Sunday, 30 June 2013

Sunday Manicure: Lilac Illamasqua Speckle + swatches of other speckled alternatives

I always wanted to try one of Illamasqua's Speckled Nail Polishes, but I very rarely spend more than £10.00 on a bottle of nail polish. The regular price of this beautiful nail varnish is £14.50, but... I managed to get it for £7.50!
Illmasqua's sales are fantastic and since I discovered the brand, I always keep an eye on their twitter to stay up to date with discount codes and offers. Unfortunately, the speckled effect nail polishes were part of the I'mperfection Collection and were limited edition, but... you can still buy them from Debenhams and Selfridges.

Illamasqua Speckle nail polish is a gorgeous pastel lilac shade with tiny speckles of round glitter and bigger hexagon shaped glitter. The effect is very unusual and it was inspired by the fragility and beauty of irregular markings upon bird eggs. It looks very pretty and I absolutely love it! The formula applies like a dream and dries to a smooth, streak free finish after just 2 coats. Perfect!

If you don't feel like spending £14.50 on this beautiful nail polish, you can achieve a similar effect by painting your nails with a pastel lilac colour and adding L'Oreal Confetti Top Coat or Nubar Black Polka Dot Nail Lacquer. I couldn't resist picking up the real deal :)

L-R: Illamasqua Speckled, L'Oreal Confetti Top Coat, Nubar Black Polka Dot Nail Lacquer

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  1. Pretty colour :)

  2. The Ilamasqua one is nice but I think I prefer the L'Oreal one! x

  3. That's really pretty. I think the L'Oreal confetti top coat is nicer than the Illamasqua one over a lilac colour because the speckles wouldn't be coated in a coloured paint. But the Illamasqua one is still really lovely :)

    Colour Shimmer Sparkle

  4. Maybelline have a few good ones in their colour workshop, picked up a lovely pink speckled one and it was buy one get one half price in boots so worked out to £2.25 each :)

  5. Gorgeous colour! perfect for summer :) xx

  6. i bought a simlar nail polish from barry m but it leave the effect like i sprinled sugar on it -.- not gooood
    the illamasqua one looks lush tho..

  7. That is such a lovely colour!! Xx

  8. I've been lusting over the Illamasqua nail polish forever now and it just keeps looking better! However, I think I'm gonna go for Loreal because it's a top coat and a little more versatile!
    xx Amber
    Lovely Notions

  9. I loved these when they came out around Easter; but now it's Summer, i'm not that fussed, as they remind me of Cadbury's Mini Eggs; so I just associate them with Spring :-( Laura from Twinkle Style & Travel Magazine and A Life With Frills


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