Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish

Illamasqua’s Art of Darkness: Scarab

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (£13.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a fiery ruby red with copper and scarlet shimmer strewn through the color. It almost looks metallic but not quite. It’s a very cool shade with depth; I envision flames licking through the ruby red, because it just has on-fire look to it.   This shade was extremely rich in pigment–one coat was nearly enough, but I still wound up with two, just because it feels more complete (to me) that way.

Nonetheless, smooth, even application with no fuss.  The formula itself was of a medium-thick consistency–the norm for Illamasqua’s varnishes.  It has a slight shine in its natural finish, but I recommend a shiny top coat to really finish it.  I noticed very subtle brush strokes in close-ups, but everything looked pretty smooth at a normal viewing distance.  Illamasqua described this as a metallic, but it feels more like a shimmer with only a touch of metallic-ness.

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Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Natural Light)

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Natural Light)

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Natural Light)

Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarab Nail Varnish (Flash)

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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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Maybe one day I’ll splurge on high end nail polishes but right now I’ll stick with nail polish that cost no more then 5.00$ To bad for me because you show a lot of pretty colors 🙁

I find that Sephora eventually gets these new shades in. I was so mad that I paid Euros for Illamasqua’s pastel collection, and it eventually came to Sephora where I could have paid much much less. Grrr. I’m willing to wait this time.

Gorgeous! I have already had my eye on this one! I’m a BIG fan of Illamasqua nail varnishes. Yes, they are a little more expensive but the quality makes up for that! Right now I’m wearing Phallic constantly, it’s a very deep blue with tiny sparks of blue and purple that are so subtle it looks as though the varnish is glowing from the inside. Very very nice.

its pretty holiday color 🙂 and the FAQ part i laughed so hard !! you work your best way not to get bombarded but girl that ain’t helping you haha

I don’t know if you know this or not, but Illamasqua is available for purchase at Sephora.com. I got Scarab there, there are also a couple other colours on the website for purchase. I don’t have Sephora store near me, but I am sure they would be available for purchase there too.

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