Before I say anything I want to warn you that this post is long. I mean, LOOOOOOOONG. If you are a regular reader of The Plastic Diaries you will notice I like to post about a full collection in its entirety. That means they can be long posts, but they’re comprehensive. You are probably wondering why I do that. Well, I personally don’t like to google for collection swatches and only find 1 colour out of the 7 released. It just means I have to keep searching, keep clicking and keep wasting precious time. So, for those time poor but highly interested people out there like me, I do it all. Of course, I can’t do this for every collection that is released (I would need to be a trillionaire with 14 arms), so I limit them to which collections I think are going to be a real smash hit, ones I personally love, ones I think you will love and/or ones simply being released at the time I have some cash to buy it.

Today I am showing you the Illamasqua collection ‘Toxic Nature’ that went on sale in Myer this past Thursday. I chose this collection for its totally wearable colour palette (trust me, not the promo pictures of fancy models) and the variety of choice. All the colours are just amazing and can work so well with existing items you have in your make-up collection. I think this collection is bold, just like Illamasqua, and if you have never tried something from this brand I think this collection has more pieces then ever that are newbie friendly.

So without further a due, here is the collection ….

Nail Lacquers

RRP: AU $34, UK £13.50

Illamasqua nail lacquers are probably the most colourful you will ever find. Just like Illamasqua make-up, they specialise in the extremely unique. All lacquers are amazing quality and most of the time a dream to apply.

Each swatch is 3 coats of colour with no base or top coat. Images are taken in natural light with no flash.

A smooth pearlescent light brown with a touch of shimmer. A bit more glam than most neutral tones and would work well for any skin tone. The formula was on the slightly thinner scale in comparison to their other lacquers.

A highly pigmented, bright creamy orange. The formula is thick but really workable, you would only need two neat coats to get to opaque. I found it to be almost glow in the dark and worked great against my pale skin. It kind of  brought out my non-existent tan.

To me, this one is like Shrek with a healthy radiation glow. Maybe even contaminated radioactive lime juice. The formula was again slightly thinner and 3 coats would be best to get a full opaque nail. I would have to say this colour is probably the hardest out of the collection to pull off.

A dark mauve with grey tinge and a hardly noticeable amount of shimmer. To me it is more purple than grey but I think this is one of those lacquers that would look very different on different skin tones. The formula is thick and the colour highly pigmented so 2 neat coats would be all you need.

I don’t think I have ever seen fluro quite like this. It is one hell of a bright orange, made even more fluro against white skin like mine. I personally couldn’t wear this as a full nail colour, it gave me a bit of a headache, but if you like brights it would be perfect for warm days at the beach or to brighten up a cold rainy day. Even traffic lights aren’t this orange!

Toxic Tips

All these colours look fabulous on their own but Illamasqua have introduced an even better way to have fun with these colours. They call them Toxic Tips. Basically, it is a simple French mani but you use two lacquers from the new Toxic Nature collection. My personal favourite is Purity as the base colour and Gamma as the tip.

Toxic Tips: Check out her digits

Cream Pigments

RRP: AU $44, UK £17

The thing I love most about these cream pigments is that they don’t need to be restricted to just your eyes. They can be worn on your cheeks and lips as well!

The formula is super creamy, highly pigmented and a dream to apply. Oh and they are waterproof too.

L-R Hollow, Delirium, Mould, Emerge, Bedaub and Dab

A divine milky toffee brown that looks so yummy it is hard not to lick it. This one would have to be the most wearable for everyday and its neutral tone can be worn with everything. I also love it on the lips!

Love the name, love the colour, love everything. Officially it is described as a ‘rose taupe’ colour but to me it leans quite purple with a slight dusty pink undertone. It definitely is in the neutral/brown family but the pop of colour makes it so much more. This one has to be my favourite cream pigment from this collection.

Rich, dark purple … is there anything more enticing. Not for me there isn’t. It looks like dark grape juice in my eyes, and that is one of my favourite drinks. If you love purple eye make up you NEED this in your collection. It works on so many different levels. Eyeliner, crease, all over colour, everything! Oh and if you want to make the most perfect purple smokey eye, this baby is like a dream come true.

As you already know I am not a huge orange fan but I like this pigment for a different reason. You see, I always use a base colour before doing any eye looks and I prefer to use creams so the powder shadows have something to stick to. I have found this creamy pastel orange to be the perfect base because it gives a bit more colour than the plain skin colour ones I usually use.

I have no idea what that word means but I really like the colour. It is rare to find a pastel green that actually has lots of pigment. I have tried so many times to do this colour but nothing has packed as much pigment as Bedaub. It is so wearable and looks great for a pop of colour in a neutral eye. If you are a basic eye kind of girl you really should give this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised.

Ohhhh Dab, what can I say about Dab. It is just beautiful. I am loving this as a basic all over lid colour with lots of mascara. Simple but gosh it is pretty. Of course you can also glam this up to the max, and it works beautifully with Mould for a smokey eye duo.

L-R Hollow, Delirium, Mould, Emerge, Bedaub and Dab

Precision Ink

RRP: AU $43.50, UK £17

Illamasqua’s amazing liquid eye liner had previously only been available in black (although there is actually an Antique Gold colour but I have never seen that in stores and the website has it on wait list) so the welcoming of another colour in the Toxic Nature collection is just awesome.

Precision Ink has a fine sponge-like applicator that gives a thin-thick line depending on amount of pressure and direction you apply it with. The handle is really long which makes controlling it much easier than most liquid liners.

When I first saw this nude coloured liner I really did think “ummm, what’s the point?”. I likened it to using clear lip gloss ….. but as we all know, clear lip gloss does actually have many important uses. This nude coloured liner actually defines the eye in so many ways. Of course it looks fab with a nude neutral eye look but I personally love it when it is teemed with a dark, stand-out colour, like the cream pigment Mould. It just makes the colours pop so much more. I really don’t know how I have lived without a nude eyeliner before.

Sheer Lipgloss

RRP: AU $33, UK £13

These lip glosses are super sheer so don’t let the intense colours fool you. They have a pleasant fruity scent and the formula is really quite hydrating, two characteristics I rarely find in lip gloss. The formula is medium shine, not too sticky and even when the glossy sheen has faded a bit, the colour still remains.

L-R Torture and Divine

The brightness of this orange really scared me at first but as soon as you start to spread it over the lips you can hardly see the colour. I find the orange actually livens up the lips a little without making them stand out.

The name says it all for this gloss, simply Divine! I do love pink anyway but this bright pink looks so good whether you apply a thin sheer coat (like below) or you pack it on. Love it.


RRP: AU $39, UK £15.50

The thing I love about Illamasqua lipstick is they’re so highly pigmented and one swipe gives you a serious opaque colour. However, because of this, it is very hard to clean up any mistakes without it being noticeable. As you will see from my photos, I did make some errors and got lipstick outside the ‘lines’, which when I have tried to clean up has left a bit of pigment behind. My suggestion is to use a lip brush with these ones to ensure a perfect application.

Clean up is only one tiny problem I have but I really love these lipsticks for their long lasting, highly pigmented formula. They are really smooth on the lips and have a rather matte finish which I like in bold lip colours.

L-R Flare and Atomic

This orange is much darker than the Gamma nail polish but it’s still really bright. I would NEVER wear such a full on colour like this, so I would do a softer lip brush application. For me, having dry lips was a real issue with this colour. The brightness of the orange really seemed to make those crackly bits really obvious. A super smooth, prepped lip is an absolute must for this colour.

Again, this colour is something I would never usually attempt. Sure, I would look at it when browsing the counter display but it is just so bold. Upon trying it, I was a complete convert. I LOVE how this dark, rich fuchsia looks against my pale white skin. I sometimes like to do a really nude face/bold lip combo, but always lacked a lipstick that would qualify as a ‘bold lip’. Now I have one and I love it.

What Illamasqua Says About Toxic Nature ….

In retaliation against the genetically modified society that plunders it, the landscape has issued forth a torrent of hybrid shades. Corrupted hues glister amongst muted tones – extreme, intoxicating versions of their original selves.

This is an atomic-botanical environment where survival is key and camouflage by colour is the path to existence.

We scoured the abandoned toxic wastelands of the world to create an eclectic selection of corrupted hues for the eyes, lips, nails, face and body. Flitting effortlessly from poisonous pastel to hazardous neon, this cataclysmic mix of brave new tones take your look to the outer limits of nature’s palette.

Become a herald of the new age of Toxic Nature with uncharted night-time make-up.

A mere snippet of the amazing colours in the Toxic Nature collection

Information courtesy of Illamasqua


Worldwide: Illamasqua online ships worldwide
Australia: Available from Illamasqua counters at Myer. Click here to find your nearest location
USA: Selected items from the collection are available exclusively at Sephora
UK: Illamasqua flagship store, Selfridges, Debenhams, Fenwick, ASOS and Charles Fox. Click here to find your nearest location

Now I don’t want to get you all excited but don’t go too far. Someone will be giving you a chance to score some of your own pieces from this beautiful collection!

But before you go, what do you think of the Toxic Nature collection? Will you be taking the leap and trying something new? Have you already taken the leap? Do tell …..

This is one freaky chick ....

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