Illamasqua Haul-Untold, Scarce and Mottle-Swatches and Review Part I(*Picture Heavy Post)

*This is an old post from my tumblr! Am able to post more as I’m on (a loongg) holiday till university opens..while Bethanie is currently having an internship. You will hear from her soon though! (:


Hi guys,

So I met up with one of my friends back in March(she is studying in UK) and collected my Illamasqua polishes. (: For those interested, the three of them cost me SGD$66.30. Yes, pricey brand.

Today I’ll be reviewing both Scarce and Mottle, from Illamasqua’s I’MPERFECTION/IMPERFECTION Collection. Here’s a look into the inspiration behind this collection.

(From Illamasqua’s website)

The world isn’t perfect. But who wants to be perfect anyway? 

I’mperfection is an open invitation to stand up and show the world
what makes you perfectly, imperfect. We want you to highlight the
features other brands encourage you to cover up and
celebrate your imperfections like badges of honour.

So show off your freckles. Make beauty spots more beautiful.
Shine a light on your birthmarks. And be proud of your scars.
Because life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about
celebrating who you really are.

Some photos of the packaging


IMG_3570 (L-R: Scarce, Untold, Mottle)

And a look at what makes up their polishes for those interested.

illamasqua As you can see, Illamasqua is a 3-Free brand.


Scarce is described as a speckled pink finish while Mottle is a speckled green finish. They do remind me of ice cream, especially Mottle, which is reminiscent of mint chocolate chip. Drying time was SUPER FAST. I was astounded as I usually have to wait for awhile(15-20min?) before I dare to apply a second layer- also cause I want to play it safe and not mess up my nails..- but this, this was freaking awesome. Less than 5 min and it was dry. :O The Illamasqua fairies have this nailed down well!

Formula was good, I did apply a rather thick second coat, but it evens out nicely, and NO FISHING for the black hex glitters. Everything came out nicely, appearing in a rather random order which I like. A slight difference on every nail (: Also, their bottles have a removable outer cap that reveals a small ribbed inner cap that can be used for application(which I discovered by accident) though I prefer to just leave the outer cap on while polishing.

IMG_3581 without top coat

There is a shine apparent but I was rather unused to the texture(rather bumpy) so I smoothed it out with my Sally Hansen mega shine top coat(which in itself is a horrible top coat, I’ve changed to SV since).

Colours represented are rather close to IRL, but how the colour appears definitely depends on your skin tone. Scarce was a darker pink, less nude shade on my skin compared to the various photos seen online, while Mottle stood out greatly, a mint as mentioned earlier.

About removal: Awful. I went through goodness knows how many cotton squares and was literally scrubbing the glitters off my fingers, which left my nails dry ): I didn’t use a base coat beforehand though, so will try next time, perhaps it’ll be more forgiving.


Possible dupes: Deborah Lippmann’s Spring 2013 Staccato Collection and Messy Jessi Lacquer: Speckled Egg Collection(swatches of these can be found at the lovely Valesha’s blog, Peachy Polish)

Unfortunately I don’t own any DL polishes, but from the photos I’ve seen online, here’s a comparison:

DL vs Illamasqua: the latter has tiny speckles/black glitter with hex glitter, while DL is just hex glitter

DL’s I’m Not Edible vs Illamasqua’s Scarce: DL’s is a much brighter hued pink compared to Illamasqua

Which would you settle for? Also, what is your favourite nail polish brand? (:

Untold’s review and swatch will be done soon, do be patient! ^^

*All products purchased by me and review is my honest opinion.



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