Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden teal [with a matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with a hint of blue and gold and copper flecks of shimmer and sparkle. I thought it might be more a chameleon, but as I went from room to room (for different lighting), it was always a muted, dirty green to me. It had more of a satin finish where there was still some reflection, but it wasn’t glossy. I don’t know of any dupes for this shade really, but these were the closest I could think of: Zoya Stassi (P, $9.00) is much warmer, sheerer. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more sparkly, sheerer. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) has less shimmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, though it was pretty much opaque after one coat. The consistency was slightly thick, though it applied evenly and didn’t pool along the edges. It dried down quicker than the average polish. I normally get a full seven days with very minor tip wear with Illamasqua’s formula (I have worn some shades for as long as fourteen days).

It appears that Illamasqua is no longer available at any U.S. retailers, which means the only way to purchase their products is through their website. The press release I received for the Once… collection is for the US, and the pricing reflected what we saw in stores, but converting to “$ USD” on their website changes the polish to $23.53 (when I checked it). On top of that, nail lacquer is a restricted category for shipping, so to ship one polish is $24.34 (you can order up to 15 polishes, if you were doing some heavy-duty lacquer hauling). I’ve been such a huge fan of their Nail Varnish, so I’m sad to see it become harder to get (or justify).


PPermanent. $17.00.

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Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish


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fuji Avatar

OMG no wonder I haven’t seen any Illamasqua product at Sephora stores these days and I wasn’t thinking about that! I got one white nail varnish from them last year, on the clearance shelf, for only $4. I didn’t know that could be a forever goodbye!

Jenn Avatar

I saw a few nail polishes on sale at Myer (I was in their Sydney City location, so that’s where the Illamasqua counter was). Mostly I saw the Shattered Stars Collection and Creator on sale. Not much of their other items were on sale (there were a few lipsticks and glosses, but from older collections). $10 each. I think they will stay in Aus for the time being, but pulling out of the US? Weird, but probably due to lack of exposure in Sephora (after Marc Jacobs came in, some Illamasqua gondolas were removed) and the only ones I saw were in Roseville, Powell St. (San Francisco) and Valley Fair (Santa Clara). I live in California.

Ryou Avatar

I sure hope so. What’s weird about the US market is that Illamasqua was also being carried by Blomingdales, but only for a few months. On their website I saw that Illamasqua is still carried in the Kryolan flagship store in the US, but that’s super hard for most people to get to. :/

Laura Avatar

Hmm, this is very pretty, but I’m worried it might be a bit similar to Butter London’s Two Fingered Salute. I think I’ll have to compare them before making a purchase.

Sasha Avatar

My first thought was that it looked very similar to two fingered salute. I love that polish and wore it on my wedding day.. the big copper glitters make it look antiqued.

SnailPolish Avatar

Anyone know whether this is similar to Butter London’s Two Fingered Salute? I have that and it looks pretty close…

Great review – shame about the shipping issue. It’s pretty much impossible to post nail polish overseas from the UK now, so I imagine that Illamasqua will have to use a specialist courier to do so.

Daheep Avatar

It’s bizarre how they still market to the US but no longer sell in the US. I really like this color, but the hassle to order it & the price makes purchasing it prohibitive.

Michelle Avatar

I thought they were going to be an exclusive at Bloomingdales but they’ve been pulled off their website. I hope this only temporary, this color is to die for!

Karen Avatar

A good dupe for this polish is Butter London’s “Two-Fingered Salute” in case anyone is interested, but doesn’t want to go through the hassle of trying to order through Illamasqua or paying for shipping. I THINK it might be Nordstrom exclusive color through so you’ll have to stop by Nordstrom’s to pick it up.

Chi-Chi Avatar

I think this is gorgeous, but there’s no way I could even begin to justify paying $24 shipping on top of $24 for the actual nail polish.
lol so much nope.

They need to kiss and makeup with Sephora, stat.
Or if not that, then maybe make a deal with llarowe.

Irene Avatar

Yeah I was talking to the sales associate at the MAC counter at Bloomies yesterday and she told me that location was supposed ot launch Illamasqua but then Bloomies pulled out most likely due to low sales. I guess they didn’t quite catch on in the US. Shame, I had been wanting to try their products and never got around to it.

Elspeth Avatar

That’s so pretty. I wish it was physically possible to make the gold gather together in certain places on the nail more like it does in the bottle.

Illamasqua is one of the three polish formulas that ever seemed to perform well enough for my beat up nails. Also their brand philosophy was wonderful. I’m really sad to see it leave the US.

Veronica Avatar

This is gorgeous, though I’d argue it’s more sea-foam green than teal. Shame they left the States – I could never justify the shipping costs for a polish!

Amanda Puckett Avatar

I’ve always loved Illamasqua and wanted to try more of their products. But I’m not willing to spend $20-30+ on shipping. I absolutely love this color, but factoring in the cost of shipping, I now can’t see myself ordering it or anything else from this brand 🙁

Megan Avatar

🙁 I’m to the point where it’s hard to justify getting a new nail polish unless the color is gorgeous and un-dupeable. Sadly, this is absolutely stunning and unique, and terribly expensive! Even with a great formula I can’t stomach spending that much on a nail polish + shipping. It’s too bad, because I love their blushes as well and was planning to order one or two for Christmas shopping, but it looks like I won’t be purchasing any more Illamasqua:'(

Helene Avatar

Thanks for reviewing this, even if it’s really hard/_expensive to get in the US. I only hope they’ll ship to the rest of Europe, so to say. I think I must place an order soon, but our currency is quite low agains the £ at the moment, so it’s more expensive than usual. Might wait a mont or so. I do reall, really want this nailpolish though. I think it’s so gorgeous.

Tracy Avatar

This one looks very similar to Two Fingered Salute by Butter London. I’m glad I was finally able to get that one since Illamasqua pulled out of the US (are they out completely yet, or do we still have time to stock up?)

Carly Avatar

It sucks their website is the only way to buy now. I was hoping I could still get it when visiting the US. The Bay in Canada is no longer carrying Illamasqua either. Everything’s 25% off at the Bay while they clear stock so I nabbed a few nail polishes. Sad it’s going when I just discovered their polishes through your great reviews. This polish looks so different and unique. I love the shimmering gold.

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