Illamasqua…for BRIDAL!? I know. This was the wildcard make over because let’s face it, Illamasqua is not the brand that pops to mind when you think of your glowing fresh faced bride with barely there make up (mind you – super natural isn’t for me!). Speaking to a lot of MUAs who do bridal, they seem to always get that classic line from brides, “I want the groom to be able to recognise me”.
I think I’d be a bit annoyed if Mr C didn’t recognise me because I was wearing a little bit more eyeliner than normal, but that’s just me.
I made an appointment (free of charge) to see Leena at Illamasqua, who is one of their key artists. I’ve know Leena forever and ever (must be coming to 10 years?) and I’m so impressed by her work ethic and pleased that her talents have been recognised by Illamaqua.
On Illa, I decided to go for a cool brown eye instead of the warm one I had on MAC so I could try something a little different. I spent about an hour and half on the counter. I kind of just let Leena do her thing really and I got to try out the new skin base foundation (review here) and the neutral palette which I ADORE. It is such an amazing palette if you like cool toned browns and black.
What did I come away with? Skin Base in shade 11, Bedaub cream pigment and Vernau Eyeshadow. At this point I have some good ideas of what I will be using bridal wise so I am not just looking for the day, but also anything I think may be useful for my day to day routine and anything that isn’t dupeable (which isn’t easy with my huge collection!).
Green pigment?! Why?
Well to tone down redness. Leena used this on red patches VERY lightly and it seemed to work a treat. The only thing is to not use this one red AND dry skin or it will cling like a mother.
The powder eyeshadow is a medium toned brown which was used for contouring and I thought was quite an interesting brown.
Emerge Cream Pigment under the eyes
Skinbase Foundation in shade 11
Contour with Benau
Blusher in Lover
Ascend Lip Pencil
Enchant Lip Gloss
Vow pencil under the brow bone
Hollow Cream Pigment on lids
Heroine on socket
Neutral Palette (wolf on the socket line)
Stealth on the eye lids
Obsidian on the outer corner
Lower lashes – Hollow Cream Pigment then Wolf on top
SOPHIE pencil to line (black)
Abyss liquid liner on the top
Breathe pigment used as a ‘pop’ highlight.
What I liked:
I liked the overall look – I tend to favour cool toned browns anyway and the look is something I would wear for a evening look or something like a party.
I liked the way my eyes were done more than on other counters, where the colour isn’t raised too high and the layering of shades on my eyes. It gave me vampire eyes! It almost brought out some reddish tones in my pupils! I was also surprised by how the lip colour turned out (a very nude pink) which I liked.
What I didn’t like:
As much as I love the eyes I’m not sure if it’s too cool and heavy my bridal look. Mr C seemed to think it wasn’t as fresh as the MAC make over which had more glow to it and was lighter on the eyes.
Another good counter to go to if you want a bridal trial they can adapt their look to something quite dramatic or natural as you wish. I wanted to try something different out before deciding what kind of look to finally go for.