Sunday, 26 September 2010

NOTD - Illamasqua Viridian

Another day, another blue-green iridescent polish that's impossible to adequately depict.

Illamasqua Viridian is part of the new Art of Darkness collection. I was totally smitten with it at the Illamasqua blogger event last week, so much so that I went back to the new Beak St store yesterday and bought it.

Such. A. Good. Decision.

Simply put, I love this. It's a blue-green shimmer on a dark base, and in that respect it's similar to the Barbara Daly Aqua Shimmer I showed you the other day. However Viridian's base is darker and it leans more towards a bottle green colour rather than teal. It's almost exactly the kind of duochrome colour you can see on a Lebia viridis beetle (possibly the very beetle on the collection's specially-designed packaging). I've tried here to capture some of its shimmery multi-faceted properties, but the pictures show only a fraction of the vivid colour.

This is two coats. The polish is slightly draggy on application but coverage is very good. I've only been wearing it a few hours, so I can't comment on wear, but to be honest I think I would recommend this just as highly even if it peeled off after a day, just because of the breathtaking colour.

Not cheap at £13 for 15ml, but I defy you not to fall in love with this regardless.


  1. Absolutely in love with this polish!

  2. Me too - I saw your review when I was googling for the beetle in fact!

  3. I really want this after everyone's reviews, just love the colour - can't do the makeup, but can do the nails, thanks for the post and pics. Jan

  4. ooh that looks pretty!!
    popped into selfridges yesterday to check the counter and ended up buying a blusher (hussy). It looks bright pink but goes on gorgeous, will be blogging about it soon!

  5. gorgeous colour - i spotted the Illamasqua store being fitted in beak street so will definatly be popping in to check out this polish


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