Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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.

The Glossover

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product

Allure

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It's not a very blendable, easy-to-use blush. It will take some patience, a deft hand, and an excellent blending brush to get even color that flatters rather than accentuates any natural redness/unevenness in the skin.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

Results
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Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher
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Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher
Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher

Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher
Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher

Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher
Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher

Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $24.00 (September 6th).

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Hidden Treasure is darker, redder. MAC Ring of Saturn is warmer and has more golden shimmer/sheen. Tom Ford Savage is browner.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Illamasqua Complement Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On face: Illamasqua Allure Blush, Illamasqua Aurora Gleam, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (125), Guerlain Les Voilettes Mineral Powder (003). On lips: Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss, Illamasqua Opulent Sheer Lipgloss.

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12 thoughts on “Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I love the color! Are you wearing a slightly darker foundation Christine?

  2. moena

    Not much color payoff :/

  3. It’s not my color, but you wear it well. Too bad it’s not easy to work with.

  4. Vitória

    Too bad you had application issues, because it looks fab on you – a beautiful, natural glow.

  5. This was not on my list..thankfully! The last few days have been lunchbag letdown on some new release products–Nars and Illamasqua–but that’s the wall the ball bounces. I’ve purchased a few products I normally wouldn’t have even looked at from some recent reviews and have been pleasantly surprised as well. Thanks Christine!

  6. I’ve been seeing shades like this pop up recently, but I’m honestly scared to try something this bright. I am always scared I’ll look like a clown for one thing, but also that it’ll make it look like I have rosacea

  7. brooke

    Hi Christine, I was wondering if you could tell me if Allure and Nars Orgasm are close in color.

  8. Liz

    I like the swatch a lot. However, I can barely see the shade on your cheeks.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    A shame about the texture, since the swatch is very pretty. This collection feels like it sort of missed the mark quality-wise, which is a shame because it looked so good in the promo. :(