Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Illamasqua: Hussy Blush

Illamasqua Hussy Powder Blush ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a matte, bright coral-pink. It’s smooth, intensely pigmented, and blends easily. It can be applied more subtly by using a stippling brush like MAC’s 187, or you can always tone it down if you’ve over-applied with a light dusting of powder.

It wears well and won’t fade on you throughout the day, and the color is not so cool to be unwearable for warmer skin tones, but it is also more pink than coral, making it easy to wear for cool skin tones, too. Sephora describes the shade as “petal pink,” which isn’t inaccurate, but I just keep seeing a bit of coral in it, too. The best part about this blush is the intensity of the pigmentation, because you definitely don’t have to worry about it not showing up on your skin tone! I’d compare the pigmentation to that of NARS’ blushes.

I’m a bit disappointed in the value of these blushes, though. They’re more expensive than NARS blushes, and nearly double the cost (per ounce) of MAC blushes. They’re priced just under (again, per ounce) Stila and Smashbox blushes. I do think they could have given us a little more product for the $23 price tag!

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 9/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: Have trouble finding blushes that show up on you? Illamasqua’s are richly pigmented making them good choices for those who like to put the spotlight on cheeks!

Availability: Sephora

See swatches


Illamasqua Hussy Blush (middle)

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30 thoughts on “Illamasqua: Hussy Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. ThunderBird

    Finally something about Illamasqua. I was quite surprised that there was no eye shadow/lip gloss/lipstick/blushes review after it appeared at Sephora. I expected the same review as you did on Nars and Mufe… and, of course MAC. ;)
    Thanks! ;)

    • Unfortunately, Illamasqua is not carried where I live, so I cannot possibly swatch everything or even lots of things :( It is supposed to roll out in a store about an hour away from me in September/October. I do, however, have a few reviews on Illamasqua (from even before it launched at Sephora), and you can read all of them here: http://www.temptalia.com/category/brands/illamasqua :)

      • ThunderBird

        Thank you very much for all your work, time and patience! :)

        • My pleasure!

          Have you tried any Illamasqua yourself? If so, what have you liked? I have a few shadows I’ve yet reviewed, but I’m very so-so on them. :(

          • ThunderBird

            Actually, I’m not in USA now, I’m returning later this month… That’s why I’m so curious about Illamasqua swatches. ;) I saw reviews from PurseBuzz and goshmakeupartist on YouTube that eye shadows are definitely the weakest part of the brand.
            I’m curious about their natural matte shades. ;) Choosing now which to buy MAC or Bobbi Brown… or MUFE? Have no idea. Need to decide on place. :(

  2. I do alot of reviews on Illamasqua on my blog and i go to their events. Alex the lovely PR lady (whos now promoted) explained to me some things about the brand that may help you understand why its so expensive.

    Its privately owned.. the team that works on distributiong and stocking etc.. is literally tiny (about 5 people) so the cost is because unlike big brands like mac & Estee lauder- they dont mass produce items at such a fast rate. Because the numbers they make are smaller they pay more. I think the prices will go down once the brand settles a bit and expands with its staff. Remember its still less than a year old!!

    • Hi Tali,

      I can definitely understand when a company is starting out and the challenges it faces, but I don’t feel like the price is what it is solely because it’s new. Makeup isn’t like technology – the price doesn’t start high and then decrease as production increases. Prices stay about the same or go up “for inflation,” or you might catch a sale from time to time. MAC has always been priced at the level it has (as far as I know), and then increased yearly since being purchased by Estee Lauder. Brands often choose certain price points/ranges to achieve a level of prestige or get the customer to believe there’s a certain level of quality present within the brand.

      Illamasqua’s profit margin may be less than larger beauty brands who have benefited from economies of scale, but it doesn’t mean that the prices are going to go down later during the brand’s lifetime. I’ve very rarely seen any beauty brand lower their prices, particularly across the board!

  3. its a beautiful color. If they are as pigmented as NARS ($25) against Illamasqua ($23, its pretty cool.
    Regarding quantity…i personally dont care much in case of blushes because i would noever hit pan on any one…:)

  4. Avatar of aradhana aradhana

    this isn’t entirely related to this particular shade/product from illamasqua, but i find although i love the products and shades i’ve tried, i think their packaging could be drastically improved. it looks nice at first impression of course, and its great that its ‘relatively’ minimal, but one thing i find very annoying is that the shade names rub off so quickly!!! i recently bought an intense lipgloss (besotted), wore it to work and kept it in my pocket…and by the end of the day the name was completely gone!!!

    • I definitely agree, Aradhana! The names rub off pretty quickly, but I also find the packaging for eyeshadows, powders, blushes, etc. to be obese. They just seem unwieldy and much larger than necessary.

  5. 0037sammie

    Ooh, it looks lovely =)

  6. Taj

    I am so crazy about Illamasqua with all the wonderful swatches and reviews you guys made. I am planning a trip to England so that I can lay my hands on those lovely babies and of course take some home with me =)

  7. I went to the Time Square Sephora (well, the one with Illamasqua) and the store was an unholy mess- the testers were on their last legs! I played around with them with a MUA friend, and neither one of us were terribly impressed. Then we couldn’t find the stuff from other brands we wanted at that store, so we walked a couple of blocks, went to the other Sephora on the street, and had a nice, clean, easy experience! Don’t think I’d go to the trouble of looking at Illamasqua again- especially when Inglot is also in the US now and I’m absolutely in love with their products!!

    • Yuck! I’ve been to the first Sephora in Times Square, and I was pretty grossed out by the testers there at that point. Ew.

      Where is Inglot being carried, do you know?

  8. Lia

    Wow this color is gorgeous! I wish I got this one instead. A friend of mine went to New York recently so I asked her to buy me one since I collect blushes but because of the lack of illamasqua swatches on the web it was hard to choose. I was down to this one and ‘Beg’ which I actually saw used on the face and went with that one. If I get another illamasqua blush it will definitely get this color!

  9. Saira

    I’ve got this blusher and I like it a lot. It’s really pigmented and I find that I can either wear it sheerly if I just put a little on or I can make it brighter if I put more on. I agree with what you said in some of the comments about the packaging though – it can be a little unwieldy and I sometimes find it a little fiddly to open.

  10. melanie

    I want this blush! im from the uk and that doesn’t seem that much for blush to me.

  11. Helena

    So gorgeous! Precisely my kind of color. Not a big fan of Illamasqua’s packaging or pricing, though, so I’m not buying any time soon!

  12. Sinead

    I’m Irish and I actually am impressed with Illamasqua’s prices.
    In ireland,we’re completely ripped off by Mac and various brands…an eyeshadow is like 17 euros…whereas it’s probably like $12 in the U.S.
    That’s definately not an accurate currency conversion!!
    Illamasqua are probably just charging the same price in the US as they do in the Uk and I think that’s fair.
    As for the store in times square,it’s up to the people working there to keep things looking clean and presentable not illamasqua!!

    What I find about their products is that they’re so rich,you really need to take your time with application and prep your skin well(primer).
    I have their rich liquid foundation but I wouldnt put it on in a hurry in the morning as it takes a lot of time to blend and buff it well into the skin but excellent once you take the time to experiment with their products and find an application method that works for you.