Friday, February 21st, 2014

Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly cool-toned red with a cream finish. There’s a pink tinge to it, and it’s bright but a little dusty, too. Revlon Bordeaux (P, $4.99) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is pinker. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Recently promoted for Valentine’s Day, Throb is a worthwhile option for anyone seeking a more muted, darker red cream. It’s intensely pigmented, and you really only need one coat for full color coverage. I’ve included two sets of photos; the first set is a single coat, and then I have a couple more that shows two coats, so you can see how there’s no real difference in color or opacity. To me, the noticeable difference is just that two coats gives it a thicker, glossier look and finish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed evenly and smoothly across the nail without bubbling or streaking. Illamasqua’s formula typically wears seven to ten days on me with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Throb

Temptalia Recommends
A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish (Two Coats)

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Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish (Two Coats)

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32 thoughts on “Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Looks like the perfect red. Pleased to see its an A+. Been looking for a really good long lasting red polish as O.P.I. seem to be letting me down quality wise atm.

  2. I love Throb. It’s one of my favorite reds. The formula is amazing (as with all Illamasqua polishes) and it’s the most traditional true red I’ve come across. IMO it’s a staple red polish that everyone should have in their collection.

  3. Red is my favorite color to wear on my fingers and toes! This red is truly gorgeous!

  4. Bina

    How does this compare to Tom Ford shameless red? BTW, you are missing an HTML tag on your Tom Ford trophy wife link!

  5. Oh, I really like that color. It’s bold but not in your face bold!
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  6. Oooh loooovely! I like the finis, very creamy indeed.

  7. Cute shade, but it doesn’t “wow” me.

  8. The formula and finish looks fantastic, but the color itself is a little lackluster, to me.
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  9. I love the pinkness/dustiness that you mention! It makes it a bit more interesting than the average red (much as I adore Butter London’s Come to Bed Red).

    Someday, I will try Illamasqua’s stuff. And possibly lose control and buy the whole store. Should probably start saving now… ;-)
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  10. Oh say no more. I am getting tis one. Not that I need anymore red!
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  11. Amy

    Looks like an absolutely gorgeous colour!

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Phoebe Phoebe

    Illamasqua polishes are my favorite! Two coats makes it look a little less muted, a teeny bit more intense. But you’re right…you can barely tell!

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maggie Maggie

    Oh…it’s hard for me to throw down that much for a nail polish knowing I can get two Zoya’s at the same price. But that red looks so perfect as a staple red creme.

  14. Hi Christine! I’m curious, when you test polishes do you wear them on their own or use a base and top coat? (I assume the former?) Just wondering how you get 7-10 days of wear without a top coat? Thanks! Beautiful color…

    • Hi Samantha,

      I used to do both tests (straight color, also with base/top coat), but since almost nothing chips on me… well, ever… I just do straight color now to accommodate more testing of formulas. For example, I’ve worn an Illamasqua polish for 2 full weeks with zero chips – had more growth (new nail showing at the bottom) than tip wear – when I used it with a top/base coat.

  15. Not often i see an A+ review! Too bad i rarely do my nails