The Raddest Red: Illamasqua Throb

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Even though Valentine’s Day is over for another year, we are not finished yet with the colour red. Just like love itself, red is timeless. On clothes, make-up or nails, red goes beyond fashion. However, not everyone can pull off a red dress or even red lipstick. But red nails is a different matter. It is something everyone can do. Wearing read nails is basically the way to bring out your inner femme fatale without putting much effort into trying to look like one. The trick is to make your manicure flawless. We’ll talk more about it later because we’re dedicating this week on SoNailicious to the colour red and of course, there will be plenty of ideas and tips on how to wear it well.

To begin it with, we’d like to introduce you to one of the raddest reds out there – Illamasqua Throb. It’s not a new release but definitely one that deserves your attention…

As always, our full review full of nerdy polish details below.

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  • Formula: Thick and a bit tricky to apply. Also fast drying and 3-free.
  • Application: 1 coat will ensure full coverage. We applied 2 coats as an experiment. No major difference – 2 coats make it look too thick.
  • Finish: High gloss creme, can be worn without a top coat.
  • Brush: Soft brush, easy to use.
  • Wearability: With a top coat it lasted 2 days chip free.
  • Nail Art: Perfect for any kind of nail art or on its own

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen V Illamasqua Throb

Illamasqua Throb on pointer and middle finger nails and OPI Over and Over A-Gwen on ring and small finger nails. Can you see the difference?

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Disclaimer: products were provided by PR, opinions expressed are our own.

Extra Comments: OPI Over and Over A-Gwen is basically Illamasqua Throb dupe, their shades are almost identical. You can see from the above comparison OPI is just slightly brighter and warmer than Illamasqua. Their formulas and brushes are very different though – OPI is a professional brands (easier application) and Illamasqua is a luxury brand (rich, highly pigmented formula).

Overall Impression: A classic red shade and the luxurious, creamy formula make Illamasqua Throb a must have for any nail polish lover. It’s interesting, slightly tamed shade with warm undertones will suit almost any skin tone. So if you’ve had trouble finding the right red polish, try Throb.

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Availability: online – $17.00 here; in Australia retails at $22.00 at Myer.

Do you wear red nails often? How do you like Illamasqua Throb? Finally, can you see the difference between Illamasqua Throb and OPI Over and Over A-Gwen?

PS. We’re going to have a very interesting Nail File guest interviewed tomorrow. Make sure you check it out!

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  • Hi!! I totally agree with RED being an “always” color !! Nothing beats red .. I don’t know if it’s the pictures but the Opi polish seems to have more glossy red finish while the Illamasqua seems a bit “faded” version ..
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    • Yes, you’re right OPI Over and Over A-Gwen is a bit brighter, a bit redder. They are both equally glossy but on these photos OPI looks glossier because it was freshly painted. Illamasqua was 2 days old.

  • I am totally red nail polish person! thanks :)
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  • El

    I always find that red polish stains, even with a base coat. Do these come off ok?

    • Hmmm… I had that problem with some budget polishes but blue shades. Never had problems with red except for SInful Colours. I think most of budget brands (bright shades) tend to stain nails. By the way that should not happen, if it stains badly the quality isn’t good and the chemicals are strong. I wouldn’t use those polishes again. R: Illamasqua Throb – it came off fine (super easy in fact!) leaving my nails clean and nice as they were before. Hope this helps! x

  • Both very close colour wise and great review and comparison. …..I won a giveaway on instagram and my prizewas a bottle of illamasqua throb….arrived today and wearing it now and I must say iit’s gorgeous, like you one coat gives full coverage….Regards Lisa (ig @lala_lacquer)

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