This week I’m wearing Illamasqua’s Stance on my nails, the shade is part of their current Human Fundamentalism collection. I haven’t been able to get into the new neon pinks, yellows and blues so I went with something a little darker and funkier. Don’t let my attempt to capture this shade fool you, this image came off more magenta-ish on two different cameras in outdoor light than I was going for. In person this shade is truer to its fucshia violet with a glossy finish description. Indoors and in the shade, it is dark and lovely but in the sunlight it really comes alive.
This formula seemed a little thinner to me than your typical nail polish but that’s how I like my polishes, this made it easier for me to control. Two coats of polish gave me completely opaque coverage but opting for a third coat just makes the shade a little more livelier. The finish is not as spectularly shiny as it should be, as you can see here, but that is easily remedied with a glossy top coat. Lately I’ve been reaching for Nails Inc Kensigton Caviar Top Coat for a wet, glossy finish.
You can find Illamasqua Stance at Sephora, a bottle retailing for $14. What’s on your nails this week? Tell us in the comments.
You can always count on Illamasqua to be interesting and surprising. Their newest collection, Human Fundamentalism, available on Sephora.com March 20 and in select Sephora stores March 22, is a makeup artist’s playground. Intense pigments, flashes of color, different textures — it’s a mixed bag of awesome.
“Human Fundamentalism is the unique spirit and fundamental human drive for individuality. It’s a belief, a movement and an emotion. A connection with the spirit of the age and its global motifs. You are your own human hybrid, a unique nomad of street cultures and global trends.”
Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.
Powder Eye Shadow ($20) Subvert normality with an explosion of highly pigmented Powder Eye Shadows in four bold shades.
Burst (Blue Green)
- Pivot (Yellow Green)
- Cancan (Lilac Purple)
- Sex (Pure White)
Fundamental Palette: The Fundamental Palette is a playground for self-expression. Experiment with contrasting textures:
Neutral Palette: Create sculpted highlights and stark contours anywhere on your face and body with these four fundamental Powder Shadows.
Precision Ink ($27.50) Precision Ink in pure white Scribe is the ultimate anti-liner. Subvert expectations and highlight the unconventional, creating white-lined eyes and white-out brows with Precision Ink’s super-fine tip. Precision Ink also makes the perfect nail art pen.
Nail Varnish ($14)
Stance (Bright Mauve)
- Nomad (Bright Jade)
Lipstick ($22) Vibrant Box Lipstick, scarlet red
Intense Lipgloss ($20) In Fierce, bright blue purple
Illamasqua’s Precision Ink has all of the qualities I look for in a liquid liner. It’s waterproof, long-wearing, easy to use and doesn’t clump in my eyelashes when I apply and make mascara application impossible. But, Illamasqua has gone above and beyond the basic black shade and introduced an opalescent nude liquid ink. This shade has quickly become a must-have in my makeup bag!
Happy Memorial Day to everyone! Thought I’d give you a quick peek at my manicure this week, courtesy of Illamasqua Bacterium from the Toxic Nature Collection. This is one of the most interesting nail polishes I’ve seen in awhile, and we are both obsessing over it! It’s an opalescent beige with hints of brown, grey and blue in a chrome finish depending on the light. I love complex shades, and this definitely fits the bill.