Yes, the Illamasqua nail polish are pricey, but trust me, worth every penny! I only got them in today, and just by swatching them, the formula of these nail polish is the bomb. Seriously. Really. Amazing.
I got them from my colleague (whose daughter was in London recently), and in the colours Jo'mina, DWS, milf, and Muse.
Love the packaging and the whole look of the bottle. The Illamasqua emblem on the top of the cap, kind of gothic, and so sleek at the same time.
I have to apologise for the poor lighting in this pictures, in the evening light, and it was growing progressively darker as I swatch each color but I am trying to show the colors as true as they appear without using any flash.
Dark Turquoise colour. No known dupes in my collection yet.
Light Grey. Very neutral, no hints of blue, or yellow. Yes, yellow.. I think.. later you shall see, in my dupe pictures. It has been commonly compared to MAC's On the Prowl which I also own. In fact, I think I tend to collect these grey colors. :p
Milf (What a cheeeeky name! Never fail to remind me of American Pie)
I want to say this is a creamy light green. It has no hint of yellow, nor blue. It is also not minty.
This color, as you know, is really hard to capture, like most purples. It is not a straight out purple, because of the tinge of fuschia/ magenta in the color, and looks a little neon in real life. Again, no known dupes for this in my stash.
And now, for the comparisons. None of the the dupes I am going to show are exact matches. But I must say, comparing across the brands here (we have MAC, China Glaze, YSL, Essie, OPI) , the Illamasqua formula and payoff beat the rest all hands down - pun intended!
On the Prowl is a warmer tone light grey, and DWS is really a clean milky light grey, a lot more pigmented and no streaking at all.
The other two greys are a lot darker than DWS. Definitely not dupes.
Next, we have the light mint, teal, jade sort of colors. I like how milf is not minty, nor limey. It is just a very simple light green color, that reminds me of MAC In the Buff -- not that they are the same in terms of color, but it is that type of very nondescript blah color that is outstanding -- yea, I know it sounds weird, but true!
milf is the closest match to peppermint patti, but in terms of formula, again, I must rave about how lovely it applies. peppermint patti is streaky and takes an experienced hand to apply nicely.
All the illamasqua nail polish dry to a mega glossy finish even without any topcoat. They are also true to the color in the bottle. Overall, I am super impressed with these nail polish, and I am glad I got her to buy all 4 colors on my list.
That's all, and thanks for looking!