10 January 2013

Illamasqua Viridian

Today I have some swatches of a gorgeous polish, Illamsaqua Viridian. Illamasqua describes it as peacock green, with a metallic finish. I'm totally on board with the "peacock"--I actually thought of the colour, before I even read that, as some sort of awesome love child of a peacock and a beetle (which, I don't even wanna know how those two got together, but I hope those crazy kids make it work). "Metallic" I'm not so sure about. I see it as more of a very deep shimmer with just a little bit of metallic, or even pearl. Not enough to define the finish but enough to make it richly luxurious.

Illamasqua Viridian swatch

There's also just a teeny hint of duochrome to it, barely noticeable, but it adds yet another dimension. If you look at the corners of the bottle and at the very sides of the nails, you may be able to see that tinge of purple.

Illamasqua Viridian swatch

I'm wearing two coats here (with a coat of SV on top), but with careful application you could actually get away with just one. It's quite a thick polish but not unmanageably so; it stays where you put it and spreads well and evenly. Plus I'm crazy about the colour! It definitely leans strongly green, but it's also nicely teal-blue as well. And the shade falls somewhere between jewel-toned and vampy, somehow managing to be rich and dark and yet also very colourful. This is one complicated polish!

Illamasqua Viridian swatch

Illamasqua released Viridian and its duo partner, Scarab (a similarly rich red), in the fall of 2010 as the Art of Darkness collection.

40 comments:

  1. I love the color, but hate the brand. I had so much trouble with chipping because of the rubberized finish and I used regular base/top coats. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! You're not the first person I've heard of having same trouble with the rubberized finish polishes. Fortunately I didn't have any problems at all with Viridian; it applied and wore beautifully. Cheers & thanks again!

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  2. Viridian and Scarab were the two main Illamasqua polishes I had originally wanted XD (Except for Raindrops...but I can dream, can't I?) Beautiful and stunning on you!

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    1. Ooh, Raindrops--I wannit! Yeah, Viridian and Scarab were definitely the first two Illamasquas on my WL too, so I was really psyched to find 'em the last time I was Stateside. Thank you so much, Ash!! :D

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  3. I was debating whether to get this or not... But it looks great on you and now its totally going on my wishlist!

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    1. I meant to add that it's another polish that's ever prettier IRL. Hope you like it, Anna, and thanks!!

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  4. I haven't tried Illamasqua yet. This one is really pretty!

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    1. I've only tried a couple, since it's not available where I live, but I was really happy with this one. Thank you very much!

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  5. Oh, I love this color. I have been wanting to try Illamasqua, but keep missing opportunities, lol.

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    1. Thank you, Jenna!! I don't get a lot of opportunities either, so I grabbed this one while I could. ;)

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  6. Wow!!! This nail color is so pretty. I super like the color for it looks so elegant and classy. I wanna have one of this and I just can't wait to try it out.

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    1. I do like that about this one--it's classy, but it's a fun polish too. Thank you very much!

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  7. I almost bought this but I noticed the teal-blue thing too. So I didn't buy it. I won't wear teal.

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    1. Haha! It definitely has a teal edge to it. I actually bought it *because* it's so teal, but yeah, you probably wouldn't like. :P

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  8. LOL, last night when I went a sleep I thought to myself: Tomorrow you are going to use Viridian - it's so gorgeous!

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    1. Whoo, Twilight Zone! Thank you, Maria!! ^_^

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  9. Love this, such a complex shade! Really a peackock teal, and definitely not metallic.

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  10. I had a serious debate with myself on whether or not to get this just a few days ago I ended up passing and now I wish I hadn't!

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    1. I thought I'd like it from swatches online, but it's SO pretty in person. Thanks, Kelly!

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  11. This is really stunning on you!

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  12. I had this one back in the day for a hot second until I realized I wasn't pale enough to wear it. Sigh. This looks perfect on you!

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  13. I don't have Illamasqua nail polishes, but I like this one..! :-) Beautiful green! :-)

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    1. I think this one would really suit you too--thank you very much!

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  14. OOOOOO I am loooving this!!! So gorgeous!

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  15. Gorgeous color! The shimmers in there are just stunning! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. I love those shimmers! They really add a lot. Thank you, Yun!

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  16. That is so pretty! I love deep greens!

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    1. It's such a great shade--thanks so much, Meredith! :D

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  17. This is so beautiful! I haven't tried any Illamasqua polishes but everything they put out is always so stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Brittney! I really want to try more of theirs now too. Wish like crazy I could get them here! >_<

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  18. Illamasqua is currently having a sale on select products, including some lacquers, online. Lacquers are L5 (sorry, don't have a pound sign on my keyboard). You can check it at http://www.illamasqua.com/. Just thought you might like to know.

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    1. Ooh, thanks for letting me know, Tina! Not sure whether shipping to HK will work through the site, but I'll definitely check it out! ^_^

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