Illamasqua Stance is the colour that I was hoping Misa Girls’ Night Out would be. It’s a lively fuchsia violet that reminds me of the summer.
And how appropriate considering that lately, it feels like Mother Nature gave us summer weather right when winter ended. (Thanks!) 😀
Stance comes from the Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Spring Summer 2012 Collection that I previous blogged about not long ago.
This is a fun colour to wear, but the reason why I love it so much is because the formula is pure perfection! With minimal effort, you get a great manicure with tons of shine.
Illamasqua Stance Pictures
Illamasqua Stance Ingredients
Illamasqua Stance Swatches
All swatches have:
Natural Light Photos
√ Fuchsia violet
√ Packed with pigment
OK – High shine (It dries somewhat dull, but with a top coat, it becomes shinier than most polishes)
- Name: Illamasqua Stance
- Collection: Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
- Press Release: Click here to see the Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Spring/Summer 2012 Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Collection: Blah
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was sent to me by Illamasqua. Retails for $14 USD.)
- Where to Buy: Illamasqua website & maybe Sephora stores (Not yet on their website, though.)
Illamasqua Stance Review
The colour is like candy to me – sweet and enjoyable. I think it looks fresh and flattering on my skin tone, and I found myself admiring my manicure a lot. (Oh how some polishes make us so vain!) 😉
If you remember a while back, I published my Misa Girls’ Night Out swatches & review. I was expecting that one to be a bright purple, but then when I wore it, it looked more pink than purple to my disappointment. (But the formula was perfect!)
Stance by Illamasqua is the purple I was craving! I think this shade would be flattering on a lot of people from light to rich. 🙂
This is a creme polish. Although Illamasqua claims that it has a high-gloss finish, it actually doesn’t…at least not when worn solo. It dried a bit duller. However, when you use a top coat over it (which you should be doing for your manicures anyway), oh my goodness! It ends up looking as shiny as a jelly polish! I’m in love with the finish!
Application & Formula
There’s absolutely nothing that I can knock about the application or the formula of Illamasqua Stance. It’s excellent in every single way!
Stance is very pigmented (much more so than a jelly polish) – you only need 2 coats to fully cover your nails. But, you know how jelly polishes always apply so perfectly because they’re self-leveling and virtually foolproof? Well, Stance is exactly like that!
(If you have trouble applying polish, you should seriously try this one because it’ll blow your mind. You’ll get a gorgeous manicure with very little effort.)
I don’t have many Illamasqua nail polishes because the one thing holding me back is my pocketbook. They’re more expensive than typical nail polishes. But, in this case, Stance is totally worth every penny because the colour and formula are perfect!
Final Verdict: 10/10
I’ll surely be wearing Stance by Illamasqua again – it never gives you any application difficulty. And you know that I love a polish that’s easy to work with.
Stay tuned for a future blog post. After a few days, I decided to do a layering experiment using this polish. 🙂
What are your prized Illamasqua nail polish colours? Are you going anywhere on vacation this summer? What polish have you tried that has a perfect formula in your opinion?