December 26, 2014

Nailstalgia: Illamasqua- Scarab [Swatch]

Howdy everyone! This month's Nailstalgia is Illamasqua- Scarab, the first from the brand I've included in these posts which appreciate older, well-known shades. I thought this was a good shade to show during the holiday season!

Scarab is originally from the Winter 2010 Art of Darkness collection, and is a deep, warm-toned cranberry or burgundy with coppery orange shimmer. (Viridian was the other polish released in the set.)

Artificial light, two coats:

If you're thinking that this looks close to Butter London- Rebel Fox, well it that they are both deep rich reds. Scarab is more brown-towned than Rebel Fox, which is sheerer and a little more cranberry.

Now I will warn you that these last two photos are especially noisy since I had almost no natural light the day I swatched this. sigh

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Formula: Like most Illamasqua shimmers, it's nearly perfect. It's thick and extremely pigmented, but not too thick or difficult to work with. It flows over the nail easily, self-levels, and is nearly opaque in one coat, if you do it right. I used two coats for swatches. A+!

What do you think?
Are you sick of reds yet?


  1. Great to hear that you love the shimmer formula from this line. This one is a beauty.

  2. I'm salivating. This is gorgeous! I've had this on my wishlist too. I really need it now.

  3. This is absolutely stunning. I love that warm shimmer!

  4. Well, I mean most Illamasqua formulas are wonderful, I have just run into a few, isolated more difficult ones. I can't think of a shimmer that I don't love though!

  5. Me too! I wish I'd captured it better!

  6. Thank you! I just realized I was never going to get the stamps perfectly aligned on each

  7. Thank you! I think I lucked into it a bit. :D

  8. Oh man- it IS! I need to wear it as a full manicure next...