Monday, October 31st, 2011

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “neutral pink with shimmer.” It’s a muted pink-plum with golden sparkle. The color is soft and light but buildable enough to provide true-to-pan color as well. MAC Pink Cult is pinker, while Estee Lauder Radiant Berry is plummier. Burberry Cameo is a touch more neutral.

I thought the color was pretty as it could be, but the texture is dry, which may be a nice feature for oilier skin types, but on normal-to-dry skin, it’s not my favorite texture in a blush because it emphasizes skin unevenness. The sparkle could be finer; it seems to sit on the surface of the blush, so it translates as more of a sparkle than a real shimmer-sheen. I found the formula wore well, though, so that it was still visible after eight hours of wear.

The Glossover

product

Ambition

B-
If you have oilier skin, I think this could definitely work for you--and it may wear longer than the average powder blush. If you have really dry skin, I'd skip this in lieu of a softer, less dry-textured powder blush.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush on cheeks, Benefit Watts Up on cheek bones

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $24.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Pink Cult is pinker, while Estee Lauder Radiant Berry is plummier. Burberry Cameo is a touch more neutral.

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28 thoughts on “Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. It is a pretty colour, but your lipstick is prettier!

  2. Kelly

    What an amazing colour, while still neutral in a way very special

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of KLee Karen

    Nice swatch ! But even nicer lippie :) what lippie were u wearing ?

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Stephanie Stephanie

    Your eye-make-up is beautiful in the picture!! :-) What are you wearing?

  5. Lovely review! I was tempted by this one when I went to the launch of the collection in London. Do you think it compares to NARS Orgasm at all?

    And what’s that colour on your lips? If it’s Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss in Belladonna, I’m going to have to run and get it right now (but if it’s not that, I can cope, but I’m still going to run anyway).

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lara Lara

    Beautiful color! But so many parabens… :(

  7. That’s sooo nice, but I see what you mean.

  8. Lindsey

    I think it’s agreed that Belladonna is beautiful.. will you be doing a review on it? :)

  9. What are you wearing on your lips in the full face picture? Thx.

  10. As an oily skinned gal, I have to give major love to this blush. It is sparkly, without being a glitter bomb, and without emphasizing my pores. Gives off an amazing glow!

  11. I really wish that Illamasqua products were sold in Canada. I always see so many things I’d love to try, this included. Very nice blush!

    • Nadia

      Me too! It’s ridiculous that they are not here yet. I did see Illamasqua nailpolishes at Sephora recently so maybe the rest of the brand will make it over soon? Fingers crossed.

  12. Dana

    This looks pretty! And your eyes are so sparkly in this picture :)

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan della

    I love Illamasqua’s color range for blushes. it’s really good, and this one seems like a nice NARS orgasm dupe, though maybe a bit better pigmented. I have a beef with Illamasqua on their blushes though, the pans crack like mad! I know how to repan them, but I’ve tried and it still hasn’t really worked. It’s frustrating. I find my containers don’t stack very well either. I’m an oily skinned gal, so I want to love them, I really do, but they disappoint me at every turn.

    • I don’t think I’d say it’s a NARS Orgasm dupe – it’s very plum-pink, whereas Orgasm is peach-pink! :) Maybe more like Dolce Vita or Outlaw if I had to choose something similar by NARS!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gina Gina

    :O is that really what Watt’s Up looks like? It’s gorgeous! I’m so excited for it now!

  15. This looks like a really pretty shade! x

  16. Karen

    This blush has a DUPE!! it’s a powder blush called Coral Sandy beach from Jordana cosmetics, price: $2.49 and I think it’s a lot more pigmented

  17. Z

    So, so, so pretty. I bet it would be awesome on super fair skin.

  18. Aly

    I absolutely love what you are wearing on your lips(: I definitely want that (:

  19. Catalina Tate

    You can’t purchase this at Sephora anymore. I was going to buy it when the friends and family sale started and I noticed it was sold out. I emailed them asking when it would be in stock and they replied telling me that the Theater Of The Nameless collection was being discontinued by Sephora and no longer sold by them. Such a bummer. I guess I will buy it through Illamasqua when it comes back in stock. :/