I suppose this is my first nude nail colour, Illamasqua Purity. It's like a milky orange peach to my eyes. I really liked it (to my surprise) on the mannequin hands at Illamasqua's flagship store when I visited London last, but it was an impulse buy. I bought this in a duo with Bacterium mostly because I wanted Bacterium, but oddly enough this is the third polish I've reached for from my recent Illamasqua hauling (after my two neons Rare and Collide). I really like it. I put this on yesterday evening and would usually change my nail polish colour tonight as I'm working tomorrow (I like to have a fresh colour to look at when I'm bored there!) but I couldn't bring myself to.
Yesterday after taking the above photo, I did try to add pandas to the tips of my middle fingers inspired by this video by CutePolish on youtube. I ended up smudging my best attempt and swearing loudly, it was just not meant to be. I repainted them peach. I added my Andrea Fullerton flakies on top of my pinky, and I stuck by it. Simple, but not plain. It reminds me of a french manicure colour I got when I was about twelve years old and way into nail art that I thought was too peachy to look natural. It doesn't look natural, at all. It looks really fake and gummy. I really didn't expect to love this colour so much... and I actually feel more self-conscious in this colour than in any other I've tried so far.
I suppose if I want to get creative, I'm going to need a Konad stamper and plates, and/or some of those nail art pens I used to have (again from a discount beauty shop years ago).
I have another 'work appropriate' (for want of a better phrase, as for me any colour is just that) colour in my collection which is also Illamasqua - Demure. Demure is the only nail polish I have ever bought that I just do not like. It is a sheer jelly pink, a light pink. It does my nails no justice. I bought it in a 50% off sale and it still seems like a rip off. I'm going to franken it one day, I think I could make a pink take on Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air with it.
When I have got through the seven (!!) unused Illamasqua polishes I have amassed this week, I plan on doing a round-up of the Illamasqua polish brand, as I now have over twenty of them.
P.S No eye make-up to post as I had a terrible earache last night that turned out to be an abcsess that burst and really, really hurt! I don't like wearing make-up when I'm indoors, bundled up on the settee all day. It's just too much hassle.