October 8, 2013

Illamasqua- Facet [Swatch]

Illamasqua- Facet was released as part of The Sacred Hour Fall 2013 collection. The other polish in the collection is Hemlock, which is actually a re-promotion.

Facet is right up my alley! It's a smokey purple-taupe base packed with bronzey-gold flakie shimmer. 

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Partial sun:

Up close!

If you noticed any apparent duochromey shift in the the flakies, it's because there are a couple different shades of them, as you can see above!  There's gold as well as a deeper sort of orangey umber.

Formula:  Excellent.  It's slightly thinner than many Illamasquas, but still a relatively thick formula which goes on smoothly.  Two easy coats for opacity- practically applies itself, as they say!


  1. This is gorgeous!! For some reason, it reminds me of sunlight filtering through a forest in autumn!

  2. Sophisticated and lovely! Wonder what it looks like matte!

  3. This is super gorgeous!! I need to try this brand...

  4. Beautiful effect, love these golden specks!

  5. My jaw dropped when I saw your swatches. Anything with orange or bronze or copper shimmer just steals my heart!

  6. ooh, this is a lovely colour! ive never seen anything like it!


  7. Oh wow. This just hit my lemming list. Which is going to be really long before I get a job again! ARG! My mantra: "Get license, get discounts!" LOL I wasn't sure about this one from the website, but you've made a believer out of me, this is a great color!