Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Force ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep electric blue.” It’s a really rich, cornflower blue with a creamy finish, and it even has a faint purpleness to it. It almost looks purple in certain lighting–more royal blue than electric blue to me! Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is similar but bluer. Essie Declare Your Denim is a bit darker and bluer.

It’s opaque in two coats, and like many Illamasqua shades, the formula is excellent; the polish flows across the nail easily, doesn’t streak or bubble, and never feels too thick. Illamasqua is one of the longest wearing polishes on me; I can wear their formula for ten days or longer and only have minimal tip wear, which is just barely on the edges. When I travel, I often reach for an Illamasqua shade, because I know it will hold up to the vigors of traveling.

Force

PPermanent. $17.00.
A+
A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
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Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua  Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua  Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

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Ditto, when I use top coat it darkens! 🙁
Also I’ve found that top coat drags the colour and makes weird swirls in it. I’m quite puzzled by this so I tried applying top coat really lightly – same result, only milder – so I tried a different top coat but same result! I tried Nubar Diamont and Essie Good to Go. Any thoughts as to why this would happen?

(Sorry if this comment appears twice; my browser stuffed up. Also I want to note that I did ensure I waited several minutes after my final coat of colour to add top coat)

My dream nailpolish is a super electric royal blue and this is the closest color I’ve been able to find (the other being Kiko Milano 336, only available overseas). So I caved and bought it during Sephora’s FF sale, but when I got my package it was a medium dark, murky bluish gray color. I don’t know if I got a bad batch or something but it went back right away…looked NOTHING like it does in these pictures. Gorgeous though…hopefully next time I try to buy it, the color will look right.

I own both – although they are both definitely blue, Force looks slightly purpler next to it. In terms of shade depth, they’re very close – neither is obviously darker or lighter than the other.

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