Hey, guys! I know it’s been a while since I posted something, but now I am back on track. Today’s post is all about Illamasqua products. I could not recommend enough this make-up brand. Everything that the brand stands for and all the collections they’re coming with I find very inspiring and original. I don’t want to sound like a preacher, but if I were to come up with a brand it would probably be Illamasqua. Ok, enough with the praising, let’s review some products.
There’s nothing more I like to buy but eyeshadows. I just can’t seem to have enough of them. Ever! And this purchase was a very satisfying one. Illamasqua eyeshadows come as single ones and the quality is brilliant. Every eyeshadow is very highly pigmented, matt, colour-true, easy to blend, and long-lasting. You get 2g of product for £16.50.
Livid is the only colour I find that takes more time to blend and build, but if you’ve got the patience, then you’d be rewarded with a very bright and warm purple hue. And if you want to make your job easier, use Can Can as a blending colour, cause it’s a very pretty pastel purple.
Daemon is the best red eyeshadow I have ever used.
Sex is the purest white I’ve seen so far, even if the name suggests something else.
Stealth is a very light buttery colour, which is perfect as a base, whereas Servant is slightly darker and more peachy, which serves you a perfect transition shade.
Apex is a deeper orange colour that you can either use in the crease, or all over the lid for a brighter look. It’s not a burnt orange shade, but very close to that.
Hype is on of the most pigmented yellow eyeshadows I have come across and it’s very true to colour.
Anja, Victim, and Sadist are different shades of blue, starting from a baby blue to an azure blue, ending with a deep royal blue.
Burst is one of my favourites because it’s that deep blue green colour that looks really good on everyone, if one dares to wear it!
- Mascara, Eyeliners and Pigments
Eyeliners are another obsession of mine. I usually prefer to use a gel eyeliner, but when I travel I find that a liquid one or a pen is better, because it’s hassle-free. The Illustrator Pen (£20) is a water-resistant liquid liner that allows you to create very sharp and precise looks. I find it perfect for a quick winged liner or for detailed work. I love the fact that it’s jet black and has a matt finish. Precision Ink Liner (£20.50) in Abyss has a gloss finish, it’s waterproof, and very long lasting. You can create very sharp lines with it, and I love it for the inner corner because it never bleeds. If you don’t mind the shine, I think this is one of the best liquid eyeliners I have ever tried.
Masquara in Raven (£18) is a very decent mascara. I can’t say it’s the very best out of them all, but I think it does the job if you build it up. It curls, defines, and separates your eyelashes really well. It doesn’t get clumpy, so don’t expect a false lash effect. And it’s very long wearing as well.
Pure Pigments in Berber and Alluvium (£17) are so beautiful, but I never get to use them. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I get very lazy when it comes to pigments. You can use these ones wet or dry. You can mix them with a mixing medium to create shimmery eyeliners, or you can apply them anywhere on the face to highlight or give a metallic finish to your lipstick or blusher. They’re very pigmented, but I would recommend to use them on top of an eyeshadow primer or a creamy base, so they stick a bit better.
- Face Products, Eye and Lip Pencils
The Blusher in Naked Rose (£22) has become one of my favourites very quickly. It is extremely pigmented, so you need the tiniest bit. It’s quite blendable, but I would recommend a very big fluffy brush to apply it. The colour it’s a dusty beige pink shade, that I think it suits every pale skin.
The Sculpting Powder Duo in Illuminate & Nefertiti (£27) is the perfect contour palette for light to medium skin tones. The cool toned brown makes a great contour shade, and the highlighter it’s a champagne colour that you can build it up to get it quite intense, or keep it natural for a beautiful glow. The texture is quite powdery, like the eyeshadows are, but very easy to blend.
The Eye Colouring Pencils in Honour and Fidelity (£16) have a very creamy texture that allows the pencil to glide on your eyelids or waterline very easy. They are very long-lasting and you can use them anywhere on your face. I like to use them as lip pencils as well, even if they’re not sold like that, and vice versa for the Lip Colouring Pencil in Power, which I bought only to use it on my waterline. It works fine for me, but I wouldn’t swear it would work for everybody else, because, as I said, they’re not advertised like that.
- Lipsticks, Lip and Eye Pencils
I’ve ordered three lipsticks that I know I love. One is from the newer collection, called Antimatter Lipstick in Mars (£20), and I find that this shade is the perfect shade of peach that compliments my skin tone. It has become my go-to nude lipstick. The texture is very creamy and hydrating, but the finish is a semi-matt one, which makes it quite long-lasting. There’s another one from this collection, that I got, called Spectra, and this one it’s more of a purple brick-red colour. The other lipstick is called Howl (£19.50) and it’s from the old matt collection. The texture it’s not super creamy, nor too dry, but very long-wearing. The colour is a deep terracotta red.
The Lip and Eye Slick Sticks (£18.50) are a very long-wearing formula, which once it sets, it does not shift! I’ve got Dream and Pride for the lips. The first one is a nude brown shade, the later one is a deep raspberry colour. For the eyes I’ve purchased Mass, jet black, and Alloy, intense bronze colour.
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