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.

6 comments:

  1. Absolutely in love with this polish!

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

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  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

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  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!

    http://frootibeauty.blogspot.com/

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

    www.sugarpuf.blogspot.com

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