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.
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These varnishes come in glass, rectangular jars and have long, synthetic brushes.
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.
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.
Try if: you’re willing to splurge on a high-quality polish
Buy if: you want a unique lime or duo-chrome taupe color