Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “cement grey” with a cream finish. It’s a gorgeous shade of gray that doesn’t lean brown–it’s that perfect shade of gray skies. There’s a tinge of blue in it, but it’s very subtle and only picked up in really bright, direct light. Zoya’s Dove was the closest shade I could think of, but it leans browner–less blue.

The formula was exactly what I expect of Illamasqua: excellent. It’s thick without being goopy, so it delivers amazing color coverage–almost opaque in a single coat, though I did two here. It flows evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking. I typically get a week of wear without minimal tip wear with Illamasqua’s polishes.

The Glossover



It's a permanent shade in their line-up, but it would work so well for fall, as we gear up for cooler weather, cloudier skies, and settle into some of the more muted but lush shades of the season.











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Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $14.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Zoya's Dove was the closest shade I could think of, but it leans browner--less blue.

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28 thoughts on “Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I really love this shade :) Too bad we cant buy Illamasqua here in Finland
    If we could Id definitely would buy this one 😀

    • Violet

      Illamasqua ship worldwide, so you should be able to order it from their online store! I’m in Norway, and have ordered from them.

  2. I think Essie polish in Chinchilly is a verrry close match! Maybe check that out :)

  3. Marieke

    Ah, it looks like the Dutch sky in the summer.

  4. Jezi

    This is my favorite grey nail polish ever. I love it to death, very worth it. <3

    • I love Illamasqua polishes in general. If I had to pick one brand for the rest of my life… Illamasqua. Worth the extra money, IMO.

  5. Excellent!! I’ve been in the mood for some serious grey polishes, and I think I might pick this one up soon. 😀 I love Illamasqua.

  6. A little to blue grey for my taste, but it’s pretty

  7. amanda

    reminds me of MAC’s on the prowl.. love it. pure grey polishes are difficult to find!

  8. DalaLuz

    O no, this shade reminds me to much of the summer we’ve been having over here… I can’t remember what color the sky is supposed to be…

  9. DalaLuz

    And yes, it is still a very pretty nail varnish:-) But seriously: can somebody ask the clouds to give the sun back?

  10. I own Zoya’s Dove, but I would consider buying this one, too. I would definitely look nicer with my complexion.

  11. meme

    Major fan of this shade. This might be my first Illumenesque polish I finally get. I have to watch my pennies however as have major surgery coming up in Oct with my huge share to pay as well as 1 month of Residency Inn charges so I stay in the area post op per MD orders. But maybe I can sneak in another order from Sephora between now and then. It’s not the right shade I need to get however for Sept Ovarian Cancer Awareness. I am on a major hunt for the right teal/aqual for their shade.

  12. meme

    AWAK – must be coming out later? It’s not on the Sephora web site.

    • meme

      Ooops spoke too soon – it’s there only on a gray color dot and description says CEMENT GRAY! It’s so not that. The blue really is coming through over the gray. I would never buy it not having see this swatch! I hate color chips!

  13. Christine, your nails are looking long and beautiful!!!

  14. braveviet

    it looks like Wet cement from Sally Hansen

  15. Solangel

    I have a Bettina one that looks EXACTLY like this one! It’s only 1$ and it lasts forever 😀

  16. Christine

    This looks like essies Chinchilly polish! very cute

  17. Danny

    I’m wearing a very similar shade to this right now. It’s by NYC Color and it’s called Sidewalkers.

  18. Violet

    Why 4/5 on the packaging?

  19. Sofia

    I have this shade and I love it so much!! Plus it’s almost perfect in one coat and lasts for a week as you’ve said.

  20. she’s beautiful! maybe she belongs on my wishlist…