Monday, April 1st, 2013

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow (£15.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright scarlet red.” It’s a bold, medium red with subtle orange undertones–it’s almost neutral but does appear slightly warm-toned against my warmer complexion. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm #3 is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #158 is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned and darker.

This eyeshadow had rich, intense color payoff that was very true-to-pan, and you really didn’t need much to get opaque color. It has a phenomenal texture that’s soft but not powdery, buttery and dense, and blends out easily. This shade will stain if you apply it directly to the lid or over a thin base, so I’d recommend layering a cream eyeshadow on first, then applying this shade, if you are concerned about staining. Though for testing, I wore it alone, and it lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading.

The Glossover



If you've been on the hunt for a bold, pigmented red eyeshadow, Illamasqua's Daemon is an excellent option to consider.











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Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

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Illamasqua, £15.50.

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Any dupes?

Wet 'n' Wild Enter a New Realm #3 is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #158 is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned and darker.

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56 thoughts on “Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. cel

    Whoa intense! Geisha eye make-up comes to mind!

  2. xamyx

    I was sooo excited, until I saw the actual swatch… It looks so pretty in the pan, but it’s a bit too warm/orange for me. Perhaps if this comes to the US, and I could actually swatch it in person I’d have a different opinion, but having to order online from the UK makes it so not worth the risk. I will, however, take a look at MUFE #158, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

  3. PowerFemme

    Stunning shade! I’ve been on the hunt for a true red shadow. Would you consider this a matte or satin finish? How might it compare to the red in the Sugarpill Burning Heart quad?

  4. KF

    Ooooh, I’ve been dying for a true red eyeshadow for some time now. This looks awesome – very Lady Vengeance!

  5. Wow this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for :-O This is going on the wish list right now 😀 Thank you Christine.

  6. Elena

    I love this eyeshadow, amazing quality! May I give a little tip that I recieved from one of the tutorials at Illamasqua store? They suggest you layer it over the lipstick in the places where you have overdrawn your lips in order to hide the bump of your lipline! It really does help with hiding it!

  7. Ivana

    WOW! Nothing more to say.

  8. seems very pigmented … :)

  9. Mariella

    That’s an eyeshadow? When I clicked on “Love it”, I did so because I thought it was a blush!!!!

    • t_zwiggy

      I’m sure it would be great as a blush, especially on darker skin tones! Considering how pigmented it is it would last a long time even though the size is smaller than an actual blush.

      • nubian_queen15

        my thoughts exactly. i have a very deep complexion, and when i saw this e/s, i immediately thought, WOW, this will make a great blush.

  10. Ana

    I wish Illamasqua is sold here, I’ve been looking for this kind of red which I think suits my medium warm skin tone.

  11. In the pan I was reminded on MAC Frankly Scarlet blush. But the swatch looks much different and prettier than I expected. I still don’t think I will be this up, though.

    • Mariella

      I have Frankly Scarlet and love it to bits, which is why I voted “Love it” for this product (before reading and realizing that it wasn’t a blush!)

  12. Carla N.

    Oh, my goodness – I can’t imagine actually wearing this on my eyelids!
    I have green eyes, and it would probably make their color “pop,” but I’d also look like I had a raging corneal infection, so what would be the point?
    I’ll stay with my taupes!

    • Mariella

      Make room on that taupe bench for me, sister! There is a cashier at my local grocery store who often wears red eye shadow or red eye liner. She look good – very “arty” but she can carry it off. Me – I’ll stick with my beloved taupes and browns (boring, I know).

      • Carla N.

        We “taupe hoors” have to stick together!
        Better a little “boring” (I prefer to call it “understated”)than “diseased,” in my opinion.
        I’m NW15, and I would wear a blush this color, and wear it with red lips, but I’d do my eyes in … drum roll … TAUPE!
        BW, Illamasqua *will* deliver to the U.S.
        I’m in Texas, and I bought Salacious lipstick (LOVE) from last year. It’s not inexpensive for shipping, and it took a couple of weeks for my stuff to arrive, but it was worth it!

        • Mariella

          I’m not in the US. And I’m one of those odd ducks who just has to SEE and SWATCH and TRY almost every makeup item before I buy it.

          • VickyM

            Lol Mariella you are not alone on that one, I´m the same kind of weird duck that has to see and swatch everything before buying, particularly when the product costs more than 3 dollars. 😀

        • KF

          According to their website, this particular eyeshadow shade can’t be delivered to the US. :(

          • stephanie

            I thought so! I tried to get it a while ago and thought they changed the availability. Well maybe they did.

        • xamyx

          I love taupes, and I have a special place in my heart for reds. The best part is, they look *amazing* together! This red, because of it’s warmer tones, is actually quite wearable, and won’t look “infected”, unless you have alot of red in your eyes.

  13. Roxana

    I’ve lusted after this shadow for a while, but Illamasqua won’t deliver it to the U.S.! Which is fairly upsetting.

  14. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :) how stunningggg it is

  15. Lauren

    Wow! That’s pigmented! A little too pigmented, if you ask me… especially for a red color. Red on my eyelids tend to make me look dead (ha!)

  16. Anna

    I’ve had the chance to work with this color a couple of times and it is absolutely stunning in real life… It blends like a dream and can be used for so many different things other than on your lids – to set your red lipstick, as a blush… Great product, for sure!

  17. t_zwiggy

    Oooh pretty! Not wearable for me personally at all, though.

  18. Isabell

    Oh my Dog, that is stunning! And intense! I love red eyeshadow, it’s suprisingly wearable and flattering.

  19. I would love to see something similar in a much cooler red. I love gradations of black with red smoked out eyeshadow combos. This one has too much orange in it for me. If wearing red immediately around your eye gives you involuntary Marilyn Manson flashbacks, you can try using it as a crease or transition shade instead.

  20. Malia

    Ooh a gorgeous red I can actually buy! I have the sugar pill one but illamasqua is much easier for me, I haven’t seen this shade before and I love their products

  21. Jenn Jenn

    It would make a beautiful blush, but I still haven’t figured out a way to wear red eyeshadow that doesn’t make it look like I am sick. :-p

    • Carla N.

      @Jenn Jenn,
      I know what you mean – anything red near my eyes just looks like conjunctivitis on me – maybe it’s my coloring. There are even certain pinks that look like disease on me.
      Christine – would you please review Illamasqua Heroine?
      Yes, it’s another *taupe,* but it looks delicious, to me!

      • Kelly B.

        I have the same experience…can’t figure out how I would pull off red eyeshadow. I’m still experimenting with various tones of pink and they must be transitions and not anywhere near lashes or I look sick. I love purple eyeshadow and have numerous shades but have to be careful that they are more blue based as red based purples or plums really make me look sick instead of popping my green eyes.

    • xamyx

      The warmer tone in this shade actually makes it more wearable. Milani has a baked shadow that’s quite similar in color, although the finish is different, and it may be worth a look (especially if you catch a sale). It’s called “I <3 U", or something similar.

  22. GK

    How does this compare to Sugarpill’s Love+??

  23. Naomi

    How would you compare it to Sugarpill’s Love+?

  24. Amy

    Do you think this would work as a blush?

  25. Wow I am impressed–the swatch looks SO intensely pigmented but not at all dry or chalky like bright shades like this can be.

  26. Mel

    I will say, for those of you US chicks looking for a dupe for this (on the cheaper end), NYX’s Extreme Apricot is a bright warm red and incredibly pigmented.

    They also ship within the US! 😉

  27. zainab

    It looks great, and Illamasqua is reasonably priced here, and I want to add more mattes to my collection… but I don’t know how I would ever wear this. Hey fashion decider people, make it okay to wear green lipstick and bright red eyeshadow so cowards like me can try it!

    • Carla N.

      I love Illamasqua, but red eyeshadow and green lipstick would never make me look good/healthy, and that’s why I wear makeup!
      I mean, why spend time and money on something that’s going to make you look *worse?*

      • KF

        I think it just depends on whether you’re going for “flattering” or “interesting.” I like to wear makeup that stands out and makes a statement, and don’t really care for makeup that just looks like no makeup, but that’s a personal preference. It’s the same with fashion – some clothes are meant to look flattering, and some are meant to be unusual. Either way is ok! I have bad allergies so red eyeshadow probably makes my eyes look redder, but I love it anyway because it’s fun and weird.

  28. Beautiful! I adore Illamasqua stuff, I’m so happy to see it reviewed here!

    I think Nyx Extreme Apricot might be a dupe as well. Though it’s nowhere near as pigmented. it’s pretty close to the orange/red tone.

  29. faerieevenstar

    Do you know how this compares to Sugarpill Love+ Christine? I have that already and love it, and I don’t like doubling up if I can help it!!

  30. PLEASE show us a few eye-looks you could see using a bold red like this in. The only thing I can think of is so over the top – red packed onto the lid with a black smoked-out crease. I know you’ve incorporated some red into sunset-type looks in the past (I hunted through your blog), but are there any newer ways you’ve thought of using such bold color?