Reader Question: Which Illamasqua Red Lipstick is for me?

Reader, Nina, sent me this question weeks ago and I have only just had time to answer it. Sorry Nina!

Nina was looking for a red lipstick from Illamasqua –

“…a clean true red that won’t make me look sallow.”

I think its pretty hard to recommend something as specific like this – you never know how the red may turn on your skintone.

Firstly I don’t own all the Illamasqua reds, I think, but I own a fair few. They are very similar. VERY similar.

Illamaqua Red Lipsticks.jpg

I promise you I took this picture so many times because the colours look SO similar. But this is it. The colours look slightly different in the pan but swatched they are very close.

Here are the lipsticks and swatches individually:

Maneater Lipstick:

Illamasqua Lipstick Maneater red.jpg.jpg


Illamasqua Lipstick Howl red.jpg.jpg


Illamasqua Lipstick Faust red.jpg.jpg


Illamasqua Lipstick Encounterr red.jpg.jpg


Illamasqua Lipstick Box red.jpg.jpg


Well Nina, all these colours are SO similar I think you could go for any of them. For me, BOX is a bold, strong red without which doesn’t make my yellow based skin look sallow so I think this would be a safe choice – but as you can see – they are all much of a muchness!

Here are 2 other red lipsticks which I adore very much too, Nina, if you are interested.

Giorgio Armani


Etude House. Both gorgeous!

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  1. Nina says

    Thanks Row! You really weren’t kidding when you said they all look so much the same! I think I know what to pick now. Seeing Box compared to the others makes me want to get it! But since Etude House is opening near my place soon, I’ll definitely check out that red lipstick you reviewed as well.

  2. says

    Its odd Box is marketed as the lipstick that is a blue red as its enhances the white of your teeth. On my pale cool toned skin it really does do that. On you its still quiet warm, amazing how different skins can make a pure colour change so much!
    i have Tramp too..which is a rosier red and i did like Maneater when i was at the counter last..its darker than Box.

    Illamasquas own site has swatches on lips to see the differences and i see them as quite true to colour.