Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection: Radium

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish (£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “acidic lime, shimmer finish” shade, which is new for the Toxic Nature collection. It’s a beautiful neon chartreuse green with yellow undertones and iridescent green and chartreuse micro-shimmer. Though currently only available through Illamasqua directly, it should make its way to Sephora next month.

my thoughts on the formula: Illamasqua’s formula is richly pigmented, smooth, and easy to apply. It’s a thicker formula but not gloppy. I did notice very slight brush strokes in the finish under really bright light. Radium is almost opaque in one coat, though I swatched with two for good measure. I get a full week of wear with Illamasqua Nail Varnishes with minimal tip wear and no chips.

The Glossover



I have a thing for chartreuse, and I absolutely love this particular shade of chartreuse and think it is a perfect shade to rock as summer approaches.











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Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Radium? How much is it?

Illamasqua, £13.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Zoya Mitzi is similar, without the shimmer finish.

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43 thoughts on “Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. lauren

    i am in love!!!! i have to get this color!!! i adore Illamasqua nail polishes and this seems like a perfect bright color for summer!!!! Sooo mine!!!

  2. This is now on my list of things I have to get my hands on!

  3. Oooh..bright..like it on your nails…doubt itll look that good on mine..

  4. snm

    I thought that i would be hating such colour but it looks strangely gorgeous..maybe because the iridiscent glow adds much to it.

  5. Heather

    Oh I WANT! I just never spend that much on polish :( I’m a CG/OPI girl

  6. I really like it! but seems like a color difficult to pull off!

  7. Suzanne

    Is this a recent release? I should think it is pretty insensitive to come out with a colour called Radium so close after Japan’s disasters.

    • This was released a few weeks prior, but more importantly, launches are planned months, even a year or longer, out!

      • Elaine

        Radium is an element and a city. Japan’s nuclear disasters are with radioactive iodine and plutonium. I don’t think it’s insensitive whatsoever…

        • Brittany

          2nd, the word “Radium” has absolutely nothing to do with Japan…at all. I have no idea how some people take everything so sensitively.

    • April

      It’s just a nail polish color name….

  8. Laura

    That is hot. I’m going to have to stop biting my nails for this!

  9. That’s really toxic!It’s pretty,but I’m not into green-yellow nail polish.I prefer the Gammma Neon Orange.

  10. That’s one beautiful baby… I wish it were mine <3

  11. I usually don’t like neons and brights for nail polish, but for some reason this is really working for me! It’s surprisingly flattering for a chartreuse, too, since I often think these yellow-green colors make one’s skin look dingy. I think it’s that shimmer finish that really does it for me :)

  12. Lindsey D

    As soon as I saw it I thought of Mitzi, but I don’t know which one I like better! I wish I knew someone who was into these sorts of shades so I could talk them into buying it and then try it out ^.^

  13. alison

    I want this to wear under Black Mesh

  14. What a gorgeous colour. I’m more of a pink/red/coral nailpolish kind of girl but I love chartreuse so I will probably get this colour.

  15. Very Wicked, I love it!

  16. Cora

    This is on my “must have” list. I bought a cheap dupe to make due until it arrives at Sephora.

  17. boompsie

    that’s funny – i have a thing for chartreuse too – and this is awesome, might have to get it!

  18. Betsy

    OMG I love this color…it will look awesome with a tan!!!!!!!!! Bring on summer!

  19. woah pretty *__* I love that color, especially with that microshimmer

  20. Katrice

    I can’t wait to pick this and Bacterium up in April. They will be my first Illamasqua purchase, and I am so excited. I am gonna rock so much acid green this summer, lol.

  21. Cherry

    This is an awesome color. I remember either Hard Candy or Urban Decay had a similar color back in the 1990s which of course I loved. I will definitely be getting this!

  22. Rebecca

    Love this! I think this and Gamma may have to be my first Illamasqua polishes. Hurry up and get to Sephora already!

  23. Kelly C.

    That is one fierce color, love it!

  24. kfm

    I swear I’ve been having dreams about this lipstick since I first saw it on the Illamasqua web site. Thank you for confirming everything I’d imagined about it! I do hope I can find a way to get this, since Sephora in Canada doesn’t carry Illamasqua and ordering from their web site is really costly!

  25. Christine, if you ever have a daughter you should name her Chartreuse! Haha!

  26. Sam

    Wow it’s really similar to my Sally hansen green with envy polish!

  27. Pretty! I really like Illamasqua polishes they’re so bright

  28. I love this! I’ve been looking for a perfect chartreuse lately. I’m not sure how it will look on my NW20 skin but I still am brave enough to try :) Any other chartreuse nail polish suggestions? Thanks Christine!

  29. Tiffany S

    I love it but I can’t bring myself to spend that much for nail polish!

  30. lisa

    where can i purchase zoya nailpolish online?

  31. Brittany

    I cannot WAIT until this hits Sephora, will be mine!

  32. Helen

    This question is directed to Christine, and anyone else living in the US who has ordered from http://www.illamasqua.com. How was the service, and how long did it take for them to get their merchandise? I’m always leery about ordering from little-know sites, especially from overseas.

  33. Elaine

    Just bought/wore this color for the first time and I love it!
    I just LOVE Illmasqua!