Saturday, October 30, 2010

Illamasqua Raindrops - Layered

I promised to show you Illamasqua Raindrops layered and here it is.

1 coat of Raindrops over 2 coats of China Glaze Recycle:


I used three different grey polishes to layer Raindrops over: Sally Hansen Wet Cement, China Glaze Recycle and Diamond Cosmetics Concrete Jungle.


As you can see Concrete Jungle is the closest to Illamasqua's base color, but is it really best to layer it over this shade? Let's see...

Well, if I'm honest, Raindrops looks better layered over any of these shades than it does on it's own. I still can't get over this sheer-ness. *shivers* I guess it depends on the taste, but I personally prefer it over Recycle. It doesn't look as original Raindrops looks (like it does layered over Wet Cement), but the shimmer is more visible this way. And here's one more reason to wear Illamasqua Raindrops layered - the shimmer is more visible when it's layered. No matter what shade of grey you choose. Let me just warn you: you have to be careful when applying it over darker shades. It can look like spilled milk... =)

China Glaze, Recycle, 2 coats + Illamasqua, Raindrops, 1 coat


Diamond Cosmetics, Concrete Jungle, 1 coat + Illamasqua, Raindrops, 1 coat


This is still better than doing 5 coats of Raindrops, right? Tell me: which is your favorite combo? Would you wear this one layered or on it's own?

Thanks for looking!

28 comments:

  1. definitely layered and i think over recycled looks best to
    i wonder how it would look over CG secret periwinkle or SH gray by gray

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  2. I love it in combination with Concrete Jungle! I can appreciate a sheer polish, but not this one, hahah. Yay for layering :)

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  3. i love mine on its own, but it looks gorgeous over wet cement also

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  4. I liked Recycle with raindrops, I prefer darker shades so this is the one I would pick!

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  5. tbh I like it on its own too, I already have orly pixie dust (I think thats the one, not mirror mirror) which is the same effect like if you layer raindrops :)

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  6. Gorgeous color!!
    DId you send the prize of your giveaway? I haven`t received anything yet.

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  7. I think it looks best with Recycle. It makes the sparkle show up better. And yes...much better than 5 coats!

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  8. I'd put it over Recycle. I love how it makes the shimmer pop :)

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  9. I like it over wet cement, looks almost the same as on it's own :)

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  10. I'd totally wear it layered, I think it's a waste of polish to do more than 3 coats and that's a no for me, especially with limited editions or hard to find colors.
    Your post makes me think of the manicure I just did, I just received opi's holo my private jet and I layered it over illamasqua booth which is a one coater black, cause I don't want to waste a drop of this beauty and there's just no way I would have use a 2 coater black just as a "base" color, haha.

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  11. I like the way it looks over Concrete Jungle and Recycle! I don't think I would ever wear it by itself because I'm not patient enough for 5 coats.

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  12. This polish is too pretty <3
    I wish it wasn´t so expensive...

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  13. I agree with your final choice. I hate sheer polishes and I don't have the patience to layer something milky over something darker, but you did a great job of it!

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  14. I like it best on recycle because you can really see the contrast/ raindrops.

    I hate wearing raindrops by itself because when I end up with sheer polishes I keep putting more and more on until it almost never dries or it looks really thick on my nails.

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  15. I like raindrops best over CG recycle.

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  16. love this layered over Recycle <3

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  17. love it...XD happy halloween sweety

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  18. layered w/ recycle is the best!

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  19. thank you so much for doing this post! i am the raindrops winner and, while, i LOVE the color and they captured the look i was going for... i do think it is super sheer. i don't have the patience to wait either! lol. i'm so glad you gave me these options! you rock! xoxo

    annie
    http://anniedollface.blogspot.com/search/label/illamasqua

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  20. Hey, Annie!
    Congrats for winning. =) I loved your entry and I think it was the best of the winning ones. The name, the shade...everything is GREAT. Except the sheerness. =D

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  21. GAH! I want this so bad!!!
    I would wear it alone AND Layered. I think the sheerness is so that the glitter still shows thru all the layers...and I love that option. But I also like being able to wear it quickly..so thanks for this post!

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  22. Like Rain over China Glaze. Gorgeous shade but very annoying that it's so sheer.

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  23. It looks awesome !
    Can't wait to go buy some raindrop polish :)
    Great post,
    Xx. S

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