This review on Illamasqua Speckle was a long time coming! I wore this a while ago. You probably remember seeing it on my Instagram account.
It’s fine time I cropped the photos and brought this post to life like Frankenstein’s Monster!
Whenever I wear an Illamasqua nail polish, it always feels like such an experience because the bottle is so luxurious.
Illamasqua Speckle is a really cute lacquer because it reminds me of Easter eggs (the kind where it’s chocolate inside, but the outside has a thin layer of candy).
When I wore this to work, a co-worker said she liked it because it looked like a dinosaur egg. 🙂
Illamasqua Speckle Pictures
Illamasqua Speckle Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Speckle
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Speckled lilac (Yes)
- Name: Illamasqua Speckle
- Collection: Illamasqua Imperfection Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the Illamasqua Imperfection Collection press release featuring the nail polishes & blush brush
- Colours Available in the Collection: Speckle, Mottle, Freckle, Scarce & Fragile
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Illamasqua website & some Sephora stores
Illamasqua Speckle Review
Speckle by Illamasqua is a pastel lilac nail polish with an Eastery quality that’s so adorable!
I feel like the Cadbury bunny wanted to hop on the edgy side, so it collaborated with Illamasqua for this. 😉 (Speaking about Cadbury, I’m craving those Creme eggs badly right now. The filling is sooooo delicious!)
The colour was a little tricky for me to capture accurately, so I’ll do my best to describe it here. It’s definitely a purple, as opposed to the blue that it comes off in some of the photos.
It reminds me a bit of a pastel purple that’s lighter than OPI Do You Lilac It?, but it’s more saturated than OPI Rumple’s Wiggin’ (from the Shrek Collection).
There are larger blackened matte hexagons peppered throughout, but the nail polish sometimes gently coats them, so they have a varied look from blackened to a soft grey. It’s a really cool look!
Speckle by Illamasqua is a purple creme with some large hexagons and small specks. There’s noticeable texture because of the sequins’ size.
This is a lacquer that I think a top coat is mandatory for because without it, the purple looks almost clay-like, and the texture of the sequins can look lumpy. But, when you apply a clear top coat, it’s like magic, blending everything together and bringing out the beauty of both the base colour and the interesting sequins.
Application & Formula
I found that the formula was on the thicker side. It makes sense, since the purple has a milky look to it.
Even though it was on the thicker side, it didn’t feel goopy and it wasn’t difficult to apply. In fact, the coverage I was able to get was wonderful because it was thicker!
You should only need to use 2 regular-medium coats in order to achieve full opacity.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Speckle by Illamasqua is a fun nail polish that I very much enjoyed wearing. Hehe, but the whole time, I was craving Easter eggs!
Are you into the speckle-nail trend? What’s the most recent Illamasqua nail polish you’ve worn? If you’ve never tried any Illamasqua lacquer before, which would be the first you’d try?