Monday, 10 January 2011

Monday Manicure: MAC Soiree and Illamasqua Viridian

So today we have not one, but two Monday Manicures, mainly because the first one I did I hated but I felt it might be useful for you to see anyway. I'll start the the worst and then as they say, 'things can only get better'!

I was quite interested in the recently released and by now, mostly sold out MAC Cham-pale Collection because a lot of it seemed like my kind of shades. When I saw it in store I had a brief browse for about 30 seconds and then chose my products, as I like to get out of MAC as quickly as possible (full of teenage girls, loud music, crowded, you get the idea!), especially as it was New Year's Eve. I had been looking online at a Butter London Christmas polish, Fairy Lights, for a while but couldn't find anywhere that offered it with free postage so when I saw MAC's Soiree, I thought it looked similar and I bought it.

MAC Soiree

I'd been quite impressed with the quality and wear of the MAC Venomous Villains nail polishes I got so I had high hopes for Soiree. It failed on all counts. The shade is best described as a champagne foil, something I thought I'd like - note to self, I don't like foils. The colour is too close to my skin tone for it to look right and the foil finish made things worse, all in all I hate it and it on my stayed on my nails for a few hours.

Although it is a matter of personal taste whether or not you like a shade (I think Soiree would look great on a dark skintone like in the promo), everyone wants a good quality polish. I found application to be problematic because the ultra fine glitter/shimmer tended to get everywhere and it took an absolute age to neaten with Leighton Denny Corrector Fluid because of this. I let it dry for over an hour and then still got horrible smudging when I picked something up. Not happy. This experience has definitely put me off buying MAC nail polishes in the future and I will be passing on Butter London's Fairy Lights as I'm pretty sure it won't suit me at all.

2 coats of MAC Soiree + top coat

As I only had Soiree on my nails for such a short time, I wanted to replace it with something I thought I'd love, Illamasqua Viridian. I've never used Illamasqua before and was really impressed. I saw a lot of reviews of this shade on other blogs before Christmas and was sold when I saw it as a duo with Scarab (a metallic red) for just £11.50 on ASOS.

Illamasqua Viridian

I absolutely love this shade. It is the most stunning deep blue green with a metallic finish. It looks like my imaginary idea of molten emeralds. As it is quite a cool shade, it also works well with my skintone, an added bonus. It applied easily with two smooth coats and I finished with Leighton Denny Crystal Finish Top Coat. It dried fairly quickly and I am pleased to report no smudges. The only slight grip I have is a small chip after one day of wear and a bit of tip wear, but when the colour is as beautiful as this, I don't mind. Viridian has to be one of my favourite ever nail polish shades and when I have somewhere in the region of 250 bottles, that is saying something! I can't wait to try out the sister shade, Scarab.

2 coats of Illamasqua Viridian + top coat
 The Illamasqua Nail Polish Duo of Viridian and Scarab costs £11.50 from

MAC Soiree costs £9 from MAC but is currently sold out online (you might be able to find it at your local counter if my review hasn't put you off!).


  1. These are 2 great colours - I the viridian particularly seems to be a good colour for throughout the year. Thanks for this Jennifer. Jan x

  2. Love that green.... it's stunning!

    I rather like that nudeish gold tone too =)

    Just tagged you with a bloggy award too x jeanie