Illamasqua Throb is my all time favourite red cream. It’s described as a “blood red” by Illamasqua, and although it’s a slightly darker red I wouldn’t say it’s a “blood red” dark. Under natural light it’s a bright, slightly muted cool toned red.
Illamasqua in general has one of the best nail polish formulas I came across. The formula of Throb is exceptional – rich, extremely pigmented, provides full coverage in one coat, not streaky, thick or runny and it dries fairly quickly. Simply perfect. It has been a part of my nail polish collection for more than two years, so far the formula hasn’t changed at all. Out of habit I always apply two coats, the only difference is that it has more depth and shine after the second coat, the colour stays the same.
I have no issues with chipping when it comes to Illamasqua nail polishes, but I believe there are no rules regarding the staying power of a nail polish. It depends on several factors e.g. quality of our nails, base coat, top coat, our everyday habits etc. and as such it’s an individual thing.
The closest shade to Throb I own is OPI Vodka & Caviar. Vodka & Caviar has a jelly finish and even though it appears darker in the bottle it’s brighter than Throb when applied.
^ Comparison swatches from left to right: Illamasqua Throb, OPI Vodka & Caviar.
Illamasqua nail polishes are 3-Free and they retail for £14.50/15ml.