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Illamasqua Boo! Pantomime Nail Duo Swatches & Review

By on November 25, 2009
in Glitter, Illamasqua, Purple, Shimmer
illamasqua-boo-hiss-pantomime-duo Happy Anniversary Illamasqua!  What a year it’s been for them.  The brand went from “How do you pronounce that?” to “MAC better watch out!”  To celebrate, Illamasqua is releasing the Boo! & Hiss Pantomime Nail Duos.  Two Limited Edition nail polish sets pairing an existing lacquer with a new LE glitter to layer on top.

I received the Boo! Duo consisting of Baptiste and the new Boo! glitter polish to test out and it is the hotness! Check it out, after the jump!

Boo! looks like a party in the bottle but being that it’s a clear based glitter, it’s not so fantastic on its own.  The glitter is very fine and well dispersed consisting mainly of purple particles with some blue and hot pink thrown into the mix.  It does dry with that typical bumpy texture but I threw a layer of Olan Quick & Slick on top and it dried nice and glossy.  Quick & Slick is thinner than fan fave Seche Vite so it will get the job done as well.




Baptiste is a red based purple shimmer that has a very velvety look to it.  The shimmer is very fine and not overly noticeable in natural light.  It’s there more for depth than effect.  The polish is very pigmented and applies extremely smooth, requiring only two coats.  I tend to favor cooler toned purples and burples but this one is quite striking.




Now add a layer of Boo! over Baptiste and WATCH OUT!!  This is my kind of celebration.  I’m showing the color with top coat to give you the full effect of its gorgeousness.  Move your hand and the pink and blue glitter really pops as the light bounces off the surface.  I tried layering OPI Merry Midnight over Baptiste to see if I could create a dupe but Merry Midnight is too warm toned and the glitter is too chunky.




The Boo! and Hiss Pantomime Duos retail for £25 and are, unfortunately, only available online from and in UK stores Selfridges and Brown Thomas. You can purchase Baptiste on its own for $14 from and select Sephora locations nationwide.

What do we think Fanatics?  Are you feeling this combo?  Can you think of a comparable dupe?  Who votes we beg Illamasqua to release these in the US?  Maybe if there’s enough demand they’ll consider launching them on  Sound off!

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  1. paige says:

    holy stunning editorial-worthy shot of the Baptiste sans sunlight!

  2. CandyPaint says:

    Gorgeous!!!!!!! I love all these colors, even just the mention of OPI Merry Midnight

  3. Carrie says:

    Baptiste is stunning. It will definitely be mine! Boo is gorgeous over Baptiste, but I’d rather just buy Baptiste at Sephora while I’m buying otehr things. Maybe some other time.

  4. kelliegonzo says:

    wowza! i think both of these look utterly unbelievable! your swatches are so beautiful!

  5. Laura says:

    Love it!!
    Props on the new layout as well, the text is SO much easier to read!

  6. TropicalChrome says:

    Wow, just wow. I’m really into purple shimmers and glitters right now (just bought three more!), and I wish I could get Boo separately (since I already have and love Baptiste).

  7. Duffi says:

    Most purples aren’t for me, but I might be able to rock Baptiste. I am definitely feeling this combo! Good job, Illemasqua! & I love your photos.

  8. Helena says:

    I’m curious, how DO you pronounce Illamasqua?

  9. Lauren says:

    Maybe $OPI “Too Good For Him” will be close? Though it has red instead of pink glitter. I don’t think it’s out yet though.

  10. Ainamakeup says:

    Really Pretty! I’ve been Lemmining these polishes for months now!

  11. Gaynor says:

    Gorgeous! And I’m gong to Selfridges on Saturday, so I see a purchase in my near future ;o)

  12. Sarah says:

    Oh wow, I am totally tempted to place an order for these sets, even though I already have Baptiste. Your swatches are gorgeousssss!
    On an Illamasqua-related note, will the Dystopia collection be available at Sephora? I want those 2 nail varnishes (Velocity & Obsess) BAD.

  13. Ginger says:

    The combination of Boo and Baptiste is absolutely stunning. I need them both in my life :)

  14. Park Avenue says:

    When I first saw the bottled “Boo”, it somewhat reminded me of Pure Ice’s “Cheatin’.”

    I love the “Boo & Baptiste” combination.

    Fab post…as always!

  15. Katie says:

    I’m OBSESSED!! I must have this set!! Wish it was available in the US

  16. Katie says:

    And how does this compare to China Glaze’s C-C-Courage?

    In the pictures it looks overall more sparkly and a richer color

  17. Tavia says:

    These are some lovely shades. I have the Illamasqua nail varnish in Velocity and I absolutely love it. The color is gorgeous, it dries very fast, it’s long lasting and chip resistant. :)

  18. Mc Huggs :) says:

    Hi Michelle:

    I would take Baptiste, alone without the special effects. Although as you say,”…it is a red based purple shimmer that has a very velvety look to it…” Illamasqua, why does it cost more than most nail polishes? Just curious, if you knew why?

    and it’s available at Sephora Cosmetics for $14.00 US? Very cool and also very beautiful. Your swatches gorgeous as always…I am going to have to come up with a whole new vocabulary for gorgeousness, Michelle. Maybe stunning, amazingly beautiful, spectacular beautiful, awesome glamorous and dazzling nails, I am really in love with the Baptiste; flawless colored polished perfection, drop dead gorgeous nails, jaw dropping and eye-popping; I will think of something, trust me.

    Also, I know I am a little late for Thanksgiving Day and hate to change the subject but…
    just wondering if I am not too late for the Zoya 6 polish offer with the special code you had provided. Love the greens. I have to go back to my “History” on Mozilla and find the right entry you posted a couple of days ago with that offer.

    Anyway, hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, and hope everyone and yourself went out and shopped on “Black Friday” and got oodles of deals just in time for the Christmas Holidays…” Plus, don’t forget this coming Monday is on-line “Black Monday” as well as this weekend for an extended holiday shopping garbanzo, as this is the time of the year where all the store pull out all the stops for it’s consumers, but everyone knows all of that already.

    (((((Love Michelle)))))

    Mc Huggs :)

  19. keerthamina says:

    LOVE that combo! If only the UK-only Illamasquas weren’t so $$… I’ve gotten spoiled by the (relatively) gentle pricing of the ones available at Sephora.

  20. Lee says:

    Wow, I LOVE the layer look! Will you be getting Hiss? I can’t wait to see that combo!!

    Have you swatched any of Zoya’s glitterati winter? I am dying to see how Nova compares to some of the past glitter polishes.

  21. Allison says:

    I love it! Like a disco ball on your nails. My favorite look is both polishes.

  22. Carrie says:

    That combination is still completely amazing. I bought Baptiste off of yesterday and I can’t wait to get it!

  23. sammie says:

    It looks so lovely, perfect for christmas!

  24. ton says:

    I love the combo and it inspired me to glam up the OPI light my saphire with some no-name pink based glitter I had lying around…the end result was gorgeous and added a whole new dimension to the purple…I shall be doing this more often now…thanks for the great ideas.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      You’re welcome! I haven’t worn Light My Sapphire in a while. I’ll have to dig out my bottle and try layering with it.

  25. Amy says:

    i just painted my nails with zoya yasmeen for the first time and i noticed that it looked similar to how baptiste looked in these pictures… a dupe?

  26. Grace says:

    BTW, there’s a swatch of grape galaxy on Polish or Perish, but it really doesn’t do it justice – the multi-color shimmer just doesn’t show up in the pictures at all :(

  27. Jane says:

    Totally feeling the combo! Man that’s really gorgeous on you!

  28. Gloria says:

    Sunlight is just stunning…must have

  29. All Lacquered Up says:

    Thanks Paige! That’s sweet of you to say. I wasn’t pleased with my old pic of it so I wanted to update.

  30. All Lacquered Up says:

    Thank you! They are so stunning. Illamasqua really knocked it out of the park

  31. All Lacquered Up says:

    I hear ya. I’m not a pink girl but I’m curious to see the pink glitter in Hiss over the black that comes with it.

  32. All Lacquered Up says:

    Thanks! If you have Merry Midnight, its great for layering over purples.

  33. All Lacquered Up says:

    Hopefully I’ll stumble upon or someone will suggest a glitter polish that is similar to Boo!

  34. All Lacquered Up says:

    Thank you! I’m glad you like the layout and font. I was wondering how readable it is.

  35. Grace says:

    Just got around to trying out a new Brucci polish last night and as soon as I put it on I made a mental note to check this post to see if it was similar. The polish is called grape galaxy (a dark purple with very fine multi-colored metallic shimmer), and now that I’m looking at your swatches, it’s definitely a more blackened than the boo/baptiste combo and the shimmer is more subtle, but I’d put them in the same family.

    The downside is that, I understand, Brucci polish is difficult for people to find outside the NY metro area (Duane Reade drugstores here carry the line and I’ve been using their polishes since my teens), but the good news is that if you DO happen to be in the area, the polishes are THREE DOLLARS a bottle and apply/wear as well as (if not better than) any other brand I’ve tried. Again, this is by no means a dupe but, personally, I’m loving it (and $3!!!).