NOTD: Illamasqua Speckle

Illamasqua SpecklePIN IT

Following on from my post about the new collection from Illamasqua, I’mperfection, here’s a closer look at the nail polishes that have got beauty bloggers a’flutter, the Speckled collection.  I have Speckle* which is the purple in the range so I was looking forward to trying it out and seeing what all the fuss was about!

Illamasqua SpecklePIN IT

To be honest, the majority of the bloggers who attended to event seemed most excited about the varnishes, and whilst I liked the look of them, my heart was firmly taken by both the Blush Up Brush and the new Immodest lip shade.  However, having tried the polish for myself, I’ve leaped wholeheartedly on the bandwagon as the effect is just so brilliant.  I forgot to oil my cuticles before taking the pictures, so you’ll have to tolerate my manky tatty fingers, sorry 🙂

Illamasqua SpecklePIN IT

Once on the nails, I had the opportunity to really study the finish and it’s so obviously and intelligently inspired by the speckled effect you see on egg shells, that I’m really impressed!

Illamasqua SpecklePIN IT

Not only do you have the matte, hexagonal glitter shapes to give the polish texture, but you also have tiny black speckles that give a real three-dimensional effect that ensures the finish is really eggshell-like.  It’s really wonderful; I thought everything had been covered for the textural nail trend of the upcoming season, but this is definitely very new and brilliantly wearable.

Illamasqua SpecklePIN IT

The Speckle shade is a delicate purple that leans very blue, but still manages to stay in the lavender/lilac spectrum.  Unfortunately my daylight lamp brings out the blue leanings, so I’ve taken an extra picture in normal light to try and give you a better idea of what the shade is like.  This is two coats, although one coat gives an ethereal, hint of colour that’s still fairly opaque, just not as punchy.

This is my first experience of Illamasqua’s nail polishes and now I happily get what all the fuss is about.  Total win from me! These launch on the 31st January, so just a few more days until you can snap them up.

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8 Comments

  • KaKa
    January 29, 2013

    I am so in love with these! I am soooo jealous! I can NOT wait for these to be released! I need them in my life now! lol

    • Sascha BG
      KaKa
      January 30, 2013

      They are soooo pretty! I really want the pink and blue one; I’m not normally into blue, but they create such a realistic eggshell effect that I’m thinking blue is an essential shade (I always associate the shade of blue with eggshells) xx

  • Sonia
    January 30, 2013

    Welcome to the world of Illasmqua nail polish then 😀 I can assure you that you will be hooked! Their colours are bold and unique, the quality and wear is amazing 🙂 I own several of their polishes and I love them – on sale you can catch quite a few of them for 5£ which is a total bargain. But I am not too sure about the new ones that will come up on Friday… I love the concept behind the whole collection, but I think I need to see more about the nail polishes before I consider to buy any of the colours. They remind me of some indie colours, which is fine, but I really need to see more.***

    • Sascha BG
      Sonia
      January 30, 2013

      Oh don’t remind me; I was on their sale listings last week and there are sooo many shades knocked down to a fiver that it took every ounce of strength to logoff! I’m so impressed with the formula so I’ll definitely be trying out more soon. I really love the Speckled shades, but I think you’ve got to be into the idea of textured/printed nails otherwise you’ll just find them odd! xx

      • Sonia
        Sascha BG
        February 2, 2013

        Now you can always get ready for the Summer sale and you know what to expect in terms of nail polish 😀 although i have to admit that I don’t remember seeing so many shades for 5, but they did notice an increase in sales during that period so it’s good for them too. I like texture, I am looking forward for the leather effect from Nails Inc (the polish only) and for some others, but in case of the Illamasqua maybe I just need to see them live to give them a proper opportuninty 🙂 I will be buying the BB cream soon, but I will only use it once I finish the products that I am using at the moment (just taking advantage of the offer – I am a sales addict) ***

        • Sascha BG
          Sonia
          February 5, 2013

          They did seem to add a load for the last few days of the sale and I really was soooo tempted. I’m glad I didn’t though as I’ve still got a backlog to get through!

          Look forward to to hearing what you think of your chosen BB Cream; I admire your discipline for waiting it out! xx

  • daisymay
    February 19, 2013

    Adore this polish!! It’s like blue speckled egg

    Enter my giveaway to win £70 to spend on shoes!

    • Sascha BG
      daisymay
      March 8, 2013

      Gorgeous isn’t it? I’ll be dragging it out again for Easter! xx

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