Illamasqua Nail Polish in Prism NOTD

Posted by Lipglossiping On April - 16 - 2010

“What a snore!” I proclaimed, looking at Illamasqua’s latest collection, Body Electrics.

It’s not that it’s a bad looking collection… it’s just… not me.

I don’t really do bronzers…. I don’t want liquid metals (regardless of how lovely they look in their pans)… I don’t go anywhere to warrant slathering myself in sparkly body oils and I’m a bit blued and purpled out in the nail polish world too.

I actually really quite like the theory behind the collection…. the dynamics of movement and light reflecting… all great stuff, but I just felt disappointed seeing the theory put into practice.

I received a parcel from Illamasqua containing a couple of pieces from the new collection and to be blunt, I was expecting to give the products a “these are nice but ultimately dull” review based on how uninspiring I’d found them thus far.

I was wrong.

Initially, when I opened the parcel… my spirits weren’t lifted when I pulled out one of the new Nail Polishes in shade Prism.

“Oh… it’s not the purple” thought I… sounding far too much like a spoilt child to admi… oh

I twirled the bottle in my hands, watching the iridescence and blue flashes catch the light…. yeah, it’s pretty… but I kept thinking about my yellow stained nails and how ugly they’d look combined with this blatantly sheer polish I was holding.

Wanna see?

Admitedly, this is 4 coats… 1 coat was as horrible as I’d envisaged.  But this is beautiful.  After a year of solid, opaque polishes to cover up stains and dodgy ridged nails… this is delicate.  It’s like a veil…. it shrouds all the imperfections, but leaves a hint of nail tip and blue irridescence that simply says…. feminine.

Not only that, but the formula is stunning.  This is my first Illamasqua polish… drying time blew me away.  I was able to apply and finish 4 coats in 25 minutes.  Hand on heart, this is probably the greatest formula I’ve used so far.  Whether or not other Illamasqua polishes are the same, I don’t know.

Prism is perfect for weddings, french manicures… it’s one of those polishes for people that don’t like polishes.  If you don’t paint your nails often but want something for those times when you need to up your game… get this polish.  I imagine it would also look rather lovely layered over a dark base too… I shall have to experiment!

Thanks ever so much lovely Illamasqua makeup fairies, a genuinely lovely surprise that simply made a makeup addict’s week!

Available from counters nationwide or online at Illamasqua priced at £13.00


15 Responses to “Illamasqua Nail Polish in Prism NOTD”

  1. Charlie says:

    That does look lovely x

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  2. Rocaille says:

    It looks lovely on you :) You’re right, very feminine and understated, but still stunning. x

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  3. I love how you described it! I believe that would look nice on the top of other shade, too x

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  4. PlatinumV says:

    I was perplexed with that collection… I mean, have you seen the pics on the site? Models with blue and violet eyeshadows, lots of colours and metal shimmer and… where are those colours? I just see a palette with dreadful colours and bronzers… bleah!!!
    However, yes, Illamasqua enamels are great! Try Baptiste, the definitive purple!!!
    Need help with your nails? Try AVON Strong Result. 2 coats twice a day (it is a sort of water… not an enamel, so don’t worry) for 2 months without wearing any enamel meanwhile. You will be shocked by results ;-)
    V

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  5. Glad to see you found something you liked :) I really like the look of the liquid metals palette, but I would only use them for eyeshadow bases and I already have similarly coloured NYX pencils for that purpose

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  6. liloo says:

    Gorgeous veil of elegance shrouding your nails indeed, what beautiful nails but I would be disappointed too. Not so much about the sheerness, but about the fact that the blue ‘iridescence’ is not more noticeable. Not only this polish is for ‘people that don’t like polishes’ but it’s for ‘shy people’. I have yet to find a beauty blogger truly excited about the ‘body eletrics’ collection. Maybe some other goodies in the package will excite you more? Thank you for sharing x

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  7. gio says:

    That looks very nice and elegant!

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  8. Lillian says:

    I really like some of the ideas from the Body Electrics collection, like the new Liquid Metal and the Volt Body Oil (though i haven’t tried it myself yet) but i must say i think they could have done more. For instance an ultra-violet iridescent lipgloss or duochrome face powders or something like that. Having said that the nail polish is gorgeous and (having just bought 2 in a sale) i’m so glad that the formula is so good!

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  9. KT says:

    Hmmm. It is pretty but I am not a 4 coat kinda girl.

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  10. Lisa says:

    That looks so pretty on you, really delicate and perfect for weddings like you say. The Illamasqua polishes are all brilliant, I have four or five now (?) and the formula is my favourite by far xx

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  11. Ashwini says:

    I love this post; it was so honest and hilarious! The picture is stunning–your hands look like a bride’s! I’m off to buy this now. ;)

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  12. [...] to capture the iridescence in the bottle, it’s quite breathtaking… kinda like the Prism nail polish but on a much larger [...]

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  13. Riddhi says:

    Again, advice please. Gorgeous gorgeous color. But thoughts on light-to-medium brown skin?

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  14. @Riddhi

    Gosh, I’m not sure… It may look a bit stark and less soft…. but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it might just look edgier. It’d still be great for layering over other polishes too.

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  15. Crystal says:

    Ahhh, I start drooling whenever I see this nail polish!
    This nail polish is beautiful! But far too expensive for me :( And I’m not a 4 coats sort of person

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