Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Illamasqua Stagnate

Hey everyone! Today I have swatches of another lacquer from the recent Illamasqua Toxic Nature collection. I have previously reviewed Radium & Purity from the same collection, and today I'll be showing you Stagnate

The name Stagnate conjures images of, well, something kind of stale and swamp like! But this lacquer couldn't be any further from that! Stagnate is in fact a delicious creamy purple taupe. The formula was a touch watery, so I used three coats for these swatches.



Soooooo, I'll admit it, I'm a real sucker for taupes! Sure, it isn't the most original colour ever released, but I love how versatile this colour is. Stagnate is both edgy and classy all at the same time! I can see me wearing this polish with a number of my recent clothing acquisitions.....


 


Now for the one little downside of this polish - the cost. Here in Australia, one Illamasqua polish will cost you $34. To put it into perspective, an OPI will cost you about $20 and a Chanel polish will set you back $39. So Illamasqua is on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. However, in my opinion, I think it is worth the price tag because I honestly can't fault any of the polishes I have tried from their range. Their formula is always consistent and generally above average and their colours are exciting and on trend. 

So, yes, this is me declaring my undying love for Illamasqua! I was lucky enough to get this polish from Illamasqua for review, but all my other Illamasqua's have been purchased with my hard earned cash and will I most definitely continue to buy their polishes! 










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33 comments:

  1. I bought this on the weekend (along with Bacterium and Boosh) and just love it.  I have every colour taupe that you can imagine and this is up there with the best of them.

    Boosh would have to be the most amazing black that I have owned too - like wearing patent leather and amazing wear!

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  2. Ohhh I haven't got Boosh, but you make me want it! I'm going to have to hunt it down at Myer tomorrow :D

    And yep I agree! I own a bazillion taupes, and this is one of my faves!

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  3. Oooh that's a gorgeous taupe! Lovely and awesome for winter.

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  4. Love the drape jacket - it goes perfectly with the Stagnate (even if the name conjures up ugly algae pond thoughts), very chic! I don't own any Illamasquas yet, thought I keep hearing many good things about them. One day!

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  5. Is it similar to China Glaze Channelesque and its brothers and sisters?

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  6. This kind of colour usually isn't my thing but it looks SO great on your nails! I love it

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  7. yikes that's expensive...looks just like my confetti polish in moonstruck that i got for $2

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  8. Oooh, I'm in love with this color.  !!!

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  9. This is the best swatch I've seen!  I kinda like it :)  I have trouble with them because I just can't seem to get over their names.  They just turn me off completely (ie: Load haha)

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  10. Really nice colour :) I would wear it in autumn or winter!

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  11. Thats a stunning color <3

    Love Christine ♥
    http://christineiversen.blogspot.com/

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  12. i like that color :D

    http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

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  13. Love to see a comp of Rimmel Steel Gray and China Glaze Below Deck.

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  14. wow i love taupe colours too
    and a bonus that it's a purple :D!!

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  15. Gorgeous colour (like most of the Illamasqua polishes I have seen!). I'm loving neutral type polishes at the moment, perfect for Winter :)
    And I love those heels, they are so cute.

    X

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  16. Arent they just amazing! If you are from Aus, you should check them out at Wittner. They are on sale for about $50!! I paid $130 for them just before they went on sale *cries*

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  17. Unfortunately I dont have Rimmel Steel Gray, but I do have below deck. I have compared below deck to other purple taupes here http://www.gildednails.co/2011/05/essie-autumn-2011-comparisons.html

    If I have time I will compare Stagnate and BD as well :)

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  18. Agreed! It's perfect for any season in my opinion! :) Such a classic colour!

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  19. Aww thanks lovely! Haha yeh their names are totally insane, but that is what I love about Illamasqua - they work hard to make their products unique!

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  20. Yeh, unfortunately it is expensive. I havent heard of that confetti colour before. Do you have a link to some swatches?? :)

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  21. Thanks hun! It has the perfect amount of purple in it, which in my opinion makes it really flattering. I think it would work on most skin tones!

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  22. Most definitely. Some similar shades that come to mind are Channelesque, Below Deck, Essie Merino Cool, Sephore By OPI Metro Chic, etc.

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  23. Isnt the jacket fab! I got it from withcery on sale for about 70 bucks, reduced from 130!

    Hahaha yeh the name does conjure up ugly pond thoughts! lol But I love it when polishes have quirky names!

    I definitely reccomend Illamasqua polishes. Maybe you can pick one up when Myer has one of it's big store wide sales on? Alternatively buy from their website direct. Shipping is quite reasonable and the aussie dollar is strong at the moment!

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  24. Such a gorgeous color! I think it would be a color that would flatter any skin tone. :] One day...when I save up enough money, I'll have to try Illamasqua polishes for myself. ^^

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  25. Maybe ask for one for a bday or xmas pressie?? :P

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  26. I couldn't possibly justify buying $34 nail polish, especially when you've written that it's watery. Thanks, I'll pass.

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  27. THOSE BOOTS! Me want along with Stagnate too!!

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  28. That's fair enough, but in it's defence, it wasn't overly watery, but in order to provide an honest review I thought I would point it out. I must admit, I prefer a polish to be a little watery than too thick :)

    I would reccommend some of their other colours if you dont like this one! Fern is to die for!

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  29. Haha yeh they are HOT! I keep looking at them in the box cos they are so pretty. I cant wait to wear them on the weekend!

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  30. Shatter_me_ClaireJuly 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Fantastic colour!

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