i ultimately wound up purchasing both black velvet (mostly for the packaging, not gonna lie) and illusion d'or. since black velvet can't be worn with topcoat and i'm a slave to my quick-dry, i'll be waiting to wear that one 'til i have a nice chunk of free time; illusion d'or, however, i put on the day after it arrived.
first, a bottle pic:
and a close-up of the polish in its bottle (those little purple iridescent pieces are the coolest thing about this polish, imo):
and now for some mani pics! i put one coat of illusion d'or over american apparel hassid, a fabulously pigmented black that works great for layering! here's the result in overcast light:
in regular natural light:
and finally, in bright sunlight so that you can see how dense yet fine the glitter is:
also, here's a close-up so that you can see the individual glitter particles better. please excuse the leftover red polish on my nail!
all in all, i think illusion d'or is quite pretty. it's still growing on me - i normally prefer cremes or in-your-face bling - but i do like it, especially when the purple bits catch the light.