Saturday, 10 July 2010

Illamasqua polish contest winners and purchases


Earlier this year, Illamasqua ran a competition, asking entrants to provide inspiration for two new shades of nail polish. As you can see from the picture above, they ended up picking three winners, whose designs will be transformed into Shrapnel, Raindrops, and Eclipse. Here are the descriptions from Illamasqua -

* Shrapnel by Loren Perry – a pink-based metallic copper inspired by the dazzling shine of a new penny.

* Raindrops by Ann Black – a creamy pale grey with a sheer silver sparkle inspired by watching raindrops running down the window while riding the monorail in Seattle.

* Eclipse by Dami Lawal – a deep grey/purple blue that reflects the theatricality of a lunar eclipse 


 Is "theatricality" a word? Not sure. They all look very nice in any case.

Illamasqua also advised me that my entry into the competition made the top 50, which was very nice to hear, and they sent me a 25% discount voucher as a runner up prize. Hooray!
I thought it would only be polite to make use of my voucher with a little online shopping. I picked up nail polish in Nudge (a pale blue from the quartet of pastel cremes that were released this spring), Velocity (a dirty mid-violet creme) and eyeshadow in Intense (matte deep teal) which had been on my wishlist for over a year.



Very pleased with them all, although my teeth did gnash slightly when I saw how similar Nudge was to my cheap-as-chips Boots 17 Mint Choc Chip polish. It was, as I initially feared, dupeable. Whatever though. The bottle is nicer.

6 comments:

  1. To be honest, slightly disappointed - I was counting on some more daring and 'different' colours to win! Those all seem a bit 'blah' and repetitive to me. But hey, that's my humble opinion...
    Loved your entry, Sarah - congrats on making it to the top 50 :)

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  2. Thanks so much Ola. I know what you mean - from the pics, the new colours aren't mindblowing, but maybe once we see them IRL they'll reveal their awesomeness.

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  3. I hope so, otherwise it would seem the contest was a lot of hype and not much more :/ well, I'm going to try and not write it off just yet...

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  4. I've got to agree with Ola, while the colours that won are very pretty (i really like Raindrops) they just don't seem totally unique or exciting.
    But nice little haul, I love the look of Velocity and Intense is very very pretty :)

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  5. Raindrops would be my pick too, based on these images. Although the copper one sounds promisingly duochromey, so maybe that one too. Intense is fantastic, so finely milled, and definitely lives up to its name.

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  6. It looks so pigmented! I bought some eyeshadows from a blog sale and was a bit disappointed by them, but i've since realised that they totally revamped the formula, so maybe i got shadows all from the first formula. I must try them again :)

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