Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish review and removal.

Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

For this Nail of the Week, I chose an oldie (my bottle is three years old), but a goody polish from my collection.  Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish ($17 USD/.5 fl.oz.) is a gorgeous darkened purple with red and violet micro shimmers.  Illamasqua (Cosmetics for Your Alter Ego) makes one of my favorite nail polish formulations.  The colors are vibrant, the consistency is smooth, the formula is opaque, and the lasting power is phenomenal.  Who wouldn’t love that?

Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish is very dark and almost resembles a black polish from afar.  However, this polish really comes to life in the presence of flash photography and sunlight.  The extremely fine red and violet micro-shimmers give Baptiste a distinguishable glow.  Two coats are all that is needed to achieve full opacity.  The brush is shaped perfectly to accommodate a variety of nail widths and lengths.  I especially love the longevity of this polish; I can easily get 4-5 days of wear without any chipping. Of course, this will vary according to one’s activities.  Applying a fresh top coat to the polish on the third day, prolongs the wear for up to 6 days of chip-fee nails.

Formaldehyde Resin Explained:

Illamasqua Nail Varnishes are not promoted as 3-free.  Although, I did not find DBP, Toluene or Formaldehyde (which is actually a gas and technically not present in polishes) amongst the ingredients, Formaldehyde Resin (which is derived from Formaldehyde) is an ingredient.  This chemical is responsible for giving polishes shine and durability.  So if you have a known allergy to Formaldehyde, then it is really Formaldehyde Resin that you should avoid in your polish.  Seeing that FR is the fifth ingredient in Illamasqua Baptiste, this explains why the wear is so resilient.  To my knowledge, OPI and Marc Jacob polishes also use FR in their polishes.  Therefore, read ingredient lists and decide for yourself.

Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

Removal of Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish:

As with my Illamasqua Phallic Nail Varnish (reviewed here), removal can be a little challenging.  I find my Zoya nail polish remover and the foil method to work especially well when trying to remove dark and glitter polishes.  I realize the initial prep work may seem time-consuming, but the hassle-free removal makes the effort worth it.

Foil Method to remove Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

Foil Method to remove Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish.

Foil Method for Nail Polish Removal:

  • Cut out ten foil squares and 10 cotton pads split into halves.
  • Saturate each cotton pad with nail polish remover and place it on the nail.
  • Take your foil and wrap it around the saturated cotton pad on each nail.
  • Leave the foil on for 7-10 minutes (longer for glitter polishes), to give the remover time to break down the polish.
  • Remove the foil and cotton pad together by wiggling the foil back and forth to make sure all polish has been removed.
  • At this point, any residual polish will easily come off with an additional saturated cotton pad.

Ingredient List for Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish:

All shades contain:
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide- Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Stear- Alkonium Bentonite, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Diacetone Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone. May Contain: [+/- CI 15850:1 (Red 7 Lake), CI 15850:2 (Red 6 Lake), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15880 (Red 34 Lake), CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77000 (Aluminium Powder), Silica, CI 60725 (Violet 2), CI 75170 (Guanine)].

Illamasqua Nail Varnish come in 45 beautiful shades and can be found at Sephora and Bloomingdales.com.

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Illamasqua Baptiste Nail Varnish is a beautiful color.  This deep purple hue looks chic and the longevity, consistency and brush head only add to the allure.  I absolutely love Illamasqua polishes and would highly recommend you check them out ASAP.  Which color(s) will you choose?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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