Sunday, October 16, 2011

Illamasqua - Poke

Hey everyone! Again it's been a busy day in the life of Rebecca so I'm posting this later than usual!
I want to say I will be able to commit to my usual schedule soon but I have 2 midterms coming up so I might be sporadic for the next 2 weeks. I will do my best!

Today I'm going to show you an amazing purple polish that my mom got me in Las Vegas. But before I show you the swatch, I'm going to complain a little about the bottle/packaging.

This is Illamasqua - Poke.
Yes, I'm going to complain about Illamasqua. See how the polish in the bottle is noticeably reduced? This is because it leaked in my mom's suitcase on the way home. (Thankfully, it only leaked all over itself.)

Illamasqua polishes come in a box just big enough for the polish to fit inside.
Therefore, the cap and the bottle must be perfectly aligned for the bottle to fit inside the box.
My bottle, however, prefers to look like this:

So, for it to fit in the box, it was not closed all the way. And now I have this:

A big purple mess! It was SO much worse than this.
Polish mostly went up into the cap, and then some came out and down the sides of the bottle and coated the insides of the box.
I got it all cleaned up, put the cap back on, and then minutes later I had another mess because polish was still dripping down from way up inside the cap!
Big mess. A pain to clean up. But this color is worth it.

Purples are a bit hard to photograph - this photo is a bit out of focus but the most accurate representation of the color. Bright purple with a bluish white shimmer. Super vibrant!

I had this one on a list of things for my mom to look for, and she found it! My mom is a good polish shopper.

Is there a purple polish I don't like? I don't think so.

Illamasqua retails for $14 and you can get it at select Sephora stores!
Do you guys have any Illamasqua? What are your faves?


  1. I wish my Sephoras carried Illamasqua! I don't think Canadian Sephoras carry them at all right?

  2. yes i have Baptiste, Phallic, and Viridian, but this one is pretty! i love all purples!!

  3. This is so pretty and looks awesome on you!
    And my Illamasqua caps are the same way, but what I find works is to take off the square part, close the real cap tight, and then reseat the square so that it's straight and will fit in the box. It's a hassle, but better than having polish everywhere for sure. ^_^

  4. I've missed your blog! ;) Haven't been on Blogger for ages! I really enjoy your swatches :)

    That color is so pretty, I love purple polishes!

  5. I don't know why, but I just don't like purple nail polish, any :S

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  6. i dont think i like this one soo much, but it looks great on you!

  7. Oh, that sucks. Try and remove the square cap and put it on again so it will be in the same line as the bottle edges. That usually helps when my caps get a bit weird. :) I have 4 Illamasquas, my favourite still remains Hectic. :)

  8. The square caps comes off. That was completely avoidable...

    1. well yes, but my mom didn't know that! nor would she have thought to check for cap-tightness before bringing it home.