I’ve been curious about Illamasqua for quite some time. The looks on all of their advertising materials are always unique and dramatic, and I truly wish I could get away with similar looks in my everyday life. Unfortunately, since my local Sephora doesn’t carry Illamasqua I’ve been unable to check them out in person before buying. This year during Sephora’s Friends & Family event I finally convinced myself to indulge in a couple of goodies from this brand.
I’ve long been on the hunt for the perfect black liquid eyeliner, so I decided to give Illamasqua’s Precision Ink a shot. The applicator is fairly firm and quite thin so application is a snap. If you’re new to liquid liner, I recommend that you try this one or one with a similar applicator. The shade I purchased is Abyss, which is a very dark black. I wore this for a full 12 hours without any flaking or smudging. Removal is interesting because the liner flakes off with makeup remover. The only issue I had with this liner is that I applied a few too many layers of it one day and it dried to a shiny, latex-looking finish. I prefer my liners to be matte so I have to make sure that I get a good application the first time around so I don’t have to layer too much.
I honestly couldn’t tell you where I first heard about Illamasqua’s Pure Pigment in Ore. It’s been featured on several of my favorite blogs and I completely understand why. It’s a stunning product. Ore is a metallic bronze with a ton of shimmer. As a pigment, it’s not the easiest product to work with, but it’s well worth the extra effort. I’ve applied it over MAC’s Paint Pots and Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows and it worked well with minimal fallout. This can also be applied wet with water or a bit of MAC Fix+. I’m really thrilled to use this over the holidays.
I first saw Illamasqua’s Katie blush on Jessica’s blog, Getting Cheeky. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I have quite rosy cheeks, and so I’m always a little nervous about using bright blushes. This is why I absolutely adore Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. Katie is another perfect blush for a girl like me. It imparts a faint baby pink hue on my cheeks and really helps subdue some of my rosiness. I could see it looking a bit chalky on darker ladies, but if you have fairer skin this is a gorgeous blush for you.
Here are some swatches!
I’m loving what I got from Illamasqua, but I’m dying to try more now! What are your favorite Illamasqua products?