When I first came to college, I thought I’d be saying goodbye to manicures for awhile. I didn’t want to bother my suitemates with the scent (my dad absolutely hated it, so I used to do my nails standing outside on the front porch trying to look inconspicuous). This was before I realized that freshman dorms usually smell so bad that no one even cares if you add the toxic scent of your nail polish to the mix. But by the time I’d reached that epiphany, I’d already gotten too lazy to give myself manicures regularly. And this is why college-me went around with naked nails for the majority of first semester. And second semester.
But then Illamasqua’s spring collection made its way into my mailbox, and I got so excited that I actually took the time to do this:
I build makeup nests in my spare time. Is this why no one wants to be my friend?
And then I sat down and painted my nails with Scarce. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard about these new polishes, they were made to emulate speckled eggshells. I know right?! It’s so brilliant I don’t even know what to say. Although most bloggers have been describing this shade as pink with black glitter, I swear it looks more like navy blue to me. There’s a mix of medium and smell hex glitter in here, as well as the much smaller ‘regular’ glitter particles. The pink base is just translucent enough for the glitter to peek through each layer, but not so sheer as to be invisible. It’s springtime perfection in a bottle, but in the most unexpected way possible, which is what Illamasqua does best. While I know these closeup shots may not look convincingly egg-like, from far away my nails really do have the effect of those candy-coated chocolate eggs.
rawrrr it’s coming to get you (I like to infuse my nail swatches with personality)
As for the formula, no complaints there. It applies like a dream, and the glitter is densely packed enough that I don’t have to dot it on with the brush. One coat results in that adorably squishy jelly finish, while multiple coats look something like this.
At $16 per bottle, these are well worth the money to have the coolest nails in town. Scarce gets a definite recommendation from me.
What are you wearing on your nails this spring? Have you tried Illamasqua’s Speckled Nail Varnishes yet? Do you like my makeup nest?
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