Got your sunglasses?
Now that we’ve been seeing more sunny days, it’s nice to pull out some brights, and there are not many polishes brighter than Rare. I was lucky enough to pick it up when it was on clearance at Hudson’s Bay, since Illamasqua is pulling out of North America.
Rare is described by Illamasqua as a “bright neon yellow” with a satin finish. It is indeed a near-fluorescent, highlighter yellow-with-a-touch-of-green cream with that typical slightly matte (satin) neon finish. It is really incredible! Compared to many other neons which dry quite matte, Rare’s finish is very smooth and I don’t feel it requires a glossy top coat for shine and extra brightness.
Neons, like pastels, can be a bit tricky to apply, and Rare does exhibit some issues like an unwillingness to even out nicely on its own. I used three thin coats, and ideally I’d use four, because it’s still not totally even and opaque. However, I think it might work well to use a white cream on the nails first, then put Rare on top.
The packaging is very nice and sleek. The square cap comes off and there is a smaller, ridged, round cap inside that makes application very easy.
Illamasqua Nail Varnish retails/retailed for GBP£14.50 / CA$17 and is 0.5 fl oz / 15 mL. It does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). The Nail Varnish is made in Australia. Illamasqua is cruelty-free.
Illamasqua is a private company based in London, England.