Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright violet purple” and has a shimmer finish. It’s a vibrant violet with a hint of fuchsia both in the base color as well as in the shimmer. The formula was a dream to work with–so pigmented it was nearly opaque in a single coat. It spread evenly across the nail, and the consistency was right on the money, because it wasn’t too thick or thin. I typically get a week’s worth of wear out of Illamasqua’s nail polishes.

I couldn’t think of any really similar shades! The closest I could come up with was Illamasqua Jo’mina, which has a similar brightness but lacks shimmer and is less pink.

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Poke

A+
Such a beautiful color but an even more standout formula -- definitely one of the easiest polishes I've worked with. The color coverage is excellent while the consistency allows the polish to flow evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $14.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

I couldn't think of any really similar shades! The closest I could come up with was Illamasqua Jo'mina, which has a similar brightness but lacks shimmer and is less pink.

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29 thoughts on “Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking. I need this!

  2. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    I love Illamasqua nail color. This is definitely going on my to buy list during Sephora’s FF 2011.

  3. WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous! I think I need to go order this right now!

  4. Mo

    Very pretty purple!

  5. Thats a gorgeous color. And is it wierd that i am so used to looking at diff parts of yr body that i notice yr nails loking longer than usual?

  6. This is a gorgeous color! I actually don’t own any Illamasqua polishes, but this one goes to the top of my list!

  7. This color is fantastic!! I love that it has a bit of pearly shimmer – perfect for those who like cremes but want something more interesting AND those who like shimmers but want something more muted

  8. Gorgeous purple. I’m going to get this one for sure!

  9. Devi

    Hmm, I’m not a fan of shimmer, so I’d choose Jo’mina over this. :)

  10. Avatar of Angela Angela

    What a gorgeous purple! I think it’s great that Illamasqua seems to come out with so many unique shades. I haven’t tried any of their products,but I think it’s time I start.

    How on earth do you always have such a perfect manicure? Do you use a corrector pen after putting the polish on? I was also curious what you use on your nails to keep them so healthy? I know you post polish reviews alot and it seems like the constant removal and re-polishing would damage your nails and yet yours always look so healthy and perfect.

    I guess I need to stop drinking so much coffee before painting my nails because I always end up with polish all over the place and half the time I make such a mess that I end up removing the polish and just going bare.

  11. Rachel

    This is so pretty! Want.

  12. Charlotte

    If you think Illamasqua’s formula is great you should try A-England – it literally applies itself!

  13. I’m in love with this colour, it is so beautiful!!

  14. Jessica

    That color is absolutely gorgeous. I wish a lipstick came in this color!

    Christine, what do you use to keep your manicures from chipping?

  15. Ashley

    Wow! What a beautiful color…and it seems to me that bright grapey-blue-purple is so hard to find! This looks like the nailpolish version of Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow. Looks fabulous. :)

  16. WANT!!!! :D Thanks for posting this, I’ve been on the edge with this one, but your pics have tipped the balance! As soon as it is available on Sephora.com, I will be picking it up! :)

  17. malia

    Wow that is really, really gorgeous.!

  18. Lady Slatternly

    Looks very similar to RBL Scrangie, at least in that last picture– purple with a strong teal flash.

  19. Tia

    Such a beautiful colour! I with I could find Illamasqua in Canada.

  20. Aileen

    My, my, what a beautiful purple nail polish!

  21. Diane

    Gorgeous!
    I need to find somewhere in Canada to get illamasqua.
    I’m always so impressed by how their products look, and I’m just dying to try them.

  22. Sam

    How do you feel like this compares to Coconut Kiss by China Glaze? Thanks Christine! This is a beautiful color. :)

  23. wow thats one mighty off-centre label LOL
    beautiful colour though!! wish they sold illamasqua near me!

  24. Vale

    It’s stunning! O.O why, why Illamasqua polishes are so wonderful? (and aren’t available in Italy??? [banghead] )

  25. palaginghuli

    I was wondering how this compares to a-england avalon. The color is similar.