Monday, June 29th, 2009

Illamasqua: Lip Focus

I am absolutely in LOVE with Illamasqua’s Lipsticks (£14.00 each). The texture, pigmentation, and feel of the two I tried is phenomenal — incredibly smooth, extremely color-rich, and moisturizing. The wear time is top notch, giving me several hours and lasting through drinking a glass of water.

Encounter Lipstick is an opaque shade red that almost looks and feels like a matte, but it is more like a satiny finish with plenty of color and a soft sheen. Not every red works well on me, but this one made me want to go out and show ‘em off!

Obey Lipstick is a pretty coral-pink that’s rich in color so it’s opaque, and it has the same satiny finish of Encounter. I just love when a lipstick is soft, creamy, and has a natural sheen to it. (I find it difficult to wear matte lipsticks sometimes!)

I also tried out Lily Rose Sheer Lipgloss (£12.50 each), which is a semi-sheer red with just a little bit of pink and silver shimmer. It has an ultra glossy look when applied to lips, and it did give my lips plenty of color (kind of looked like watermelon-red on me). It makes me curious to see how intense the Intense Lipglosses are if their Sheer Lipglosses can give me this much color!

Have you tried Illamasqua’s lip products? Any favorites or recommendations?

See swatches and lip swatches


Lily Rose Sheer Lipgloss


Lily Rose Sheer Lipgloss


Encounter, Obey Lipsticks


Encounter, Obey lipsticks; Lily Rose Sheer Lipgloss (top)


Obey Lipstick


Encounter Lipstick


Lily Rose Sheer Lipgloss


Encounter + Lily Rose

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45 thoughts on “Illamasqua: Encounter Lipstick, Obey Lipstick, Lily Rose Sheer Lipgloss Photos, Swatches, Reviews

  1. Mary Ann

    Wow…the encounter + lily rose look gorg. together.

  2. GucciGirl1229

    I love the pink lipstick! Where can I purchase?

  3. Yvette

    I have the Intense Lipgloss Fierce and the Lipstick Poison both are yummy…

  4. Tasha

    i’ve been patiently waiting for them to come to the States. i heard possibly the fall/winter of this year…..any word on that?

  5. DJ

    I have their lipstick in Fetish (I think it is called that…) it is such an unusual purple, I love it. Illamasqua is an interesting company. I have had 2 makeup appointments, neither one sold me completely on the line, but the pigments are gorgeous, and the lipsticks too…

  6. I love Illamasqua.. I blog about them a lot and they send me little gifts as thank yous! So sweet! Love the gloss.. will get that at the masterclass thy are holding on friday!!

  7. Nicole15

    Encounter is amazing & looks superb on you. But Encounter + Lily Rose is just illegal!! Never saw red lips like that…unreal!! Don’t know if i’m sold on Obey as the application doesn’t look as smooth as Encounter but i am sure it’s nice in person.

  8. Sass

    Trying to decide if it’s worth it to pay for international shipping – will hubby kill me? Do I not tell him and buy??? Hmmmmmmmmmm. I am big on Illumasqua and can’t have it! How frustrating. I’ll just not read these type of entries until I can get a product in my hands. I want want want so bad bad bad. :(

  9. lily rose seems pretty for a neaturaly red shade, the sort where it isn’t too bold or bright.

  10. Bonita

    oOoOohhhh…such nice colors!!
    i’m loving obey!! it’s funny because i was on their site last night, trying to decide whether i should order it online and pay international shipping and all…and obey was the one i was really loving. and then today i see this post on your site and i got so excited!
    this makes me want to order it…i’m in Canada so i don’t know if they’re going to come here?

  11. Emmie

    Hey Christine. I too love Illamasqua! Those look delish on you! I have an intense gloss in Besotted (deep red) and Repulse (black) And a lipstick in Box, which is just a little darker than yours. I also have an eyeshadow in Fame (a bright vivid green). Love the lippies, was very disappointed with the shadow as the pay off isn’t what I was expected at all! If you’d like any swatches or lip swatches, I’d be happy to do some for you!

  12. Brie

    OMG I need the Lily Rose gloss @_@

  13. I’ve been hearing soo much about this brand-I wish it were more readily available in the US! They all look amazing, I especially like Obey. Thanks for posting Christine !

  14. Avatar of aradhana aradhana

    so far i’ve only tried their creme blushes…which are awesome!

    i swatched a couple of shadows and lipsticks, but i think i nee to go spend a bit more time at the counter…

    for those lamenting not having illamasqua around–ordering online is kind of a plus anyway if you are interested in trying out a bunch of lipsticks or eyehadows, as their palettes are only available online!

  15. Wow Great swatches. I love the pigment. The lipstick plus gloss combo looks super sexy!

  16. shannon Rae

    how much are these in us dollars and is shipping a lot from uk

  17. Rabbit

    Hi Christine,
    You should try the Liquid Metal from Sirens collection – the gold color. Its amazing beautiful. LOL – Love your blog.

  18. Chica

    I love the lipsticks but have 8 eyeshadows and don’t really like them at all :(
    I’m definitely going to check out more of their lipsticks and glosses though, pigmentation is amazing!

  19. So that’s what they call sheer? It’s 10x more pigmented than other sheer glosses.

  20. Encounter and Lily Rose look stunning. I just placed my first Illamasqua order and can’t wait for it to arrive.

  21. Hi Christine,

    I’m the gal who asked you about Chanel Hydrabase a few weeks back and you were nice enough to respond.

    Are YSL lipsticks still your fav? I saw where you swatched some and raved about them. They sound exactly like what I want.

    Thx
    Rhonda

  22. Obey is the only Illamasqua lipstick I have – the colour is lovely, but it went a bit funny after a short while and settled in patches – maybe it or my mouth was too dry? It felt really nice on, so maybe a drop of gloss would make a better finish.