19/05/2014

NOTD // Mottled Lilac

A nail trend that has been floating around over the past year has been the speckled egg effect. It's essentially just another milky glitter, but with black glitters to give a speckled effect. I have done a previous NOTD with a Sportsgirl polish with much the same effect. I believe Illamasqua was the first brand to bring these types of polishes out (to the mainstream market at least) sometime last year. Due to their limited nature, I managed to snag one of them on clearance for only $5! Bargain I say! I bought the shade Speckle.















































































































Speckle is comprised of a pastel purply-lilac shade with a slight grey, dusty tinge and the matte black glitters in three different sizes. The different sizes help give the speckled look with their overall non-uniformity and random placement. The light dusty nature of the lilac definitely reminds me of the pretty pastel speckled eggs, and I think with a matte top coat you could even increase their similarity.

I used two coats to get the finish shown here. The polish is very smooth and applied evenly, and a good amount of glitters came onto the brush with little extra effort. The opacity of the base polish is pretty perfect for the polish's milky finish as it's pigmented and non-streaky, but also sheer enough that you can see the black glitters in the coat below. I finished off with top coat to get a glassy, smooth finish. The staying power was pretty good, but nothing outstanding. For a high-end nail polish, the quality definitely comes through its formula. It did chip a little within the first few days but I was doing rather rigorous outdoor work and the Essence Peel Off base coat that I used can sometimes have the tendency to make the polish chip a little easier.

Overall I think the finish is adorable and this particular shade is quite unique in my collection. Where this collection was limited, you might still be able to find it on clearance at your Illamasqua counter. Otherwise, Ulta3 did release their own speckled collection last month which you might be able to get your hands on!

20 comments:

  1. What a steal! Love this shade, it's so cute. I haven't tried any speckled polishes but they're so adorable, I really want to.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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    1. I know right! They seem to be coming through the cheaper market now so I'm sure you'll get your hands on one!

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  2. Hold the phone... $5! Teach me your bargain finding ways! This polish looks lovely on you. Am off to stalk the Ilamasqua counter in the hopes of finding it!
    www.luluisloving.wordpress.com

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    1. Haha, I stalk the clearance section.... ;)

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  3. So pretty and wow $5 is a great price considering how much they cost full price! I really want to try one from model's own!

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    1. I know, I was so excited! Ooh, their range looks lovely as well!

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  4. Gorgeous color! Cant believe you got such a good deal. Don't think we have it in Canada other at Sephora

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    1. Yeah I know right, I was shocked to see it for so cheap too! Argh at least you have Sephora! Haha

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  5. This nail polish is sooo cute! The speckles remind of Easter eggs, like robins eggs or something...

    Yige || Yet Another Makeup Blog.

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    1. Definitely, it was perfect over Easter break!

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  6. The Illamasqua Speckled polishes are some of my all-time favourites! This shade is great on you- glad you're liking it! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Yay! All of the shades are amazing :)

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  7. $5 for that stunner is ridic, so impressed with your bargain skills and how good this looks on you!

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    1. Haha I know right - ridiculous! Thanks hehe :)

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  8. So pretty! Bargain central, Tasha- take me with you next time you score like this again! :P x

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    1. Haha yeah we should have a shopping day :P My friends get annoyed at me for going into every shop that sells the exact same makeup lols!

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  9. That's such a bargain and the shade is soooo pretty and cute!

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  10. Awesome review and photos - I also got this for $5 online from Myer! I also ordered 4 other Illamasqua nail polishes for $5 each. Bargain hunting is so fun, isn't it?!

    I have to say I've been silently stalking your blog for a while now and love it - lovely reviews and photos Tasha :) xo

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    1. Uh yeah! Haha, I was so tempted to get all the shades, but I needed to exercise restraint - I already have too many nail polishes!

      Aww thank you Carly!

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