February 21, 2013

Illamasqua- Venous [Swatch] & [Comparison]

Here's a polish that showed up on Sephora.com recently: Illamasqua- Venous!

I was deciding which of the Speckled polishes I needed (turns out, only Illamasqua- Scarce (swatch to come!)) and I noticed this beauty, so of course I had to snatch it up!  I have no idea whether this is going to be a Sephora exclusive or if it is part of a collection.  All I know is it's a gorgeous creme!

Artificial light, two coats:

"Venous" refers to veins, which is a clever moniker for this polish, as it really sort of looks like that grayed blue-green of veins seen through skin.  I love Illamasqua polish names!

Mixed artificial & natural daylight:

^That's pretty much the true-to-life color of Venous.  It's photographed against a greenish wall!

Green-lovers and dirty-ish blue-lovers, this is a great shade for you!

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside shade:

It looks much bluer in the shade, but in most lighting it definitely is a type of green (with blue undertones).


Formula:  I don't even know what to say; it's buttery and wonderful, self-levels magically, and surpasses expectations.  It's a one-coat wonder, but I did two for swatching, although next time I wear it I'm definitely stopping at one!

There are a few greens that this guy reminds me of, so it's-

Comparison Time!

 Left to right: Misa- Dirty, Sexy Money, Illamasqua- Venous, Barielle- Sweet Addiction, OPI- Jade Is The New Black

 (Look how clean and refreshing that Illa bottle looks next to all the others without all the writing on the front! Also, sorry, my Jade Is The New Black is separated- I shook it like mad, but it didn't want to mix completely.)

You can probably tell that there are no real dupes here, but these are still worth comparing.  

Artificial light:

Venous seems to be, obviously, the bluest of the bunch; I just threw in OPI- Jade Is The New Black to give some sort of reference context, since many people are familiar with the shade.

Outside, direct sun:

Venous is most similar to Misa- Dirty, Sexy Money (a cult favorite), but DSM is much more muted and grayed out, greener, and less vibrant.

What do you guys think of this Illamasqua?


  1. I think it's gorgeous, and a trip to Sephora is in order, lol :) I've got one Illa and the formula is second to none with amazing application.

    1. I think they have the best formulas of any brand I currently own... :swoon:

  2. Wow, this is one gorgeous polish! I only have one Illamasqua polish, but I adore it! Wonderful formula and great color!

  3. Very pretty polish! And such beautiful swatches, as usual:)

  4. Ooh that looks gorgeous! I love this type of colors, not really blue and not really green at the same time, just in the middle

    1. Yes, and the easiest to pull off without getting lobster hands, haha!

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