Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish

Illamasqua’s Art of Darkness: Scarab

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (£13.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a fiery ruby red with copper and scarlet shimmer strewn through the color. It almost looks metallic but not quite. It’s a very cool shade with depth; I envision flames licking through the ruby red, because it just has on-fire look to it.   This shade was extremely rich in pigment–one coat was nearly enough, but I still wound up with two, just because it feels more complete (to me) that way.

Nonetheless, smooth, even application with no fuss.  The formula itself was of a medium-thick consistency–the norm for Illamasqua’s varnishes.  It has a slight shine in its natural finish, but I recommend a shiny top coat to really finish it.  I noticed very subtle brush strokes in close-ups, but everything looked pretty smooth at a normal viewing distance.  Illamasqua described this as a metallic, but it feels more like a shimmer with only a touch of metallic-ness.

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Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Natural Light)

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Natural Light)

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Natural Light)

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Flash)