Monday, 31 December 2012

Nail of the Day: Illamasqua Viridian (+ 100 Followers!)

Hi, everyone! Being New Year's Eve, it's natural to reflect on the year that's passed and assess how it stacks up to other bygone years. 2012 has definitely been filled with hard work, accomplishment, and an incredible amount of fun. One exciting milestone, just recently achieved, is that this little blog has reached 100 followers! I never expected this site to pick up so much steam and I am incredibly grateful for all of my lovely and insightful readers. Couldn't have done it without you! To celebrate the 100 follower mark, I am planning an upcoming giveaway, so keep your eyes out for it in the coming weeks!

Now onto the nail polish! Today's installment features my first ever Illamasqua polish. The brand carries several unique shades, each somewhat unexpected and complex. It was hard to decide! In the end, I opted for Viridian, a deep, multifaceted, shimmer shade. 


As you can see, Viridian is a deep teal-emerald shade with subtle hints of silver and purple. It was mesmerizing to look at in the bottle! On my nails, the purple tones were nearly imperceptible, which was a bit disappointing, however the effect was still quite lovely. On me, it showed up as a deep emerald green with a subtle silvery sheen. The green hue actually made it an unexpectedly festive choice!

Here are a few more views of the polish. It's not the neatest manicure I've ever given myself, but hope you can appreciate the shade regardless!







Overall, even though Viridian didn't show up as expected (a pop of purple would have been nice!), I'm still really happy with this shade. It'll be my go-to when I want vampy nails that don't fall into the typical black-grey-burgundy categories.

Have any of you tried and loved Illamasqua nail polishes? Any favourite shades?

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope all of you have a fun, safe, and festive time tonight! And don't forget to keep an eye out for my upcoming 100 Follower Giveaway! :)

20 comments:

  1. I really, really like this shade! It looks so luxurious :)

    Happy new year and congrats on 100! xoxo
    abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks so much, Erica! It really is a luxurious shade :)

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  2. this is such a beautiful shade! i havent tried any illamasqua nail polishes but i will keep my eye out for this one its so pretty :)

    http://allthingsbeautybytiarni.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. You should definitely check it out! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

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  3. I've yet to try any Illamasqua but I am loving this shade, it's gorgeous. I love anything teal!

    http://www.youremyfavouriteflavour.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Me too! I'm definitely a sucker for teal-coloured makeup products :)

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  5. you can kinda see the purple in it, but either way it's a very chic shade (that almost sounds like a tongue twister haha). and i totally agree- that's such a fun, vampy shade without it being typical

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    1. Yeah, at some angles hints of purple would show up- just not quite as prominent as expected. But I love the shade regardless! And yes, definitely a tongue twister, but true! :)

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  6. I love the Illamasque products, and its so great that the prices have recently been reduced here in Austrlia!!

    I have an international giveaway on my blog, hope you will enter;
    http://beautyandlifestylehunter.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/face-of-australia-international-giveaway.html

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    1. Illamasqua has recently come to Canada and I'm loving everything I've tried so far! I'll check out your blog for sure :)

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  7. I love the color its cool & rich..
    Happy New Year...

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    1. Thanks, ladies! Happy New Year :)

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  8. Happy New Years.. www.fashionsyrup.com

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    1. Happy New Years! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. this is such a beautiful color !


    x Liyana
    LiyanasAdvice.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Liyana! I'm loving it :)

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful shade. I'd love to try some Illamasqua nail colours, I bought my friend one for her birthday and she seems to love it. This colour is so stunning. Thanks for commenting on my blog! Katie xx
    http://gravityandshe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Katie! You should check out Illamasqua nail polish for sure. It's fantastic! :)

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All of your lovely comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your musings, ideas, and opinions. Feel free to leave a link to your blog- I'd be happy to check it out :)