Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick
Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick

For spring, Illamasqua released a red-themed collection called, I’m the One, which features a lipstick, lipgloss, lip pencil, and polish. The lipstick and polish are repromotes from the permanent collection, while the lipgloss and lip pencil are new.

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte classic red.” It’s a vibrant, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation. The texture was lightly creamy, so it did drag a little on lips, but it wasn’t difficult to apply–it definitely felt creamier than some of the drier Illamasqua lipsticks in the range. The color wore well for seven hours and left behind a stain, but it was somewhat drying. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is more matte. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is darker. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Touch Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “red with fine shimmer.” It’s a brightened, cherry red with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and very fine pink and ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and this shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Feisty Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “scarlet red.” It was a brightened, medium red with slightly warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was just lightly creamy, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply, and it did apply evenly. It had opaque color coverage, and it lasted for five hours before it started to show signs of “cracking” where it pulled into lip lines. Worn alone, it did not look clingy and dry as some lip pencils can, but it’s not a particularly comfortable product to wear by itself as it is slightly drying. MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Redd (P) is warmer. MAC Cherry (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Collection for Spring 2014
Illamasqua Glamore Collection for Spring 2014

Shattered Star Nails ($17.00)

Shattered Stars are a new take on the same highly pigmented, award-winning and chip resistant Illamasqua nail varnish featuring a a multi-dimensional glitter finish. With three shades to choose, they provide the perfect finish and inspiration for nail art.

  • Fire Rose Shattered pink
  • Marquise Shattered orange
  • Trilliant Shatttered champagne

Satin Finish Glamore Lipstick ($26.00)

Colour intense lipstick with a long lasting satin finish. Ideal for a more hydrated comfort finish. Can be worn under a sheer lip-gloss for more 3D Effect.

  • Glissade Bold pink
  • Luster Candy pink
  • Soaked Vibrant orange

Availability: Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Illamasqua

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Finding a rich, deep pink or berry lipgloss that doesn’t settle into lip lines or look like a splotchy mess is harder than you’d think, but here are five of my top picks that won’t give you such a hard time! What are your favorite deep pink and berry lip glosses?

  1. Revlon Adorned — a bold, fuchsia-red
  2. Giorgio Armani #523 — a vivid, pink-red with cool undertones
  3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss — a shimmering, muted berry
  4. Illamasqua Belladonna — a muted, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Mexican Rose — a soft, raspberry pink
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

It seems like cream blush is the thing for spring, so here are ten of my favorites! What are your favorite cream blushes to pull out during spring?

  1. Make Up For Ever #330 — a medium pink with subtle cool undertones
  2. Illamasqua Peaked — muted, raspberry pink with a satin finish
  3. Chanel Affinite (65) — brightened, cool-toned pink
  4. MAC Posey — brightened, pinky-coral
  5. Illamasqua Seduce –a muted, pinky-plum
  6. Chanel Inspiration (64) — a light, cool pink
  7. Make Up For Ever #410 — a medium, coral-orange
  8. Illamasqua Sleek — medium-dark, coral-brown
  9. Chanel Chamade (67) — rich, reddish-pink
  10. MAC Ladyblush — a neutral, peachy-pink
Friday, February 21st, 2014

Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Throb Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly cool-toned red with a cream finish. There’s a pink tinge to it, and it’s bright but a little dusty, too. Revlon Bordeaux (P, $4.99) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is pinker. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Recently promoted for Valentine’s Day, Throb is a worthwhile option for anyone seeking a more muted, darker red cream. It’s intensely pigmented, and you really only need one coat for full color coverage. I’ve included two sets of photos; the first set is a single coat, and then I have a couple more that shows two coats, so you can see how there’s no real difference in color or opacity. To me, the noticeable difference is just that two coats gives it a thicker, glossier look and finish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed evenly and smoothly across the nail without bubbling or streaking. Illamasqua’s formula typically wears seven to ten days on me with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I thought coming up with a beautiful rainbow of hues might be a fun (and challenging!) theme to work under.  Of course, I took liberties with the concept of rainbow and added a few in-between shades to make a full list of ten.  I would love to see what your top ten shades are, in rainbow-order, so-to-speak! :)

  1. Urban Decay 69 — a bright, medium-dark red with cool undertones
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery, gold-shimmered orange
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — bright, matte yellow
  4. Illamasqua Fledgling — rich, grassy green with a matte finish
  5. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  6. Urban Decay Radium — a medium blue with shimmer
  7. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a blue-purple with shimmer
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a bold, cool-toned purple
  9. Too Faced Lollipop — violet with fuchsia shimmer
  10. Dior Aventure (81) — because life isn’t complete without taupe

Share your favorites…  For bonus points, feel free to share picks for teal, violet, and taupe :)

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