Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Toxic Nature Nail Varnishes

Nail Varnishes in Radium, Stagnate, Purity, Bacterium

This review covers Illamasqua’s Toxic Nature Nail Varnishes in Radium, Stagnate, Purity, and Bacterium. Radium is a neon lime with shimmers, Stagnate is a grey mauve, Purity is a light peach, and Bacterium is a pearlescent ash ochre.

Please see this post for additional photos and swatches.

Packaging: 9/10

These varnishes come in glass, rectangular jars and have long, synthetic brushes.

Quality: 9/10

All of these colors are pigmented and fairly opaque. You could get away with applying just one coat of each, and will get a solid color with 2 coats. Stagnate is a little less even in application, but will still give a solid color with 2 coats.

Radium and Bacterium are unique colors. There are other lime nail colors out there, but Radium is a neon lime that also has shimmers. Bacterium is the most unique color in this collection, with an opalescent duo-chrome finish on it.

Ease of Use: 9/10

These colors apply fairly evenly and you only need, at most, 2 coats. I do wish the brushes were shorter to give more control over application.

Price: 7/10

You get 15 ml for £13.50 (approximately $21.76). Other high-end brands like OPI and China Glaze sell high-quality polishes of similar size for much less ($8-$9). Illamasqua does create very unique colors, but $21.76 is over-priced, even for high-quality polishes.

Toss if: you’re on a budget
Try if: you’re willing to splurge on a high-quality polish
Buy if: you want a unique lime or duo-chrome taupe color

Nail Varnish in Radium Applied

Nail Varnish in Stagnate Applied

Nail Varnish in Purity Applied

Nail Varnish in Bacterium Applied
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5 Responses to Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Toxic Nature Nail Varnishes

  1. Tami says:

    The purity and radium colours are bananas!!!!

  2. Soesje200 says:

    MUST have purity!
    I love your blogg =)

  3. maša says:

    i like radium 🙂

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