Illamasqua Nurture is a look-at-me green from the limited-edition Rubber Brights Collection that has a unique ‘rubberized’ finish instead of the traditional glossy look.
I really love Illamasqua because they’re a brand that never seems to shy away from doing something different and risky. And their photoshoots are some of the most artistic and dramatic ones in the beauty industry!
While I haven’t worn many matte or rubber finishes, I’m always open for trying new nail looks. So I gave this a shot. The green already was right up my alley.
What was the verdict on this rubberized green? There’s only one way to find out!
Illamasqua Nurture Pictures
Illamasqua Nurture Ingredients
(This is gonna be a lonnnng photo!)
Illamasqua Nurture Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Nurture
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
√ Candy apple green
√ Fast, buildable coverage
√ Matte rubber-like finish
- Name: Illamasqua Nurture
- Collection: Illamasqua Rubber Brights Collection 2012
- Colours Available in the Collection: Nurture, Optimist, Aorta, Devotee, Serenity & Prosperity
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Illamasqua.)
- Where to Buy: Coming soon to the Illamasqua website, Sephora stores & already on the Sephora website
- Limited Edition? Yes!
Illamasqua Nurture Review
Nurture by Illamasqua is a cartoon-slime kind of green that’s bright and a little crazy. Well, for me, this kind of green is my normal. But for those who aren’t used to wearing all colours of the rainbow, this one is a little more ‘out there’. Dare to have fun!
It’s a fresh green that pops on your nails. I think it’s especially great for the spring and summer, but hey, they’re your nails, so wear any colour you want regardless of the season.
What makes this polish unique isn’t the colour, but the finish. It has a ‘rubber’ finish. What does that mean? It isn’t chalky like a matte polish, but it also doesn’t have the high-gloss shine of a typical lacquer. It falls in between, but is closer to a matte. There’s a bit of a sheen, and when you run your fingers along the nail, it’s smooth and satiny.
This finish is really cool to look at when you’re washing your hands. You can see the water roll off it, and it looks like your nails are ‘dry’ but your hands are wet from the water. (Haha, I think while wearing this polish, I washed my hands for even longer than normal just because I found this way too fascinating.)
Despite using hand lotion a few times during the day, I didn’t notice it changing the rubber finish on this polish. (I’ve heard that using hand lotion can change the way matte finishes look over time.)
Also, if you have any pronounced nail ridges, I suggest buffing them before polish application or using a ridge-filling base coat because this lacquer won’t conceal them. But, if you just have minor ridges, they’ll be hidden under this polish, and you won’t need to buff first.
Application & Formula
With this finish, if you apply the polish too thickly, instead of getting bubbles like you would with traditional polish, you get what look like tiny indentations. So, my suggestion is to use as thin a coat as possible for each layer.
Also, according to the information that Illamasqua sent me, you should wait 30 seconds between coats and then 2 minutes at the end for the rubber finish to appear. This wasn’t hard to follow, since by the time I finished painting all my nails, more than 30 seconds elapsed when painting the first coat. (Hehe, I’m not that fast! But, yes, this finish dries way faster than typical polish. However, it doesn’t dry so quickly that you have to be a speed demon. You can paint your nails without being a nail-polish Usain Bolt.)
Another important thing to mention is that while you’re not “supposed to” use a top coat, you can use one if you want to convert it to a shiny polish to switch it up.
It was a bit of a struggle for me not to reach for my usual fast-drying top coat at the end. It felt so wrong…haha! And then I was worried about dents, which I never worry about when I use the top coat. However, everything dried fairly quickly, and I didn’t get any sheet marks.
The polish was opaque in 2 coats, and the formula was easy to control. I really like the soft, rubberized cap – it made painting my nails very comfortable.
Promo Pictures of the Illamasqua Limited Edition Rubber Brights Collection
Since Illamasqua was nice enough to provide me with a flyer containing more information about their inspiration and the other colours in the Rubber Brights Collection, I felt the strong need to share this with you in case green’s not your thing, but you prefer some of the other shades.
Why Illamasqua Impresses Me
Not all brands are equal. Some rise to the top like the cream of the crop. Illamasqua is one of those brands that continually impresses me not just because of their creative spirit and daring to be different, but also because of their personal touch.
Every single time I’ve been lucky enough to receive samples from the company, they’ve always made me feel like they’re paying attention to me instead of viewing me as ‘just another blogger’.
Case in point: They sent me a green nail polish (haha, you know how I’m a greeeeen fieeeend)…and look at this handwritten letter. It’s a nice touch, and it makes them stand out. Thumbs up to their marketing and public-relations campaigns!
So while Illamasqua products may be splurge items, I do feel like they’re worth the investment because you get quality. I’d much rather put my money toward a creative and forward-thinking company than one that merely follows the trends and plays it safe any day.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
Even though I’m not the biggest fan of matte polishes, I was surprised how much I enjoyed wearing this rubber finish. I think it’s a refreshing twist that has the appeal of a matte without being flat.
Are you on board this rubber-finish trend? Do you prefer glossy polishes? Are you an Illamasqua fan?