February 27, 2013

Illamasqua- Scarce (Speckled/ Imperfection) [Swatch]

Here is Illamasqua- Scarce, one of five new Speckled polishes that are part of the new Spring 2013 Imperfection line.

Scarce is a soft, slightly warm-toned pink with a matrix of tiny black "matte" glitters and two sizes of larger matte black hex glitters, which give it an eggshell-like effect*.  The base color is almost a baby pink actually.

*Be prepared for more than the usual number of photos, because I really adore this polish (and am still wearing it as I write this!)

Artificial light, two coats:

I have always wanted my nails to look like tiny eggshells- how did Illamasqua know?!

I love the color of the base with my skintone; my skin is so pinkish, it's almost like a nude on me...or an off-nude. (Is that a thing?)  Anyway, it just makes my fingers look really long, and it's delicate and pretty.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

I love the milky quality of the base and how you can see depth because the glitters are suspended in different 'levels,' if that makes sense.

The density of the glitter is just perfect; any more would be too much, and any less would looks too sparse.

I love this polish so much that now I'm tempted by the other Speckled shades- ah(Actually, since going back and editing this post, I have since purchased Fragile, the blue version, and can't wait until it gets here!  Hopefully I can resist the others...hmm.  I really love Freckle, the beige/nude one, but it's a type of beige that will look like death on me so I am sad.)


Formula: Lovely! It's on the thicker side, but I wouldn't call it 'thick' per se, and Illamasqua definitely has thicker formulas than this. The first coat applies easily, and the second goes on just as well. It's opaque in two coats.

(Don't try to place the glitter in specific spots, or you will end up overworking the polish and creating bald patches; the density of the glitter is designed so you get just enough randomly dispersed on the nail.)

Also, Scarce is really hard-wearing.  I was extremely impressed.  I kept it on for four days and nights and had no chips and no tipwear (which is unheard of- my job is rough on my hands!) I wore it with INM- Out The Door on top, but I have a feeling it will be just as durable with just about any topcoat.

One thing to note is that this is essentially a glitter polish, and I found the glitter particularly hard to get off.  You'll need the foil method for this one- or use a glue basecoat!

Are you guys jazzed about the Speckled polishes? 


  1. I'm on the fence still about these. I looked at them the other day and just couldn't convince myself to spend the $$. I do like this look a lot for Spring though!!

    1. Yea, they are pricey for sure. Illamasqua's prices don't rattle me too much, since the quality is always so fantastic. You could find some jellies and glitter and try to replicate the look, I think, but I can't think of specific polishes to get the exact effect...

  2. That is gorgeous and looks awesome on you! I think the pink and the blue are the prettiest, good choices. I look forward to see your swatch of Fragile (doesn't it look so much like robin's eggs?)

    1. Thanks! Yes...the blue is going to be like I pillaged a Robin's nest, muahaha!

  3. Gah, you're So good at this, these pictures are divine! I keep boggling at the price point, but I spend that much on indies all the time, so it really shouldn't be an issue. Must have!

    1. Aw, thank you, and thanks for reading! :)

  4. wow, this looks amazing on you!

    1. Thanks, lady! :) I'm not a pinks person, but I was drawn to this one.