The amazing Illamasqua team did it again – I came home to find a surprise package that instantly lifted my spirits!
Inside was Illamasqua Noble, which the handwritten note said was the latest addition to Sephora counters!
It came at a good time because, that night, I was already planning on changing my polish. No need to rummage through my bottles and decide. Illamasqua gave me the perfect polish to wear. No “I don’t have anything to wear” moment.
Unfortunately, the weather was gloomy when I had my camera handy, so I couldn’t get any sunlight photos. And for some strange reason, I wasn’t able to accurately capture the colour despite fiddling around with many settings. (It is not a wintry blue like it appears in my photos! It’s a robin’s egg blue!)
I was so desperate to capture the true colour that I even took some shots in artificial lighting in my bathroom in hopes that it might help. (Yeah! That’s usually the worst lighting, but desperate times call for desperate measures, as they say…)
What a travesty, though, because I wish I could’ve shown you the true colour. To make up for it, I tried to describe the shade as best as I could in this post. And, although my photos don’t do this polish any justice, I hope that they’re helpful if only to see the finish and how smoothly and evenly the polish applies.
Illamasqua Noble Pictures
Illamasqua Noble Ingredients
Illamasqua Noble Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Noble
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
Artificial Light Photos
√ Robin egg blue
- Name: Illamasqua Noble
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Illamasqua.) Retails for around $18 CAD/$14 USD
- Where to Buy: Sephora stores & Sephora website
Illamasqua Noble Review
Noble by Illamasqua is a fresh robin’s egg blue – exactly what they claim. So please don’t think this polish is a pale or whitened blue. In real life, it’s saturated, vibrant, and not anaemic at all. It’s like a more vibrant Smurf blue with a drop of green.
It’s so fresh that if it were any fresher, it’d offer to buy you a drink at the bar after complimenting you on how beautiful your eyes are.
This blue reminds me of what I imagine water looks like in fantasy books – vivid, full of life, and it’s the kind of blue that provides a lot of contrast for a brilliant pop of colour!
In person, it’s about 2-3 shades darker than what you see in my photos.
It’s the type of colour that’s going to get noticed by everyone, even though it’s not a neon. Seriously! The first day I wore it to work, a co-worker came into my office and stopped mid-sentence what she was saying to tell me that she liked the colour of my nail polish! Then we had a few minutes of beauty talk before talking about work-related topics…hehe!
If you have China Glaze Aqua Baby, it’s a similar type of blue. It’s the kind that’s saturated enough to flatter many different skin tones from light to rich.
The wonderful creme finish is simple, but anything but boring! When a nail polish has a powerful colour like this one does, the finish can be just a creme, but it still packs a powerful punch like Bruce Lee and his fists of fury!
Noble by Illamasqua also dries to a beautiful shine without the assistance of a top coat. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
For some reason, in my photos, you can’t see just how shiny it is. In person it’s so stunning. My nails literally looked like I was wearing plastic fake nails – in a good way because they looked incredibly smooth.
Application & Formula
Well, Illamasqua did it again with an impressive formula! It went on smoothly and evenly. It wasn’t too thick or too thin in consistency – just right! It was easy to control, and you’ll just need 2 coats for complete coverage. This polish was a dream to work with!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Illamasqua is quickly becoming one of my all-time favourite nail-polish brands because their formulas are incredibly easy to work with, and they offer a lot of different colours. Plus even the bottle itself is pretty cool – looks classy, sophisticated, different, and edgy.
If you don’t already have something similar, I highly recommend you try this one. It’s the hassle-free way to get beautiful nails!
Is Illamasqua becoming one of your favourite brands, too? What’s your favourite polish by Illamasqua? Have you ever seen a robin’s egg in person?
Edit: Yay! Illamasqua retweeted my blog post to their Twitter followers!