Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Lament Review & NOTD

August 10, 2009
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Lament ($14)
Leave your mark with bold, rich, vibrant colors that stand out. The formula is hard 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!

Nail Swatch of Illamasqua’s Lament
(it’s actually a little brighter and pinker in person)

I was hoping that I wouldn’t love Illamasqua’s Nail Varnishes as $14 is more than I like to spend on my nailpolish, but what can I say, they’re pretty great! I picked up Lament, which is a shockingly bright, almost fluorescsent orangey/pink coral and I was so so impressed with the quality.

I’m a huge klutz when it comes to applying my nailpolish, so I could really appreciate how easy the square-topper was to grip and maneuver. The formula itself is thick and quick to dry meaning you don’t have as much working time as you might with other polishes, and too many brushstrokes might leave you with a somewhat streaky finish, but I’m all for fast-drying polishes as I always manage to mess up a perfect manicure by doing things before my nails are fully dry.

What really differentiated Illasmqua’s polishes from others I’ve tried is the opacity of the shades. I was able to achieve rich, creamy opaque coverage (Lament has no shimmer or sparkle to it but it’s wonderfully, lusciously creamy) with just one coat. I decided to go with a second coa to give them that luorescent creamsicle look and other than a little tip-wear, this polish has been wearing beautifully. I can easily see Illasmaqua’s polishes becoming a fast favorite of mine!

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