As I mentioned in my post about my Sales Purchases, I couldn't resist ordering Illamasqua's nail polish in 'Faux Pas' for the bargain price of £5 compared to its usual RRP of £14.50. Then, of course, I couldn't resist trying it almost immediately! The polish applied beautifully, with one coat giving a perfect, opaque coverage. It dried quickly to their rubber finish, which I'd describe as semi-matte; a striking look, but one I was slightly disappointed by as I was kind of hoping for a latex-like finish which obviously I didn't get - that's just me, though! I also found that the rubber effect wore off after around a day and a half, with the polish starting to look like a regular glossy polish, as is the case with most matte polishes. The colour is gorgeous, a deep rich purple with cool undertones, which I've really liked wearing. Unfortunately, I haven't found that it's worn particularly well, probably due in part to not using a top coat so as to get the most of the rubber effect. Within two days I'd experienced significant, noticeable tipwear, which I find quite a let-down from a brand as hyped (and expensive!) as Illamasqua. That aside, this is a shade I would wear with a topcoat for a glossy finish as the colour is worth it for me. The photos below show one coat of 'Faux Pas' over my old friend Nail Envy; on the left of the collage, photos taken with flash show the semi-matte finish, whilst the ones taken in natural light on the right are more accurate in terms of the colour.
Did you grab any bargains in Illamasqua's sale? Have you ever tried their Rubber Effect polishes? What do you think of 'Faux Pas'?
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