Sunday, 6 October 2013

Nail of the Day: Raindrops Keep Fallin'...

Hi, everyone! On this particularly rainy Sunday, I thought I'd share with you a fitting product, Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Raindrops. I'd seen this super pretty shade on Temptalia a little while back and was instantly attracted to the unique finish. When I spotted this in Sephora last month, I had to pick it up!


Raindrops is a cloudy greyish blue shade with a jelly-like finish and multicoloured silver shimmer and soft micro-glitter. It leaves a glowy sheen on the nails that is ultra pretty!

The polish comes in Illamasqua's typical packaging, a sturdy glass bottle with subtle curves and a bold black cap:



Caught in the right light, the shimmer is incredibly brilliant and luminous, mimicking the glow of raindrops hitting a window pane. Quite poetic, isn't it? ;)


At other angles the shimmer is much more subtle, which makes the polish quite wearable and chic.


With one coat, Raindrops is quite sheer, but in a way that looks quite lovely, rather than underwhelming. With two coats (featured in the photos here), it becomes a bit more opaque and gains a richer blue hue:


As for the wear of the polish, it's difficult to give a fair assessment because I applied it quite quickly one evening, foregoing my normal base and top coats. It's held up quite well on its own, though there was some noticeable chipping within 3 days. I'm assuming that with a more careful application and the proper base and top coat layers this would really last quite well!


The full beauty of this polish was a bit difficult to capture on camera- it definitely falls into the "looks even better in real life" category. But hopefully you can still get a sense of the shady blue hue and rainy shimmer!


Overall, I'm really pleased with Raindrops. It is beautiful, unique, and out of the ordinary, yet still quite wearable and soft. Sounds cheesy, but I think it really captures the beauty of a rainy day! Illamasqua has also released a Pink Raindrops shade, a shimmery cotton candy pink, but the original shade is definitely more up my alley. So glad I picked it up!

Have you tried either of the Illamasqua Raindrops nail polishes? What are some of your favourite Illamasqua shades?

Thanks for reading! :)



50 comments:

  1. The Illamasqua nail varnishes look lovely, I really like the finish of this shade! The multicoloured glitter is just so pretty! Would love to try out some of the darker colours too.

    Kathryn x
    effievanity.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really is a lovely shade. Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  2. I am absolutely loving that shade. I'm not big on shimmery nail polishes and would probably prefer it for myself without the shimmer but this one looks lovely on you. I haven't tried any Illamasqua nail polishes myself but have heard really good things!

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    1. Illamasqua polishes are definitely worth checking out. The shimmer in this one is really unique :)

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  3. You captured the shimmer and glitter beautifully in your photos.
    Love this! I've never really seen a shade like it.
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    1. Thanks! It really is super unique :)

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  4. Aaaaw, what a beauty! I don't usually like glittery nails, but times are changing and I have a feeling I'll become a big maniac ;)!

    xx
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    1. Heehee, this is one glitter that's definitely worth checking out :)

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  5. Really cool color!

    www.lam-style.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh wow! So beautiful color of nail polish! :)

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    1. Thanks, Anna! It's one of my new favourites :)

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  7. You have no idea how long I've lusted after this color

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    1. I was so happy to have found it! Hope you can track it down too :)

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  8. I like that this is a blue-mix-grey polish, and I agree, does kind of capture the essence of rainy day. I'm intrigued to see what Pink Raindrops would look like, like fairy floss? Haha!

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    1. Ha, I think fairy floss would be a good description! xo

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  9. I love the name of this colour!
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    1. Me too! I find it to be a perfect name for the shade :)

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  10. Oooh this is a gorgeous colour! I love pale pastel shades like this <3 xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Thanks! It's one of the prettiest pastel polishes I've seen :)

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  11. love this colour ! ;D

    saralookbook.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow ,what a beautiful Manicure <3 ,love it!!!

    big Hugs :)

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  13. Grey polish is so trendy for this season!

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    1. Thanks- it's one of my new favourite shades :)

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    Big kiss!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Cindy! Will stop by your blog soon :)

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    1. Thanks! It's one of m new faves :)

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  16. beautful color, looks great!
    happy evening!

    <3
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    1. Thanks, as always, for your kind comments! :)

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  17. ooo that is very poetic, i really like that. and that jelly finish sounds interesting- that shimmer is very pretty! now if only i can have someone to paint my nails for me (i'm such a disaster at it) ;)

    xo marlen
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    1. It is poetic, isn't it? I'm definitely no pro at manicures, but shades like this make it fun!

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  18. Beautiful colour!! I love it!

    Xoxo!

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  19. Illamasqua looks like an amazing brand! I have one nail polish color but haven't tried it yet! This color is very beautiful :)

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    1. Illamasqua polishes really are tops! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  20. This is such a beautiful colour! Reminds me of one of my OPI polishes. I have yet to try any Illamasqua products

    Louise | Vanity Corner

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