October 19, 2013

Illamasqua Creator's Collection [Swatch] & [Review]

Illamasqua's Creator's Collection consists of two limited edition (space-themed?!) polishes custom-designed by influential UK bloggers Yinka from Vex In The City, and Suzi from Style Suzi  (There are also two LE lip glosses in the collection.).

Let's take a look!

First, here is Illamasqua- Fusion:

Fusion is a metallic neutral: sometimes bronzey, and sometimes steely-brown.  It has dense flecks of light-reflecting gold/ silver glitter (I honestly can't tell which).  It's quite earthy.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:


It's quite nice in the sun...and there are hints of multicolored glitter which I didn't notice until looking at my photos on the computer. Interesting!

Up close, artificial light:

Soemtimes the flecks look gold, and sometimes silver.

Formula: It's very thick, so I can see some people not liking that.  However, it's just about a one coater, and very creamy, going on easily.  My one gripe is that it doesn't self-level as nicely or as quickly as I'd prefer, but it wasn't bad by any means.

When you remove this, the glitter spreads everywhere...

Finally, the polish most people are excited for, Illamasqua- Perseid:

Perseid is a galaxy in a bottle! It's got an uber-dark plum base with a dense amount of holographic hex glitter in a couple of sizes. It's also got the most gorgeous greeny-teal microshimmer running through the base!

Artificial light, two coats with four coats of Revlon- Quick Dry Top Coat:

Window-filtered daylight:

The base is extremely dark (in my opinion a little too opaque to properly showcase the glitters), and looks blackish indoors. There is a ton of hex glitter in this, but you can only see some of it because the base is so opaque, bummer.

Outside, shade:


It looks totally magnificent in the sun, but sort of dull in all other conditions, unfortunately.

Up close, artificial light:

Formula: It's thick and bumpy because of all the glitter, but if you paint thin coats you'll have a better time.  You don't have to fish for glitter, and there are no issues with cuticle drag.

You will need a couple layers of topcoat to smooth everything out- something thick like Gelous would be best. It's a hungry glitter, and kept absorbing my topcoat- it took me four coats of Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat until I was satisfied.

I didn't have any major problems with Perseid, but I can see it being really frustrating for some people not used to working with thick, dense glitters.  And, it does look awful without topcoat.  The only other dense jelly/glitter combo I have from Illamasqua is Glitterati, and by comparison Perseid's formula is much worse, although still workable.

I'm not going to attempt to wear this one again until I have Gelous on hand- let's put it that way. 


  1. I'm a bit disappointed to read you had problems with Perseid, I was most excited for it because it *did* look like galaxy nails in a bottle. I also tried my hand at Galaxy nails, the old -sponging- way. I'm about to post it in my blog, if you want to check it out :) Thanks for sharing your wonderful swatches!

    1. I think it still does look like a galaxy, but yea the formula is a bit of a pain! You know I have never done real, sponged galaxy nails...still...somehow. :)

  2. I must say that Perseid seems to be one of those polishes where I really dont care about the formula, even though I will bitch about it; the end result just looks amazing!

    1. I agree, I'm just not sure it's totally worth ALL the effort, although maybe I'll change my mind with Gelous.