24 posts tagged "Illamasqua"
Despite our own misgivings, and the fact that the runways have recently embraced a return to the minimalist manicure with an all-nude, all-the-time protocol, newfangled polishes continue to take the market by storm. From caviar appliqués and magnetic finishes to leatherlike lacquers, design-heavy strips, and DIY gel topcoats, there is an unending stream of options for your next next-level manicure. The latest launches one-up the shatter polishes of old and introduce a new concept in pro tips: speckled polishes. The idea here is really just embedding black glitter, instead of rainbow or like-colored flecks, in seasonally appropriate pastels. But the dichotomous nature of the combination feels like a fresh way to wear texture—stumbled upon by not one but two different brands. Both Deborah Lippmann and Illamasqua creative director Alex Box are seeing spots for Spring. Here, we put their new polishes to the test: let the throwdown begin.
The Hometown Hero: Deborah Lippmann has been inventing the wheel with glitter polishes since she debuted Marquee Moon—a silver lacquer mixed with then-unheard-of pieces of chunky hexagonal chrome sparkles—at Rodarte’s Fall 2009 show. Her new Staccato collection, which debuts next month at www.deborahlippmann.com, is similarly smart, albeit somewhat subdued, as it relies on uniform pieces of small circular black glitter and a pretty palette of three soft pastels, including the standout Rockin’ Robin, a creamy mint green.
The Indie Import: While Illamasqua may not be able to lay claim to the same glitter glory, the British brand’s polish pedigree is impressive. Its debut collection of neons and brights helped attract an international audience—and eventually Sephora, which brought the line stateside in 2009. Its new limited-edition Speckled Varnishes, which launch next month on www.sephora.com, offer slightly more scandalous shades of traditional pastels, including Mottle, a lime-tinged mint—which is to be expected from a brand that’s known for its shock values. To this end, the glitter in this five-piece collection is also varied and includes larger hexagonal sparkles as well as microscopic pieces.
The Bottom Line:
If you’re looking to make a statement with a more subtle, delicate edge, choose Deborah Lippmann for its more refined color palette. But if you’re looking for an unapologetic nod to funky finger-painting, Illamasqua is—and will likely always be—your best bet.
The matte nail polish phenomenon caused near hysteria three years ago when no-shine manicures started turning up on the runway at shows like Alexander Wang and subsequently at retail counters nationwide. Gone was the era of high-gloss varnish; in its place, a preference for a flat finish with no semblance of luster. The novelty ultimately wore off, of course, and as the nail art boom continues to inspire innovation from at-home gel kits to magnetic polishes, matte nail lacquer is no longer the radical idea it once was. That doesn’t mean it’s not still a palate-cleanser, though. The latest from Illamasqua offers a mixture between a matte formulation and a jelly polish, which its product development team has ingeniously dubbed “rubber varnish”. Available in six, shockingly bright shades, like the lime green Nurture and the bright turquoise Serenity, two coats provide you with a textural, shine-free effect that is nothing short of a conversation starter.
Katy Perry isn’t the only celeb making quick work of fragrance empire building. Rihanna has just announced plans for a second signature scent following the debut of Reb’l Fleur earlier this year. Her new effort will simply be called Rebelle. [Billboard]
Speaking of empire building, the cult-favorite British makeup brand Illamasqua is branching out into scent. Centered around moonflower extract, its first olfactory offering is called Freak and features a silver snail affixed to an asymmetrical purple-y black glass bottle. [Basenotes]
Queen Latifah is getting some company as the face of CoverGirl’s Queen Collection. The mass beauty giant has just signed actress Paula Patton to join the hip-hop icon as an ambassador for the makeup range. [HuffPo]
A new study indicates that a skin cancer diagnosis could come from the unlikeliest of places: your hairdresser. The report published in the Archives of Dermatology found that haircare professionals can be a necessary link between clients and their doctors, as they often examine guests’ necks, faces, and scalps while wielding their shears. [ABC News]
We’re personally advocating for fall’s nude nail, but there are certain lacquer labels that will always appeal to our innate desire for colorful statement-making. Illamasqua, which burst onto the scene three years ago with polishes in the purest shades of neon (its Radium, a lime green shimmer, skirted the line between too-chartreuse-to-wear and exactly on point) and not one but two shades of black, is just such a brand. We wait for each season’s offering with fingers crossed, hoping for something new and noteworthy to slick onto our tips. Illamasqua color creator Alex Box didn’t disappoint this month, releasing her Theatre of the Nameless collection—which includes four opulent varnishes with limited-edition rubberized black caps—in homage to those dens of iniquity in 1920′s Berlin where exotic dancers and anarchists rubbed elbows. Kink is a satin-finish dark jade that has a muted quality unlike the line’s previously released hunter green shade, Rampage; Vice is a dark magenta-cum-cerise; Faux Pas is a dusty, creamy lilac; and Taint is a taupey-brown, which could double as a fantastic rich nude for those of you hoping to keep it neutral.
Balmain fans, get psyched. The brand has just inked a deal to release a new line of fragrances at the end of next year. [WWD]
It was bound to happen eventually. Scandal has erupted inside the Lady Gaga camp as an explosive new book alleges that the pop star is “sick” of going on extreme dieting binges to fit into all of those tiny little costumes. And so it goes in the torrid life of a fame monster. [Daily Mail]
In the oversaturated market of mass-produced creams promising everything under the sun, the pared-down apothecary concept is emerging as king. [NYT]
Do you ever find yourself preoccupied with the idea of heading into the afterlife without a perfect face of makeup? No? Well, if the anxiety should befall you, know this: Illamasqua has teamed up with a London-based funeral home to help facilitate your “final act of self-expression.” [Bella Sugar]