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Illyrian Polish – Gold Lion

Hi beauties!

We had some sun this weekend! That means I was able to take decent photos of my recent manicure: I wore Illyrian Polish Gold Lion and before going into details: I am obsessed with this polish!!

My first encounter with Illyrian Polish was okay but formula-wise not really a moment to remember (Bioluminescent Review). I had ordered two more colours, one of which was Gold Lion, and I am so happy I did! It has been out of stock for a while everywhere, but I finally got hold of a bottle, and it is really really pretty. It is a very cool dark grey base with beautiful warm golden shimmer particles. Love it.

Also, Gold Lion is not camera shy. The shimmer is so so obvious and in your face – and every single picture I took of this polish looked great. Seriously, this almost never happens! I didn’t have to search for the right angle or lighting to make the shimmer pop, it is just sitting right there, waiting to be drooled over!

The application was okay, not great, a little thick, but managable. For me, I felt like using more polish than usual made it easier and the second coat made everything come together and look nice and opaque. The polish dries a little bit dull, so adding a top coat is a must if you are aiming to achieve the shiny look from the pictures below. I wore this for one and a half days before it started chipping.

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Ohhh this golden shimmmaaaa! Illyrian Polish just knows how to make shimmer polishes.

Have a good start into the week everyone!

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L.O.V. – No. 250 Deep-Red Drama Long Lasting Nail Lacquer Swatches and Review

PR sample

Hi beauties!

L.O.V. is a new brand that entered the beauty market at the end of August this year. The brand focusses on decorative cosmetics and belongs to Cosnova, which also hosts brands like Essence or Catrice. Their marketing, photos, products and prices seem to aim at a different target group than Essence and Catrice though. The products seem to be a higher quality, while they are also slightly more expensive, possibly targeting women in their 30s and up. For example, the nail polish I’m reviewing today contains 11 ml and costs 5,99 EUR.

The bottle of this nail polish is different from anything I’ve seen, quite unique and high quality. You can remove the cap in a similar way as the Chanel bottles, leaving you with a brush that is easy to handle. I had a hard time holding on to the bottle for photos, it is something probably a lot of nail bloggers will struggle with 😉 I just couldn’t find a position that looked good for both my nails and the bottle. The brush itself is pretty wide, I prefer thinner ones to be able to apply the polish more precisely.

Deep Red Drama is a very dark warm brown creme with red undertones. On my nails, it didn’t show up red at all which was a little disappointing. It looked like a really dark brown, sometimes like black. If you are looking for a vampy dark red polish, I’d recommend checking out another shade in their range called Mahagony Mystery.

Deep Red Drama needs two coats to be opaque, the application was ok, you have to be careful with dragging, bald spots can show with a dark polish like this. It dries very very shiny on its own which impressed me a lot but couldn’t keep me from using my fast drying top coat from HK Girl. The wear was ok, not much tipwear but chipping after two days. Removal was easy, no staining which is great for a dark polish like this.

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So far, L.O.V. is available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and is sold in selected drugstores by Rossmann, Müller and Budni as well as some Douglas perfumeries. Also, their products are available online from Douglas and their own webshop, which is currently only shipping to Germany.

I like the look, feel and performance of this nail polish. Sadly, the colour is not really my thing which is why I can’t say whether I’m going to wear this one again! But I’ll definitely keep an eye out for other shades!

Thank you Rossmann for sending this to me! I hope that you will soon bring L.O.V. to one of your stores in Cologne 🙂

Stay tuned for more products from L.O.V.!

Illyrian Polish – Bioluminescent swatches and review

Hi all!

This is an indie brand debut for my blog: I’m going to show you the first polish I bought from Illyrian Polish, a small but successful indie brand from Houston, Texas owned by Vanessa. Actually, I had planned to tell you a little more about the brand, but none of my attempts to contact Vanessa and ask her some questions were successful. 😦

Illyrian Polish is making gorgeous unique shimmer nail polishes, which is why I fell in love with this brand. So far I have tried 3 Illyrian Polishes: Bioluminescent, You Know Nothing, Jon Snow and Gold Lion.

Bioluminescent from the Eerie Woodlands Collection is a light purple jelly base with a strong blue shimmer. It is quite sheer (jelly!) so 3-4 coats is necesarry, if you wish to wear this on its own. The application is also tricky, the consistency of the polish is pretty thick and goopy, and dragging is a big problem which is why a lot of patience is required if you want a nice looking manicure with this. Bioluminescent dries semi-matte, so I added a layer of HK girl top coat for the pictures below. The wear was not great, I had major chipping after a day. So for me personally, even though this is a beautiful and vibrant polish, I had to go through a lot of hassle to achieve a nice looking manicure. If I wear this again I will definitely layer it over a base colour.

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In Germany, you can buy Illyrain Polish from Harlow & Co and Color4nails. I bought mine at Color4nails when they had a restock. Illyrian’s own shop does not ship internationally.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Sunday!