Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright jade” with a glossy finish. It’s a vibrant aqua-green with just a little too much green and aqua in it to be a true mint green. It’s like the lightest, brightest jade. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is much, much lighter. MAC Peppermint Patti is the closest shade I could think of, though it’s not as bright. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is bluer.

Illamasqua makes one of my favorite polish formulas, not just because the formula itself is excellent with impeccable wear (it’s one of the longest-wearing formulas on me–I’ve literally wore a color for 10-14 days with minor tip wear), but they often set and create trends and do so at a much more palatable price point than some higher-end brands like MAC, NARS, Dior, Chanel, and so forth.  Nomad is no exception.  I wore this shade for seven days with barely any tip wear and no chipping.

Nomad turns opaque in two coats, and the formula is a dream to work with–not too thick or too thin.  It flowed fluidly across the nail and yielded even color, though it did take a little longer to dry than the average polish.  The finish is slightly glossy, but I’d still recommend using a shiny top coat for a truly glossy finish.

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Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nomad Nail Varnish

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I just bought this from Sephora a few days ago and I’m so glad that it’s not a disappointment. It’s my first Illamasqua polish and it was not cheap lol

I love this color! I need it!! I feel like I have similar things already (like many mint shades) so the purchase wouldn’t be justified, but like you said it’s slightly different from mint. It’s deeper and more aqua/turquoise-like.

Christine, I wish you had reviewed this last week so I could have snagged it with the VIB discount! Oh well, I’m still gonna get it anyways, haha!

Love this! I find that because mint is such a trend, in a couple seasons I won’t like to still wear it (both polish and attire) but this is something that is close enough to still be on trend but last until the bottle runs out! Making this my first Illamasqua purchase for sure ^^

Gorgeous color! Reminds me a lot of my Eyeko Vintage nail polish, such a shame they don´t make nail polishes anymore, because the colors were so pretty and cheap! 🙁

Lovely color! I didn’t think I would want it at first because it looks similiar to other minty greens. Once I saw it in person I had to have it. It practically glowed on the new display! It’s definitely more green/aqua than any mint shade I’ve seen. ‘Thanks for the review! I love how you always have a consistent amount of photos for your polish reviews.

Thank you, your review had me totally convinced!
Thanks for talking about the application, how it compared to other brands and dupes… It’s fantastic how comprehensive you are and the information is well-structured and easy to read too

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