I went to Selfridges today in an attempt to find a berryish pink lipstick to brighten up my face. After trying on what felt like hundreds of lipsticks, I settled at the Illamasqua counter and let one of the nice girls try some products on me, based on my request for a natural day / bridal look. I loved (and bought) everything she used (except a very chunky glittery powder she used under my brows and on top of my cheekbones).
The photos below are of me after the session (although the flash on my rubbish camera has drowned out most of the eye and cheek colour, and the glitter looks even worse on camera than in real life!). I’ll talk about the products used further down…
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow
She used “Servant” (eggshell) as a base up to my brows, “Heroine” (mid-toned taupe) all over my eyelids just past the crease, and “Jules” (milk chocolate) on my eyelid. What I loved about these eyeshadows is that they’re all completely matte, and it really feels like you can properly sculpt and shade with them because there’s no shimmer to detract from the colours. I couldn’t get a good photo of the shadows on my eyes – I’m telling you, my camera is soooo bad (it’s 5 years old). All you can see in the photos of me is the glitter that was applied under my brows, which was super chunky. At least I know now to avoid any shimmer/glitter when I know I’m being photographed. The eyeshadows were £14 each.
Illamasqua Powder Blusher
She used “Tremble” (pink) on the apples of my cheeks. I would never have thought to try it because it looks so florid in the palette, but it’s actually a really pretty, warm pink on the skin. I was in a bit of a peach blusher rut up until now, so I love having this pink to play with! Like the eyeshadows, this blusher is completely matte.
I spotted “Spite” (beige brown) on the counter and thought it would be perfect for contouring because it’s matte and not too orange-toned. So she used that under my cheekbones. I think she was actually a little too light-handed with it though, because the colour hasn’t shown up that much. These blushers were £16 each.
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss
I didn’t find any colours I liked in the lipstick range, which was a shame because the lipsticks were really nicely pigmented. However, the Illamasqua girl applied Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in the shade “Move” on me, and I loved it as soon as she held up the mirror for me to see. “Move” is a pretty, fresh pink. It has mauve undertones like my natural lip colour, which is probably why I immediately felt comfortable seeing the colour on my lips, despite it being brighter than I’d usually go for.
I just went onto the Illamasqua website and “Move” is described as “deep purple” but it really isn’t that purple! <shrugs>
The gloss itself is more pigmented than the average lipgloss (and much more pigmented that all of the “gloss lipsticks” that seem to be everywhere at the moment). The colour is opaque on my lips and evens out my lip tone. In the photos, the flash has made the gloss look very “wet” but in real life, my lips just look really smooth and even-toned.
What I love about this lipgloss is that it feels incredibly comfortable (that’s the best word I can describe it) on the lips. The consistency is weightless and doesn’t feel at all tacky or gloopy on the lips. And it lasts well too – it doesn’t even transfer onto the glass I’m drinking out of. Amazing. The Intense Lipgloss was £12.50.
I definitely want to try other products in the range now! What do you think of Illamasqua? Any must-have products in the range that I have to try?