Illamasqua Haul-Untold, Scarce and Mottle-Swatches and Review Part I(*Picture Heavy Post)
I finally met up with Sheen Yih who was back from the UK and collected my Illamasqua polishes. (: Today I’ll be reviewing both Scarce and Mottle, from Illamasqua’s I’MPERFECTION/IMPERFECTION Collection. Here’s a look into the inspiration behind this collection.
(From Illamasqua’s website)
The world isn’t perfect. But who wants to be perfect anyway?
I’mperfection is an open invitation to stand up and show the world
what makes you perfectly, imperfect. We want you to highlight the
features other brands encourage you to cover up and
celebrate your imperfections like badges of honour.
So show off your freckles. Make beauty spots more beautiful.
Shine a light on your birthmarks. And be proud of your scars.
Because life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about
celebrating who you really are.
Some photos of the packaging
(L-R: Scarce, Untold, Mottle)
And a look at what makes up their polishes for those interested.
Actually today I’ll be just providing my honest opinion on the speckled nail polishes..Untold shall be in another post sometime soon ^^
Scarce is described as a speckled pink finish while Mottle is a speckled green finish. They do remind me of ice cream, especially Mottle, which is reminiscent of mint chocolate chip. Drying time was SUPER FAST. I was astounded as I usually have to wait for awhile(15-20min?) before I dare to apply a second layer- also cause I want to play it safe and not mess up my nails..- but this, this was freaking awesome. Less than 5 min and it was dry. :O The Illamasqua fairies have this nailed down well!
Formula was good, the second coat applied evens it out nicely, and NO FISHING for speckles. Everything came out nicely, appearing in a rather random order which I like. A slight difference on every nail (:
The only gripe I have is about the brush, cause the bottle cap is shaped as a square so grip was so-so but still passable. Also, when applied it was kinda bumpy, but I guess it could be due to my application skills too! I left it without a top coat at first,
there’s still a shine apparent but I decided to apply top coat as I was rather unused to the texture.
[Also, sorry about the quality, everything I take is with my iPhone and today was another rainy day in Singapore.]
Colours represented are quite close to how it appears in real life, and I have to say, how the colour appears definitely depends on your skin tone. Scarce was a darker pink, less nude shade on my skin compared to the various photos seen online, while Mottle stood out greatly, a mint as mentioned earlier. Overall, I am happy with my Illamasqua polishes (: It is on the pricey side though, but I paid $66.30 for these 3 polishes, with Untold purchased from ebay if I recall correctly.
These ice cream-like polishes shall be my easter nails too, as they’re apparently like robin’s eggs ^^
Also, if you guys are looking for dupes, I’ve heard that Deborah Lippmann’s Spring 2013 Staccato Collection is similar to Illamasqua, and cheaper(?) I’m not sure about the price difference cause Deborah Lippmann is rare in Sg too. However, they aren’t exact dupes, as Illamasqua has both tiny speckles with black hex glitter. Also, I’m Not Edible from DL is a brighter pink than Scarce.
So that’s about it (: Which would you settle for, Illamasqua, Deborah Lippmann, or both? Also, which is your favourite nail polish brand? (:
Look out for Untold’s review and swatch soon! ~♥
*All products purchased by me and review is my honest opinion.