Haha, unless you drank a lot of liquid and need to use the washroom, one of the most soothing sounds is the rain.
Illamasqua Raindrops is a special grey nail polish that was discontinued in the past.
However, Illamasqua listened to all their customers and brought this shade back from the dead!
Good news for you! In 2013, it’ll be available for sale again. So…there’s no need to stalk eBay or pay highly inflated prices!
P.S. After reading the cute handwritten note accompanying this polish, I was so excited, I literally tore open the package and quickly painted my nails like a possessed polish addict. (Sometimes nailphiles let emotions get the better of us…haha!) Despite my flawed application, I still enjoyed wearing this manicure for a couple of days and didn’t bother ‘fixing’ my mistakes. 🙂 Remember the philosophy I keep harping about on here: happiness is more important than perfection.
Illamasqua Raindrops Pictures
Illamasqua Raindrops Ingredients
Illamasqua Raindrops Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Ridge Filler
- 3 coats of Illamasqua Raindrops
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Sheer light grey
- Name: Illamasqua Raindrops
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Will be available for sale in 2013 (Check the official Illamasqua website, the Sephora website & Sephora stores.)
Illamasqua Raindrops Review
The sweet pale grey has an ethereal quality, and I think it definitely captures the idea of raindrops on the window!
Illamasqua Raindrops reminds me of spring, but you can obviously rock this shade any season.
Raindrops by Illamasqua has a sheer, jelly-like quality, and there are small, silvery flakies throughout. Together, this finish and glitter create a magical polish that brings to mind fairies and all things girly. However, it also looks very elegant and sophisticated to me – not immature at all!
The finish of this polish has slight texture, but after applying a top coat, everything becomes smooth very easily.
In my hurry to wear this polish, I actually forgot to apply top coat on my ring finger…haha, and only on this hand! That has never happened to me before, so I suspect I was under the spell of this soft, magical polish! 😉
If you look really hard at my ring finger, in certain photos, you can see the minimal texture I mentioned. It’s not gritty at all. It’s just not completely as smooth as a creme polish.
Application & Formula
This polish had a thicker consistency than I expected for a jelly polish. And, due to the sheerness, if you want full opacity, you’ll need to use 3 coats. That’s what I used, and each coat had a medium thickness. If you apply thinner coats, you may need an extra coat.
I found that the polish was easy to control, however, unfortunately I was a little overexcited applying it, so my results were pretty messy! (I still wore this manicure for a few days because apparently it wasn’t too messy to bother me.)
Final Verdict: 8/10
If you’re a fan of light-grey nail polish, subtle flakies, and polishes that are very sweet-looking, Illamasqua Raindrops will be right up your alley.
I think it’s very cool how Illamasqua listened to their customers and brought back a shade that a lot of people enjoyed. It shows that they care about their customers, and that mentality goes a long way!
Do you own the original version of Illamasqua Raindrops? Are you a fan of light-grey nail polish? What colour is your favourite jelly polish that you’ve ever worn?