Illamasqua Facet Nail Polish : Swatches

by mehak on October 21, 2013

in Grade A, Nail Products, Nailpaint, Reviews


While the chosen movie cast of Fifty Shades of Grey hasn’t garnered too much love (to say the least), me thinks one addition to this cast may bring a little bit of cheer. The Illamasqua Facet Nail Polish does show 3 shades, if not fifty shades of grey and could definitely be the supporting role in the upcoming movie!!! ;)  (Talking about fifty- who do you think would make a good Mr.Grey? Im honestly not a fan of the books, but if i had to chose- Harvey Spectre. Take him for any movie and ill watch it i say !)

Facet is a pewter grey polish with a mauve undertone and copper-gold glitter. Its personally not my cup of tea- it doesn’t do much for my skintone, but if you are lighter or cooler skintone, this would look super fah-bulous and classy ! Very edgy, and very fashion forward- very unlike my choice of nailpolishes which frankly has not changed beyond sixth grade (I loved glitter then, i love glitter now …Weeeeee!!!!!!).  It really is  a polish whose beauty would be evident on paler hands!

In terms of Illamsqua’s Polish itself- they never dissapoint. The first coat i applied, i was very dissapointed because it was streaky and runny, but after the second coat all i got was smooth, glossy, grey nails with shimmer. The formulation on these is quite stellar and they last for ages. Im talking longer than the number of days you take off for diwali  (5-6 to be exact) so these are by far the most strong -wearing polishes iv tried.

Only annoying thing- the cap is so wide that it makes holding that square thing quite difficult so application isnt that easy

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With Flash- You can see the mauve undertone!illamasqua-facet-polish1-001

Pros of Illamasqua Facet polish

  • Would look lovely on paler skin tones
  • Super smooth and glossy finish
  • Two Coats to Opaque
  • Lasts atleast 5 days without tip wear or chipping


  • Wide square bottle top is difficult to hold !

For other illamasqua nail polishes dont forget to check out: Illamasqua Nomad Polish!

Verdict: A

Price: Rs 1200/- available on the Illamasqua website which ships to India

Recommendation: Not my kind of color, but Facet is a polish that will be super chic, and fashion forward on paler hands. Illamasqua makes the best, most strong wearing formulation of nail polish – so if you are rough on your nails, this is the polish you should go to!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

xuvious October 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

I actually love colours like these! The shimmer makes it so worth it! ^_^


Vineetha@indianbeautyreviews October 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

My fav ilamasqua shade is raindrops!


Embellished October 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Are you sure the square part of the cap can’t be pulled off? Some square shaped polishes have that. Inside is a regular, circular cap holding the brush. You should check if it works.


mehak October 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I didnt try it but how would i check it- ill have to hold the handle wiht polish all over my fingers :p
Didnt see any sort of rim..but good point…


Embellished October 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Try pulling out the square part when the bottle is closed tight. I do it for an Avon nail polish that I have.


Swati October 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I loved the golden copper glitter!! Sooo pretty…


Tiny October 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

this is one gorgeous shade and looks like one other shade from Loreal Paris. Cant rem’m the name ,from Le vernis range or Cannes limited edition range I guess…


mehak October 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Yeah i know which one yr talking about= i have three from that range


Shrutika October 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Lol i have the same color from mny color show ……. Only rs 75 :p


srinjla October 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

gorgeous shade


Ash October 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

OMG!!!! the shade is such a stunner…. m totally loving grey nails currently! want….no NEED this ;) any budget friendly dupe?


Bipasha October 23, 2013 at 3:37 am

maybelline color show nail polish in buried treasure is a close dupe,I have that one. rs 75


Ash October 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Oops… I just bought a few of those yet… bt did not check out this one! *headbang* i’ll surely chk it next time ! Thanks Bipasha :)


Ash October 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Oops… I just bought a few of those yesterday… bt did not check out this one! *headbang* i’lyl surely chk it next time ! Thanks Bipasha :)


Shikha October 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

Even I like this shade. I don’t like glitter nail paints much however these seems to be so small almost a textured nail color


Bipasha October 23, 2013 at 3:38 am

Maybelline colorshow buried treasure and this one are like soulsisters :D


Supria October 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This is a gorgeous gorgeous nail paint… Yes you can take off the square top and use the smaller cap on the inside, just pull the square thingy off when the bottle is closed shut… Easier to hold and apply polish


Sangeeta October 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm

The shade is very nice, the shimmers gorgeous.


Bhumika October 28, 2013 at 1:42 am

I agree..Maybelline Buried Treasure looks similar..I have it and love it..


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