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Exclusive – Illamasqua Nail Varnish Competition Winners

By on June 22, 2010
in Fall 2010, Illamasqua
illamasqua-Nail-Varnish-Competition Exciting news Fanatics!  As you know Illamasqua hosted the first ever Nail Varnish Competition giving nail fanatics worldwide the chance to create their own signature shade of nail polish.  Talk about an amazing opportunity!

Over 6,000 entries were received and those were pared down to a Top 100 for a panel of experts to vote on.  The panel consisting of Sophy Robson, Alex Box, Pixiwoo girls and David Walker Smith of Selfridges were given such amazing choices that they selected not just one winner but THREE!!

Thanks to Illamasqua, ALU is one of the first to bring you the news of the winning shades and the inspiration behind them.  Have a look-see!

“Shrapnel” by Loren Perry – a pink-based metallic copper inspired by the dazzling shine of a new penny and a beautiful pair of copper shoes she owns.




“Raindrops” by Ann Black – a creamy pale grey with a sheer silver sparkle inspired by watching raindrops running down the window while riding the monorail in Seattle. See Ann’s inspiration image on her blog AnnieDollFace.



“Eclipse” by Dami Lawai – a deep blue/purple/grey that reflects the theatricality of a lunar eclipse as below.




The Illamasqua Nail Varnish Competition Winners will be available in October 2010. Illamasqua Nail Varnishes are available online at and and at Selfridges and Sephora stores.

I don’t know about you but “sheer silver sparkle” just reinvigorated my love of grey polish and having Eclipse described to me as “Deep dark, oil spill blue/purple/black. Slight shimmer,” has me at “Hello!”

Which shades are most looking forward to?  What are your thoughts on the competition winners?  Keep your fingers crossed that they come to Sephora!

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  1. Bea says:

    oh eclipse… *dies*

  2. Emily says:

    OOHHH! I really like shrapnel!! The other 2 I think I’d have to see to be excited about. Personally I prefer bright, flashy and in your face colors and these *seem* much more muted. That is probably the neon kick I’m on talking…but like I said I’d like to see them up close to appreciate them fully. Congrats to all three that’s really cool!

  3. coco says:

    oh i wish we could see them on the nail….

  4. Jen says:

    ohhhhh I want them all! So pretty!!

  5. paiiige says:

    eeeeee describing anything as “oil spill” seems very poorly timed right now…

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Eeek! That didn’t even cross my mind.

    • Kimberly says:

      That was my first thought too. Since it’s still in production, maybe they will have time to alter the print and just eliminate that part.
      Otherwise, they are ‘hot’ colors.

  6. Zemlet says:

    Great scoop, Michelle! I love love love your blog. Since I started reading in February, I’ve quintupled my collection and my latest purchase from Nubar was all greens–you’ve definitely had an impact. Thank you!

  7. Regina says:

    I love the last one. Totally my type of color! I think I’ll probably end up with the last two, though I have yet to see swatches of all three.

    Thanks for posting!

  8. Meg says:

    I love Eclipse!! The shimmer in that just makes the color. I love the inspiration photo of Shrapnel.

  9. Chickadee says:

    Those are all beautiful… but I’m still ticked that they changed the bottle. At least that horrible vampire series was not the inspiration for the last one…

  10. Arrianne says:

    I actually said Oh God when I saw Eclipse…amazing! I wants them all. =(

  11. Kim C says:

    love them all – I love a pink based copper or pink gold – great for us cool-based girls. The other two are beautiful!

  12. Annina says:

    Loooove the “Shrapnel” what a unique yet gorgeous hue~

  13. Katy says:

    All three of these look beautiful.

  14. Nicole says:

    I think all of them will be must-haves for me..cannot wait! Especially Schrapnel…I’ve been dreaming of a coppery shimmer like that for forever!

  15. kalamari says:

    I’ve been searching for a color like Shrapnel for about 20 years. Seriously. Super excited!

  16. Danielle says:

    I actually like Raindrops. I hope it’s more slightly more shimmery IRL. A jelly grey with sparklies. <3

  17. NailPolishFan says:

    Like actually like all three, but I really like Eclipse. From the picture it looks devine. But I wouldn’t mine trying the other colors as well. I think the winners did a great job on the colors and the names.

  18. lara says:

    Shrapnel looks stunning – I can’t wait until Illamasqua opens their counter here in Sydney next month, I’m going to snaffle that polish right away!

  19. Cherie says:

    Ahhh so lucky!! I was totally going to enter but didn’t get my stuff together in time.

    The colours look great!!! Can’t wait for the Raindrops and Eclipse swatches :)

    Will they do this again?

  20. Tasha says:

    I can’t wait to see try them!

  21. Katy M says:

    These are all amazing. How exciting!!! :) Thanks!

  22. Tuxie says:

    Shrapnel looks positively lovely. I cant wait to get a bottle!

  23. kateM says:

    Did anyone else, that entered, get an email from Illamasqua with a discount for being “one of the final 50 shortlisted”? I’m just wondering if I really did make the shortlist or if everyone who entered got one. Either way discounts are good!

    Oh and loving Shrapnel & Eclipes (kind of burned out on grays at the moment)

    • Delfina says:

      I received it too! Same thoughts…. after an embarrassing scream!

      • kateM says:

        I think it might be true. I tried to give my code away (can’t see the shipping when I could just wait for Sephora to catch up)and nobody else could use it.

  24. sheknows says:

    My favorite of this collection is Raindrops without a doubt, but I’ll probably end up with them all!

  25. Chris says:

    Anyone acquire any of the shades yet? I have shrapnel on my nails right now and I love it, though it’s completely out of my comfort zone! (Yeah I’m not a risk taker) I was actually looking for viridian but ended up buying this one instead. I think it will look fantastic on darker skin! Michele have you seen them IRL yet? Any thoughts?

    Oh I also tried raindrops and it was quite sheer, it also washed the colour off my hands. :S