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Illamasqua Gamma Bright Orange Nail Polish Review

Illamasqua Nail Polish Is So Bright, I Gotta Wear (Matching) Shades

Spring, for me, has always meant hunting up a new orange nail polish. There's no color that conveys the renewed promise of the season quite like a bright tangerine or a creamy orange sherbet. So this year, imagine my surprise when the perfect color came across my desk early. Illamasqua, the British brand known for its highly pigmented makeup, has come out with some equally colorful nail polishes for the new season as part of its Toxic Nature collection. To find out what I love about the polish and get a closer look, just keep reading

Gamma ($14) is the color I've gone gaga for, and the pigment payoff truly is amazing. It's so vibrant that people keep asking me if there's something "in" it, as if there's actual glow-in-the-dark paint mixed in. I also love how opaque it is for a color in this family. I only needed two coats to get rid of transparency, and the color doesn't fade the way it does with some polishes.

It's a great product, but there are a couple of design issues that could be improved upon. Primarily, my issue is with the brush. It sticks together and makes polish go on a little streaky, which makes layering a translucent shade like this more difficult.

My other caveat is that this is a slow-drying lacquer. I put it on at around 8 p.m. one night, and I still had marks in it from my comforter the next morning (which you can see in the close-up). Not using a topcoat makes it dry faster, but then it chips very quickly. All in all, though, a lovely color with plenty of payoff, and one of my favorite shades for the season.

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Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
Love this spread of photos! You look so cute!
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
Miriam,You really truly must have gotten a defective bottle. I have never had a problem with my polish not drying or my polish chipping with any of my Illamasqua's (and I have 4!). They dry faster than my Essie's or OPI's! I will say that almost all of Illamasqua's polishes go on somewhat translucent, a wee streaky (if it's a jelly) the first layer and become opaque the second layer. That's almost a trademark of an Illamasqua polish. Jelly's (like Rampage) even out on the third (this is normal jelly behavior).
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
Miriam, You really truly must have gotten a defective bottle. I have never had a problem with my polish not drying or my polish chipping with any of my Illamasqua's (and I have 4!). They dry faster than my Essie's or OPI's! I will say that almost all of Illamasqua's polishes go on somewhat translucent, a wee streaky (if it's a jelly) the first layer and become opaque the second layer. That's almost a trademark of an Illamasqua polish. Jelly's (like Rampage) even out on the third (this is normal jelly behavior).
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