First things first: Happy Easter! I might be a day late (oops) but I hope you had a fab day stuffing yourself with mini eggs and chocolate bunnies. Mine was spent with awesome family, roast duck and my great Aunt’s famous Chocolate Layer Cake. Yums.
This time of year is a funny one for me: it marks that shift in seasons where we wave goodbye to the Christmas hangover and start to think (or rather dread) the bikini body but at the same time, we long for those lighter evenings, beer garden days with friends and the chance to wear sandals again.
With a change in season and therefore slighter warmer climes comes, for me at least, a change in beauty favourites. Out go the burgundy, gold tones and in come the brighter, lighter flavours that signal Summer is coming.
I recently got my hands on Illamasqua’s Pink Raindrops nail varnish: a first for me having never owned anything from the brand before. In complete honesty, I had forgotten I even had it having thrown it to the back of my dressing table one wet, windy day thinking: “This just isn’t the weather for spring-like nails.” But then Good Friday happened. The sun came out. It was almost like Spring was here. Ironically, Storm Katie hit less than 24 hours later but hey; we had a whiff of what’s to come.
I was pleasantly surprised by Pink Raindrops; in fact, it’s totally gorgeous. Like, seriously gorgeous. Starting with the packaging; it’s classy, understated, simple. What lies beneath the lovely packaging is even better.
This varnish is girly without being twee; it’s sparkly without being garish. Yes it’s pricey at £14.50 a bottle (#miniheartattack). But the pigmentation and quick dry finish is worth the price tag. I’m not the world’s best nail-painter. I’m so impatient that normally, I get at least 3 smudges and have to seriously layer up to hide the mess. But this Illamasqua beauty dried quickly, evenly and only required two coats. I don’t really think the above picture does this finish justice: it’s a very nude, pale pink so that, at first glance, one might not even realise that you’re wearing nail varnish at all. I quite like that. I’m all for bright, fluorescent nails for the right occasion but Easter just didn’t warrant an in-your-face- varnish. I wanted something classic and understated which this one totally is.
If you’re in the market for a light, spring-like varnish with a hint of sparkle, I’d really recommend giving Pink Raindrops a try. If, like me, you’re a varnish junkie, you won’t regret it and I’m already excited to start my love affair with Illamasqua; even if my bank account isn’t.
What’s your fave Springtime nail varnish? Let me know in the comments!