Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers! Happy Tuesday to you all! I am so excited about today's post! As many of you know, I adore Illamasqua. I think they are a fabulous, edgy company with great nail polishes. One of the first lines of their I fell in love with was the Theatre of the Nameless rubber finish polishes last fall. This past weekend I was at the grand re-opening of the Sephora in Union Square and was at the nail polish bar and saw that they had released 6 more rubber finish polishes for the Summer!Above photograph provided by PR
Clearly I had to pick up 5 out of 6 (I skipped the yellow, just not a yellow person!) They are absolutely stunning and I just LOVE the rubber finish! According to the press release, these were inspired by the dominatrix rubber boot girls in Berlin in the 1920's! Now, without further ado, on to the polish!
Above: 2 coats of Aorta
First up is Aorta (side note that I love the name of this polish!) Aorta is a very bright red creme, slightly pink leaning but definitely still a red. This reminds me of the wax on the outside of the Babybel Cheese that I used to have as a kid! (see this link HERE
if you don't know what I'm talking about.) I just love the look of these! The formula is a little thick so less is more when applying so you don't get streaks but with two thin coats, I have perfect opacity and no streaking!
Above: 2 coats of Devotee
Devotee is a true bubblegum pink! I honestly wouldn't think to make a non-shiny polish this color, and I'm really not a pink person, but this polish is kind of amazing. I love that it's bright without being a neon and the rubber finish makes it more edgy than your average pink nail polish. The formula was a bit thick so best to do thin coats. Two coats gave me perfect coverage!
Above: 2 coats of Nurture
Wow. This polish is BRIGHT! I love a good neon green and Nurture definitely falls into that category! It practically glows! I seriously now want a pair of rain boots that match this! Nurture is one of the stand outs in this collection to me, it's so vibrant and pigmented! The formula was great, opaque in two coats!
Above: 2 coats of Prosperity
Prosperity is another standout for me. Prosperity is a really rich, vibrant royal purple. It's so bright and pigmented! Prosperity is a bit blue leaning but it's the perfect shade for all year round because it's dark and rich and bright all at the same time! It might be my favorite and the rubber finish just makes it really something special. The formula was great, opaque in two thin coats and LOTS of pigment.
Above: 2 coats of Serenity
Last but certainly not least is Serenity. Illamasqua describes this as a bright turquoise but it leans more robin's egg blue to my eye. Either way, it's stunning! I love that it's very bright but not neon like Nurture. The formula was great, extremely pigmented and opaque in two coats.
And here is a fun "AJ Manicure" as the boyfriend invented last week using three of these:
All in all, this is a fantastic collection by Illamasqua. They continue to be innovative and fun and I'm so glad they are expanding the Rubber line! The finish on these are just so unique, they truly do look like your fingers were dipped in latex. Definitely do not use a top coat with these or you will take away the rubber effect and they are really fast drying which is great! Be careful when applying since the formulas are a bit thick but once you get used to the texture, they are really easy to use! These polishes are available on Sephora's website and in some Sephora's plus will be available on Illamasqua's website!
What did you think of these polishes? Any must haves? Any dupes?