Monday, June 29th, 2009

Illamasqua: Nail Varnishes

Everybody’s been talking about new UK brand Illamasqua, and for good reason–it’s not just hype. For now, let’s talk about their Nail Varnish (£12.50 for 15ml) — I tried out Phallic, which is a rich, deep dark midnight-blue with silver-blue glitter; and Loella, which is a subtle bubblegum pink with fuchsia-pink shimmer. Both shades went on smoothly and opaque with two medium thick coats. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to work with, and I loved how glittery Phallic was without making the texture feel gritty. There’s gotta be at least ten more colors I want to try now!

See swatches

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51 thoughts on “Illamasqua: Nail Varnishes in Phallic and Loella Photos, Swatches, Reviews

  1. Nunu

    Love them! Where do they sell them in the states?

  2. Nicole15

    I love Phallic. Such an amazing color. Def. a bit envious of the UK ladies (& gents) who get to enjoy this amazing brand. I know i could order online, but I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I can justify the int’l shipping on top of the prices since the brand is a bit expensive. Maybe one day they’ll come across the pond. :)

    • I do believe they are working on getting over to the states, Nicole ;) I know how you feel about international shipping. I’m such a cheapskate when it comes to shipping – domestic or international!

  3. Sherona

    love these colourssss!!!!!

  4. Sass

    I want this in black. Richie Nickel says that this polish stays on and doesn’t come off…meaning it lasts long. He was wearing it for a week and barely any cracks. I want it! Too bad I’m not in the UK. I’ll wait it out. :(

  5. Wilcoa

    Those colors are beautiful, especially the blue. Wish they had them in stores to check out over here.

  6. gio

    love those colors, they’re beautiful!

  7. Yvette

    If you of you guys are makeup artist, you are intitled to 40% off of their products…

  8. DJ

    I have the nail varnish in a flesh colour, it is lovely…

  9. Rio

    Oh, I love the blue! I hate the color name though. haha

  10. cloudburst

    The pink is really pretty.

  11. Mikki

    I’m craving for the blue one <333

  12. Susan

    They named it phallic?! Oh dear, I see that Nars has competition for the most err.. delightful shade names… haha. But then, I suppose at least its more subtle than something like ‘orgasm’…

    They are very pretty shades however, I’m developing a major lemming for this brand!

  13. Tatiana

    Ewww Phallic…I’d love to try their lip products though!

  14. Hey Christine! I have Baptiste and it’s amazing!! But you have me wanting Loella and I’m not that much of a pink girl!

  15. Mariana

    Is phallic similar to Chanel’s Vendetta?

  16. Leah

    phallic looks like UD goddess in a nail polish, beautiful!

  17. Wow, these colors are amazing! I love how highly pigmented they are. The phallic is gorgeous, and it definitely has a glamorous touch to it as well. Loella would be a perfect color for the summer picnics along with a pretty sundress! I can’t wait to see what more colors this brand has, thanks for the review!

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  18. lisa

    I love how these look i have to try them!

  19. Miss QQ

    Stunning. I’m in love with Loella.

  20. Well, that’s a silly name for nail polish… xD

  21. Rachel

    Ooh the polishes are very pretty.

  22. Loella is such a pretty color!

  23. caitlyn

    illamasqua, according to pursebuzz.com will be sold at sephora stores very soon :)!