Monday, November 7th, 2011

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless: Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “taupe beige.” It’s a medium-dark taupe–it’s a mix of beige, gray, and brown–with a cream finish. The glossiness of traditional gloss is very apparent, but it’s opaque in color like you’d expect from a full coverage lipstick. Like many Illamasqua colors, it’s not your typical “nude,” but it can work as such.  When I was trying to think of a dupe for it, nothing was coming to mind–not a gloss or a lipstick; MAC Our Pick was the closest, but it’s warmer.

In my experience, Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss is opaque, long-wearing, non-sticky, and scent- and taste-free. Facade doesn’t last as long as a lot of the other shades I’ve tried within the range, but it does last four hours (and it’s not marketed as a long-wearing gloss).

The Glossover



It's a different color, but I think it's workable--especially on cooler skin tones. Against my warmer skin tone, it's not too flattering, but with a really heavy, smoky eye, I think it might work. I love the color coverage!











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Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss (apologies–I’m not wearing foundation!)

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $20.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Nope, I couldn't think of any!

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55 thoughts on “Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I think this will look amazing on women with darker skin. As for my fair self, I am afraid it wouldn’t be too flattering. Really unique and interesting color for lips though!

  2. Laurence

    I like it though I am a sucker for Illamasqua glosses.It’s quite nice in a tiiiimy mount over a bright cool pink to create a more wearable hue.Tiny amount though!
    I think it’s similar,though darker than,MAC’s Viva Glam GaGa 2 lipgloss.
    Mix in a little clear sparkling gloss and you’ve got a really unique shimmering nude.

  3. I’m putting this on my shopping list!

  4. Devi

    Aw, don’t apologize for not wearing foundation! :( I actually dislike when people say that, it’s not a crime to show your bare face. Plus, your skin looks great anyway!

    As for the actual color… I do like taupe, but just not for the lips. I’m glad that it performs well for anyone else interested, but I’d have to leave it. :)

  5. Courtney

    I’ve never really seen anything like this before. Neat!

  6. Émilie

    Wow, the coverage is pretty amazing! Though I’m not pale enough, I’ll have a look on the other colours!

  7. Dame Elizabeth

    Woah! This looks absolutely lovely to wear!

  8. MichelleChefNYC

    I love Illamasqua for all the wierd and wondeful colors they produce. I don’t think I could pull off this color very easily, my skin leans rather warm as well, but I love seeing something new and unique that might look INCREDIBLE in the right application!

  9. Katherine

    Don’t apologize! You have gorgeous skin!

  10. Melody

    I think this looks really good on you, Christine! Like you said, with a smoky eye it would work nicely. I’m tempted to try it out even though I’m pale as a sheet.

  11. You’ve got the give Illamasqua credit for always releasing original colours. I haven’t seen a lipgloss like this before.

  12. Eve

    It looks a little bit like MAC’s “To Pamper” from the Fabulous Feline collection. That works well on fair and cool skin tones but not on warmer tones.

  13. Kathrina

    This one’s not for me, but I absolutely love the variety of colors Illamasqua comes up with. I’ve purchased quite a few of these by now.

  14. AnGeLwInGz

    I definitely couldn’t pull it off (warm complexion) but I LOVE that color! So unique without being over the top.

  15. I just would not suit that shade being pale but it’s not nice coverage.

  16. Z

    Ew, ew, ew. I am totally on board with the green lipgloss, but this is just too “eww” for me. Thanks for the swatch! (and dear god you might not want to leave the house with it on…)

  17. Stacey

    I love Illamasqua lipgloss! Its one of the brands best products.

  18. Renata

    I’m a AA woman. I have this color and I love it!!! I’m getting a back up of this!

  19. I’m AA with NW43 skin tone and this color looks amazing alone or over MAC’s Boldly Bare lip pencil. I wear it regularly when I have intense bright eyes done or when I just want a neutral lip that doesn’t make me look like a zombie from The Walking Dead.

  20. Leah

    I wish you can smile a bit naturally in the photos. A looks a bit…forced?

    • That’s my natural smile, actually – sorry you don’t like it! I don’t have to force a smile – I LOVE to smile. Maybe that’s what happens after you wear braces for 10 years and are made to feel ashamed to smile by people around you on the internet – then maybe you’d enjoy smiling as much as I do :)

      • Your smile is so pretty! I’m actually a bit jealous (I’m an ugly smiler).

      • Carolyn

        I think you have a lovely smile :)

      • Leah

        I apologize. I know that sounded like an insult. It wasn’t, its just that I have been viewing your blog since its inception and older pics of you seemed so different. I didn’t mean to sound rude. I read your blog religiously. You are a very beautiful woman

        • I imagine photos of me from five or six years ago look different, because I’m five years older and in a very different place today than I was when I was when I first started the blog or even when I first started posting makeup photos (which was when I was maybe 18 or 19–I’m 25 now)–not to mention the lighting, angles, etc. are all way different now with newer technology, haha! All I can say is I don’t fake it; I like smiling, I’m very happy, so it’s hard not to let that show through in a smile.

  21. Steph

    Not for me (I am very fair), but I could see some darker skinned ladies looking really nice with this on as a nude lip!

  22. I’m trying to figure out whether I want this or not.

  23. luis

    looks like poop. but the pigmentation is amazing why cant it be pink coral or nude!

  24. Maybe it’s similar to OCC’s Uber?
    Also, your skin looks great!

  25. Jill

    I agree that I think this would be absolutely lovely on an African American woman!! Not for me though, but I do love their other glosses.

  26. Ida

    Oooh I really need that! I never have luck with nude lipsticks, either they are drying, don’t cover my dark lips that well or they’re limited edition like Lady Gaga 2. 😀 So this seems like worth a try! Love the brown-taupe shade.

  27. Vicky

    I have to say that the Illamasqua intense gloss dont seem lke scent free to me. It has an artificial sweet scent. Did they change that?

  28. cherryglass

    This is badass!!! It’s earl grey with condensed milk in a tube. I love Our Pick (if not on me, at least the idea of it) and this gloss is amazing.
    Btw, your skin looks flawless and you have a lovely smile! Cheers!

  29. Lydia

    This reminds me of MAC Spite!

  30. I agree that it’s cool-toned in the extreme, but the consistency makes me want to see a warm-toned gloss from them.

  31. mumtaza

    Christine, you look beautiful here and I always love your bright smile even when sometimes you’re showing us a totally wild grade F formula you always have this confidence that says, “I’d wear anything once for you dear reader!” I’m NW15 and I think this would be chic on me. I have a question though, some browns and greys bring out the yellow in my teeth. Did you find this made your teeth look more, or less, white? Thanks!!

  32. mumtaza

    Is is moisturizing?

  33. picpat

    i think the nyx lipgloss in the colour “taupe” could be maybe a dupe for it. love it, for my type of skin a not washed out nude and the perfect fall colour.

  34. Yianna

    facade… weird name for a lipgloss. facade means the elevation of a building, the front. (useless info of the daY 😛 ) i wouldnt wear it though 😛

  35. Vicky

    Your skin is absolutely beautiful! I’d never wear foundation if I were you.

  36. Veronica

    It reminds me of Illumasqua’s Facade, just intended for women with darker skin tones. Pretty cool shade, actually. Nice to see a company willing to experiment with colors.

  37. as an NC15 ginger, I thought this shade would be instant zombie-lips and way too draining. but- wow- it’s amazing! really versatile. you can use it to mute colours and add gloss over the top. you can layer it with a nude (like Viva Glam Gaga II) and play up the 60s blank look. or it makes a really unusual, rather elegant pink lip. not too bright.. i like to layer it over MAC’s Lovelorn to tone it down. everyone can find a way to use this. it’s too interesting a LE to miss out on!

  38. Ashley

    Although I have been searching for a nude gloss or lipstick, I’m not sure I would purchase Illamasqua Facade. I guess it would be fine as Laurence pointed out if using only a tiny amount on the lip. I feel it gives too much of a plastic looking effect, an un-kissable pout. Just not really my style. For now I will continue my search for the perfect nude for me and my lips :)