Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

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.

The Glossover

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Obsess

A+
Illamasqua's formula is one of my favorites, and Obsess is absolutely superb. Great color payoff, perfect consistency, and easy application make this a must-have polish!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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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

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $14.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Urban Decay Miss T is similar but appears purpler. It's purpler compared to Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee, though.

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20 thoughts on “Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Tania

    Yep, I was already lemming this and now it’s shot right to the top of the ‘omg must have now’ list!

  2. MORENA

    Hah! I have this nail polish already.

  3. MORENA

    This shade is easy to dupe, so I would save the $14 and shop around.
    One illamasqua nail polish that is worth buying is Collide. Its a very hot, neon pink. great summer, or poolside nailpolish color.

  4. wow it’s awesome, love it!

  5. JoElla

    What a pretty color. It is bright, but not ‘OHMYGAWD I NEED SUNGLASSES’ bright.
    Looking at the color in the bottle I would pass, seeing it actually swatched on nails, makes me want to try actually try it.

  6. Shannon

    Dupe? Barbie pink comes to mind…

  7. Adelita

    Niceeeeeeee….!!!!
    Right after Gamma, Obsess is my favorite!

  8. if anyone has this nail varnish, and China Glaze’s Purple Panic, would you be able to compare the two please and see if that is a potential dupe? they look incredibly similar in online swatches and unfortunately I don’t have an Illamasqua counter anywhere near me, where I could do my own comparison.
    thank you! :)

  9. Sarah M

    It’s amazing. This is one of my favourite nail polishes ever. :-)

  10. Jackie Billing

    Love the color!! Is wonky a technical term? Love it!!! We know what you mean!

  11. Madeline

    Christine, your nails are so beautiful! Can you think of a lipstick in the same color?

      • Genevieve

        The ones that I think come closest are Urban Decay’s Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Crush, Shiseido’s PK331 – Divine, Collection 2000′s Pink Shock, and Covergirl’s Powder Puff Pink. Sadly, the only one I can pull off is Crush :(

  12. Illamasqua’s formula is my favorite, so I’ll be heading out to get this!

  13. Avatar of Jenn Jenn Jenn

    My labels are often wonky on my Illamasqua polishes. I order them online from Sephora.

  14. teresa cristina mendes

    quero muito comprar este esmalte, por favor mande para meu endere├žo.

  15. Avatar of Lacey liveforlove13

    does anybody else hate illamasquas formula?