I was quite excited this afternoon, the Sephora in the Eaton Centre here in Toronto finally got a "Nail Bar"! While that might not sound that exciting it means I don't have to go super far out of my way to see the higher end brands like Illamasqua, Dior and NARS. It's probably for the best that they were out of the way as I tend to buy them otherwise.... anyway, I managed to grab the very last Illamasqua polish on the bar, a pretty peacock green duochrome called Viridian.
I was really excited to try this polish. I've tried one Illamasqua before and been happy with the result and the wear. This one, however.....*awkward face*. First up, this is suuuuper sheer. I needed three coats to get opacity. Then, once on, all that pretty duochrome you see in the bottle just kinda disappear and it's just an uneven-looking green polish. Finally, the wear. I did my normal steps of base coat, three coats, two coats of top coat (using Out the Door at the moment) and it's only been 12 hours and it's already chipping. CHIPPING! Nothing ever chips after this short amount of time. Sure, I get wear on the tips but that's usually cos I don't wrap properly. Given that this was $14, I expected a lot more.
The Verdict: I'm disappointed. On the close-up this polish is full of shimmery particles but you have to look so close to see it. From far away it's just meh, especially for the price. I want to do more with the circular glitter you see here, I'll talk more about that in another post.