My inner nerd was very excited to hear that Illamasqua's new Summer 2013 collection is called Paranormal. I spend way too much time watching sexy vampires &/or sexy vampire hunters on TV to NOT get excited about a name like that. But more than that, I was excited to see Illamasqua's interpretation of a parallel reality. The word Paranormal suggests a realm that is other-worldly, intriguing, and unexpected, and who else could deliver this to us but Illamasqua? Available at Sephora on April 30th, here's a sneak peek at what is in store for us:
Paranormal Palette ($46.50)-
This palette has an extremely unique texture. The cream colors in this palette are almost gummy to the touch, but dry down to a lovely powder finish that will last all day. The colors can be applied for a sheer wash of color, mixed together for unexpected shades, or packed on for high-impact.
|From left to right: Possession, Trance, Paranormal, and Aura|
Gleam in Supernatural ($26)
This new highlighting cream is a warm bronze shade to create a halo of light on the upper cheekbones, or to emphasize your cupid's bow, or even the arch of your brow.
|A thin layer of Supernatural Gleam on my forearm.|
This collection includes 3 new nail colors that look like bright metallics in the day light, but in UV light they are transformed. There is also a UV topcoat that glows under UV light, that you can wear over any color you already own.
|Paranormal UV Nail Varnish in normal light. From left to right: Geist (topcoat), Séance, Omen, and Ouija.|
|The colors transformed under UV light.|
|Omen, under UV light.|
Illamasqua's U.S. Nail Ambassador, Fleury Rose, shows just how versatile these shades can be with some cool nail art ideas below. In normal light, it looks awesome enough, but then once a UV light is applied it adds a whole other dimension to the nail art.
Another fab idea from Fleury Rose: paint your nail art on with the UV topcoat. In daylight it looks like your nails are just a solid color, but under UV light it's a completely different manicure. It's almost like having 2 manicures in one!
|Nail art designs painted on with Geist.|
|Geist, the superstar topcoat, under UV light.|