My first experience with Illmasqua was a heart stopping experience. Now, dusted off and ready for my second dosage, I have had a rather more sedate experience with the brand.
I got two palettes (custom ones) with four powder shadows and four cream shadows, one intense lipgloss in Fierce and one eyeliner pencil in Interrogate.
Chica also did a great review of her Illamasqua haul you can read about.
Nit Picking Point – I hate the creamy-yellow colour on black on the packging. It makes the box look aged and not in a good way – like it has been sun aged for a while.
Back to lip gloss!
Don’t ask me why I went for purple?! I just thought it would be a fun change:
The intense gloss is more pigmented than the sheer ones;
The colour sheers out into a funky 80s type disco lip shade:
It’s a nice lip gloss – there range online isn’t huge but I wouldn’t say no to trying more.
The pencil I bought in interrogate which looks like a whitish nude beige
It’s actually more of a nutty brown.
More lip than eye, although what I orignally wanted it for was for brightening the waterline.
I got 2 of the palettes which you can fill with your own colours – great idea!
I picked up a cream palette:
Shades left to right, top to bottom are MIDAS, OUTCAST, SUCK and ENCHANTED
The cream shadows are quite greasy textured – they will crease!!!! Sorry, no wearing these on their own people. With greasy cream shadows I prefer to use these with a powder on top, then it sets nicely.
The colour swatches were fairly accurate here, although Entangle looks more like a deep green khaki, not a black and midas more of a gold, not a cream-white.
My four powder quad:
Envy, Sadist, Angst and Stalk.
I’ve realised that -
1. I still like the brand a lot and want to see more but…
2. The online swatches are useless
3. Matte Shadows are hard to wear, hard to use, hard to blend
4. Black lacquer type packaging attracts dirt and greasy fingermarks
Overall I am happy with my purchases but it’s killed the huge lemming I had for the brand previously. I need to see the range in person (and it is coming to my town shortly!) to access what would suit me or what would work – buying blind from the net, I can’t say I am 100% happy with my colour choices. There are more matte shadows than shimmery, which I don’t understand because I still feel even a soft shimmer or metallic finish is more flattering and easier to wear than Matte.
I have another haul from Illamasqua due, so let’s see how that turns out!