Friday, June 1, 2012

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Nail Polishes

Illamasqua's latest collection is called Naked Strangers. If you aren't familiar with the brand, they are based in the UK and their whole philosophy is about embracing your alter ego. I love their stuff, they have very out of the box colors and styles. Their press photos are also amazing, I am almost more excited to see them than the actual products haha!
A place where alter egos are laid bare and naked flesh is a source of unashamed inspiration. In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown; exploring the distance between pure Monogamous, gilded Faithful and uninhibited Swinger. Exposed nude tones, adorned with rich licks of gold, leave you gasping for more. Don’t restrain yourself. Unless, of course, you enjoy it.
“Naked Strangers captures inner glows and depths. The deeply and darkly alluring exists alongside ethereal shimmering brilliance. We are complex and multifaceted whilst also being naked to the world.” — Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.
“Naked Strangers represents everything about borderlines…the human edge between romance and permissive intimacy…a step beyond control, a step past the edge and a collection of gilded moments upon the tip of sensation. Beautiful nudes with metallic edge set amongst eclectic textures.” — David Horne, Illamasqua Director of Product Development.

The first polish I have to show you is called Monogamous, a creamy flesh pink with a rubbery finish sort of like the lacquers in their Theater of the Nameless collection. This is a very clean and classic look. If I were more pale this cold be a "mannequin hands" color. It applied very easily and didn't dry streaky or uneven which was nice. This is three coats.
Natural matte/satin finish
Monogamous with a shiny top coat

Faithful is a coppered brown shimmer polish. A-mah-zing. I really love this, it reminds me a bit of China Glaze Golden Spurs. Great formula, this is two coats. I've heard questions about the comparison between this and RBL's new Ghost Ranch, but this is much more copper toned and less metallic.

The Illamasqua Naked Strangers Summer 2012 Collection is on sale now at and will be available at Sephora starting on June 7th, 2012. The collection actually introduced three new nail polish colors, the third one is called Swinger and it's gold. As you can imagine, I'm extremely bummed I didn't get that one to review, but you better believe I will be buying it! Hope you enjoyed these swatches!

Products provided for review.
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