A few weeks back Illamasqua had a big sale, and I went a bit mad in the nail varnish section. I love their nail varnishes a lot!
I find that most Illamasqua nail varnishes go on smoothly, and dry in a reasonable time so you don't really need to use a quick dry top coat. When I put Alarm on, I was happy to see it was just as I had expected. The colour is a warm red, with an orange hint, and it dries down to a bright, glossy finish.
I can see it working better on people with warm undertones, but the fact that it's not too yellow means it'll work for people with cooler undertones, like myself.
I always apply 2 coats as I love to really get that bold, bright colour, but it's almost opaque after one coat, and you could probably get away with wearing it like that.
I find that most Illamasqua nail varnishes wear for days on end, with little or no chipping or fading. This one is no different, and you can get a good 4-5 days out of it. When I'm wearing false nails, it lasts a lot longer, and I can go a good couple of weeks before it starts to chip.
One final note is that this is really messy to remove, and not one you want to be taking in a hurry!
This is a great colour, but for me, it was a little too bold for every day wear. However, it's perfect for a night out, and definitely one I'll be reaching for again.
~ Rae Rae