Illamasqua Creator is from the upcoming Generation Q Fall/Winter Collection that will be due out September 6.
This is one sexy, edgy polish that I loved wearing, especially on short nails!
With all the colourful lacquers in my Helmer, I just realized after wearing Creator that I rarely wear black polishes. And it’s definitely not because I don’t like them – in fact whenever I wear a black polish (not near-black, but actually black), I tend to fall in love with it.
Illamasqua Creator was no exception – it stole my heart, and if you try it out, too, I think you’ll also want to have its baby…haha, or at least just paint your nails with it.
Illamasqua Creator Pictures
Illamasqua Creator Ingredients
Illamasqua Creator Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Creator
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Magical black
- Name: Illamasqua Creator
- Collection: Illamasqua Generation Q Fall/Winter Collection 2012
- Nail Polishes Available in the Collection: Creator & Charisma
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Illamasqua.)
- Where to Buy: Illamasqua website, Sephora stores & Sephora website (Collection is available starting September 6)
Illamasqua Creator Review
Hehe, I like how Illamasqua describes this polish as a ‘magical black’. That’s definitely true because when I first laid eyes on it in the bottle, I immediately thought of a magician’s cloak. (In fact, quite some time ago, I did Magician Nails featuring a black-and-silver theme.)
I feel that black and silver are classic colours that will always look edgy yet classic together. They’re sexy, hard-hitting, and you’ve gotta love how it’s such an easy colour combination to pair with many outfits.
When wearing a black polish, my philosophy is to go big or go home. Black polishes, in my opinion, should be as dark as night. I’m not a fan of near-black shades. If you want to wear something super dark, actually wear black!
Creator by Illamasqua is indeed a polish with a deep, dark, black base. Love it!
This polish is chock full of micro-glitter. Most times, the glitter looks silver to me, but sometimes when the angle is just right and the natural light is yellowish (like with light from a sunrise), I can see the glitter take on a slight golden hue.
It’s not a gritty polish at all, but when I ran my finger along the surface of my nails, I could feel slight texture. When you add a shiny top coat, you can smooth it out better, but the subtle texture by itself isn’t something that’s scratchy or annoying.
Because there’s glitter, it’s a little more difficult to remove than a plain creme polish, but this wasn’t nearly as challenging to remove as your typical glitter polish. It came off without as much scrubbing. (It also depends on how many coats you use. If you use 2 coats, it’s not to bad to remove. But, I think if you use 3-4 coats, it’d be much harder.)
Application & Formula
Application on this one was wonderful! You know how sometimes with glitter polishes, the first coat can be streaky and have bald patches where the glitter doesn’t stay? Well, if you use medium coats, you won’t have that issue. With just one medium coat, I was able to almost fully cover the nail…and the tiny glitter applied evenly on its own without any effort on my part.
Despite the great coverage with a single medium coat, I still suggest using 2 coats…and that’s all you’ll probably need.
The formula went on smoothly without any clumps, it was easy to control, and I found that it dried fairly quickly. (Then again, with most glitter polishes, I find that they tend to dry faster than other types of lacquer.)
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
I think that a lot of people wear more black nail polish around Hallowe’en, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Just like how you may feel like wearing a neon in the winter, you can wear a black polish in the summer. Nail polish is supposed to be a fun experience, so wear whatever you want.
Creator by Illamasqua is a polish that I know I’ll be sporting again. Considering how many nail polishes I have in my collection, that’s saying something!
I feel that the colour combination is perfect and the formula is well done!
P.S. If you want to see promo pictures of the entire Illamasqua Generation Q Fall/Winter Collection, check out my Illamasqua Charisma blog post and scroll down. In that post, you’ll also learn how you can tell Illamasqua which product you want them to release early! (The collection is set to be released on September 6.)
Would you wear black polish in the summer? What’s your favourite black or black-combination lacquer?