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Illamasqua Nail Varnish

What it is:A vivacious nail varnish.What it does:Leave your mark with bold, rich, vibrant colors that stand out. The formula is long-wearing and chip-resistant and contains individual finishes from matte to high gloss. Apply two coats for high intensity and use with Illamasqua Nail Base Coat and Illamasqua Nail Top Coat for the perfect finish. Make a statement and talk with your hands!
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Questions & Answers for Illamasqua Nail Varnish

Question
Which colors are matte?
Which colors in the line have a matte finish?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
mttly
(NY)
on Nail Varnish
5 answers
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answer 1
Hi,

Most of the ones that don't say shimmery or glitter are matte. If you're unsure and ordering by phone, a Sephora rep could always help you.

Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
I just purchased MUSE and it is a pretty matte color - only the slight amount of shine. LOVE IT.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
greeneyes9
(Texas)
answer 3
Essie's Matte about You. It's the most matte, applies thinly (so you can put your favorite topcoat underneath if you want), and is easy to find. Or, if you have a basecoat that leaves your nail matte looking when it dries (ridge-filling basecoats often to), use it as a topcoat and save your money.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
pastypaleredhead
(Everett, WA)
answer 4
Can anyone recommend a matte top coat?
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
mttly
(NY)
answer 5
As far as I can tell, just the neons, since they are by nature matte. A lot of them are cremes, though, and would look beautiful with a matte topcoat over them -- especially DWS or muse, at least in my opinion. Topcoats really are the way to do mattes, though -- they turn your entire collection into matte polishes, for the price of one bottle.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
pastypaleredhead
(Everett, WA)
Question
Comment, not a question
Some of these colors are so lovely! But it looks as if this brand hasn't given up the worst of the chemicals; I won't be buying any, I'm sorry to say.
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Cary, NC)
on Nail Varnish
5 answers
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answer 1
To the individual that suggested we just "try them out" because these polishes are fabulous.....Not an option for a lot of us, as many people have moderate to severe reactions to these caustic ingredients. I have a severe reaction to formaldehyde resin, which is not the same as formaldehyde and is in many polishes that are 3 free, e.g. OPI. Fabulous does not trump good health and common sense.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
rainyday
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
Hi,

Thanks for pointing that out. I worry about the chemicals all the time. Even things that are supposedly all natural often have inert ingredients that aren't natural. And not all natural things are good anyway.

I used this polish for a special occasion but try to be careful normally. Unfortunately, polish is probably the least of our worries. I have to wonder about all the electromagnetic rays our bodies are suddenly coming in contact with... It's everywhere.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to make that comment.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 3
I agree with u ladies, I cant believe they have not rid the polish of those terrible chemicals.
I thought it was mandatory for nail polish companies to rid the polish of those chemicals.
answered 4 years ago
tinabambina19
(ny new york)
answer 4
Agreed. Every other big brand out there has gone 3-Free, even many drugstore brands. OPI, Essie, Zoya, Butter London, Rescue Beauty Lounge... these are all free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. Why is Illamasqua holding out? It's really ridiculous these days, and incredibly scary that so many people don't know or care enough to stop buying products that continue to use such toxic ingredients.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
SarahC83
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
well u could just try them out!! they are fabulous!!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
addieforever
Question
Will you carry the Spring/Summer 2010 collection?
Nudge - mint blue ice cream shade
Caress - cornflower blue, a hybrid of blue and grey.
Wink - lavender lilac
Blow - lemon sorbet
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asked 4 years, 3 months ago
mxld
(Miami, FL)
on Nail Varnish
3 answers
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answer 1
Hi,

It looks as if you can order them now.

Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
Why not until May? What about the other colors on the official site?
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
greeneyes9
(Texas)
answer 3
Yes, per ALU the new colors should be here in May
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
KatieM
(San Diego, CA)
Question
What skin tones can work w/ DWS?
I have very yellow-brown skin and not all colors work on me. Just wondering if anybody out there w/ similar skin color can give their opinion.
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
loverofmakeup
(Gilbert, AZ)
on Nail Varnish
3 answers
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answer 1
Hi,

While I don't have your skin tone, I did have a grayish polish from another company that I didn't like at all. I tried to give it away to a variety of friends, all with different skin tones, and we came to the conclusion that gray is not the best color for any of us. That's not to say it won't work for someone, but it sure didn't look good on any of us. There are so many other shades out there, that I'm just staying away from gray and not giving it to anyone as gifts.

Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
A question I ask myself when buying nail polish is; would I where a shirt or blouse this color. If the answer is yes, then go for it. Besides if you decide you don't like it, Sephora has a wonderful return policy. I don't own this particular brand of grey polish but have the hello kitty MAC grey which is almost identical. I like they way it looks on me(fair/light ). It's an edgey color not everyone will appreciate it.
answered 4 years ago
mlrsos
answer 3
DWS is a very opaque gray, makes me think of a wet cement sidewalk. I love it with grays and also with plums, purples and pinks. It's a dramatic color but more "grown up" than the neons.
I do get lots of compliments on it, even when I'm in jeans after work.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
luvyoga
(Fort Mitchell, KY)
Question
Illamasqua Milf vs Chanel Jade
I have no access to either a Sephora or high end store that sells Jade nail polish by Chanel unless I drive far away, lol. Anyone know how the color differs? Thanks!
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
aquarianrabbit
(Santa Cruz, CA)
on Nail Varnish
2 answers
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answer 1
Agreed. I also have both, and Chanel Jade (407) is waaaaay prettier. It does have a little sparkle and it is darker. To me this has a yellow undertone, whereas the Chanel has more of a green. I do not think the representation of it on the computer is accurate because I was horrified.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
amaliae
(Land of Oz, KS)
answer 2
Jade has shimmer to it and seems a shade darker. I have both and they are not dupes.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
katfromthesticks
(Wilmington,Il)
Question
Milf vs. Peppermint Patty?
How does Milf compare to the color Peppermint patty from MAC?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
Nums
(san jose, ca)
on Nail Varnish
2 answers
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answer 1
Milf is lighter and has more yellow tones; Peppermint Patti is a shade deeper and has more blue.
answered 8 months ago
thekeri
(Cambridge, MA)
answer 2
the color is pretty lighter than the other and this one is darker the way u look at it!!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
addieforever
Question
Color: poke?
Does anyone know where I can find this Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Poke, a purply color?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
amandakkelly
(mi)
on Nail Varnish
2 answers
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answer 1
try the Illamasqua website.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
althea
(Toledo, OH)
answer 2
you can find it in sephora stores...o
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
addieforever
Question
To carry Pastel colors soon???
Do you have an estimated date in which you will be selling Illamasqua nail varnish in the new Pastel colors?? The colors are named Blow, Wink, Nudge and Caress. I essentially wish to purchase the pre-made "set."
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
CarlaP
(Sunderland, MD)
on Nail Varnish
2 answers
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answer 1
I bought mine on Sephora online last week. They are wonderful!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
althea
(Toledo, OH)
answer 2
The word is that Sephora will be carrying them in May 2010... I can't wait!! I too want the set, and can't wait for Nudge! That color looks beautiful!

Really wish we didn't have to wait until May, but I guess it beats paying for the shipping from the UK!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
greeneyes9
(Texas)
Question
Does PBG,FL HAVE THIS?
Hello, Does the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens FL carry this line?
asked 4 years ago
bebelastrange
(PBG, FL)
on Nail Varnish
2 answers
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answer 1
Call the store directly, but I know some of the Sephoras around me do not carry this line.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
greeneyes9
(Texas)
answer 2
We recommend contacting your local Sephora store directly to confirm product availability. Check out our store locator for contact information.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Is Illamasqua's Hectic sold out?
I fell in love with the color when I saw it today on Scrangie's blog, but I cannot find it anywhere online...even the Illamasqua website.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
on Nail Varnish
2 answers
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answer 1
Hectic is now on the Illamasqua website. :D
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 2
it is back in stock.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
greeneyes9
(Texas)
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