Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish - Swatches and Review

I am sure you all already know that Illamasqua is releasing a new fragrance in a few days. I absolutely love the images that were made for the release of Freak. They are purple and there are octopuses, which I think are amazingly beautiful animals. But it is not only Freak what is new from Illamasqua!

Illamasqua says: "To celebrate the launch of the Freak fragrance, we have created three limited edition make-up pieces, each inspired by the exotic blooms that make up its intoxicating scent. Embracing the mysterious history of its namesake, Poison Hemlock, is hardwearing new Nail Varnish in Hemlock."

In the bottle Hemlock is an iridescent green with a bit of pink, which shows only in the bottle. On the nail you can see mostly green, in the sun it turns more golden. It is just so pretty! As expected the formula was great, no streaks (honestly, I wouldn´t expect anything else from Illamasqua). For full coverage I think you would need four coats, I used three on the picture below and it is almost opaque. I was surprised about how much I liked it even alone...I could actually really wear this:

But I still think that all the fun starts when you layer Hemlock over creme polishes. I have been playing with different combinations all day long, there are endless possibilities, but here are some of the ones I like most.

So I tried Hemlock...

...over Illamasqua Boosh
Black is always the best way to show the full beauty of layering polishes. This combination was actually used for the Freak images!
...over Illamasqua Scorch
White is also a great polish for layering and I think that Hemlock makes it look very elegant. It looks like pearls to me.

...over Illamasqua Nudge
Nudge is already beautiful on its own but with Hemlock its is absolutely stunning! This might be my favourite combination so far.

...over Illamasqua Force
Hemlock changes the colour of Force from blue to more purple. 

...over Illamasqua Jo´Mina
You know I love Jo´Mina, there is no other polish like it. I actually had it on when Hemlock arrived so it was the first polish I tried it on. I think this is a beautiful combination....they remind me of the images for Freak.

I love Hemlock and I love to play with it...I could do tons of other combinations and I am sure all of them would look great. I don´t like green polishes much but green layering polishes are beautiful. I promise to show you more combinations with Hemlock soon...or you could just let me know what would you like to see and I will make a post about that.
You can pre-order Hemlock already here. As all Illamasqua Nail Varnishes it costs £13.50. Hemlock, Freak and the other products will be available on the 20th October, so that is just two more days! 
What do you think about Hemlock and will you be buying Freak? Let me know...

* the product(s) in this post were sent to me by the manufacturer or their PR company


  1. What a beautiful color! I think you're right, all the fun starts when you start layering it over other polishes, the dark ones are my favourites.

  2. It reminds me of Scrangie polish when layered over Force. =)

  3. It's divine!!! I love all the beautiful layerings with it so much! Hemlock reminds me a bit of what CND Emerald Shimmer Effect looks like layered, though I don't think Emerald Shimmer could ever be worn alone. I'm wondering how it compares as a layering polish. I love Illamasqua so much! Alex Box and all the creators are brilliant! <3 <3 <3

  4. it is gorgeous but 4 coats is a little too much effort for me, and for the layering i will stick to opi's significant other color but i can see many will run to the store for this :)

  5. I really like it layered over Force. It makes such a lovely colour!

  6. Wow, that is beautiful! I love how it looks over Force and Jo'Mina. I hope this will be available at Sephora too!

  7. I Drink Nail polish: I will compare these two, but I think they are not dupes :)

  8. Gosh I want this so much it is absolutely gorgeous! And the way it layers! It's just such a shame that I can't get these at a decent price in Canada. With shipping these are crazy to get here. :( Thanks for the awesome post.

  9. This is gorgeous. Thank youf or sharing the different layers! I also love Jo'Mina!

  10. Lovely, thanks for all the swatches over other colors....very helpful. :)

  11. Oooh!! I am stunned by how it looks over other polishes!!!


  12. the color with force is very pretty!

  13. Would it work over Viridian? That's the polish I am totally lemming right now...but I am adding Hemlock to the list too! Thanks for the great examples!!

  14. I like the Illamasqua Scorch !!!! such a great color :)


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