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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Illamasqua Collide Product Review

There's a new bunny in town, making a name for themselves in the US cosmetic industry! Have you heard of cosmetic company Illamasqua? They're out of London and if you haven't already, you should definitely start becoming familiar with their name. Some in the States have touted Illamasqua as the "new" MAC. Remember when MAC started, they were very edgy and "out there". Well many feel MAC has mellowed through the years. Well Illamasqua cosmetics are for the BOLD and the ones who dare to be DRAMATIC. Illamasqua's mission is to provide high performance, professional makeup to anyone who wants to self express and accentuate their look beyond the norm. (source).

Illamsqua caught my eye with their new I'mperfection (I'm Perfection) Collection (specifically their nail lacquer, which looks like the speckled eggs stores sell during Easter) I'm not quite ready to jump on the speckled nail varnish route, so I decided to try a bright pink varnish named Collide.

Well, let me tell you! This is not a pink for the modest at heart. It's a pink that packs a punch! Collide is a NEON pink WITH CLASS! I really like it! The application of it was very easy. Long brush, but it was very easy to control. I used 2 coats to achieve the look below. I think this is the fastest drying nail lacquer I've ever used. The vibrant color is amazing! The only thing I didn't like was it's distinctive nail lacquer scent. Plus I didn't read about it being Environmentally friendly or at least 3 Free.

This nail lacquer costs $14 at Sephora and £13.50 ($17.26 USD) on Illamasqua's website. It was shocking to hear from my International readers (in my last nail polish post) how much you guys pay for nail polish! I don't think I would ever do mine. Crazy wild!
Sweet-Bittersweet-Not Sweet
Illamasqua's Collide is Sweet!
Oops! Sorry little bunny! I got a little yummy doing this post ;)


Unknown said...


I love this!! It does have a punch to it and it looks lovely on you. The brush does a lil long but perfect for control which is always a plus.

Great review. Love how the bunny head is missing. Lol.

Sheila said...

Ooo never tried Illamasqua before! This looks great Kim. Pretty color too! :)

xo - Sheila

Rainbow Gatherer said...

hiya Kim,
This color is adorable, I can imagine it wearing on the beach :) you can follow me by the follow this blog button in my blog on the right sidebar or from bloglovin.



The Dragonfruit said...

Once again the food background is distracting me...jellybeans! :D
Haha, oh right, and that nail polish looks like a lovely color ^^

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Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Wow, it really is super bright. Beautiful shade for summer, though. x

Unknown said...

awww these pics are so delicious..and i like the colour of your nails ;)


Cee said...

I've been hearing so much about Illamasqua lately, it's on my list of things to investigate when I finally make my trip to the UK this spring. I have to say, I wasn't totally sold on Collide in the bottle, but on your nails the colour is fabulous - although not for the faint of heart ;) Thanks for another great review, Kim - and for making me hungry looking at all of these Easter treats, ha ha :)

Unknown said...

I lurve it - so fab - the colour is very Spring.
Happy Easter dearest Ki, hope you have a lovely break,

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Such a gorgeous colour! It does remind me of the jelly beans I ate when I was a kid. I would have eaten the bunny too ;) Happy Easter lovely...I hope you have a marvellous time!! Enjoy the break. Many blessings and love to you & family!! I think I will post tomorrow, but if I don't enjoy!! xxxx

Carole Poirot said...

Woohoo! That's PINK! I prefer my varnish a little more coral, but this is still pretty cool! xo

Jillian said...

That color is gorgeous. Definitely looks better on than it does in the bottle.

Style Journey said...

I would definitely wear this pink nail polish. The brighter the better in my opinion! Heather

TheTinyHeart said...

I never heard of the brand before. I don't think I'd pay 14 bucks for polish but the color is gorgeous!

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Lilli said...

The nail polish is fantastic, love this shade! yum for the choc bunny:) Kisses! xo

Coco said...

That shade is cool, I would use it myself! Not ready for the speckled nails either! Oh if I had a bag of jelly beans here right now I would stuff myself. Those days! Loveeee

Unknown said...

We used to have Ilamsqua in Ireland but they pulled out a few years ago and I'm still in mourning!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

That is one gorgeously vibrant shade of pink and it looks beautiful with your skin tone Kim! I've seen this brand at Sephora and the entire line definitely looks bold.

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two birds said...

i laughed at that bunny on instagram! and i love this color. i love a nail color that is loud and fun!

Unknown said...

Cute cute post doll!! Happy Thursday!!


Sara said...

What a lovely shade of pink! I WANT CANDY!

Unknown said...

I need that nail polish! I'm all about buying quality nail polish than a bunch of duds!


Lorena said...

Nice pictures KIm.
I always like learning about new brands, this one has got me thinking how do i pronounce it ?
The color lookks amazing .

Sarah Hartley said...

That color is awesome! So pretty for spring/summer.

Unknown said...

It's a really pretty color. I've seen the brand at Sephora, but it takes a lot for me to spend $13 on a bottle of polish. I love Essie and Lime Crime which are both well below that price point.

And as you know I LOVE speckled nails as you can tell by my last nail post haha :)

And your pictures are making me hungry once again...


Benedetta M. said...

That fabulous nail polish! ;D





beautiful color :)

CE&TH said...

So pretty! I've been getting into coral-y pinks quite a bit lately and this is just plain pretty. Nailpolish really is insanely expensive! I get most of mine for cheaper on ebay when I can :)
xx Corinne

aki! said...

I have a color that's really similar to this too!

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Unknown said...

Oh my gosh! That polish colour is so beautiful! Its so bright and beautiful!

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Sonshu said...

The colour!!! Absolutely dream like and pretty. So summery and neon!

I love it :D


Unknown said...

lovely post doll!


Unknown said...

This is the first time I read or heard about the brand, but the colours is very cute, bright and girly.
We pay almost doble price for Essie Manicure here in Spain 12 E which is like 15$.
Have a great Easter Kim!

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

love the color!!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations for your blog. Recently, I discovered it, I follow you.


Anne said...

Lovely colour ! Wishing you a very Happy Easter Kim:)

Ali Hval said...

Well, that is definitely a very bold and bright pink! And I love the jellybean shots. Perfect for Easter (and I hope yours is amazing, lovely!)

Hehe, you are right--I am lucky to have met so many amazing people, such as yourself. :) It's amazing how people can come together so nicely through blogs. <3

Sabrina said...

I am craving jelly beans now! Hm, the pink doesn't look as bright as I thought it would actually. Still a really vibrant colour though!

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Chic Delights said...

I am craving for those jelly beans. Yummy! Your nail polish is a pretty pink. That cosmetics company is a brand to watch out for.

Mica said...

Such a bright neon pink, I like it! :) Shame it isn't big 3 free, if is they should publicise it more. I usually get around things like that where I'm unsure by using a good base coat that I know is safe from the nasties, and hope that helps. Probably has no scientific basis, but makes me feel better, haha.

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Isa said...

Your life just seems so delicious. Also I think "neon with class" pretty much covers it - I just painted my nails the same color!



Love them! One of my favourite lip colours I bought is Illamasqua. Such a good brand! The colour is adorable on you perfect for Easter! Happy Friday!

Jessica said...

really pretty color

Unknown said...

aw, what a nice post!!
great blog, enjoy reading it. wondering if you wanna follow each other?
we could stay in touch though. just let me know.
best wishes and happy easter - weekend!!


Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

I haven't heard of this brand, but I love the color. I will look for it at Sephora.

oomph. said...

certainly looks like that pink packs a punch! i love it! if i did neon on my nails, i'd like for it to be pink!


Elle Sees said...

just the prettiest color for spring :)

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