Illamasqua nail Varnish Collection Megapost

Today’s post is dedicated to Julija of Infinitely Awkward, and pays homage to fivezero’s megaposts.  In one of the comments, Julija asked me how numerous Illamasqua polishes I owned – I did a quick count from my inventory spreadsheet, and the answer was: 47.  (Correction, the number of distinct shades is actually 44, I purchased back-ups of certain shades which I will indicate with an asterisks) Arguably, Illamasqua are one of my all time favourites in terms of formula and colour selection. Up until last year, I had easy access to the brand but unfortunately, Illamasqua chose to exit from the North American market. numerous of the ones I own were purchased during the clearance sales. here is my Illamasqua collection, grouped by colour:

I also recently purchased these nail swatching spoons – I’ve been searching for ones with short handles (on the right) rather than the long ones that are implied for display purposes (left):

I’m pleased with these shorter ones, now I can see swatches of all my polishes easily and store them on a ring.  I’ll probably do series of nail polish megaposts with other brands in my stash.  Here we go – every single shade of Illamasqua nail polish I own swatched.  These are noted alphabetically and shown with 2 coats (no base / top coat) – shade descriptions are from Illamasqua’s site where possible.

(Mild NSFW warning: some of Illamasqua’s shade names are of a raunchy, sexual nature. They make Nar’s Orgasm and Deep Throat seem tame!)

Alarm – bright flame red, glossy finish

Bacterium – pearlescent ash ochre

Baptiste – deep royal purple, shimmer finish

Blizzard – snow glitter, glitter finish

Boosh – pure black, glossy finish

Charisma – deep raspberry pink

Collide – bright neon pink, satin finish

Creator – magical black (shimmer finish)

DWS – cement grey

Facet* – grey crystal

Faithful – coppered metal, metallic finish

Faux pas – blue violet, rubber finish

Fire rose – shattered pink (shattered star)

Gothiqua – deep plum polish with bright green microshimmer

Grab – grape magenta, glossy finish

Harem – bright mauve pink

Hemlock – pale opal green iridescent

Jo’mina* – electric lilac

Lament – bright coral pink, glossy finish

Load – creamy white

Loella – bright candy pink, glossy finish

Milf – bright mint gloss

Monogamous – creamy flesh pink, matte finish

Muse – deep teal blue, glossy finish

Nomad – bright jade, glossy  finish

Obsess – bright fuchsia pink, glossy finish

Phallic – deep midnight blue, shimmer finish

Pink Raindrops – sheer amazing pink (silver glitter)

Poke – bright violet purple, shimmer finish (review here)

Purity – peach (review here)

Raindrops* – sheer light grey, jelly finish (silver glitter)

Rampage – dark green jelly, glossy finish

Ruthless – bright scarlet red, glossy finish

Scarab – deep ruby red, metallic finish

Stagnant – grey mauve

Stance – fuchsia violet, glossy finish

Swinger – glistening platinum gold metallic finish

Taint – stone brown, rubber finish

Throb – blood red

Trilliant – shattered champagne (shattered star)

Unnatural – rich burgundy wine, glossy finish

Untold – red glitter, glossy finish

Venous – bold blue green

Viridian – peacock green, metallic finish

My preferred colours are of course, the 3 back-ups I purchased: Facet, Raindrops, and Jo’mina – as well, I love Bacterium, Ruthless, Scarab and Viridian.  I hope you enjoyed!  I will continue to post swatches on my hands of the Untrieds because technically many of these (50%) I have never actually worn on my nails.  As you can imagine, this took a while to swatch, photograph and edit everything but I’m really delighted I finally started to swatch all my nail polishes.  Do you own any Illamasqua nail polishes?  Which ones are your favourites?

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