05 March 2014

Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Shattered Star Nail Lacquers

I'm so excited to share this review with you, as I absolutely LOVE the Illamasqua Shattered Star Nails collection. There are three different shades in the Shattered Star collection - Trilliant, Marquise and Fire Rose. The Shattered Star nail lacquers are textured nail polishes, similar to those of OPI Liquid Sands, Zoya Pixiedust, and China Glaze Texture. I personally don't mind textured nail polishes, as it's nothing a few coats of top coat can't fix if you're sick of the rough sand-like texture. Furthermore, 99% of the time, a few coats of top coat can change the colour of the nail polish, especially if there are glitters in it, as the top coat really brings out the glitter.

My first ever Illamasqua nail lacquer was the infamous Pink Raindrops. The colour was absolutely gorgeous in the bottle but was a nightmare to apply. It was thick and goopy from the first application. I added quite a few drops of thinner, and it was good for a bit before quickly becoming thick and goopy again. I nearly lost hope until I purchased Lament, a coral pinky colour. It still wasn't all that impressed with the formula but it was much better than Pink Raindrops. So, at least there was still hope for Illamasqua nail lacquer, which was restored after trialling the Illamasqua Shattered Star collection.

L-R: Marquise, Fire Rose, Trilliant
Words cannot describe how gorgeous these three nail polishes are.

Marquise is a bright and vibrant reddish orange with gold micro glitter. It reminds me of fire.

Fire Rose is a rose/hot pink-ish (although not as vibrant as what I'd call a true hot-pink colour) with silver micro glitter and slightly bigger glitter. The silver micro glitter is so fine that at certain angles, it can look more silver than rose/hot pink

Trilliant is a champagne coloured polish with silver glitter, which is similar to Fire Rose.

L-R: Marquise, Fire Rose, Trilliant
All three polishes had very similar (if not identical) formulas. They dried so quickly, went on smoothly without streakiness, had the perfect pigmentation, and is not thick and goopy! 

L-R: Trillant, Fire Rose, Marquise
As you may be able to see, the shattered star nail lacquers can be quite rough. But it didn't bother me all that much, as the colours were so gorgeous!

I didn't do a proper manicure with each colour, as I couldn't decide which one to pick first, so I swatched it on the acrylic nail wheel and did two different nail art manis using 2-3 of these polishes.

Fire Rose
I honestly cannot pick a favourite out of these three beauties. They're all so friggin gorgeous that I've been wearing the same mani for THREE days! The last time I wore a mani this long was for my wedding (only because I didn't have time to re-do it).

I'm going to cut to the chase and spam all the pictures of my two different manis. 

For the first mani, I used Trilliant as the base, and stuck some single chevron nail stickers on before painting Marquise over the top and then removing the stickers to create this look.

The second mani utilises all three shattered star nail lacquers to create an ombre effect with Marquise at the top, followed by Fire Rose, and then Trilliant at the tips. It reminds me of a sun rise/sun set.

I then added a couple layers of top coat, which really brings out the glitter and makes the colours more vibrant.

Illamasqua Shatter Star Nail Lacquers retail for $22.50 each, and if you could only money for one Illamasqua, you should definitely give one of these three a go! I can't help you pick which one of the three, because they're all so gorgeous. 

This product was kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I wish you didn't post this... I need to buy them now.

    1. hahaha.. YOU NEED THEM! They're one of my favourite polishes.

  2. They are gorgeous! I saw these in store and almost bought one, but had to have Destiny instead!

    1. Just googled swatches of Destiny! Looks gorgeous!

  3. Oh they look amazing!
    I need to buy them on my lunch break asap!
    Dani xo

    1. Would love to hear what you think about them!

  4. Love your gradient at the bottom :)