I attended the introductory event for the Illamasqua Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Toxic Nature, last night. There was the opportunity to have a manicure with one of the five new nail polishes from the collection and I opted for Bacterium.
Bacterium is actually quite a warm beige base, but with an ashy/silver shimmer. It's one of my favourite items from the collection, and I plan to buy it when the collection launches (on 10 March online and 17 March in Selfridges).
The theme of the collection is one of nature fighting back against human intervention, and producing strange hybrid shades of pastel and mutated neutrals. What that means in practice is there are some interesting pastel-with-a-kick shades, but also some very good neutrals in the collection. I'll be writing a post with my thoughts on the full collection over the weekend, but in the meantime I'd recommend this post on www.lipglossiping.com for some very good pictures of the other items in the collection.
If you join the Illamasqua web shop waiting list for any items from the Toxic Nature collection, you will be entered into a draw to win the Toxic Nature items on your wait list.
Disclosure: there was an event swag bag with three bits from the new collection in it, which I will post pictures of. Bacterium wasn't one of the things in mine, so I'll be buying it.