Illamasqua Harem – Swatch & Review

I picked this up last week when I nipped into TK Maxx (full haul here), they had a choice of 20 or so Illamasqua polishes, I’d never tried Illamasqua before so limited myself to just one before I potentially wasted my money on a formulation that I didn’t like.

Illamasqua Harem was easily the colour which caught my eye most in the shop, there was only one thing I could think of in my collection that was a similar shade, but I thought in my head told me this was brighter which it was.    illamasqua-harem-swatch-review

This sits somewhere nicely between a pink and purple, it’s a creamy neon shade – which almost glows on the nails, but a milky pastel tone takes this down a notch from being a true neon, it’s hard to describe and I don’t think I’m doing it justice! On the illumasqua website it looks lilac, disregard that completely, it’s much pinker in person.

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The formulation of this is very thick, one coat of this and it was very nearly opaque, close up you could see a few small streaks but a second coat evened it all put and left with a supremely glossy finish here it’s not pictured with a topcoat. Because it was thick I was expecting it to take longer than average to dry, but within minutes it was dry and ready to rock.

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Indoor evening light shows pinker than daylight

I had this on for 4 days, there was slight wearing to the tips, but it never got to the point of chipping as I changed my mani up. I think this looked gorgeous on, but would look even better with a bronzed up tan, and I can’t wait to pull this out Inge run up to summer.

I picked this up for £3.95 these normally retail for somewhere around the £14 mark so they had a big saving, I don’t know that I would pick up your average red or pink for this price but I can see illumasqua have a lot of unusual shades in their line up, and for ones like this where I have nothing truly comparable and would fill holes in collections – I think they’d be worth splashing for.

Rachael

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