Illamasqua Now Available at NET-A-PORTER

YAY! For anyone who missed being able to purchase Illamasqua in the U.S., the brand will now be available at NET-A-PORTER. Currently, there is a limited selection of best sellers, such as Matte Veil, Hydra Veil, Lipsticks, Powder Blushers, Brushes, Lip Glosses, Precision Ink, Precision Gel Liner and Sculpting Powder Duo. According to Illamasqua, “We are thrilled to announce that Illamasqua is now available at Net-A-Porter”, said Samantha Ransom, General Manager North Americas. “We are looking forward to introducing our range, which includes uniquely innovative formulas developed by world class makeup artists in order to inspire a whole new customer base whom, like us are passionate about quality and fresh approaches.”  Hopefully we’ll see more products in the next few months!

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink oyster.” It’s a milky, warm-toned pink with an iridescent pink-to-peach sheen. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) has a lesser duochrome that shifts to more of a green-ish-mauve. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) has no duochrome. Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is similar on but has no duochrome. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is similar, less duochrome. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss
Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss Exquisite
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
87%

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden teal [with a matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with a hint of blue and gold and copper flecks of shimmer and sparkle. I thought it might be more a chameleon, but as I went from room to room (for different lighting), it was always a muted, dirty green to me. It had more of a satin finish where there was still some reflection, but it wasn’t glossy. I don’t know of any dupes for this shade really, but these were the closest I could think of: Zoya Stassi (P, $9.00) is much warmer, sheerer. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more sparkly, sheerer. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) has less shimmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Melange
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%

Illamasqua Once… Collection for Fall 2014

Illamasqua Once... Collection for Fall 2014
Illamasqua Once… Collection for Fall 2014

The beauty of old and new endures with Once. Decadent & lavish, dabble with rich textures and autumnal, delicate colors, which are conveyed in this exquisite & harmonious fall collection.

“Once is the beauty of the burnished, eroded and erudite. A palette inspired by the gentle and exquisite point when a flower starts to fade and becomes impossibly beautiful in its complex decline. Combined with the subtle opulence of faded gilt layers that reveal themselves the more you blend and search. She is an incandescent moment, a poem alive and a light within a pallet of decaying decadence.” — Alex Box, Creative Director for Illamasqua

Vintage Metallic Eye Shadow ($25.50) (New, Permanent)

  • Courtier Dusky rose
  • Embellish Rich cocoa
  • Bibelot Rustic golden teal

Sheer Lipgloss ($24.00)

  • Exquisite Pink oyster (New, Permanent)
  • Opulent Rainbow beige (Repromote)

Powder Blusher ($26.00)

  • Naked Rose Soft neutral pink (Repromote)

Nail Varnish ($17.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Melange Antique teal

Availability: Now at Illamasqua

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5 Favorite Highlighters

I love a good highlighter, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to regular readers! :) Many of my favorites are limited edition, but I also have a few favorites that you can get year-round and never have to worry about running out of. Check ’em out:

  1. NARS 413 BLKR — buildable, liquid highlighter
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — pale, golden beige
  3. Becca Moonstone — a frosted golden champagne
  4. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer — a shimmery gold
  5. Illamasqua Aurora — a glimmering cream highlighter

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<