Monday, May 16th, 2011

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon orange.” They really mean neon, too, because this is a medium-dark, neon orange–it’s traffic cone orange, construction orange, whatever you want to call it–it’s bright and in-your-face orange. It’s opaque in nearly one coat, though I did two for swatches, and it dries to this pleather-like finish–a little shiny, kind of matte, but not quite.  The finish reminded me of Orly’s Plastix, though Gamma is more neon and deeper than Orly’s Old School Orange.  Illamasqua’s formula is richly pigmented, smooth, and easy to apply.  I typically get a full week of wear with Illamasqua Nail Varnishes with minimal tip wear and no chips.

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If you love your neons, Gamma is an excellent orange to put on your list. The polish flows so well, coverage is phenomenal, and it wears beautifully.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Gamma? How much is it?

Sephora, $14.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Orly Old School Orange is not quite as neon, plus a little lighter, but it is similar.

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22 thoughts on “Illamasqua Gamma Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. victoria

    this color is gorgeous!

  2. Avatar of Emily Emily O.

    I’ve got this one too, I just live this collection so so much. I was having a cogitate over other commenters being turned off by the Bacterium polish because if it’s name. Well clearly this collection is geared towards a certain aesthetic , not meant to appeal to everyone. I’m in the included demographic. In Moby Dick, I’m the one rooting for Nature to fight back- Ahab be hanged. Tangent aside, this was a creative, thoughtful and cohesive collection and Gamma only serves to further illustrate this. P.S. Shout out to my helpful Bacteria!

    • daylami

      There was some acidophilus pearl company a little while back that was giving away a shirt reading “I <3 BACTERIA". I wanted it!

  3. Sam

    Amazing. I just died.

  4. Mellie

    whoooaa look at that color! it screams summer =)
    my type of color- I LOVE illamasqua nail polishes!!!!!!!!

  5. Wow, it’s such a gorgeous color but I had to “leave it” because it would never work on me!

  6. This is such a pretty, juicy orange. I like polishes that remind me of orange lollipops. :)

  7. Wow, that is ORANGE!

  8. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    Oooh I love it! I was debating orange polishes for this year and ended up buying Dior Aloha but I may have to bite the bullet and get this one too!

  9. Dana

    This looks gorgeous! I don’t think this will work with my skin though :( Oh well…

  10. Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

    I love this colour but I often find oranges darken a little when i wear them.

  11. Shayna

    Not related to this post, but just wanted to say how AWESOME the new mobile site looks!!!! Makes reading on my blackberry so much easier!!! Love it!!

  12. Ahh orange! This year I spent lots of money on you.

  13. Jazz

    YUMMMM!! I love it , but I am leaving it due to the price. Nail polish is not something I like to spend a lot of money on.

  14. Proenza

    Very nice, but Dior’s ALOHA seems too perfect to replicate!

  15. Marieke

    I love it! It’s so pretty… Unfortunately, here in the Netherlands, bright orange is the national color. So if I’d where it, everyone thinks I’m supporting our soccer team.. Or I’m a royalty geek.. Or way too patriotic.
    Too bad.

  16. Avatar of Heidi Heidi S.

    Awesome! It’s nice and summery!

  17. The color is gorgeous – but I’m going to leave it – to bold for me.

  18. meme

    Too neon bright orange for me. I have Essie Braziliant orange (semi pearl) I bought from the summer 2011 collection and I think that will hold me on my orange needs for a time now to come.

  19. Shalimar

    I love it. Such an in your face color.