Purple used to always be my go to color when it came to polishes, I couldn’t get enough of them and I always gravitated towards them. Then of course I forced myself to open up to other colors and now my life has been swallowed up by a rainbow of lacquer. I still have a soft spot for those purples though, even though they are the BIGGEST pain in the butt colors to photograph!
My all time favorite purple polish is Illamasqua Poke. If you are a purple lover like me and do not have this polish I urge you to get it. I know its on the pricier side, $14.00 USD, but it is soooo worth the splurge. My photographs will most likely not do this polish justice, but that is usually the case of purples. I did my best to achieve color accuracy, but I couldn’t get it just right It’s a bit of a darker violet in person than in the photos.
Poke is ….*starring at my fingertips*….*drool*…Poke makes me so happy! Its a bright violet purple with a gorgeous and subtle shimmer finish. Formula and application was just dreamy. Illamasqua has by far one of the best lacquer formulas I’ve ever used. I applied 2 coats plus a clear top coat and it was perfection From my experiences I’ve always had a decent amount of wear time with Poke. I don’t wear the same polish for too long so I can’t say exactly how long it could last, but I’ve worn it in the past for a week without any chips before I removed it.
I’m always so happy to own the few Illamasqua products I have. None have ever disappointed me in quality or expectations. I give praises to Illamasqua because they are such an amazing brand that is not afraid to set themselves apart from other brands in the industry. I only wish their products were a bit more accessible for me as my Sephora does not carry Illamasqua, aside from a select few polishes. There’s always online shopping, but I prefer to have a feel and test out cosmetics before I purchase. I’ll just keep wishing they expand more here in the states.
As I mentioned above, Illamasqua can be purchased through Sephora. You can also purchase directly from the Illamasqua website, but its a bit more expensive if you are ordering from there and shipping to the US.