Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described simply as “bright fuchsia pink.” It’s almost neon; it’s exceedingly bright and vibrant, but there’s something in the finish that holds it back from being a true neon. Obsess is a bright fuchsia pink with an underlying hint of violet with a cream finish. Urban Decay Miss T is similar but appears purpler. It’s purpler compared to Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee, though.

Illamasqua’s formula is three-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, or toulene), and it wears a full week on me with very minor tip wear (and no chipping). The consistency of Obsess is phenomenal; perfectly balanced between thin and thick that it flows to the edges of the nail with ease and does so evenly. It’s opaque in nearly one coat (I used two for swatches).

P.S. — I have no idea why the stickers on some of my Illamasqua bottles are wonky; I’ll take that minor inconvenience because of the stellar formula, though.

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Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish