I have been wanting to try Illamasqua products for quite awhile. Though it isn’t a brand I see everywhere in the beauty world, every now and again when it does pop up, I am always intrigued by it—from the formula of their products to the sleek, distinct packaging. Victoria from Inthefrow has raved about quite a few of their products and let’s be real, that woman always looks flawless (girl crush). When I realized The Bay had Illamasqua on for 50% off, I jumped at the chance to finally try some things out. The sale is actually still on, so if you too want to take advantage of this incredible sale, you can check it out here.
Illamasqua also does not test on animals and only works with cruelty-free suppliers. Their brushes are also made entirely out of synthetic hair. If you want to read more, you can check out their ‘Against Animal Testing’ page here.
L to R – Aurora, Lover, Hussy and Climax
Despite wanting to buy everything that was in stock, I limited myself to the following five products:
Illamasqua Matte Veil –
I usually try to not buy face products that are in a jar, as it’s contaminating, but because this stuff had such good reviews I decided—for 50% off—to give it a try. When you take the lid off there’s another plastic lid with a little detachable spoon to use to get the product out, so you don’t have to dip your fingers in it. It oddly smells a little like vanilla yogurt, which is actually kind of nice. Though I prefer my makeup to be fragrance-free, I’ll take vanilla yogurt over floral any day. The formula of this stuff though is seriously mattifying and a little goes a long way with it. It sinks into the skin so well and acts as an amazing base for makeup. I recently wore this to an event and after 5 or so hours I was prepared to blot my skin and retouch my powder. To my surprise—other than around my nose—my skin still looked incredibly matte and shine-free. If you have oily skin and the budget, I would definitely recommend trying this primer out.
Illamasqua Gleam in ‘Aurora’ –
This stuff is so unbelievably creamy (almost like butter) and glides onto the skin beautifully. It is hard to see it in the swatch above as it applies barely there on the skin and you don’t really notice it until the light picks it up. This iridescent champagne shade glides onto the skin beautifully and contains pearlescent pigments which just gives this incredible highlight to your brow bone or cheeks. Though I think this product is a little too creamy for me for everyday wear (especially now with the warmer weather) it will definitely be an essential come the Fall.
Illamasqua Powder Blusher Duo in ‘Lover/Hussy’ –
First off, I think the packaging of this blush duo is a bit excessive in regards to the size of the product inside. That aside, both of these blushes are extremely pigmented and have an amazing matte finish. ‘Hussy’ is a bright pink and—to be honest—it’s not anything to write home about in regards to the shade. I already own a few blushes that I like that are very similar to this shade. However, ‘Lover’ is this gorgeous soft apricot shade and it looks absolutely stunning on the skin and is like nothing I have ever tried before. I am so thrilled with how this looks on my skin and this will surely be my choice of blush this Summer. When it runs out I am definitely buying this shade in the individual blush.
Illamasqua Lipstick in ‘Climax’ –
I bought this shade hoping it would be a good alternative for my beloved NARS Dolce Vita (aka the lip colour I am constantly mentioning on here) as they are both described as a dusty rose shade which I love, as I find that it’s a very easy shade for me to wear. This one is more on the pink side, but I still think it is an absolutely gorgeous colour. I love the creamy matte formula of these, as you get a matte look without as much dryness as a lot of other matte lipsticks. These lipsticks are infused with vitamin E, which means my lips stay moisturized all day long (though you will need to reapply this throughout the day). If you have been looking for a non-drying matte lipstick, I definitely think these are worth checking out.
Illamasqua Nail Top Coat –
I have been on the search for a new top coat, as my Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is just sadly not cutting it for me anymore. I’m all for fast drying top coats, as I am the worst when it comes to waiting for my nail polish to dry, but Seche Vite is a thicker consistency meaning it is an absolute nuisance to try and use when you are getting near the end of it and my nail polish will often chip off entirely from the thick top coat. For $7.00 I figured I would give a more luxury top coat a try. Though it didn’t make my polish chip resistant (though it never claimed it would) this stuff is seriously as quick drying as Seche Vite, but with a much thinner, easier to work with formula. It also claims to add brilliance to your polish and to help maintain its colour intensity—both things it definitely does. For $14.00 I think this is totally worth it and I will definitely repurchase it (though the hunt for a good chip resistant top coat continues).
Overall, I am quite impressed with this high end brand and I definitely want to try more products by them.
Have you tried Illamasqua before? What products would you recommend from this brand?