Illamasqua Load

Illamasqua LoadI just received two products from Illamasqua, the nail polish Load being one of them. I was instantly taken by the name (and description) of this polish, gutter-minded as I am, and I decided to try it out immediately.

Back in October I tested another polish from Illamasqua, and I loved it. Unfortunately I didn't love Load as much, simply because I found it to be hard to apply, difficult to work with, and it took quite an amount of effort to look somewhat even on my nails even though I didn't fully succeed.

Load is described as a "rich cream" which is quite accurate. It has a glossy finish. I might go as far as calling it a very subdued yellow against my skin, which might have to do with my yellow undertones. I applied three coats, the last coat being quite thick, and I had to work quickly to avoid streaking.

The Verdict:
RatingI'm kinda sad to award Load only two brushes, but the difficulty applying it did disappoint me a bit. By all means, I'm no nail polish guru, but I was hoping for another Jan (nice and easy to work with). On the other hand.. it's a light color, and I think lighter colors are harder to apply flawless in general. As I said I love the name and description of this nail polish, and I do like the color as well. I'm also giving it another plus for drying quickly, despite of the third coat being a bit thick. Load receives three brushes from me, but all-in-all it's a strong three!

Picture was taken indoors in artificial lighting.


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Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11


Such a rich, creamy.. Load

Mr. Postman stopped by with a black padded envelope from Illamasqua yesterday, a much appreciated pick-me-up! It contained two items from their new Throb collection: Load (rich cream) and Succubus (blood red). I don't know about you, but I'm really amused by the name and description of the nail polish. I seriously need to get my mind out of the gutter, but.. "rich, creamy load".. no, sorry. My mind seems to be stuck in the gutter! Grin

I have to admit that I went to Illamasqua not so long after receiving this package to order the lipstick Sangers (blood red) as well, and I'm wondering if I should order a few of the other products used for the gorgeous promo pictures. It'll have to wait for a while though, but there's no harm in making a list? One should think that I have enough eyeshadows in my stash, but I know of a few colors from Illamasqua I'm dying to add to my collection.

NOTD featuring Load will come shortly.

Illamasqua Throb: Load and Succubus

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11


Illamasqua Throb

Illamasqua Throb

Illamasqua Throb

On a lighter note, would you look at this gorgeous promo picture? It's from Illamasqua's upcoming mini collection Throb. This collection is available from January 17th in Illamasqua stores and online. I absolutely love this collection, I think the red is awesomely sexy and there's something about its promo pictures which have lured me in.

  • Nail Varnish: Throb , Load and Scorn
  • Intense Lip Gloss: Succubus
  • Lipstick: Sangers

Will you be getting anything from this enticing collection?

Photos © Illamasqua