September 6, 2013

Illamasqua- Collide [Swatch]

I have a few partial seasonal collections to swatch (and honestly that can be a bit daunting at times), but before we submerge fully into Fall on this side of the globe, I thought I'd throw in a last, bright Summery swatch! 

Behold: Illamasqua- Collide:

Collide is a neon, medium pink jelly. Like a lot of neons, it dries to a satiny (not matte) finish, but that's nothing that some topcoat can't fix.

Now that I think about it, Collide is what I was hoping the China Glaze Sunsational neon jellies were going to be (at least texture-wise)!

Artificial light, three coats:

I will apologize for the mild case of sheet marks I've got going on here. This was a last minute manicure at 1:30AM, and I didn't even give my quick dry topcoat (Revlon) a moment to set.  Hopefully it's not too distracting.

Window-filtered daylight:

Collide dries a little bit warmer in tone than bottle color- which in this case, for some reason, I really like. I just think the final color is so happy and pretty. Definitely looks more coral-hot-pink in some lights, and more of a neon Barbie pink in other lights.

Outside, shade:

Like most true neons, Collide completely overwhelms the camera's sensor- especially in the above shade photos.  It's really, really a bright value in reality, and the camera has trouble interpreting that.


Formula:  Very forgiving for a neon, self-levelling instantly- it's buttery, even! Two coats didn't quite obscure visible nail line, but it's wearable since it's a jelly, and many people probably won't bother with the third coat like I did.  It's hard to tell in photos, but even with a third coat there is VNL in strong direct light (which didn't bother me).

This was such a fun polish to apply; it just gliiiiides over the nail surface.

Is anyone else still wearing neons this time of year?! 


  1. I have this puppy on my wishlist!!! I am waiting for Liesl (Liesl Loves Pretty Things) to trade with me. I offered her BL Pitter Patter and I'm hoping she bites :) It's beautiful!

    1. Oh man! I don't think you will be disappointed! Trading is so fun...

  2. WOW, this is just amazing. So bright!

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    1. Heh! It was super fun to wear. A mood-lifter!