Monday, July 29th, 2013


Illamasqua is now available at Bloomingdale’s!  Select stores will also be carrying the line.

  • 59th Street – 8/7
  • Soho – 8/10
  • Short Hills -8/15
  • North Michigan – 8/21
  • Aventura – 8/28
  • Huntington -8/31
Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, deep, medium-dark blue–there’s a little indigo/purple that tints it so it looks very cool-toned. It had a matte finish, and the color payoff was quite good. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery–yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation. It lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, but there was some residual staining after I removed it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is shimmery and darker. Sugarpill Velocity is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay Chaos is similar in color but has some shimmer. NARS Rated R #2 is much lighter. NARS Outremer is darker. Sugarpill Royal Sugar is a touch brighter and shimmery. Inglot #388 is darker, less blue. See comparison swatches.

Vulgar Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright flame orange, matt finish.” It’s a brightened, slightly lightened medium orange with a matte finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had really nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. Vulgar wore well for eight hours–no fading or creasing–and after nine hours, I noticed some slight fading. Disney Rajah is more shimmery, slightly darker. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a bit lighter and a cream product. MAC Rule is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #10 is darker, bolder, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery--yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation.

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9.5/10

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9/10

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10/10

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The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Illamasqua Hydra Veil  Rehydrating Gel
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel ($40.00 for 1.0 oz.) is a cross between a primer and a moisturizer, so perhaps it’s best categorized as a moisturizing primer, as it is not a skincare product (e.g. no long-term hydration benefits are claimed). It’s really supposed to help by providing instant hydration, smooth the skin, and prolong the wear of your base makeup.

It has a thick, jelly-like consistency that looks and feels that way. It jiggles in the pot and is just slightly less solid in comparison to Jell-o. It comes with a small, spoon spatula that hooks to the interior lid for more hygenic removal of the product. Once you disturb the surface of the product, it can look crumbly, but it reforms and looks pristine the next time you open it. You don’t need a lot, but it did seem like a small quantity when I first opened up the jar, though one ounce is about average for a primer. It feels cool when applied, and it spreads easily and doesn’t feel greasy or heavy. It absorbs and dries down quickly. I’ve been using a flat foundation brush (MAC’s 190) to apply and spread it over the skin after my moisturizer but prior to foundation.

One thing I noticed was that sometimes it did give me a light stinging sensation some of the time that I used the product. I’ve used it for a week now, and out of those seven tries, I’d say three of those times had a mild stinging sensation on the drier areas of my face for about thirty seconds or less (in contrast, when I applied it to Shaun’s face, and he didn’t experience any stinging at all, and he has an oilier skin type). It did leave behind a smoother surface, and my foundations (I tried MUFE HD, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer, and Giorgio Armani Maestro) seemed to apply better than they would over the skin alone but not dramatically improved over dry patches.  For me, I didn’t notice particularly better or prolonged wear out of my foundations–an extra half hour at best but nothing dramatic.

I had really hoped for a life-changing product with Hydra Veil, because I often get dry patches along the tops of my cheeks and around my nose, so having an added boost prior to applying foundation can go a long way to giving me a more flawless finish.   It was the product I was most excited for in the new collection, but it wasn’t a good fit for my skin type.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Niacinamide, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Potassium Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, BHT, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene.

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to have four waterproof eyeshadows that “[feel] like a cream” but “[delivers] waterproof washes of color with long-lasting hold.” The formula feels like a hybrid between a mousse and cream, and then it somewhat dries down to a powder finish, but I did experience noticeable creasing across all four shades by the eighth hour of wear. They didn’t start smudging the minute water hit them, but if you rub, they do move somewhat. The texture did make it ease to blend these shades across the lid, both with each other and across the skin for an even layer of color. I was able to build to semi-opaque to mostly opaque color coverage, but none of the four shades were totally opaque.

Paranormal is a warm-toned, coral-pink with pink and gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and went on smoothly. MAC Gameela is similar in color but is matte and a powder eyeshadow. Sugarpill Decora is not as coral/warm-toned and is a loose powder. See comparison swatches.

Aura is a copper-shimmered, medium-dark orange. It had good pigmentation and blended out smoothly. MAC Magnetic Attraction is pinker, less orange. MAC Body Conscious is browner. MAC Ablaze has no shimmer and is a powder product. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is slightly pinker and a powder eyeshadow. Make Up For Ever #5 is lighter and matte. See comparison swatches.

Possession is a yellowy green with cool-toned emerald green shimmer. The color payoff was so-so, but it applied evenly overall. It’s an interesting color because the base is warm-toned but the shimmer makes it appear more cool-toned. MAC Swimming is warmer. MAC Wondergrass is rather similar but a powder product. MAC Hajar Karim is darker and matte. MAC Feeling Fresh is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Fledgling is matte, darker, and cooler-toned. OCC Foxfire is not as yellow-toned. Sugarpill Tipsy is more intense. Make Up For Ever #91 is similar but matte.
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Trance is a medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a fine silver and purple shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation but applied smoothly and was easy to blend. Urban Decay Omen is a bit cooler-toned, less pink. Sugarpill Hysteric is more metallic and pinker. Inglot #441 is brighter. L’Oreal With a Twist is lighter, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

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The biggest drawback was that all of them were prone to creasing, and I would describe them more as water-resistant than waterproof. They didn't have true-to-pan, opaque color payoff, which was the other issue.

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8/10

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8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick
Illamasqua Posture Lipstick

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinted lavender with a matte finish. MAC Nocturnal Instincts is pinker, not as cool-toned/gray. MAC Fresh Amour is more opaque, cooler-toned. MAC Lavender Whip is pinker. OCC Digitalis is also pinker. See comparison swatches here.

The good news is that this wasn’t nearly as dry as ESP! It has mostly opaque color payoff, and the color applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the formula is a bit dry and stiff, so it will tug a bit at the lip, but it doesn’t drag or catch to the point where application is really difficult or the resulting coverage is patchy. The drier texture does cling somewhat to lips, but it didn’t actually seem drying over the five and a half hours it lasted on my lips. I didn’t see this listed on Sephora’s website, so I’m not sure if it will be launching at Sephora with the rest of the Paranomal collection or not, but it is available on Illamasqua’s website.

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The texture was on the drying side in terms of feel, but it didn't dry out my lips when I wore it. It's an interesting color, so you may be more willing to work with this in exchange for the more unique coloring. I'd recommend lighting dabbing a balm on top or underneath to make it easier to wear and work with.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick
Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet.” It’s a rich, violet purple with pink undertones and a matte finish. Nothing that I could think of seemed to come very close–this is very purple; not pink, not fuchsia, and then not ultra dark/vampy. OCC Belladonna was the closest, but it’s lighter. MAC Potent Fig and MAC Fervent are much darker, less violet. MAC Violetta and MAC Heroine are both much pinker. Illamasqua Kontrol is purpler, grayer, and quite a bit darker. See swatch comparisons here.

Though it’s a more unique color, and anyone who’s been on the hunt for a brightened purple will be tempted by ESP, the texture is very, very unforgiving. It’s incredibly dry, which made application problematic, wear uncomfortable, and the color looked dry and patchy applied. I would highly recommend laying down a smidgen of balm first–just enough to make everything smooth over better–and applying the color with a lip brush.It’s very easy to break the bullet because of how much pressure you exert just to swipe the lipstick across the lips (it tugs, drags, and pulls). It will come as no surprise but this is uncomfortable to wear, because it feels like it is clinging to the lips and is somewhat drying (but not as drying as it looks). The upside, I guess, is because it is clingy, whatever you do apply will last quite awhile (six hours for me).

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This was one of the driest, stiffest lipsticks I've used not -- not just drying or clingy but the consistency of the lipstick was hard to work with and apply.

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5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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