Creamy enough to glide on and deliver opaque color in one stroke without drag but not so creamy that you end up with smudges beneath your eye an hour later. I like twist-up mechanical pencils best, just because you don’t waste product by sharpening.
These are the best products I’ve tried from Illamasqua–I haven’t tried every single product type they have, but from what I have tried, I think these are standout products. When you click on the link, you’ll be taken to the tag for the product type, and any relevant reviews for actual shades will show up! 🙂
NAIL VARNISH ($14) is an excellent formula that applies evenly, smoothly, and is typically opaque in two coats (though one is often nearly opaque). They have an impressive shade range with a few scandalous names and lots of creams. Some of my favorite shades have been: Bacterium (for its oddness), Baptiste (for its depth), Phallic (for its depth), Radium (for its brightness), Scarab (for its depth), and Viridian (for its color).
INTENSE LIPGLOSS ($20) is a product I fell in love with soon after trying it! There is a large shade range outside of the U.S., while the shades selected for distribution at Sephora is more limited, they’re still lovely shades (just more wearable overall!). Some of my favorites are Frenzy (intense pink), Hermetic (holiday red gone vamp), Move (plummy-pink), and Succubus (rich red).
PURE PIGMENT ($24) are loose powders that are multi-purpose–they can be used on eyes, cheeks, and where-have-you. It’s a very finely milled powder that works wet or dry, and I’ve found that Illamasqua makes some rather nuanced shades. Some of my favorites are Alluvium, Chasm, and Ore.
BLUSH ($24) offers a good range of colors–from typical shades to more vibrant ones. They have buildable color, are blendable, and wear well. Some of my favorites have been Excite (orange-coral), Hussy (pinky-coral), and Lover (apricot).
I like their lipstick line-up, but they’re mostly matte (or matte base colors with shimmer), and they can be harder to apply than the average lipstick because of the drier texture. I know several readers have had some issues with the lipstick breaking at the base, too, which I have discovered in a few of my tubes recently. Their Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliners are lovely, but since the formula of those is now a common theme we have seen in five or more brands, I don’t think it’s a best of worthy product. I haven’t tried their cream blushes, but I will be testing them out soon!
I personally prefer cream eyeshadows that will set on their own – I don’t mind one that is better used as a base, but in a perfect world, it would set on its own and last all day long without creasing or fading. It would be blendable without drying down too quickly (or staying wet for too long). Medium color opacity would be lovely with buildable color to full color opaqueness.
Can you see a theme in this week’s questions? 🙂 I want true-to-pan color that’s rich and dense–if I want to sheer it out, I’ll use less–that applies smoothly, evenly, and doesn’t disappear once you blend it out. I like denser, richer textures that almost feel buttery and creamy but are still powder-based.