Remember when deep purple vampies were all the rage a few years back? In magazines all the models were rocking some deep mysterious color on their short nails. It was actually the trend that set in motion my undying need for polish. I needed a deep, shimmery purple polish. For some reason, it was almost impossible to find. I found a few deep creme finishes that I liked, but they just weren't quite what I was looking for. I stumbled upon OPI Russian Navy, which I love, but it isn't purple. It filled the void well enough. Or so I thought...
You guys...the heavens have opened, cherubs are singing, and fairies are dancing around unicorns in enchanted forests, because I finally found my true love! I'd been interested in Illamasqua Baptiste for a while, and I finally brought it home in a swap. I know I love a lot of polishes, but I'm not joking - Baptiste is magical.
I've heard nothing but rave reviews for Illamasqua polishes, and I know why! Baptiste applied like a dream in two easy coats. It's totally a one-coater, but well...don't we know me by now? It's the most beautiful blackened red-leaning purple with red and blue shimmer - the same kind that makes Russian Navy so gorgeous. It wears like iron, too. I've had it on for four days now with only minimal tip wear. I am so in LOVE with this polish, I've been staring at my nails all weekend!
Unfortunately, cameras don't like to photograph purples, so please forgive me, as I had to color-correct the photos to show a more accurate color. I still don't think I got it exactly right, but it's pretty darn close. Please enlarge them to see up close!
Look at that shimmer! *swoon*
Baptiste is all that and a bag of chips. Seriously. This is easily a Top 10 polish for me! It's everything I ever wanted in a purple. This was my first Illamasqua polish, but I promise you it's not my last (stay tuned for Rampage - brought it home this weekend)! It's worth every penny of its $14 price tag. You can pick it up at www.illamasqua.com, www.sephora.com, or at Sephora stores that carry Illamasqua, and I highly recommend you do, if you don't already own this beauty!
Baptiste, where have you been all my life?!