First things first: Varnished Valkyrie is now on twitter! FOLLOW US for all kinds of surprises, I promise they'll be well worth your while.
Secondly: I broke a nail on the weekend, so I have nubbins for the time being. Luckily my nails grow fairly quickly, so I should be back to normal in no time. I have a few swatches from before, but there may be some nubbin posts in your future. Just an FYI :P
And finally: Some swatches of the beautiful Illamasqua Nomad! As you know if you've picked up on a few things, we are Canadian, so there are a few brands that we can't really get here, and until recently Illamasqua was one of them. Canadian Sephora stores now carry Illamasqua polishes, but not the makeup. Oh well, it's a small step in the right direction! For now I'll be saving the lion's share of my Illamasqua purchases for visits to the USA as it's cheaper, but I made an exception for this collection, which is one of the nicest colours I've found this spring.
One thing I love about Illamasqua is how they put out comparatively few products, but what they do put out is generally of absolutely fabulous quality. I wish some other brands would take their cues from them. Illamasqua is the longest lasting polish I've found, I've worn it for five days with tip wear and no chips, which is beyond amazing wear for me. It's absolutely excellent.
So Illamasqua describes this shade as a "bright jade" and I think that's pretty apt. This colour is stunning in person, really one that needs to be seen. The colour is bright and gorgeous, but not obnoxious. It's not mint, it's not aqua, it's the perfect bright jade. Just amazing. It was opaque in two coats, no dragging, and the formula practically applied itself. Perfect.
Do we have any Illamasqua fans here? What's your favourite shade of theirs? Will you be picking up Stance or Nomad from this collection?