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Illamasqua Nail Varnish Competition Winners

In March of this year, Illamasqua came up with a unique idea where it held a nail varnish competition, with a twist. Fans could now actually design their dream nail polish color and submit it to Illamasqua with an inspirational image.

6000 people submitted descriptions from which only 3 were selected and given the form of nail varnishes. The legendary Alex Box, the Pixiwoo sisters, cutting edge nail artist Sophie Robson and Selfridges Beauty Director David Walker-Smith were on the judge panel.

I have two of these shades with me now namely Shrapnel and Raindrops.


Raindrops is what I would say is quite exact to the description provided for the competition, “Inspired by a photograph I took from the monorail in Seattle, through the rain on the window you glimpse the Seattle Space Needle. I want a polish that looks like raindrops on my fingernails. A light, creamy grey with the sheerest silver glimmer, lightly reflective... like a raindrop.”– Ann, California

This is a creamy blue based light grey. Illamasqua calls it a jelly finish varnish. It is quite creamy and sheer on first application. A good 3 layers is what gives the result below, which translates pretty well on the nails. It dries really fast so I would overlook the layers it requires. Also, I guess they have kept the finish sheer to make it reminiscent of how raindrops would actually look on the nails. Now they would not be very opaque would they?

It has these gorgeous white/silvery particles in it, which is not glitter but blends so well with the polish that you can hardly tell. This looks stunning with any pastel or light colored apparel. Gorgeous is the word for this.


Shrapnel is supposed to mimic the appearance of a shiny new penny. This is what the competition entry looked like. “I have NEVER found my dream nail colour, a pink based metallic copper, like a shiny new penny – pure sex!” - Loren, Toronto, Canada.

Illamasqua again did a fabulous job of creating this stunning colour. It is exactly like a shiny new penny, dare I say much more shinier. I don't usually like copper colors anywhere near my dresser but this baby is uber pretty as it has golden pink undertones to it, somewhat like Nar's Orgasm Illuminator? It is a pinky-bronze color - very sexy indeed! Having said that, I think this color is a bit more common compared to Raindrops.

The consistency of this polish surpassed my expectations. One coat gives you a fantastic color payoff that looks exactly like how it looks in the bottle. So unlike the previous nail varnish, this is not quite buildable, as it delivers fantastic results in the first go.


On the whole, I adore the colours. They have a third one too which I am keen to check out. It's a greyish purple, something I don't own yet. Ignore my sloppy application please, I had  a really shaky hand that day!







Rhamnousia @ Desi Girl Does Makeup said...

Shrapnel is a let down for me. It looks NOTHING like the promo pic, neither does raindrops really, it's a lot bluer than the promo pic would have you believe but you can still get away with it.

I saw the inspiration post for Shrapnel and there were a pair of shoes which were coppery and going by the promo pic, I thought Illamasqua had captured that colour but it's a lot pinkier than that.

Get Gawjus! said...

aww really! I have not really seen the inspirational pics and should have a look now. Regardless of the inspiration pics, I really like myself these colors :D I have nothing that looks like them.

Sherrie said...

these look lovely colours, not sure I would wear Raindrops but Shrapnel looks right up my street! x

Poohkie said...

Raindrops is absolutely gorgeous! I normally HATE pale blue nail colours, but this one is so pretty.

Rhamnousia @ Desi Girl Does Makeup said...

I sound like such a moaner, (sorry!) they are nice colours and you're right, I've never seen colours like them before but going on what I thought Shrapnel WOULD look like from seeing the promo pics, I'm a bit let. I'm trying to find one decent copper colour and am yet to see it.

Sami said...

Hmm... is it just me or does Raindrops look a bit like Blue-Tac?

Get Gawjus! said...

@Sami hehe maybe slightly, or it must be my sloppy application :S

Michelle Xo said...

Raindrops is beyond beautiful and I especially love the description. The copper color is nice too but the description is just so juvenile to me I would have thought they would go with something better then that.

Jade said...

I NEED to own Raindrops; it's such a gorgeous colour! Especially with the white/silvery particles - it stops it from being just another light, pastel blue! I would never go for Shrapnel but it looks amazing with your skintone! x

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SweetThingsAndKisses said...

wow both of those colours are stunning! x

lipstickmama said...

These are nice, I like the metallicness of the finish on both. Thanks for this. Jan

shoppingaholic said...

I love raindrops. What's with the Cattitude? of OPI is similar to this one, i guess.

<3

Toni Tralala said...

Those are such lovely colors! I did my first attempt at a manicure a few days ago and I felt like a 5 year old with crayons. :))

I'm getting there. It suits your skin tone. :)

Steph xox said...

both beautiful colcours...they picked well.

WillWorkForMakeup said...

Wow, both of those shades are lovely! At first I preferred Raindrops but after reading the contest entry, Shrapnel may be my favorite! The description sold me on it and the color is so unique.

Serah Alabi ♥ said...

Gret Post
I love tzhe blue nailpolish

Imo said...

AMAZING! rain drops looks so pretty

SweetLikeJelly said...

Those are gorgeous!

The Beautifier said...

Ohh those shades are really pretty! I want them both xoxo

Classy&Fabulous said...

lubly!!

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