Friday, 19 October 2012

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Charisma

It feels like it has been a long time since I was really excited about an Illamasqua collection. Naked Strangers really wasn't my sort of thing, but I was really looking forward to the release of Generation Q. I really love the ideas behind Generation Q and the theme of beauty not being limited to a particular age category (my grandmother for one never went out without lipstick on into her 80s). It's a refreshing change to see normal people and people of all ages in advertisements and it definitely sparked my interest. Illamasqua polishes are some of my favourites, so I went and ordered Charisma. I was torn between this one and Creator, but I decided that I didn't really have anything like this one.

Also, the lid is on sideways in all of these pictures...I got a little bit excited when this arrived and twisted off the lid before I took pictures of it and now I can't get it back on straight again!


I love Illamasqua packaging, I think it has a certain degree of elegance to it. It is annoying me slightly that I can't get the lid to line up again, but it's not exactly a major issue and will only irritate you if you are as picky when it comes to how things look as I am.


Charisma is a beautiful deep raspberry pink. It seems more red in some lights and more pink in others. It's a pretty unusual colour. When this arrived and my Mum saw the bottle and said 'Ooh that's pretty! Another one that I can steal from you then!' (she did steal it, yesterday in fact). The colour in the bottle is quite mesmerising and shimmery!



For some reason it's a little more pink on me compared with other swatches I've seen. It also has subtle shimmer to it.  I don't own anything like this, it's one of the more unique colours that I own. It's perfect for Autumn too.

As with all the other Illamasqua polishes I've tried, this applies really well. It is opaque in two coats and I didn't have any issues with streakiness, and it dried smooth. The drying time was really quick. I'd say it took about three minutes or so to dry on me.  It lasted a whole five days before it began to chip, which is an extremely long time for me! I normally find that I have to repaint my nails every other day so this is pretty impressive.

Of course, Illamasqua polishes are a little more on the pricey side, but I do think that it's worth it for the quality.

This polish costs £13.50 and can be purchased from the Illamasqua website.

Have you ordered anything from the Generation Q collection?

Disclosure: I bought this product myself.

19 comments:

  1. oh i love illamasqua :))
    the nail varnish has just such a beautiful color *.*
    the packaging is also very special and has the dark statement which i prefer ;)
    but i think it's a bit expensive for german conditions.. ( i don't know if it's the same for your country)
    i really want to try some illamasqua products like cream blushers, powder blushers and foundation of course ( it is very difficult to find a very light foundation in german drugstores .. even high-end.. the lightest make me look over-tanned :D)

    i'm sorry for potential spelling mistakes :D

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    1. It's so pretty isn't it? Illamasqua is very expensive, I normally order when they have a discount code and I don't tend to order a lot of it! I have the rich liquid foundation, it's really nice. I have the 115 shade, it's very pale and suits my skin really well. I struggle to find foundation too, I sometimes have to mix them with an all white foundation. I've never tried any of their blushers yet!

      And don't worry about spelling mistakes! x

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  2. That colour is fab as is your blog! It's soo lovely!
    I'm definitely a new follower I was however wondering if you'd take a look at my blog and perhaps follow back please?
    Thanks
    Rachael
    xxx
    http://thenew62.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. do they have a sale at a special time like for example after x-mas?
    is 115 lighter than mac nc 15? (unfortunately to dark for me in winter times.. after tanning from the sun it works good :D)

    i really like the image of illamasqua :)
    when i see a product review of one of their things on my blogger dashboard then i directly want to buy all .. :D... but money put a stop to buy :((
    (i have to buy products over 75 because of shipping.

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    1. I'm not sure about when they have sales, I know they have a summer sale but not sure about others. They have a Halloween discount wheel up for things in the Halloween shop at the moment though?

      I'm a MAC NW15 and it matches my skin. It is very light. I reviewed it as a guest post on my friend's blog here: http://www.beautybecca.com/2011/09/guest-blogger-claire-on-illasmasqua.html It's a very old review though!

      I'm exactly the same! Sometimes I have to stop myself from reading them because I know I'll be tempted! Those shipping prices sound annoying. :(

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  4. I've never tryed anything from them, and I think i won't buy any polish this pricy until i let my freaking nails grow one day, when i can :P
    I love creater tho, it's so sparkly tho so black, i wish i had the nails to use it, btw , yours are perfect nowadays, good job :P
    I do think too their packaging it's gorgeus, and believe me, i do undestand your obsession with perfection :P , Im just like it with things, they have to be a certain way, specially when being photographed.

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    1. I didn't start really buying pricey polish until I had long nails either. I used to have them really short to play violin so it wasn't worth it! Creator is beautiful, I might have to pick that one up next time they have a discount code! Thank you! They are still a bit week and peeling a lot but they're nowhere near as bad as they were.

      Exactly, and I don't think I can ever get it on straight again! It's driving me a bit crazy, haha. I'm keeping it in its box so I can't see that's on wonky. :P

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  5. Your nails looks gorgeous in this colour!

    If you get time i'd love you to check out some of my pages!

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    1. Thank you! It's a pretty nice colour. :)

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  6. Love that colour! your blog is awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love this colour too, it's so unusual. :)

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  7. I love Illamasqu and the Generation Q collection. I just picked up the Allure blush the other day.
    This is such a pretty polish colour! Think I will have to run back to the shops...

    Sharleena xx
    markedbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Allure looks beautiful! I don't really wear blusher so I haven't been able to justify buying one yet!

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  8. Wow, amazing color:)
    Have to get this:)
    xx

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    1. It's lovely isn't it? Really unusual!

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  9. I've never even heard of this brand - is that terrible?! This colour is beautiful though and you have such great nails!
    The drying time sounds pretty good too, I hate it when nail varnish takes forever to dry! xxxx

    http://theteapotblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha, I don't think many people have heard of them because they're mainly accessible on online (for me anyway!) and thank you! My nails are good length wise but they're always cracking and peeling. :( The drying time is excellent, I always seem to be painting my nails in a hurry!

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