Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Force ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep electric blue.” It’s a really rich, cornflower blue with a creamy finish, and it even has a faint purpleness to it. It almost looks purple in certain lighting–more royal blue than electric blue to me! Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is similar but bluer. Essie Declare Your Denim is a bit darker and bluer.

It’s opaque in two coats, and like many Illamasqua shades, the formula is excellent; the polish flows across the nail easily, doesn’t streak or bubble, and never feels too thick. Illamasqua is one of the longest wearing polishes on me; I can wear their formula for ten days or longer and only have minimal tip wear, which is just barely on the edges. When I travel, I often reach for an Illamasqua shade, because I know it will hold up to the vigors of traveling.

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Force

A+
This is such a vibrant shade of blue that even though it leans cool-toned, it will work well on both cool and warm complexions. It has a lot of depth, even though it's a cream, and the excellent wear makes it even better!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua  Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua  Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $14.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is similar but bluer. Essie Declare Your Denim is a bit darker and bluer.

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27 thoughts on “Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Gorgeous colour, looks absolutely flawless. Jude

  2. Wow, this is such an amazing colour. I have never seen anything like it before. Illamasqua did it again!

  3. This looks like it went on beautifully! No streaks, and fully opaque!

  4. Paige

    This is so beautiful!!

  5. Did you try it with topcoat? I found that the colour changed when I put seche vite on it! Gorgeous swatches as always, thanks for posting.

    • It didn’t change for me, but I don’t use Seche Vite – I used Zoya’s Armor :)

      • Mairyn

        Ditto, when I use top coat it darkens! :(
        Also I’ve found that top coat drags the colour and makes weird swirls in it. I’m quite puzzled by this so I tried applying top coat really lightly – same result, only milder – so I tried a different top coat but same result! I tried Nubar Diamont and Essie Good to Go. Any thoughts as to why this would happen?

        (Sorry if this comment appears twice; my browser stuffed up. Also I want to note that I did ensure I waited several minutes after my final coat of colour to add top coat)

  6. Nora

    One of my favorite polishes ever! The color, name and packaging remind me so much of the Tardis, LOL.

  7. Oh my, that really is blue! It makes me think of a brighter OPI Dating A Royal.

  8. Ashley

    This looks like Essie Mesmerize to me. Very pretty color.

  9. Looks a lot like Essie mezmerize which I LOVE

  10. Lucinda

    How does it compare to Badger of Butter london?

  11. Joanna

    I am so in love with this nail varnish color

  12. Leslie

    My dream nailpolish is a super electric royal blue and this is the closest color I’ve been able to find (the other being Kiko Milano 336, only available overseas). So I caved and bought it during Sephora’s FF sale, but when I got my package it was a medium dark, murky bluish gray color. I don’t know if I got a bad batch or something but it went back right away…looked NOTHING like it does in these pictures. Gorgeous though…hopefully next time I try to buy it, the color will look right.

  13. MiMaWoo

    Gorgeous color! Love it!

  14. Wow! So beautiful! I need this now!!

  15. Mel

    It’s most gorgeous with Prism nail polish on top. It practically glows then.

  16. leynette

    essie’s mezmerised reminds me of this color, very beautiful

  17. Annie

    Is this similar to Essie “mesmerize?” I have that nail polish and it looks as if it can be a good dupe :)