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.