A little while ago Illamasqua came out with their 'speckle' polishes from the Im-perfection collection which seem to have captured the eyes and hearts of beauty-junkie's everywhere. I have to admit I was amongst this gaggle googling swatches to salivate over, but with so many nail polishes already in my collection I found it hard to pay out the hefty Illamasqua price tag for one more polish.
Cue L'oreal saving the day with their dupe, the 'Confetti' topcoat. For those of us not willing to part with £14.50 for one of the Illamasqua polishes, at around £5 this topcoat serves as a purse-friendly alternative. Of course the two polishes are not exactly same, the Illamasqua option has a built in base colour and and the Loreal topcoat has the addition of white speckles as well as black. The absence of a base colour with the Confetti top coat could be seen as a pro or a con depending on how you look at it, whilst there is one extra step to the process you also have your choice of any colour to pair it with.
So although the two are not exactly twins (they could be cousins), for a 1/3 of the price I am very happy with my choice to go for the Loreal Confetti top coat.
As a base I used O.P.I Nail Envy and as a base colour I used this lilac KIKO polish (it doesn't have a shade name)
So with a couple of coats of colour and one coat of the Confetti top coat, here's what my nails look like:
I really like this Top Coat and find that as well as adding a pretty effect to any colour on your nails, it makes them feel sturdy and chip-resistant.
What are your opinions on the L'oreal Confetti topcoat?
Did you opt for the Illamasqua speckles, the cheap and cheerful L'oreal option, or could you not help yourself and went for both? ;)