Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Nail polish inspiration - for Illamasqua

Illamasqua are running a contest at the moment to find the inspiration for a new shade of nail polish. It closes on March 14th (Sunday) so get your skates on if you want to enter.

As I'm always banging on about duochromes, and am especially fond of those that appear in the natural world, my choice is pretty obvious. My entry to the contest is below.

Cetonia aurata - the rose chafer beetle, pictured by ParaScubaSailor on Flickr

A polish in tribute to the jewelled beauty of the rose chafer. Clinging to the fingertips like 6 delicate legs, shimmering rose gold and green like the multi-faceted wing-cases of this gentle springtime insect. Vibrant and shining, shifting colours on a blue-black base. An unconventional beauty brought into the spotlight.


  1. I am not doing the Illamasqua competition but that would have been the colour I would have gone for too... the truest beauty comes from nature itself...

  2. I've had the perfect idea for my Illamasqua shade and the inspiration. The only problem I hvae is that whenever I go to the site to have a look at the entry requirements, I always get waylaid looking at the lipsticks.

  3. Beautiful idea, I'll have my fingers crossed for you!

  4. Laura Mercier did a kind of greeny black that had that kinda beetle my head I called it Beetleback Black but that wasn't its real name.

  5. Thanks guys!

    @Rhamnousia - get on that site and enter NOW! Lipstick browsing aftewards.

    @BBB - I will look out for it. That is a good name.


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