Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Comparisons: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Nomad & Stance

When I first saw Illamasqua's Nomad, I was pretty sure I've seen this kind of color before. I was actually quite sure I have something very similar in my collection. And I was wrong. There's nothing in my stash that would look like Nomad. At first I thought of Sally Hansen's Mint Sprint, but it's way darker than Nomad. And to answer Daria's question: Essence Replay IS duller and lighter than Nomad. You were right. At the end I just grabbed some special greens from my box and placed them together with Nomad. Now you can get the idea of what it looks like. Maybe.

I used 2 coats on all of them with the exception of Catrice, which needed 3 coats.
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Nomad Comparison

Illamasqua's Stance immediately reminded me of Color Club's Power Play. Once again I was pretty sure they're SO close if not even dupes. Wrong again. Power Play is warmer and looks more neon than Stance. Once again I have to remind you that Stance is a PITA to photograph. It's not as cool toned in real life as the photo suggests. I think, well, I KNOW I like Stance much better. What about you?
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Stance Comparison

Hope this was helpful.

Thanks for looking and commenting!


  1. great comparison! I think I need Stance! I have nothing like that :D

  2. Oh thanks a lot for these comparisons! It's very helpful. Nomad seems like a mix of Bella's Choice and Twiggie :D
    And Stance might seem easily dupe-able at first, but yeah, all the neony purples I remember are more red and sheer.
    Illamasqua outdone itself again!

  3. very helpful! i need them both!!!

  4. great comparison, thank you!
    now I know I definitely need Nomad :-D
    I wonder how Stance compares to Essie Perky Purple.

  5. Thanks for the comparison. I don't have any of those polishes. Maybe some day I'll buy Nomad but not right now.

  6. Thank for this comparison! I love these and was looking for good dupes! I was sent some polish from the US - Wet N Wild's Through the Grapevine shade, and though it might be a good dupe for Stance!

  7. Twiggy is so pretty! Can't wait to order it. Thanks for the comparison, now I don't have to buy them all.

  8. Both of these colours are just gorgeous!

  9. Great comparisons! :D To me, Nomad looks a lot like Ruby Kisses Tropical Green, so if anybody's looking for a dupe that may be a good one.

  10. Zanimivo, da me je primerjava bolj prepričala v samega Nomada, njegovo barvo. Ob drugih barvah vidim, da ma izboljšano vse tisto, zaradi česar za druge nisem čisto 100% če bi jih imela ali ne. :)

  11. I am not a fan of greens much, but I definitely must have Stance!!

    Thanks for the comparison!!

  12. Hi, I believe Stance is incredibly close if not a dupe for Sinful Dream on... does anyone know if Orly Mint Mojito is close to Nomad?


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