March 20, 2013

Illamasqua- Fragile (Speckled/ Imperfection) [Swatch]

Here is Illamasqua-Fragile, the other speckled polish I have to show you!  (I reviewed Scarce here.)

Fragile is a baby blue base with a matrix of matte black 'speckled' glitter in three sizes. There are very, very tiny pieces, as well as two sizes of larger hexes that are closer to each other in size.

The base color has the barest hint of green in it; when I held it next to Zoya- Blu, which is a much lighter and cleaner, pure blue, you could definitely tell.  It is more along the line of Essie- Sag Harbor or China Glaze- Sea Spray, although much less grayed-out. Although, when you see Fragile by itself, it just appears as a perfect baby blue. 

Artificial light, two coats:

It does really remind me of Robin's eggs, and I think that's where its moniker comes from!

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside shade/ rain:

I also cut my nails down significantly while wearing this polish, and I just wanted to show the difference, since I think these speckled shades look much, much cuter on shorter nails:

The free edge was barely out past the tip of my finger there.  I much prefer it on stubbies than on longer nails! 

Formula: It's very similar to Scarce, and that's a good thing. It's a lovely formula: easy to work with, and opaque in two coats.  The density of the speckled glitter pieces is also perfect (and the same as Scarce).

What do you think?


  1. Isn't it weird how some polishes can just "work better" on short nails?
    This looks awesome, I'm surprised how good this looks with a pale skintone like yours :D (and mine, haha)

    1. It IS strange. I guess since it is a 'pattern' it's less overwhelming on short nails? I have no idea! Thanks, and actually I really liked Scarce on pale skin too!

  2. oh this looks great on short nails! I cut my nails down frequently to wear polishes I would hate on long nails (currently for a black sugar matte KIKO :) )

    1. Some polishes just work better that way!

  3. Love this! Hopefully these will go on sale at some point so I can scoop a bunch of them up!

    1. Yea! I'm not sure why they're two dollars more than regular Illas. Hopefully they'll have a sale at some point...