Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold blue green.” It’s a medium teal with a hint of green in a cream finish. China Glaze Exotic Encounters is darker, greener. MAC Salad Dressed is a bit lighter and bluer. MAC Ocean Dip is very similar–perhaps a bit deeper. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is lighter and greener.

It was fully opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It applied evenly, smoothly, and fluidly, which made it a breeze to apply. I didn’t experience any bubbling, streaking, or pooling of the color along the edges of the nail. Venous lived up to Illamasqua’s lacquer reputation–excellent in every way. I typically get at least a week of wear (as long as 10-14 days) out of Illamasqua’s formula with very, very little tip wear and no chipping.

Also, heads up: Illamasqua has raised their polish prices from $14 to $17 sometime in the past few days. This particular shade is actually coming as $14 (which as far as I can tell is merely an oversight/mistake), and some readers mentioned the price still being $14 in stores. I’m disappointed to see such a large increase (21% as compared to the 5-10% increases on other prices, within their range, which is more in line with most price increases) — I think it may shift the polish out of the comfort zone for some — even if it is a standout formula.

The Glossover

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product

Venous

A+
Venous lived up to Illamasqua's lacquer reputation--excellent in every way. It was rich in color, had a fluid, workable consistency, and finished with a glossy finish.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $17.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

China Glaze Exotic Encounters is darker, greener. MAC Salad Dressed is a bit lighter and bluer. MAC Ocean Dip is very similar--perhaps a bit deeper. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is lighter and greener.

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35 thoughts on “Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I wonder how it compares to YSL Vert D’Orient!
    Looks very similar and it would be great if a limited edition shade had a great dupe

  2. Avatar of Julia Julia B

    Maybe they realized they were losing money due to the exchange rate. Technically they should be $20. I am actually surprised they stayed at $14 for so long. Though I guess, when you think about it, Illamasqua is pretty slow when it comes to anything in the US…

    • Possibly, the only thing was the price increases on their other items was in line with typical price increases across brands (5-10%).

      • Avatar of Amy xamyx

        The price hike could be due to the fact they lowered the base price in Australia for all products, and they’re making up the difference in lost revenue (which is what I predicted would several months ago), or it could simply be they’re taking advantage to the swiftly growing popularity of the product, and figure the consumer would be willing to pay more.

  3. Avatar of Nancy Nancy

    Yikes, $17?! I was irritated when Zoya increased their price from $6 to $8, and now they’re at $9! The only time I’ve ever spent more than $17 on polish was for Chanel Jade and Peridot (which I will admit, I don’t regret!)

  4. Very pretty – but it seems similar to Slapper from Butter London.

  5. Avatar of Anna Anna

    It’s a gorgeous color, but if it really is $17, that might be out of my price range now. That’s more expensive than MAC nail polish, although it does contain more product.

    • LOL! It used to be a great argument – why spend $16 on less and a hit-or-miss polish like MAC when you could spend $14 for an excellent polish like Illamasqua (and get more, too)?!

  6. LOVE this! ~ It’s gorgeous ~

  7. Avatar of Noga Noga

    I wanted it since it came out, now I just have to have it!

  8. Avatar of hazel Hazel

    The color just doesn’t interest me.

  9. Avatar of hazel Hazel

    The color just doesn’t interest me.

    Your manicure is, however, impeccable and very impressive.

  10. Abbey W

    This definitely puts it out of my price range for anything but an extraordinary color that is not dupeable. I will still pick up raindrops when it hits the states, but can’t think of any of their other colors that I will purchase.

  11. Doodles

    Well, in UK Illamasqua nail polish costs £13.50 which is about $22, so I would not be complaining too much, girls :)))
    and the speckled collection was a pound up, so its even more expensive in $$.
    PS however, Im still unsure, Christine, how you manage to wear the polish for so long? even at best times – with lots of thick top layers – a working week is a MAX for me, however careful & protective I am about my nails ;) tell us a secret ;)

    • From what I understand, a lot of it has to do with how a polish bonds to your natural nail, which is why it can vary so much from person to person. Almost nothing chips on me, unfortunately :/

      • Erin

        You’re so lucky! I get one or two days without a chip even with the best formulas. Love this shade.

    • Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

      Have you tried butter london’s base coat and top coat? Everything would chip on me within 12 – 24 hours before I tried this duo. Now I get 10-14 days with basically every nail polish brand out there.

      • Doodles

        i use their treatment as a base from time to time, and tried quite few others. with various degree of success or failure :) I suppose its all about the amount of money you are prepared to spend on such things ;) I was more than enthusiastic with my spenditure up to date :) but if i have few extra quid, I’ll try more Butter… especially if I can find a bargain price for it, which is not that easy this side of the pond :(

  12. Avatar of Karen KENDO

    The color seems similar to China Glaze Custom Kicks. That might be a tad greener.

  13. Rebecca

    I just can’t justify spending $17 on a polish that chips on me in 24 hours

  14. What a special color, I like it a lot.

  15. Avatar of Shea Shea

    It is really expensive, but I might have to get it because that is the EXACT color of my graduation dress.

  16. Katie

    I’m so exhausted from studying for finals all I can think of is the “Sclera Venous Sinus” :D

  17. Nina

    I think it Looks Quite similar to American apparells malibu Green wich is one of my favorite polishes <3

  18. Avatar of Shay Shay

    This is gorgeous, but I think I’m going to go with the China Glaze dupe… Darker but at least it’s in a workable price range.

  19. CeeBee

    I have NYX Algae on my nails at the moment and it looks fairly similar, perhaps slightly duskier and a smidge more green – but is was $2 and I love it so I definitely don’t need this.

    It looks great on you though!

  20. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    Illamasqua has the best cream finish formula! Will be getting this for sure even though I’m pretty sureI aalready have something similar.

  21. What a gorgeous shade. But I agree, the price is extremely high

  22. Avatar of JoJo JoJo

    This color reminds me of OPI Fly.

  23. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    I am so so so SAD now! I was just about to order this and 5 other Illamasqua polishes, just to get the message that they no longer ship to Norway. I guess that means I’m done with Illamasqua for good. It was fun while it lasted. I have learned my lesson. Buy everything I want as soon as I find it, and never ever wait.

    My favorite nail polish brand :( :( :(

    • Doodles

      yeep, there’s been quite a palava with our postal system from mid-January, which (PO) “destroyed” most of the parcels as you cant really send nail polish by airmail. now its all slowly appearing on local ebay. too bad still, as nobody can ship it outside of UK…

  24. Avatar of Kimberly Kim Teague

    I recently got a few polishes at my local store on sale for $7 (they were older shades). I was about to grab some polishes during the sale, until I saw the increase, again older polishes that I’ve just neglected to grab (like Collide, Grab, and Velocity).
    Even though I love the formula, wear time, and color options I’m going to be limitting what I buy because they just pushed it over my polish budget ($15) which I was find with braking for special edtion shades (speckled), but not normal ones.

  25. Avatar of Jane Jane

    I’m soooo glad I bought a bunch of these polishes from Sephora before they changed the price! That being said, I would definitely pay $17 for the quality of Illamasqua’s polishes.
    Also, the looks similar in color (though perhaps a little darker) to L’Oreal’s “Not A Cloud In The Sky”; also an ace polish.

  26. such gorgeous colour, but too bad their online customer service and also the inconsistent quality in their nail polish (I got a super horrible Speckle polish) has made me not to purchase their nail polish at the moment.

    i still feel very disappointed over the whole issue!

  27. Avatar of Andrea Andrea

    They have put up prices here in the UK as well – same price as Estee Launder in one shop – they will soon touch other designer brands.