• Emily de Molly

    No Love Lost
  • High Elbow

    Crummock Water
  • Dots!

  • Pocket Money Polishes - I Want Candy

  • Pocket Money Polishes Magic

    Gradient: Chanel Paradoxal and Dior Waterlily
  • Emily de Molly - Serenity

  • Fellrunning

    Dryburn Moor
  • Elevation Polish - Opal

  • Darling Diva Polish - Serendipity

  • Derwentwater

  • Pocket Money Polishes - Summertime

  • Nail Lacquer UK

    Eat My Cake
  • Scofflaw - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

  • Hodge

  • Chanel - Taboo and Peridot

  • Chanel - Bel-Argus and Azure

Friday, 21 June 2013

Untried Polish Challenge Day 7 *Cool* - Illamasqua Jan

Illamasqua Jan
Illamasqua Jan 

Time for an untried.........Illamasqua Jan is dusty lavender-leaning pink cream. I'd call it a 'cool' pink - so I choose it for my 'cool' untried!

I got this polish in a swap a few months ago and for some reason I've not got around to wearing it yet. But I needed work-appropriate nails the other day, so here was Jan's chance!

Illamasqua Jan

Illamasqua Jan

Illamasqua Jan
Illamasqua Jan 

This is three coats plus Seche Vite quick drying top coat. The formula was a bit stickier than most Illamasqua polishes I've used before, but maybe that's because it's an older bottle. It was applying a bit streaky at two coats, so I added a few drops of thinner to the bottle and my third coat went on much smoother.

The next day I added some floral stamping with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Whirlwind White. Whirlwind White isn't an untried - it's my go-to white for stamping and one of the most used bottles in my collection! However, I did use a stamping image I haven't worn before to keep in the untried theme - this is from the Bundle Monster BM224 plate.

Illamasqua Jan

Illamasqua Jan
Illamasqua Jan with BM224

I really like white floral stamping over a neutral shade - I did a similar mani with a nude base a couple of months ago RBL Opaque Nude with white floral stamping. My nails are longer now than when I did that RBL mani and these plates are too small to cover my whole nail now - today I used the plate sideways and stamped all nails twice. It's a bit of a faff to do this, but I do think it's worth it.

Other bloggers taking part in this untried challenge are:

Jonochi at Just Add Polish
Masha at Lost In Lacquer
Raine at Lacquer Lily
Amy at Fancy Side
Amanda at Designer Nail Accents
Sam at Polished Art
Lizajane at Organic Neglect
Blueberry Pie at Blueberry Nails
Kristina at Lacquer Fetish 
Missy at Gnarly Gnails
Uni at Acetone FIles
Erica at Coat of Mani Colors
Isabel at Little Fairy
Raux at Raux Polish 


  1. Lovely shade! I really like the stamping design you did on top :)

  2. Beautiful! Love the stamping too :)

    1. Thanks! I'm trying to make myself do more creative things, lol!

  3. Ah that color is GORGEOUS! Never heard of it but it's goin on the wishlist!!

    1. Thank you! It's quite an old Illa colour - hope it's not discontinued!

  4. I'd love to see a comparison between Jan and Orly Lollipop! I think Lollipop would be a bit more purple.

    1. I don't have Lollipop (Orly isn't a brand I come across often) but from swatches on line it does look more purple. The nearest colour I have to this in my stash is Essie Lady Like - but Jan is much denser and more opaque. Nicer imo.

  5. It looks very pretty when stamped over!