for an Illamasqua shade when I go traveling, because I know it’s not going to chip and even the tip wear is so, so minor. I’ve worn several shades for as long as 14 days!

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Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Creator Nail Varnish