UPDATE: Pronounciation. ILL-AH-MASK-A
I am in trouble. You are in trouble. Hold my hand, and we’ll try to get thorough this together.
A black envelope containing some Illamasqua goodies arrived on my desk a few days ago:
Excite powder blusher – a brightish orange-coral
You get a HUGE pan. Huge. It’s so pigmented that you only need a tap and it blends away nicely.
Intense blue-teal eyeshadow (powder):
Highly pigmented – sheer for a blue/teal look and patted on for a smokey effect.
Comes with a medium thick brush and lots of bristles. This did make my lashes flop (as do 99% of mascara’s I try) and I needed 2-3 coats for the thick look. It does have nice separation though.
Bright red nail polish:
No complaints here, just a really hot red polish – 2 coats makes it perfect.
I wore the eyeshadow and blush, with a generic shimmery white eyeshadow, Nars Lifting foundation, no powder and Jill Stuart Sensual Veil Lipgloss (clear with multi coloured shimmers).
For someone who loves colour like me it’s heavenly, but there are definately some nudes, browns, taupes and greys for the more neutral loving girls.
Why are we in trouble? Because this is complete and utter love.
Is this brand better than MAC? It’s WAY better than MAC. And its a good price too. When I first noticed this collection, a few months ago, it caught my eye but I didn’t bother to investigate since it looks terribly expensive, like Suqqu and Cle De Peau – the last thing I needed was another very high end brand obsession.
But the prices are no higher than MAC or Clinique – pretty affordable and extremely good quality.
The eyeshadow is completely pigmented and intense and easy to blend. I am actually very impressed by the blusher too because only a small amount was needed and it blended away nicely – the last thing you need is a big streak on your face. You also get A LOT and this blush will probably be buried with me.
Finding this brand has kind of thrown other lemmings out of the water – I had dreams of MAQUillage spring, and Bobbi Brown, a sprinkling of Majolica Majorca but now they are all fading away as I consider the huge colour range available from this brand. I want to get some of the Quad palettes – you can get these for eyes, cream eyeshadow and lips – a nice way to get a variety of colours in a convenient palette and for a good price. I also want to try some of the sealing gel, a lipstick and intense lipgloss and pigment. Trouble, trouble. This brand and I are in love. There’s nothing we can do about it.
You can buy Illamasqua over here.
Let me know what you think