Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia pink.” It’s a bold, magenta pink with a jelly-cream finish. It is similar to the base color of Hare Polish Party Palace. NARS Ratin Jot is a bit less magenta (pinker). Illamasqua Obsess seemed really similar to me; perhaps a little purpler and lighter (and this has a true cream finish). If you have Obsess, I’d skip this (unless you’re a die-hard fan of Illamasqua’s formula, wear this kind of color all the time, or really want the jelly finish this has), because they are very, very similar. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is similar but has a shimmer finish.

The formula is everything I’ve come to expect from Illamasqua: perfection. It’s not too thick or too thin, so it applies beautifully without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edge of the nail. It flows well across the nail and is opaque in two coats. The finish is more of a hybrid between jelly and cream; it didn’t look as squishy as a typical jelly is, and this shade was more opaque than a lot of jelly polishes I’ve seen have been. Illamasqua’s formula lasts seven days on me with very minor tip wear, but it easily extends to ten to fourteen-day wear if I let it go that long.

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Superstition

A+

I wish it was just a tiny bit squishier in appearance--to really make it absolute perfection. The formula in all other ways is fantastic.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Venous Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold blue green.” It’s a medium teal with a hint of green in a cream finish. China Glaze Exotic Encounters is darker, greener. MAC Salad Dressed is a bit lighter and bluer. MAC Ocean Dip is very similar–perhaps a bit deeper. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is lighter and greener.

It was fully opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It applied evenly, smoothly, and fluidly, which made it a breeze to apply. I didn’t experience any bubbling, streaking, or pooling of the color along the edges of the nail. Venous lived up to Illamasqua’s lacquer reputation–excellent in every way. I typically get at least a week of wear (as long as 10-14 days) out of Illamasqua’s formula with very, very little tip wear and no chipping.

Also, heads up: Illamasqua has raised their polish prices from $14 to $17 sometime in the past few days. This particular shade is actually coming as $14 (which as far as I can tell is merely an oversight/mistake), and some readers mentioned the price still being $14 in stores. I’m disappointed to see such a large increase (21% as compared to the 5-10% increases on other prices, within their range, which is more in line with most price increases) — I think it may shift the polish out of the comfort zone for some — even if it is a standout formula.

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Venous

A+
Venous lived up to Illamasqua's lacquer reputation--excellent in every way. It was rich in color, had a fluid, workable consistency, and finished with a glossy finish.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 8th, 2013

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft lavender purple.” It’s a light-medium lavender purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. There are several lavender eyeshadows that I’ve come across, but I haven’t seen anything this cool-toned. The closest shade I could think of was MAC Water & Ice #2 which is more silvered and very frosted.

Creep had decent to good color payoff, but it didn’t yield full, opaque color.  The texture was very soft and finely-milled, but it was noticeably powdery, so it was prone to sheering out during application and tended to fade while worn.  Because the powderiness, it would work better over a slightly creamy or tacky base, because it would give the powder something to adhere to, so it would appear more pigmented and wear better.  It lasted six hours well but looked significantly faded after eight hours of wear.

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Creep

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The powdery texture resulted in sheerer color payoff and color that was prone to fading while worn.

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher
Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “light pearly pink.” It’s a light pink with a pearly, frosted finish and subtle, warm yellow undertones. It actually reminded me of MAC Veronica’s Blush, only in a cream form. NARS New Order is cooler-toned. MAC Flower Fantasy is slightly darker.

It’s going to work more as a cream highlighter on light-medium and darker complexions than as a blush, because it’s just a very pale, light color. Lightly tapped and patted on the higher planes of the face, it creates a glossy, high-shine look and reflection. For anyone who prefers subtler highlighters, I wouldn’t recommend this, but for those who want a more dramatic highlighter, this works nicely.  It does slightly emphasize pores in low light, but with more lighting or when you’re outdoors, it reflects so well that you don’t see the pores.  When I trialed it, Lies wore for eight hours without fading (or melting or sliding around).

It looks like it’s out of stock at Sephora at this very moment, but it’s part of the permanent range so it should be restocked For our international readers, it is also available directly from Illamasqua.

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Lies

A-

It's really easy to apply, and you can control the strength of the highlight by applying more or less. Lighter skin tones may find it adds some natural flush to their cheeks, but most skin tones will find this highlights without adding much color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 1st, 2013

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow (£15.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright scarlet red.” It’s a bold, medium red with subtle orange undertones–it’s almost neutral but does appear slightly warm-toned against my warmer complexion. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm #3 is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #158 is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned and darker.

This eyeshadow had rich, intense color payoff that was very true-to-pan, and you really didn’t need much to get opaque color. It has a phenomenal texture that’s soft but not powdery, buttery and dense, and blends out easily. This shade will stain if you apply it directly to the lid or over a thin base, so I’d recommend layering a cream eyeshadow on first, then applying this shade, if you are concerned about staining. Though for testing, I wore it alone, and it lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading.

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Daemon

A+
If you've been on the hunt for a bold, pigmented red eyeshadow, Illamasqua's Daemon is an excellent option to consider.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Illamasqua Disobey Blush
Illamasqua Disobey Blush

Illamasqua Disobey Blush ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is warmer–more orange. Burberry Summer Glow is warmer, richer, and has a satiny finish. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer is warmer. MAC Nude on Board is shimmery but similar in color.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly and evenly onto the skin. It doesn’t look powdery applied, and it blends out easily because of how soft the powder is.  The pigmentation is very true-to-pan, and it is also buildable and can be sheered out, so it’s a matter of preference whether you want the color to resemble the pan or something softer.  The color on my medium complexion is warming but subtle, so it may be a better bronzer pick for lighter complexions.  However, this has only a subtle warmth to it, so it could also work as a contouring shade.  As a light contour, it is quite nice and shadowy enough to work as a contour.  Disobey wore for eight hours on my skin without fading, and after nine hours, there was some minor fading that was visible.

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Disobey

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The color on my medium complexion is warming but subtle, so it may be a better bronzer pick for lighter complexions. However, this has only a subtle warmth to it, so it could also work as a contouring shade.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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