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Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Dress Your Lips in Opulence

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “rainbow beige.” It’s a golden-beige with multi-colored shimmer (almost holographic but not quite) that reads mostly champagne, gold, copper, and pink once applied. NARS Albatross looks a bit lighter on the lips. MAC Bubble Lounge is lighter, less beige. MAC Luxure has a similar sparkle but is more silvered.

Now, the tube I have (which is a sample) indicates this is a Sheer Lipgloss, but online, Illamasqua has it listed as an Intense Lipgloss and again on their Facebook (when they posted promos)–so I’m going to go off of their websites. Intense Lipglosses are supposed to be rich in color, non-sticky, and have a high-shine finish.  The color coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s noticeable sheerness in the color, but there is enough sparkle that it still delivers a noticeable change in lip color. I didn’t initially feel the glitter/sparkle, but after a half hour, there was a definite grittiness and I could feel the edges of the sparkles.  Opulent wore for four hours, which was good and consistent with most glosses. The texture was non-sticky, and the finish had plenty of glossy shine.

With Generation Q, I noticed that Illamasqua has changed the packaging on their lipglosses. They used to be slanted, squeeze-tubes, but now they’re clear plastic with a black screw-top that twists and reveals a brush-type applicator. Both of the glosses I receive with this type of applicator had several splayed bristles, which made application more difficult. The bristles could be a little softer, as they seemed to be a touch scratchy against the lips as well as created some brush strokes. I’m not sure if I just happened to get two exceptionally messed-up brushes or if a lot of them are going to be that way. For now, we’ll assume that because these were samples, they were an early run, and perhaps not pristine, but I don’t think the applicator is ideal for this gloss formula–a regular doe-foot would be easier to maneuver around the lips and be less likely to cause visible brush strokes. I also detected a fruity scent.

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

B
9
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher

Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher
Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher

A Blendable Blush is Key

Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “dusky rose pink shimmer.” It has a just barely softened appearance to the color–it’s still rather intense, because it’s on the darker end of the spectrum–but “dusky” is an apt description. The color itself is a rosy red with flecks of gold shimmer.  The shimmer doesn’t really transfer to the skin–it looks mostly matte when applied. MAC Hidden Treasure is darker, redder. MAC Ring of Saturn is warmer and has more golden shimmer/sheen. Tom Ford Savage is browner.

The texture of this felt soft, fairly finely-milled, and it returned excellent color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly when swatched. It had a drier overall texture, consistent with Illamasqua’s formula.  When I applied it to my cheeks (and I used MAC’s 116 blush brush), the results were less impressive.  It was difficult to blend, and with the intensity of this color, that made for a rather frustrating application. I’d apply the barest amount of product, and then the color would blend and disappear but blend unevenly.  This kind of hue needs to be blendable and apply evenly, otherwise it gives cheeks a ruddy or sunburned look–not at all attractive.  I tested the wear, and it lasted eight hours with only a smidgen of fading.

Illamasqua Powder Blusher Allure
Allure
Allure
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
84%
Total

bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation Launches


bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation Launches

Launching this August, bareMinerals (www.bareMinerals.com) unveils a conversation-starting campaign to champion its award-winning foundation franchise and the highly-anticipated launch of its first-ever solid bareMinerals READY™ SPF 20 Foundation. Rooted in the brand’s heritage of speaking to their foundations as a closer relative to skincare than makeup—ever since revolutionizing the industry with the launch of bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation in 1995—this campaign introduces the idea that ‘foundation’ has become a dirty word thanks to the cakey, pore-clogging formulas widely available that have given the category a bad rap, instituting fear in women that are relentlessly seeking the solution to flawless skin.

The campaign is supported by the fact that bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation doesn’t look or feel like a foundation. With serious skincare benefi ts—a 108% increase in skin hydration after 12 hours of wear—and invisible long-wearing coverage that will have others complimenting your skin (not your makeup), the word ‘foundation’ does not do this latest innovation justice. ‘We Don’t Like Using the F-Word’ aligns with the brand’s innate desire to challenge the status quo while offering a unique perspective on what bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation can do for the skin. No visible trace of makeup, no parabens or harsh chemicals, no dreaded line of demarcation—simply smooth, fresh, younger-looking skin.

“From the moment I launched bareMinerals, I’ve always struggled using the word ‘foundation,’ it never felt right,” explains Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals. “Our formulas do so much more—actually improving the appearance of skin over time and giving women their most beautiful skin ever without looking like they’re wearing makeup at all. So, while it’s technically a foundation, we knew we had to speak to it in a different way…so we did it on our terms. This campaign really sums up our philosophy on this product category—there’s no mistaking what we stand for.”

The first iteration of the ‘We Don’t Like Using the F-Word’ campaign will kick off in North America in mid-August to support the nationwide launch of bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation on September 1, 2012. bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation joins bareMinerals award-winning ORIGINAL and MATTE foundations that each off er unique skin-nourishing benefits in addition to different finishes. While the campaign highlights the product attributes of READY foundation, the underlying message of the campaign is a natural extension and illustrative reinforcement of the bareMinerals brand philosophy of seeing beauty diff erently and believing that beauty can change the world.

bareMinerals READY™ SPF 20 Foundation

Made with good-for-you ingredients, bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation is an innovative concept in solid mineral technology. The first ever solid foundation for the brand, the formula incorporates a unique time-release hydration system that is clinically proven to increase skin hydration by 108% after 12 hours of wear. A complex of mineral-encapsulated glycerin and humic acid locks in existing moisture and breaks down upon application and over time to continuously condition and soften skin. The formula also utilizes a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex coupled with antioxidants and rose hip seed oil, a cold-pressed seed oil, to help accelerate cell turnover for firmer-looking skin and Vitamins C and E for a healthy-looking complexion. This foundation diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, delivers firmer-looking skin and protects skin from harsh environmental stressors with broad spectrum SPF 20 protection. Formulated without parabens, binders, fillers or harsh chemicals. Available in 20 skin-baring shades.

Availability: August 30th, 2012 @ bareMinerals.com

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Illamasqua Complement Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Complement Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Complement Eyeshadow Palette

These Shades Definitely Complement Each Other

Illamasqua Complement Eyeshadow Palette ($42.50 for -0.20 oz.) contains four shades: Slink (soft champagne shimmer), Focus (cool brown metallic), Forgiveness (rich chocolate plum), and Queen of the Night (blackened plum).

Slink is a pale champagne beige with a frosted finish. The color payoff was good, and it applied smoothly. It’s not an uncommon shade, though, so you may find you have several similar shades in your stash. Just a few shades to consider: Tarina Tarantino Elektron, MAC Call Me Bubbles, Giorgio Armani Madreperla, Urban Decay Booty Call, MAC Baby It’s Cold, MAC Dazzlelight, and many more.

Focus is a medium-dark brown with a gray-ish tinge and a soft, metallic finish. This is a Liquid Metal, so it’s like a cream eyeshadow in feel. When I used it alone, it was prone to creasing after a few hours. When I used it underneath other eyeshadows in the palette, it didn’t crease. Bare Escentuals Most Requested has more plum in it. Tom Ford Platinum has less red-orange tones. Urban Decay YDK is more golden. Urban Decay Wreckage is grayer.

Forgiveness is a soft plum with red undertones and a matte finish. This shade had decent pigmentation but was a little sheer and powdery. Lancome Color du Jour is a bit darker and has gold sparkle. Make Up For Ever #131 is darker and more intense. NARS Grand Palais is browner, less plum.

Queen of the Night is a dark, smoky purple with a blackened brown base and very fine shimmer (that doesn’t really translate). The texture was very, very dry and somewhat powdery, while the color payoff was good. Queen of the Night Pure Pigment is much better than the eyeshadow iteration. Bare Escentuals Romp is lighter. Urban Decay Rockstar is purpler. MAC Hypnotizing is lighter. NARS Lhasa is lighter and grayer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is somewhat similar when sheered out.

All four shades work really well together, and it’s a very smoky, purple-themed look.  The quality, overall, is just okay.  The dryness and powderiness of Forgiveness and Queen of the Night were disappointing, especially because those are the two more interesting shades in the palette.  I really had to pack on Queen of the Night to get decent intensity, and it was prone to disappearing when you went to blend the color.  I noticed that after eight hours, Queen of the Night looked rather faded when applied over Focus.  I didn’t see creasing, but there was some fading.  However, I also layered Slink over Focus, and I didn’t see any fading there.

Illamasqua Complement Eyeshadow Palette

C+
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
79%
Total

Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss

Get a Boost of Rich Color for Fall

Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “blueberry violet.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based magenta pink with violet-fuchsia iridescent shimmer. I couldn’t think of a great dupe for this; lipsticks that may have been somewhat similar in color lacked the shimmer/sheen, which is such a noticeable characteristic of this gloss that they didn’t look alike at all. MAC Style Packed is pinker with no iridescence. LORAC Cliche has some iridescence, but it’s pinker and so much sheerer. Benefit Wild Child also had an iridescent shimmer, but it was sheerer and lighter.

Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss formula is supposed to deliver high-shine, rich color, and be non-sticky. Boost is mostly opaque, though there’s a little translucence that lets my natural lip color peek through. It’s very pigmented for a gloss overall, but it’s not as opaque as other shades in the range are. It does have an extremely glossy sheen, though, and the sheen lasts quite awhile. I wore this, and it lasted for five hours with the glossiness being pretty high-shine for three and a half of those hours. The color didn’t apply quite as evenly as it should have, though it’s one of those colors (because there doesn’t seem to be a lot on the market that is similar to it) that may make it worth the extra energy to apply. It’s not too heavy, feels comfortable on lips, and has a non-sticky texture–it feels very slick on lips.

With Generation Q, I noticed that Illamasqua has changed the packaging on their lipglosses. They used to be slanted, squeeze-tubes, but now they’re clear plastic with a black screw-top that twists and reveals a brush-type applicator. Both of the glosses I receive with this type of applicator had several splayed bristles, which made application more difficult. The bristles could be a little softer, as they seemed to be a touch scratchy against the lips as well as created some brush strokes. I’m not sure if I just happened to get two exceptionally messed-up brushes or if a lot of them are going to be that way. For now, we’ll assume that because these were samples, they were an early run, and perhaps not pristine, but I don’t think the applicator is ideal for this gloss formula–a regular doe-foot would be easier to maneuver around the lips and be less likely to cause visible brush strokes. I also detected a fruity scent.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Boost
Boost
Boost
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

NARS & Andy Warhol Color Collection for Holiday 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Color Collection for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.  Info for: Department/Specialty Gift Sets + Sephora Pop Gift Sets.

Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Penny Arcade Raspberry
  • International Velvet Pink glace
  • Viva Rich rose
  • Candy Says Shimmering strawberry pink
  • Hollywoodlawn Bright orange-red

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Empire Black
  • Trash Vivid purple
  • Silver Factory Aluminum
  • Heat Teal

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($23.00)

  • 47th Street Black with silver shimmer

Highlighting Blush ($28.00)

  • Satellite of Love Sparkling gold sand

Nail Polish ($18.00)

  • Back Room Black
  • New York Dolls Purple
  • Sueprstar Teal
  • 15 Minutes Lemon yellow
  • TV Party Vivid orange

Availability: October 1st @ Sephora

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