Monday, March 10th, 2014

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, sunshine yellow gold with gold micro-glitter and glitter. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is metallic. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. China Glaze Lighthouse (LE, $7.50) is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is less glittery. Zoya Solange (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade is exclusive to Bloomingdale’s, and it’s supposed to have a “Shattered Stars” formula/finish, but it was like glue. I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered such a thick polish before. I was more than a little surprised that it didn’t look like gluey, gloppy awfulness on the nails, as it actually looked half-decent, but it was noticeably thick. It was fairly opaque in a single coat but two are necessary for fully opaque color. It’s a gorgeous color, but something went very awry with the consistency, which made application more difficult, and you have to be really, really careful with how you place your hand as you wait for it to dry (which takes forever). I typically get a week or more out of Illamasqua’s formula.

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4/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

3/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3/5

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Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
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Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

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25 thoughts on “Illamasqua Perfuzzi Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Looking at your nails it really looks fine, so strange that the formula was so thick and difficult to work with.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Wwendy Wwendalynne

    So rare for Illamasqua to fail on a polish. Nice colour, but I can see the thickness.

  3. Such a cool shade, but too bad the formula was so thick!

  4. Thanks, though pretty I guess we should all pass on this one!
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  5. What a shame, the shade looks really nice but if it doesnt perform its a no go.

  6. I’m not a fan of that shade of yellow! Hard to wear!
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  7. Pretty shade, too bad about the formula.

  8. Hm, reminds me of some of the Butter London glitters I’ve tried…beautiful but kind of goopy! It is a lovely sparkly gold, but maybe not unique enough to justify the struggle…
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  9. Katie

    I’m always so impressed with your ability to make poorly performing products look so good! That being said, there is too much nail polish in the world to mess with one that is this hard to apply.

  10. I don’t like the color, or the thickness.

  11. Do you think maybe you got a dud? It’s such a pretty color! Such a shame!

    • It’s possible, but it’s not what I would assume. It makes excuses for the brand, which is something I avoid doing (my job is to err on the side of the reader/customer, not the brand), you know? It’s not the only Illamasqua polish I’ve had trouble with in regards to consistency.

  12. It looks absolutely stunning to me. If I were to buy it, I’d put thinner in it and see if it improved, because I can’t handle polishes that take too long to dry.
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