Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright jade” with a glossy finish. It’s a vibrant aqua-green with just a little too much green and aqua in it to be a true mint green. It’s like the lightest, brightest jade. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is much, much lighter. MAC Peppermint Patti is the closest shade I could think of, though it’s not as bright. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is bluer.

Illamasqua makes one of my favorite polish formulas, not just because the formula itself is excellent with impeccable wear (it’s one of the longest-wearing formulas on me–I’ve literally wore a color for 10-14 days with minor tip wear), but they often set and create trends and do so at a much more palatable price point than some higher-end brands like MAC, NARS, Dior, Chanel, and so forth.  Nomad is no exception.  I wore this shade for seven days with barely any tip wear and no chipping.

Nomad turns opaque in two coats, and the formula is a dream to work with–not too thick or too thin.  It flowed fluidly across the nail and yielded even color, though it did take a little longer to dry than the average polish.  The finish is slightly glossy, but I’d still recommend using a shiny top coat for a truly glossy finish.

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Nomad

A+
Nomad is a gorgeous shade that's appropriate for both spring and summer (though, perhaps, an edgy spring shade!). The formula is every bit as lovely to work with as the color is.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $14.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is much, much lighter. MAC Peppermint Patti is the closest shade I could think of, though it's not as bright. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is bluer.

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36 thoughts on “Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy Amy

    So pretty! ^-^ Like the older sister of mint.

  2. It’s a beautiful colour, but not one that would look good with my skin tone unfortunatly..

  3. I want this as Essie Turquoise & Caicos and me didn’t get along when applying it. lol

  4. Diosa

    Part of me wishes there was some subtle shimmer in there– then it’d be the perfect summer toe color.

  5. Eda Sofroni

    I just bought this from Sephora a few days ago and I’m so glad that it’s not a disappointment. It’s my first Illamasqua polish and it was not cheap lol

  6. Rita

    I just put this on!

  7. I NEED this nail polish, it’s gorgeous x

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Malia Malia

    So beautiful…. so Jade!

  9. MORENA

    How close is it to china glaze for audrey??

  10. Sarah

    that is absolutely gorgeous!!

  11. Wow, that is just amazing! Still not ready to take the plunge on an illamasqua polish, but I think I might soon, always amazing.. Thanks for the review!

  12. beachgal

    A whole new way to wear brights with the 2 new releases from Illamasqua. Loving it and the shade released with it, Stance

  13. Kimmie

    This is not limited edition, correct?

  14. Jamie

    I compared Orly Mint Mojito with Nomad last week and they were not identical but VERY VERY close!!

  15. Coco

    I love this color! I need it!! I feel like I have similar things already (like many mint shades) so the purchase wouldn’t be justified, but like you said it’s slightly different from mint. It’s deeper and more aqua/turquoise-like.

  16. NatalieK

    Christine, I wish you had reviewed this last week so I could have snagged it with the VIB discount! Oh well, I’m still gonna get it anyways, haha!

  17. Julia

    Love this! I find that because mint is such a trend, in a couple seasons I won’t like to still wear it (both polish and attire) but this is something that is close enough to still be on trend but last until the bottle runs out! Making this my first Illamasqua purchase for sure ^^

  18. Jo

    I would still rock that nail polish for Spring. ;)

  19. I really like this color on you! Thanks for sharing your awesome swatches :>

  20. Jenny

    Gorgeous color! Reminds me a lot of my Eyeko Vintage nail polish, such a shame they don´t make nail polishes anymore, because the colors were so pretty and cheap! :(

  21. Stephanie t-p

    Ahh I love this color!!
    Christine, if you read this could you consider doing a review on illamasqua load?

  22. Camila Cavalcanti

    I’m totally in a mint fase, loved it

  23. Melanie Richards

    Wearing a similar color….Love it!!

  24. Santacruz Celeste

    There are a lot of duplicates out there! I’ll save some money!

  25. Yen

    Lovely color! I didn’t think I would want it at first because it looks similiar to other minty greens. Once I saw it in person I had to have it. It practically glowed on the new display! It’s definitely more green/aqua than any mint shade I’ve seen. ‘Thanks for the review! I love how you always have a consistent amount of photos for your polish reviews.

  26. Fra

    If you live in Italy, Germany, France, Spain or UK, you could find a dupe of this shade in Kiko Nail Polish number 389 :)

  27. Kyu

    Thank you, your review had me totally convinced!
    Thanks for talking about the application, how it compared to other brands and dupes… It’s fantastic how comprehensive you are and the information is well-structured and easy to read too