Illamasqua Charisma has a lot to live up to with a name like that. But guess what? It totally does!
This is 1 of the 2 nail-polish shades in the Illamasqua Generation Q Fall & Winter Collection that’s coming out on September 6th.
It’s one of those Wow Polishes that kept me interested all day long because it looks different depending on the lighting. I really love shades that have an ‘identity crisis’. 😉
I was so excited to wear this that I even trimmed my nails really short because I enjoy wearing dark shades on short nails the most.
Illamasqua Charisma Pictures
Illamasqua Charisma Ingredients
Illamasqua Charisma Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Charisma
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
Illamasqua Generation Q Fall/Winter 2012 Collection Promo Information
√ Deep raspberry pink
- Name: Illamasqua Charisma
- Collection: Illamasqua Generation Q Fall/Winter Collection 2012
- Nail Polishes Available in the Collection: Charisma & Creator
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Illamasqua.)
- Where to Buy: Illamasqua website, Sephora stores & Sephora website (Collection is available starting September 6)
Illamasqua Charisma Review
Charisma by Illamasqua is really special. In some lighting, it looked like a dark cherry type of red…a rich ruby. But then in certain lighting, I could see a tinge of a purplish-pink cast on top of the red, which gave it a very seductive, glowy look that’s magical.
This colour really gets me in the mood for autumn because the decadent shade is rich and crisp.
I love the super shimmery finish on Charisma. It’s very fine, so from far away, it looks like a regular shimmer finish, but when you look at it up close, you can see each little piece of shimmer catching the light.
Application & Formula
This baby applied like a dream come true. Even with a single coat, I got a lot of coverage, but with 2 coats, it achieved full opacity.
As is typical of Illamasqua lacquers, the formula is excellent – easy to control, smooth, even, and highly pigmented. Polishes like this make it easier for you to get professional-looking manicures even if you’re just a nailphile like me. 😉
And…Illamasqua Continues to Impress Me
Remember in my previous blog post about Illamasqua Nurture, I mentioned how much I appreciate the personal touch of the company’s marketing and PR team? Well, I continue to be impressed!
When I got home from work, I was really excited to see a black box waiting for me. I rarely get black boxes in the mail, so whenever I do, I immediately think of Illamasqua. And then my heart races to the finish line like Usain Bolt.
Then I opened up the box and saw a sweet, personalized envelope with my first and last names on it. Inside was a note from the two wonderful people I’ve been in touch with from Illamasqua! 🙂
The inside of the box was full of purple and maroon petals. I just love how dramatic and theatrical Illamasqua is with their presentation! I don’t know any other company that goes the extra mile like this to give you a full experience and not just press samples!
The promo information was even carefully rolled up and secured with a sticker! This goes to show you the personal touch and effort that the Illamasqua team puts in.
I couldn’t resist photographing Illamasqua Charisma with the petals in the background.
“Ohhh, I wanna layyyy you down on a bed of Illamasqua roses…” 😉 The below photo is NSFW…hehehehe!
And…although the collection only drops on September 6th, there’s a cool opportunity that Illamasqua has arranged for an early release!
All you have to do is like, tweet, or pin your favourite item from the Generation Q Collection between August 21 to 28.
Then, on August 28, Illamasqua will release the top 3 favourite products for an early release exclusively on their website! (See all the details in the 2 photos below.)
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
Charisma by Illamasqua is a hit in my makeup book! It’s not a straight-up ruby red. You get some purplish pink undertones that gives it dimension, personality, and edge.
Does anything from the Generation Q Collection call out to you? Will you be getting either or both of the nail lacquers?