About a week ago I received a lovely package from Ange-Marie containing a couple of Illamasqua polishes (and one China Glaze). She was taking a trip to Atlanta and so graciously picked me up the two Illamasqua polishes I wanted most, Rampage and Phallic. When I asked for Rampage she replied with, "It's darker than you'd think." That only made me want it more. I have to confess that I do want a green polish like the infamous NARS Zulu. I like wearing green polish, but I really want it to look like a vampy black-green, not necessarily chalkboard green (although that can be nice too). At first she told me she wasn't able to get me Rampage and I felt a little sad. Later she said she had been mistaken and she actually had gotten it for me. YAY! I was so excited. Oh, and can I just say that Ange-Marie is awesome? Like, she's one of the coolest chicks ever. So thanks lady! I really appreciate that you thought of me!
Illamasqua is a brand that's new to me, so before I show you the color let me ask...does anyone know how to pronounce it? My inclination is to say "Ill-am-ahsk-wah," but I was watching a couple YouTube videos and I heard someone say "Ill-am-ask-uh." Anyone got any insight on that?
Alright, first thing's first: the packaging. I love polishes that come in boxes. I don't know why. I practically squealed with glee when I got my Rescue Beauty Lounge order and they were all individually boxed. I love that MAC polishes come in their own boxes, too. I don't know why! I guess I'm just weird. So thumbs up on that, Illamasqua. Next, the look of the bottle itself.
I love me a rectangular bottle. A bottle with angles! Yay! And I love the square cap. This picture is with flash, by the way. You can see one of the little shake-y balls in the bottom left-hand corner of the bottle. This should have foretold my application problems to come.
Like on Chanel polishes, you can yank the cap off of the top to make application less awkward. I'm a fan of that, too.
Little details really please me, so I really loved how they put the logo on top of the cap.
Alright, so...I had a huge problem with the formula on this. It's a jelly, yes, which makes it finicky by nature...but I had mad cuticle drag. You'll be able to see in my picture with flash that I still have bare patches on my nails after three coats. No bueno. I waited between coats too, probably about five minutes. This...was a laborious...manicure.
This is by the window, in natural [semi] light. It's a stunning color, really. I do love it.
...yeah. Three coats, and I was very careful. I used very deliberate brushstrokes and I waited between the coats. The color is too, too pretty, though.
Just regular indoor lighting
I am not an expert at giving myself manicures (as you can see by the polish all over my cuticles) but I'm pretty good at working with most formulas. This one pissed me off. Don't get me wrong; it's worth it because the color is so gorgeous. I just wish it wasn't such a pain in the ass. Maybe I got a bad bottle? Maybe I didn't wait long enough between coats? I admit that it could be operator error but I kind of doubt it. Regardless, I'm really glad I have this. It's so pretty. And kind of sexy!
As regular readers can probably tell, I cut my nails off yesterday. For some reason my left thumbnail always splits really far down, so I ended up cutting that one really short. I figured the rest should probably follow suit, so there you have it. Since I'm working with coffee again, you'll probably notice my hands are pretty dry and jacked up. I'm sorry about that. It is the way of the barista.
Oh, also, Stephanie was the first one yesterday to answer my painting question! We share the same name, the same love of nail polish, and the same insane art love. Good job! It was indeed a detail of Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa. I am in love with that painting. Anyone wanna play again? This one's a little harder.
Again, no image source because I took this one myself.
Alright guys, thanks for reading. I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I'm exhausted. I think I might even take a nap...