Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer (£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer light grey” with a jelly finish. I loved this shade from the moment I applied it; this was actually my nail color of choice when I went to NYC for Fashion Week this past September (it had been raining quite a bit, so it seemed totally appropriate). It’s a semi-sheer, light stormy gray with flakes of light gray shimmer. I used two coats for swatches, and as expected, you can see the nail line, but I have worn it with three and four coats, and it is more opaque at that level. I couldn’t think of anything like this shade.

Illamasqua’s formula is one of my top five favorites, because it wears like iron. I wore Raindrops for my trip, which means I was nowhere near nice or delicate with my nails, as I was hauling heavy luggage and heavier camera equipment over a week. I didn’t even end up removing the polish for ten days after I had applied it, and there was hardly tip wear, like just barely. The formula has a great consistency so it flows evenly across the nail bed, and it’s not thick at all, so if you prefer more opaque color, you can easily wear three or four coats without compromising the integrity of the wear.

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Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

It's a great shade to wear during the fall/winter and even into spring, as it's light but stormy, and the name is totally appropriate during the rainy seasons! The wear is fantastic; no chips, barely any tip wear!











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Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer

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Illamasqua, £13.50.

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I couldn't think of any!

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31 thoughts on “Illamasqua Raindrops Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. divinem (Melissa)

    I’m hopeful that Sephora will add this color. It’s a cool grey, which looks great with my skin tone. Thanks for the review, Christine!

  2. Lumi

    OMG, I’m loving this color! I’ve been wanting more gray nail polishes too. This color is subtle, but sparkly and pretty. ^^

  3. rowan

    reminds me so much of raindrops :)

  4. The color is lovely on you, but it’s not my cup of tea. I’m saving up for Scarab. :)

  5. malia

    Wow, I’ve never seen this one, but it looks phenomenal!! Love it!

  6. Vick

    A grey jelly???? with gray FLAKES? I need this! It looks fantastic!

  7. PJ

    I find that you have to be really careful with the pale colors of blue , gray and green. Sometimes, instead of looking glamorous, they just make you look cyanotic!

  8. M.

    I adore this shade. So clean and beautiful!

  9. I have Illamasqua Spartan – a gold glitter polish and I love it. Brilliant shine, unbelievable hold, multi dimensional glitter. Every Illamasqua nail polish is a winner. I might try this one, too.

  10. E

    This color is gorgeous. The flakes make it look like a rain cloud! I’m in love hahah

  11. Hisa

    Grey jelly?! Ahh I love this! Must find!

  12. Jennifer

    wow this is an amazing color! i want it!

  13. Kira

    Raindrops is my favorite “palate cleanser” nail polish. When I’ve had too much glitter, duochrome, or neon, I reach for this one. It’s like lemon sorbet between courses of a rich meal–light, wonderful, and refreshing.

  14. I only have one word for this polish: AMAZING! Illamasqua makes the best nail polishes in my opinion

  15. Kellie

    I love how Illamasqua isn’t afraid to give us crazy colours. This is amazing!

  16. Jessie

    It’s such a unique color and I love to hear when the formula of expensive np is actually worth the price *ahem* Chanel.

  17. Veronica

    Whoa, that was totally not what I was expecting out of the bottle.

    It’s better. 😀

  18. Karina

    It’s pretty, but I’m not crazy about it.

  19. Violet

    Gaw-juss. Would this be good for layering over other greys, or completely different colours?

  20. They are wonderful polishes – very good quality and amazing colours. What are your other four fave brands?

  21. Jillian

    The pictures remind me of Lady Much by Butter London. Are they similar?

  22. I love how it looks like sparkly raindrops on concrete!

  23. CynthiaCC

    Ahhhhhh! WANT! So many grey polishes just end up looking like concrete or clay on the nail, but this is gorgeous. I love a jelly finish, never seen a grey one before. Must find.

  24. Valerie

    Totally off topic, or maybe not haha, umm would it be possible to show us what the polishes look like with each coat?
    What I’m trying to say is, 1 nail could be one coat, another nail 2 coats and another nail 3 coats. Because sometimes I’ve wondered what they look like if it’s not 3 coats lol :)

    • I typically do two coats, unless it’s REALLY sheer and supposed to be opaque, then I do three but I do not do three as it should not be required of any polish. Similarly, polishes are, generally, not supposed to be worn with one coat, so I do not do that. Sorry!

    • It’s fantastic to get a polish which looks perfect with one coat, but it doesn’t happen very often!

  25. Elaine R

    This is on sale on the Illamasqua website right now!

  26. Frenchie

    I’m really sad that they’ve chosen to discontinue this color, especially since I’ve just discovered it.