Oh, Illamasqua. I still pine for you, waiting for the day when you are in stores across America. When you are, the first item I will purchase will almost certainly be nail polish… then onto the blush — but I digress. The amazing and tireless Soaper1 sent over these gorgeous swatches of Illamasqua’s Elope, and my longing was rekindled. Her swatches and review:
Illamasqua is a British brand founded in 2008. Their aesthetic combines several influences, including the 1920s club scene, makeup for theater and film, and influences of alternative culture. The result is a line of cosmetics that is both bold and unique.
Until about a year ago, Illamasqua was not readily available in the U.S. However, Sephora started carrying the line (online, and in a few brick-and-mortar stores). They carry a very nice selection of the nail polishes, though Elope is only available on Illamasquaâ€™s website. Thankfully, they do ship internationally. Illamasqua polishes are $14 at Sephora and Â£13 on illamasqua.com. Iâ€™ve purchased several and all have been wonderful.
Elope is a bright, emerald green, and Iâ€™d consider the finish a jelly. The first coat was slightly streaky, but the second coat really evened up nicely. Three coats would be fine for most, but to achieve the look that I like, I did four coats (topped with one coat of Poshe). This manicure is SO smooth and glossy.
The application of Illamasqua polishes is effortless. Itâ€™s amazing how easy to apply they are. I always clean up my manicures with a brush dipped in acetone, and Illamasqua manicures simply require very little clean up.