Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Celebrate the Olympics with 5 Silver Medal-Inspired Hues

Luckily, none of these picks are runner-ups–they’re just absolutely gorgeous takes on silver! (Because gold isn’t for everyone!)

What’s your favorite silver-hued beauty product?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Illamasqua Swinger Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Swinger Nail Lacquer

Stranger than Gold, It’s Swinger

Illamasqua Swinger Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “platinum gold.”  Yeah, I’d buy that.  To use my own words, I’d describe it as a champagne-gold with a little grit and dirt in it–it’s not a yellowy gold really, but it’s not quite dark and green-tinged enough to be an antique gold. Too gold to be a real pewter, but it’s all somewhere in there.  Revlon Gold Coin is a smidgen lighter and perhaps not as warm-toned, but they’re really quite close. Chanel Diwali is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Superfreak is lighter. Dior Timeless Gold is very similar. The only shade that I think is less similar is Diwali, which has a lot of warm undertones in comparison. Between the others, I don’t think one would really notice the difference if you weren’t really, really looking for them. Dior’s has the least amount of visible brush strokes (next to none), while Illamasqua and Revlon are tied with a few but hardly any really. I think Chanel shows the most out of the similar shades.

Swinger is fully opaque in two coats, and the formula was beautiful to work with.  It’s fluid, not too thick or too thin, and very easy to apply to the nail.  I didn’t experience any bubbling, streaking, or pooling of the polish along the edges of the nail.  There were a few visible brush strokes, but there were minimal ones overall for this type of finish. Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish is one of my top formulas, because it wears like iron.  When I go traveling, I regularly reach for a shade by Illamasqua, because I can count on them wearing for the length of the trip and not chipping with the abuse that comes from traveling.

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Between Chanel, Dior, and Urban Decay, I'd go Illamasqua. If I were on a tighter budget, I'd go Revlon. I don't think you'd be disappointed with any of the versions of this fantastic shade of gold. The wear of Illamasqua is what pushes it to the top of my list, though.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, May 26th, 2012


Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection for Summer 2012

A place where alter egos are laid bare and naked flesh is a source of unashamed inspiration. In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown; exploring the distance between pure Monogamous, gilded Faithful and uninhibited Swinger. Exposed nude tones, adorned with rich licks of gold, leave you gasping for more. Don’t restrain yourself. Unless, of course, you enjoy it.

“Naked Strangers captures inner glows and depths. The deeply and darkly alluring exists alongside ethereal shimmering brilliance. We are complex and multifaceted whilst also being naked to the world.” — Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.

“Naked Strangers represents everything about borderlines…the human edge between romance and permissive intimacy…a step beyond control, a step past the edge and a collection of gilded moments upon the tip of sensation. Beautiful nudes with metallic edge set amongst eclectic textures.” — David Horne, Illamasqua Director of Product Development.

Nail Varnish ($14.00 / £13.50)

  • Monogamous Matte, creamy flesh pink
  • Faithful Coppered metal
  • Swinger Glistening platinum gold

Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 / £13.00)

  • Stranger Platinum gold

Sheer Lipgloss ($20.00 / £13.00)

  • Intimacy Nude pink brown

Powder Blusher ($24.00 / £16.50)

  • Naked Rose Neutral beige brown

Cream Blusher ($24.00 / £16.50)

  • Zygomatic Naked pink brown

Availability: May 31st globally, (registered members can purchase now)

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Can Can Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright lilac purple.” It’s a medium lilac with strong purple tones and a cool undertone. The finish is matte. Benefit Fancy Pansy is closest in color, but it’s lighter and has a shimmery finish, so it appears different. Inglot #346 is lighter, more pastel.

Can Can had lovely color payoff, but it was a smidgen on the drier side, so there was a little powderiness to contend with. It’s not overly difficult to deal with, but it’s noticeable and must be mentioned. It can be hard to find a shade of lavender like this that has such strong pigmentation, though, and it’s what makes this shade stand out the most.  I liked that it was darker than your average lavender/lilac shade, because it’s easier to wear, especially on medium to dark skin tones.  The texture is soft and smooth but a little too soft (hence the powderiness).  When I tested the wear, it managed seven hours with light fading around the edges but no creasing.

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It can be hard to find a shade of lavender like this that has such strong pigmentation, though, and it's what makes this shade stand out the most. I liked that it was darker than your average lavender/lilac shade, because it's easier to wear, especially on medium to dark skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright yellow.” This is a vibrant, bright sunshine yellow–it has a lot of warmth. There’s a slightly goldenrod tone to it. It’s not as warm or as dark as MAC Goldenrod, but it is nearly identical to Inglot #323.  Other shades of yellow I think of are either more neutral or cool-toned or else have a lot of shimmer.

I’m determined to do a look featuring several of the new Illamasqua shades, because they’re beginning to be used together.  I’ve just been testing one or two at a time, because it’s faster, but they make my heart flutter when I see them next to each other.  Hype has good color payoff and feels very soft and smooth–but it has a slightly drier texture compared to the other shades recently launched.  Not so dry that it becomes difficult to use, because it still has a lot of color richness and blends well on the lid, but the texture is a little different from the others.  It wore just over seven hours with slight fading around the edges but no creasing.  I think it just barely stained my lids when worn without a base.

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Hype has good color payoff and feels very soft and smooth--but it has a slightly drier texture compared to the other shades recently launched. Not so dry that it becomes difficult to use, because it still has a lot of color richness and blends well on the lid, but the texture is a little different from the others.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blue-green.” It’s a medium-dark that’s just barely been kissed by tones of teal. It’s more blue than it is teal or green, but it’s not just blue. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is a bit similar in color, but it has a frosted finish, so it ends up looking different. MAC Cool Heat is a little more teal and has a subtle sparkle. Urban Decay Haight is bluer. Inglot #338 is a bit darker.

Another newly released shade, Burst has insane, intense color payoff!  I’m loving how top-notch these new shades from Illamasqua have been.  Not a dud yet!  The texture is soft and smooth, but it never becomes powdery against the skin or during application.  It adhered well to the naked lid; it wore about eight hours without fading or creasing.  What I liked about it was that it was easily blendable over bare lids or over an eyeshadow primer.  I think this is an interesting shade of blue/teal, because it’s not really either of those, but it’s not quite a mix either!  It’s more muted than full-on blue eyeshadow, but there’s not enough green in it to constitute a true teal either.

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I think this is an interesting shade of blue/teal, because it's not really either of those, but it's not quite a mix either! It's more muted than full-on blue eyeshadow, but there's not enough green in it to constitute a true teal either.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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