Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Haulin': Illamasqua style

A picture of a few Illamasqua makeup items I bought

A photo of Illamasqua skin base foundation and Illamasqua powder blush in naked rose

A photo of Illamasqua scultping powder duo

A photo of Illamasqua glamore lipstick in rosepout and virgin

Up until last month I had only ever tried two products from Illamasqua. One is the cream pigment in Hollow which I love for contouring, and the other is a pink Glamore lipstick in Luster.

I've wanted to try the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£32) for the longest time so I decided to finally buy it. It's still early days with this one, and while I do like the natural finish it gives, it's not quite the game-changing mega foundation that I was expecting from all the glowing reviews. Don't get me wrong, I do really like it and it's a great foundation that makes my skin look really nice, but it's just not as good as my beloved NARS Sheer Glow or Make Up Forever HD Foundations. I think when you read so many good reviews you tend to expect so much more from a product and sometimes a product can only be so good, realistically.

Another item off my lust list is the Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo in Heliopolis and Lumos (£26.00). This is the perfect contour kit for me as the contour shade is not too warm or too murky and ashy, and the highlighter is super flattering and not too pigmented. I'm pretty rubbish at contouring, but I find that this builds beautifully and doesn't look harsh on my pale moon face. It's a lot bigger than I thought it would be, mainly due to the trademark Illasmasqua packaging, so it does take up bit more room than I'd like in my makeup bag but still less than two separate products.

Next, to add a bit of colour I have the Illasmasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (£21.50). This is from the Once collection and it's so gorgeous. It's the perfect winter colour for me, and looks like a natural 'I've just been out in the cold' kinda shade that's super flattering. It's really pigmented so for someone as heavy handed as me it's a bit tricky to apply. I'm getting the hang of it now and the Aunt Sally days are becoming less and less!

Lastly, I got a bit impulsive and picked up not one, but two lipsticks. I went for the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout (£18.50) ,which is a beautiful nude pink. This looks awesome with the Naked Rose blusher and is a lovely creamy satin finish. The formula of this particular lipstick really reminds me of the MAC Cremesheens which I love, but it doesn't last that long on me. The second lipstick is the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Virgin, a true, classic red. This was actually designed for the Virgin Airways cabin crew, hence the name. I really love this colour and will get a lot of wear out of it, especially in winter I think. Oddly I don't find this as thick and creamy as Rosepout and therefore it lasts longer on me. I wasn't aware that the formula varies depending on the colour, perhaps it's just the ones that I have? Anyone know?

I think that's me sorted for makeup for a while, my bank balance is certainly hoping that's the case anyway! Have you tried any of these or are there any other Illamasqua products you'd recommend?

Laura

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