Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “speckled tan.” It’s a light-medium beige brown cream base color paired with small black glitter and larger, hexagon-shaped black glitter. Zoya Minka is a lighter, more beige-hued color. It was the only shade that came to mind that might be similar to the base color of Freckle (and it’s not close).

Like the other shades in the speckled family, it was a breeze to apply and work with.  The color coverage was fully opaque after two coats, but one coat still had a surprising amount of opacity.  It flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges, bubbling, or streaking.  I didn’t have any streaking on the first coat with this shade, though it was not too surprising given it is not nearly as light or pastel as the other colors in the range.  I usually find that Illamasqua’s polish wears exceptionally well on me with ten to fourteen days of wear with minimal tip wear but no chipping.

The Glossover

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product

Freckle

A+
This is definitely a love it or leave it kind of shade; it's definitely not a traditional shade we see for spring. The formula was great, so if you're in the love it camp, you have something unique and high quality available to you.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $16.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Zoya Minka is a lighter, more beige-hued color. It was the only shade that came to mind that might be similar to the base color of Freckle (and it's not close).

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40 thoughts on “Illamasqua Freckle Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hmm… Can’t decide whether I’m on the love it or leave it group. It’s very unique but I don’t know if it would flatter my skintone.

  2. Too tan for me :( Maybe if I had a more olive-y skin tone

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Aida Aida

    wow, this one looks terrible. The base color is very unattractive…

  4. L

    Ahhhh, I love all of these so much! The purple and blue are sold out on sephora already D’8. I’m on a no-buy and so it’s really hard for me to justify it! But it’s so cute, and springy and easter egg looking. Maybe some lower end brands will try and replicate it. But I love the formulation of Ilamasqua.

  5. Moni

    OMG. Reminds me of quail eggs!

  6. Laurie

    I’m wearing it since yesterday! Such an elegant shade!

  7. Ooh, now this one, I don’t like :/ I think it’s actually rather interesting on the nail, but it looks kind of — mouldy? In the bottle? Surely I can’t be the only one who feels this way! :P

  8. I’m in the love it camp! I though the pastel shades were too easter-y looking for my taste, but I really like this. It’s so unexpected and different!

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Holly HOLLY

    Noway! It looks like blackheads on my nose.

  10. Definitely one of the more unique shades I’ve ever seen! I can’t tell if I think it’s plain ugly or so-ugly-it’s-cute

  11. mika zee

    i like this one, it’s one of those so ugly it ends up looking cool shades.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of georginaE Georgina Georgina

    Love them all!!! So cute and Easter appropriate :)

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of georginaE Georgina Georgina

    I love them all!!! they are so pretty and Easter appropriate.

  14. Interesting color. I wonder how this would look on me.

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth Liz

    Ahmygosh I’m in love with this line of polishes! This does remind me of quail eggs too :P

  16. Mariko

    Hard Candy came out with the candy sprinkles polish collection very similar to this polish. The HC pastel candy colors are actually really unique and nice although there’s no size variety of the glitter in it, just one size.

  17. Stephanie

    Oh yucky! :( Looks like burnt scrambled eggs with black pepper. I feel like the yellow could have been more pastel like and less burnt yellow.

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laura TygerKitty

    This reminds me of a speckled egg shell… very interesting! I think it would look horrible with my complexion but I like the uniqueness!

  19. Ana

    It looks like if fingernails are suddenly ill. Not a pretty color.

  20. omg, I love this so much!!!!! I would put on a mattifier over this. I love nail polish that looks like interesting stones, and this TOTALLY fits into that category.

  21. Olivia

    I would totally wear this! I’m a hippie and love weird off beat colors.

  22. MERI

    omg holy malted eggs batman :O

  23. Heather Warren

    I think it’s pretty, but it looks like it should be on a kitchen counter.

  24. Gigie

    I’ll be honest. When I saw the picture of the bottle on the review, I thought the color was butt-ugly. But, the nail swatch looks much nicer. I like the Illamasqua speckle polishes, but the price is a little too high for me. Since I already have colors similar to some of the base colors, I’m just going to but “Black Polka Dot” by Nubar and create my own.

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Anita Anita

    these look like those weird asian noodles…

  26. I love all of the polishes in this collection. This shade, though, looks like it would be too yellow for my skin tone. If it were more cream or more brown, it would flatter me more. But the overall effect makes me love it.

  27. Amber

    Looks like dinosaur eggs! :D

  28. Such an interesting shade! Definitely not my favorite of the ones we’ve seen (the mint green and pink are my favorite!) but it really is unique and catches the eye!

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    Cookie Dough! Yum! I don’t get the “gross” comments at all…>snort<

  30. Rachel W.

    this is so ugly that i need it

  31. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Andrea Andrea

    This is the one I chose from the collection and it is really wonderful. Very classic, but with a twist. A pest to remove, though.

  32. Eww. D; The base color looks like vomit. I’d like it a lot better if it was a more pastel yellow.

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Karana Karana

    Can’t decide if I like your ring more than the nail polish LOL! BOTH are super cute!

  34. LuxLosAngeles

    I ADORE it! I’m getting my acrylic fill tomorrow morning, but I think I’ll buy it afterward, for my next appointment! Love love!! :)