Sunday, July 14, 2013

Illamasqua Pink and Original Raindrops Swatches and Review

I am revisiting an Illamasqua favorite of mine, Raindrops. It's a color that they made from a fan's idea; they produced three colors via a fan contest in 2010 to come up with their own dream nail polish color. The other two were great but Raindrops turned out to be the incredibly popular standout. I got it when it came out and I was not as thrilled with it as I had expected. I ended up swapping it. However, I have since regretted that decision and decided to buy it again.

Raindrops is a light blueish grey jelly with tons of light flakes of white shimmer. I remember the first time I had this, I remembered that it wasn't very opaque and I didn't give it a second thought, I just dismissed it as a disappointment. This time I took care to apply it evenly and used three coats, and it turned out to have great coverage. There is a chance that this was reformulated, as it has gone in and out of stock over the years. I love this, it's a soft and feminine look that is quite flattering. I'm happy to have it in my collection and glad I gave it a second chance.
Illamasqua - Raindrops
Illamasqua - Raindrops

A while ago, Illamasqua said that if their fan page on Facebook got over 10,000 likes, they would put out a special edition polish, a PINK version of Raindrops! So I, along with countless fans, spread the word like wildfire and they hit their goal. They produced a beautiful cool vintagey pink version appropriately named Pink Raindrops. It is more opaque and more of a traditional shimmer rather than a jelly. It's also got a bit of a metallic pink shimmer to it in addition to the micro flakes.

I find myself wishing it was more of a jelly-like consistency like the original, it was thick and might need some coaxing to make even but I didn't have too much trouble with it. I've heard different stories from other bloggers, and the initial swatches I saw of it didn't excite me, but I do really like the color on me and I am happy with it. This is two coats, although one might've been sufficient as it is very opaque.
Illamasqua - Pink Raindrops
Illamasqua - Pink Raindrops

I bought these both from Sephora.com for $17 each. They are also available on the Illamasqua.com website for £14.50. These are both beautiful nail polishes from one of my favorite brands and I love them. What do you think? Which one do you prefer, pink or original recipe?

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