Sunday, February 8, 2015

Illamasqua Melange and Born Pretty Store Feather Water Decals

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today I have a lemming that I was very fortunate to fulfill to show you. Since Illamasqua stopped being stocked in the US, it has become increasingly difficult to get your hands on them, especially their new releases! Illamasqua Melange was released in 2014 and I wanted it from the moment I saw it. There aren't many high-end brands that I will shell out the bucks for anymore, but Illamasqua is one of the rare exceptions because they make extremely beautiful and high quality polishes and I adore their formula. Thanks again to my dear friend who was able to get it to the US for me! <3

For this mani, I started off with a base of Illamasqua Melange and then added some gold foil peacock feather water decals from Born Pretty Store (item C045). I found that these decals were a little bit stiffer than some that I've worked with in the past, but still not problematic, I just smoothed them down to the curve of my nail with my finger really well and they behaved beautifully. I really like having some water decals in my stash that are cute designs in plain colors like gold, silver, black, and white that will look great over a variety of base colors so you can easily jazz up any mani without having to worry about color-matching. I think these would look great over pretty much any base color for a full mani or for an accent.

Let's get a look at Melange on its own. Gah, it's so fabulous! My camera wasn't doing so hot this night at picking up all of the detail in the base, but it has a dusty green base with heavy gold and red shimmer flecks. Formula is a breeze in true Illamasqua style and this is 2 easy coats. So much love for this polish!

As I said, Illamasqua does not have any US-based stockists anymore (and I've heard ordering direct from them is now EXTREMELY expensive), so tracking this one down is not an easy task. If you have the opportunity to get it though...DO IT! 

Be sure to check out Born Pretty Store for all of your nail art supply needs (you can use my coupon code JCX31 for 10% off your order).  I've always had great experiences with ordering from them at very reasonable prices. Also, you can't beat free worldwide shipping! You can also follow Born Pretty Store on Facebook and Instagram. 

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