Left: Illamasqua Stance. Right: Butter London The Black Knight.
I've never used Illamasqua nail polish before, so I had no idea what to expect. I got complete and utter awesomeness. It took two coats to make Stance opaque and it dried fairly quickly. The pictures here don't do it justice: it's more purple than pink and bit darker, plus it's almost neon in the sun. After doing a Google search, I haven't seen a single picture that shows exactly how amazing this colour is in real life.
Anyway, I decided it was a bit too bright on its own, so I wanted to add something to it. I thought about a crackle, but I wanted to give that a rest for a bit so I don't get bored of it. Instead I thought about glitter. I'd had The Black Knight for a while, but I hadn't worn it, so I wasn't sure how dark and opaque it would be. I decided to do something I saw on Kristy's awesome nail polish blog (http://thepolishhaven.blogspot.com) ages ago: a diagonal stripe effect. I used stickytape (badly, I might add) to mark it out and then painted on The Black Knight (thanks Kristy, it worked a treat!). I'm glad I chose to paint over only a section of nail with The Black Knight. Turns out that polish is super opaque! This is just one coat. It dried ridiculously quickly too.