January 30, 2013

Illamasqua- Glitterati [Swatch]

I wanted this polish for so very long, so I'm super excited to share it with you!  It's Illamasqua- Glitterati from the 2012 Holiday duo (with Viridian).

Glitterati is  a very rich, dark plum-wine / warm burgundy with multi-sized, hexagonal holographic glitter throughout.  It's super pigmented, and the consistency is somewhere between a creme and a jelly- so, a crelly?

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Pictures don't really do this one justice; you need movement to really see how sparkly the glitter is, peeking through at different depths.

Outside, shade:

Glitterati is another polish that is basically a jelly-sandwich in a bottle.  We're seeing more and more of those, I think, and I totally approve.

The neat thing about Glitterati is that, in most lights, the glitter is sort of mysteriously sunk into the murkiness of the base color, but the fact that it's so holographic gives it flash, and you notice it when you least expect it.  Sort of a surprise on your nails!

Up close!

Formula:  Glitterati's formula is very decent, and I have no major complaints- although I will warn you it is definitely on the thick side; I think it has to be a thick consistency in order to properly carry the glitter.  It might need thinner in the future, but gave me no trouble on first application.  Opaque in two coats!

One negative: the glitter was a bitch to get off, moreso than I thought glitter of that size would be, so probably wear this one with a peel-off base coat or the Elmer's glue method!

It's so nice to have a major lemming satisfied! (Haha, I am such an addict....)


  1. Love your pics, but I don't like glitterati too much. I think it's the base color :S

    1. Thanks! Yea, maybe it is not for everyone. :)

  2. This is gorgeous! I'm kicking myself for not picking up the duo set when it was on sale.

    1. Yea, that is the ONLY reason I got it! Viridian is really lovely and all, but it's really close to one I already own.