Well! It says it in the name! This polish is RARE. What I mean is that it is hard to find a neon yellow quite like this. It is so bright it is blinding! I repeat. BLINDING. I think it may also be radioactive! (Not really...) Illamasqua's Rare is a wonderful nail polish for those that love funky nail polishes, or love to be different, or love to have their nails be the center of attention. Being a neon yellow, it does lean a bit green in the shade, but that is the extent. In full sunlight, or in any sun at all, there is no green to be seen and HELLO, YELLOW. There are no other words to describe this polish. It is neon. It is yellow. It is AWESOME.
On to the formula! The formula is very interesting to work with. It is a fine formula, but it is kinda moody. Some days, it will require two nice coats to be opaque, otherwise, you need a third to get it completely opaque. If you like thick coats, stick with two. These pictures were taken with about two and a half full coats. It dries with a slightly rubbery texture, but then is glossified by a shiny top coat, personally, I like Deborah Lippmann's Addicted to Speed, or the classic Seche Vite. Removal of this polish is very easy, it is like a normal polish and there is no staining. Occasionally there will be bits of neon pasted to your nail, but just put a little more remover on.
WATCH OUT FOR THE LAST PICTURE. This is what can happen if you don't allow enough dry time between the coats and put on a little bit too much polish. Did I mention that this polish NEEDS time to dry? LOTS OF TIME. But the color is so totally worth it. If you press hard enough right at the bottom of your nail, you may be able to completely remove the polish. Well, that's one way for quick removal!
You can find Illamasqua Rare for $14 at Sephora. It truly is a wonderful color and one that cannot go unnoticed. Literally, EVERYONE will see it. If you love funky colors, neons, yellows, nail polish, or want to stand out, this is completely the color for you. If you can get past the moodiness, which is not terrible, I might add, it is a gem of a polish to add to your collection!