Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick
Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick

Illamasqua Toxic Nature:  Atomic Lipstick

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick (£15.50 for 0.14 oz.) is new for spring/summer and part of the brand’s Toxic Nature collection, which should show up at Sephora in April. For now, though, it is available through Illamasqua directly.  Illamasqua describes Atomic as a “fuchsia violet.”  After swatching and applying, Atomic is a deep, reddened fuchsia with violet and fuchsia sheen.  It has that satin finish but such a strong pull of iridescent sheen that it almost looks like a frost.

my thoughts on the formula: Illamasqua’s Lipstick formula feels a little dry when applied, but let it warm up on your lips, because it really isn’t the drying kind. It does hug the lips, though, which makes it a much longer wearing lipstick (six hours or more).

The Glossover



This is a shade that will wear for hours and hours.  With the semi-matte finish, it really hugs lips and stays put--I noted very few traces of lipstick on my coffee cup.  It may stain a bit, too, which will contribute to an overall appearance of longer wear.  Illamasqua's does a really nice job with the sheen level in this shade, because though it has a menagerie of near-dupes, the way it catches light makes it different enough in a spectacular way.











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Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick
Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick
Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick
Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick

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What are you wearing in the full face photo?

Wet 'n' Wild Petal Pusher Eyeshadow Palette on Eyes, Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara on lashes, NYX Menage a Trois HD Grinding Blush on cheeks.

Where can I purchase Atomic? How much is it?

Illamasqua, £15.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Lancome Fuchsia Clutch (slightly sheerer), MAC Full Fuchsia (lighter, brighter), NARS Funny Face (redder toned), NYX Chloe (more magenta), Giorgio Armani #517 Rouge d'Armani (glossier, pinker, sheerer).

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52 thoughts on “Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Patricia

    this looks AMAZING on you!

  2. LOVE that shade on you, Christine! I wouldn’t be able to pull it off, but I’ll live through you. 😉

  3. This shade is so absolutely beautiful! Want!!!

  4. That’s a gorgeous shade for you, Christine! Absolutely gorgeous.

  5. Tish

    Wow! That is undeniably gorgeous. Speechless. And that’s coming from someone who hates frosty/shimmery/glittery lipsticks.

    I may just have to add this to my collection of cream and matte lipsticks.

  6. nociva

    Wow, gorgeous color. I’m still hesitant on their lipsticks since my lips dry out easily, but I must check them out.

    Btw, is the price listed correct? They seem to go much higher at the Sephora stores.

  7. Aracely

    Which skin tone would this color work best with?

  8. Sam

    The finish reminds me very much of their Underworld lipstick. I have Underworld, and it is a beautiful violet with a chrome finish, but it goes on SO unevenly! The finish of this lipstick is the same as the finish of Underworld, but it is not streaky and uneven like Underworld is. If you ever get Underworld, could you review it Christine?

  9. miss_silk

    My mom loves colors like that lipstick. Seeing your swatch, I will go pick one up for her ^^

  10. Jae

    Oooooh, this is a gorgeous color on your, Christine!! I’m definitely going to pick this one up!! =)

  11. Lulee

    This seems a LOT like NYC’s blue rose. For a much cheaper option I highly recommend that… It is one of my favorite lipsticks and is only $2

  12. i love this! it’s like a better version of Rocking Chick.

  13. Steph

    Love the colour! Unfortunately I am not a fan of frosty finishes.

  14. This reminds me of Show Orchid. Would you say they’re similar?

  15. You should wear that color EVERY freaking day.

  16. robyn

    That color is the best I have ever seen on you. Lovely

  17. That color is so gorgeous!

  18. Lustinspace

    This color is stunning on you!

  19. h

    Christine…gosh,Im jealous right now. How come every frickin shade of lip color, no matter how awful in the tube, looks great on you?! Im still waiting to see one lipcolor review/swatch that doesn’t look good on you! jk 😉

  20. Tina

    looking supperb on u…..jst too gud christien

  21. Stephanie

    How many products from this collection will you be posting about?

  22. Lucie

    Oh my god. I. NEED. THAT.
    Adore Illamasqua’s matte lipsticks too, some people may find them too drying but I love the texture. So many lipsticks are so slippery these days, really hate that. MAC and Illamasqua make the best vintage matte reds!

  23. Ana G.

    Just lovely!!

  24. Carrie

    Wow. That is just a stunning shade on you!

  25. Michelle

    That is an AWESOME pink!

  26. Ilana

    I’m not one to comment on lipstick reviews, but this looks GORGEOUS on you~

  27. Kat

    It looks amazing on you!
    I don’t suppose you remember what’s on your cheeks in that photo – your skin looks so glowy!

  28. Morena123

    Love It!!! Will definitely add it to my pink lipstick collection.
    And CHristine Pink is definitely your color. Every pink lipstick that you swatch looks EXELLENT on you!

  29. ak

    It looks hot on you Christine baby! Yeah!

  30. LU

    This really looks great on you Christine, your lips look perfect!!

  31. Bethy

    As I own none of the near-dupes, I have no guilt about my plans to indulge in this!

  32. Rebecca

    Fuchsia usually isn’t my favorite color of lipstick, but this is gorgeous! The texture, the intensity, the finish; I love everything about it!

  33. I own NYX Chloe (which I got after reading your review and I love it) and now I’m wishing it had that sheen!

  34. Jennifer

    That shade is gorgeous! It’s such a perfect color on you Christine. :)

  35. CJ

    Loving this one. I’ll have to try and get my hands on one!

  36. Adelita

    WOW! That’s a lovely metallic sheen!!! Ah, too bad most Illamasqua lip products a bit drying on me…

  37. Lara

    Love this color!

  38. LolaNewLeaf

    OMG! This looks incredible on you. Illamasqua is fast becoming my all-time favourite brand.

  39. IceFluffPenguin

    I went out and got NYX Chloe after you said it was a close dupe since Illumasqua isn’t in stores yet and it’s a bit pricey for my current budget and I LOVE IT. Thanks!

  40. hisa

    This lip looks SO GOOD on you! It looks similar to Rocking Chick from MAC.

  41. Melissa ZC

    Wow its like satin fabric on your lips its soo nice

  42. Emma

    The packaging and product remind me of NYX lipsticks

  43. Tiffany S.

    I need this!!

  44. Via

    I’m entranced by this color on you, it is amazing. I’m broke but I’m still going to grab this!

  45. Sharlynn

    Fab Color! I rarely wear pigmented glosses and lipsticks but fuschia is definitely a color I love wearing when it comes to lipstick.

  46. TJ

    What a beautiful color! I’ve been looking at NARS Funny Face so I may have to check this out.