I am bouncing off the walls with excitement at what Illamasqua are going to bring us for Autumn/Winter 2010. But whilst we’re waiting for that happy day to arrive, let’s give some attention to the much anticipated and lauded nail varnishes from Illamaqua’s Dystopia range for Autumn/Winter 2009. My regular readers will know that it’s not unusual for me to review a Christmas polish in the summer and vice versa, so at the risk of sounding unfashionable, I’m showing you two of my favourite shades from last year. I still love them, therefore as far as I am concerned, they’re still current!
First up, Velocity. The “grurple” one. There’s been a bit of talk about Velocity being a dupe for various other cult polishes, such as SOPI’s Metro Chic and OPI’s Parlez-Vous OPI. If I had to say, it is possibly closest to PVO. However, if you, like me, are a total polish nerd, then forget about the possible duplicates, and just get this one, as it’s fabulous.
Opaque in one coat, Velocity has everything I now expect from an Illamasqua polish. Perfect application, no dragging, pooling or bubbling. This was also dry, without the aid of Seche Vite, in less than five minutes.
I am so glad that this shade of dusky purple is still around for 2010. It is a real go-to colour for me, as it co-ordinates with most of my clothes and always makes me feel good. In fact, I wore this yesterday and a lady commented on how nice it was, and what was the polish? Hurrah!
Now here we have Obsess. I was a little surprised that Illamasqua, home of crazy shades like Milf, Muse and Propaganda were featuring a basic hot pink.
But it was only when I got up close and personal to Obsess that I realised it isn’t your run-of-the-mill Paris Hilton polish.
Obsess is pink, there’s no denying it, but it has a perfect place in the Dystopia collection. The range is based on greys, blacks and purples, with the odd flash of colour.
If you’re the type of person that likes to match nails and lips, then a bottle of Obsess, and an Avenge lipstick will make you a very happy bunny.
Please note that these photos have somehow dulled the shade a bit – Obsess isn’t neon, but it is certainly the brightest pink I have ever seen!
Once again, I had no issues at all with application, and this is another perfect one-coater. What I really like about Obsess, apart from the fact that it has the perfect amount of blue in it to flatter most skintones, is the finish. It’s not a matte, by any stretch of the imagination, but it doesn’t have a mega high gloss finish either. Of course, you could always add more shine by using a topcoat, but I like it as it is – it makes it unique.
So there we have it. What do you think? Are you into the Dystopia look?
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