One thing you can never call Illamasqua’s latest offering is, ‘boring‘. Whether it’s preaching the ways of teal lipstick, acid green lipgloss or reversed white flicked liner, you can count on their collections to be bold, brash and most definitely not afraid to be different. I have to say I’m quite behind their latest smorgasbord of new products released as part of their Spring ’13 ’I'mperfection’ line. The nature inspired range was created with the idea of proudly showcasing your beauty, warts and all, hence the clever play on words – I like. In their supporting imagery birthmarks are left uncovered, natural complexions bare and there’s a heavy emphasis on freckles which brings me to the product that I got most in a flap about; deemed by their creative team as ‘freckles for your fingertips’…
Inspired by the irregular markings on bird eggs comes five limited edition Speckle Nail Varnishes: Fragile, a powder blue, Mottle, a pastel green, Scarce, a baby pink, Speckle a lavender lilac and Freckle*, the one I’ve been giving a go, a soft neutral (for a closer swatch on it on the nail check here). The beige base colour is flecked with sage and emerald green matte glitter particles of the small and large variety. From a distance I see uniquely freckled fingertips but when inspected up close it can have a bit of ‘is there something wrong with your nails’ look. But forget the macro inspections and just take it for what it is, a souped-up glitter polish; I quite enjoyed rocking something a little different on my talons. In terms of longevity, I reported five days of wear with minor chipping, but as with any glitter polishes reserve an evening in front of the TV for its removal (I will not be defeated by darn glitter polish).
The Illamasqua Speckled Nail Varnish along with the rest of their new products will be trickling onto counters and online on 31st January with a bottle of the spotty stuff setting you back £14.50. With the eggy vibe around these polishes I can’t help but think they would have made a fab Easter release. Me and my waistline would much prefer a Mini Egg-esque nail product than a Thornton’s egg from the Easter bunny (if I tell myself that enough times I may start to believe it). Either way it’s a kooky little idea, will you be showcasing the speckle?