Hello lovely readers! I’m very excited to present this post to you all! I was asked to review Illimite’s Frida Kahlo collection as well as some nail essentials such as base coat, topcoat, cuticle oil, and crystal nail file. I’ve been very curious about this brand as I’ve seen them on various social media platforms. So! I’m going to review all the things in this post, in case you were as curious as I am about this brand and their goodies.
*All polishes in this post show Live Love Polish’s quick dry topcoat.
Alas Para Volar. Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula feels medium/light but builds up quickly to opacity. I’d describe this one as a cool toned grey with very strong blue shimmer and a touch of scattered fine particle holo. The shimmer gives off a luminescent feel and on very extreme angles shfits to a purple. This one dries down matte, so I’d recommend glossy topcoat to really make it pop.
Torzales. Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is crazy rich and smooth and applies like butter. I’d classify this one as a one coater as it applies very opaque on the nail. I took it to two thin coats to really plump it out. There’s a very dense scattered holo effect that twinkles in a fine particle manner, and the addition of these tiny reflective metallic flakes. My swatches never do black any justice, so trust me this is crazy sparkly in person. I’d also recommend a glossy topcoat to really make this one sparkle like crazy.
Roots. Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This is what I would consider as a full coverage flakie polish. It builds very quickly, and all of these smaller shifty flakes laid down flat on the nail. This is positively LOADED with sparkles as well, it’s so crazy blingy! The shifts you’ll see here are of the warmer tones, so bronzes, coppers, and golds. No texture after topcoat.
Bonito. Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is medium and applies very smooth on the nail. I’d classify this one as a tri thermal, as in the very warm state it’ll change to a lime green, and on warm a medium green, and cold as a dark green. There’s a light scatter of sparkle here, and lots of tiny blue flecks all over to warm everything up. This does dry down matte, so I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to make it pop.
Prickly Pear. Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is very smooth and rich on application. This is another crazy reactive thermal. I consider it as a subtle tri thermal as I mostly see two colors, but there is definitely a transition shade here in between the very warm and very cold states. The very warm state is a medium magenta pink, with a richer, dark purple in the cold state. The one also dries down matte, so I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to make it pop.
Sun and Life. Swatches show three coats with topcoat. I wore this one after working on my swatches so here I’m wearing the base coat underneath. I took it to three coats to really plump it out as I was wearing it in real life so I’d suggest 2-3 coats depending on your free edge length. This is crazy reactive too, I saw three colors on this: very warm is a light beige, almost nude pink color- warm is a tomato red, and on very cold it popped as a richer red. There’s a dense scatter of gold flecks across the nail, and it also dries down matte so I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to make it pop. My mom actually tried stealing this one from me, I guess this will be the next mani I give me haha.
Finally, I wore the cuticle oil and used the crystal file as routine maintenance. The cuticle oil is applied through a roller ball glass bottle and product is removed easily. I’ve used roller balls in the past for cuticle oil, but I never really care for them as the ball usually does not dispense enough oil to my liking. I had no problems getting the oil out of this one though. The scent I have is Freesia Pear, and it’s a very crisp clean pear scent with a light fruity undertone. Very pleasant and not overpowering.
The crystal nail file is FIRE. I love it to pieces and it has replaced my old one. It has a very fine grit and files off nail crazy fast. It’s a standard size and has a good weight to it to hold on to when filing. I crazy approve of it. If you’re new to nail care, I recommend getting a glass file as nothing comes close to perfect filing like one. This would make a great starter file too.
The Frida Kahlo collection and nail care goodies are all in the shop from Live Love Polish, be sure to check out my swatch video to see details of packaging, thermal transitions, and how the oil applies through the roller ball. You can grab the Frida Kahlo polishes for$16 each, or $96 for the set.
Thanks so much for reading!! ❤