Monday, July 11, 2011

Illamasqua Elope




Illamasqua Elope, one of my favourite greens. I did four coats but three would have been absolutely fine to eliminate VNL if I hadn't been trying to do other things (like make tea) while polishing...needless to say coat four was mostly to cover up the mess that I made of coat three. Like most of these bright polishes it dries to a satin finish (it's not a proper matte, so I think it's kind of half way between a neon and a jelly in formulation) and the coats are quite liquidy, but dry fast. I love these kind of slightly squishy polishes.



Man, photographing polish with neon pigments in is such a PITA. It's impossible to capture the fact that this is simultaneously *bright*! and rich. If you imagine an emerald green amped up to the max, this is it. Kind of the green version of (blue) Nfu.Oh 497. I also award this points because I frankened a really awesome palm green from a 50:50 mix of this and rampage - I was trying to match Bunny's polish in the Big Lebowski and that franken was spot on. It's just a really fantastic polish, and always draws compliments. It was responsible for me getting a free doughnut in Krispy Kreme the last time I wore it, so a definite winner in my book.



TL/DR: this polish is responsible for doughnuts and geeky film frankens. Buy it.




Looks good under Barry M black crackle too. Anyone else thinking of teenage mutant ninja turtles?

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10 comments:

Samantha Lee Shin said...

It reminds me of NYS Amaranth... is it similar?

katherine said...

this green looks so pretty!

Persnickety Polish said...

I don't own a green polish... it might be time!!! :-)

Lucy said...

I'll be adding this to my list. Love this shade of green. I'm a green girl so I must have this. Looks fantastic on you. Like the crackle topcoat with this polish.

beachgal said...

Love the brand - not so much this color however. Despite their fab formula, I would not want to spend the $ for that shade in this brand as I just would not wear it more than maybe 2 times. I am not a huge green polish head like a lot of polish heads out there are. I have enough - will be a few of the new this fall camo olive greens I am sure. And yes, TANT certainly with the crackle on it. Looked way better before that was added IMHO. I love this brand's smooth, even finishes and the crackle takes all that glory away.

Katie said...

Oh, you totally have to upload that franken. You have piqued my interest! I think I might buy this color (and a new Rampage...I'm almost out. *sniff*) next payday!

Olivia Frescura said...

it reminds me of a turtle shell for some reason. hehehe

ilexica said...

Thanks for the kind words :)

@ Samantha, I'm afraid I don't know since I don't have the NYS. It looks quite close, though.

@ PErsnickety - it's really nice, I think it doesn't get much love in comparison to rampage but it's a cutie.

@Lucy, Katherine - thank you!

@ Beachgal - fair enough! I wear greens a lot so it makes sense to me. I prefer it without crackle too but my work colleague loved it, so a matter of taste I guess.

@ Katie - will see what I can do…

@ Olivia - I agree :)

Jenna said...

TMNT :D but sexy!

misaya said...

love this cracle!!! <3

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