Monday, September 16th, 2013

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher ($26.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “dusky rose.” It’s a medium-dark, muted raspberry pink with a satin finish. Chanel Fantastic is brighter. MAC Hot Nights is powder, darker. NARS Mata Hari is brighter, powder. MAC Mocha is less pink, powder. MAC Restores Dazzle is darker. Illamasqua Seduce is similar. See comparison swatches.

The consistency is part powder, part cream; it does feel a lot like velvet in some ways. The surface is stiffer, harder, but it’s not difficult to get pigment out of it. It’s actually quite pigmented and a little goes a long way. Unlike some cream blushes, you can’t really push on the blush and see it move or create dips. The texture is lightweight, thin, but creamy and blendable on the skin. As soon as it starts being blended on the skin, it feels more powdery, less creamy. It sets quickly but remains slightly blendable (like a powder blush). The formula reminded me a lot of Chanel’s Le Blush Creme de Chanel (and Illamasqua’s version is both cheaper and contains more product). This shade wore well on me for a full eight hours, and after nine, I saw some light fading.

The Glossover

P
product

Peaked

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches!

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher (with Shard Lipstick)

The Dupe List: Peaked

See More Dupes

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

16 thoughts on “Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Virginia Virginia

    What kind of brush do you use? Or do you use your fingers? Thanks!

  2. So glad you reviewed this product. It put me in mind of the Chanel product. Wow, this is darker than I expected. I have plenty of dupes in powder form: MAC Mocha, TF Wicked, Illamasqua Seduce so will take a pass for now, but may pick up at a later date since I like the lightly dewy finish. Nice product, good price!

  3. OOO pretty! Haven’t tried the Illamasqua cream formula yet!

  4. This looks like a less dewy version of Seduce by Illamasqua, which I love… Thanks for reviewing this! I’ve been waiting for The Sacred Hour reviews for a while :)

  5. Thanks for making the color comparison among these brands… It’s really difficult to figure the real shade from just looking at the pc sometimes. I’ve never tried Illamasqua products before but I sure like the casing, it’s really cute. The fact that it last for atleast 8 hours, makes it even better. :)

  6. This looks amazing! I have been curious about these blushes recently.

  7. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    This is the one item of the collection I was most curious about, based on the description, but it’s quite a bit more intense than I had imagined. Even so, it’s diffiicult for me to get into Illamasqua collections, due to the lack of accessibility. The only retailer that even carries the brand (Sephora) in my area only does so at 3 locations, and the shelves are always picked over. I live in a very Metropolitan area, so one would think more locations would carry it. Instead, the shelves are filled with Lancome, Dior, and other brands that are carried at literally every other department store…

  8. Avatar of Pami Pami

    Thank you for showing the ingredients! Some common ingredients like the silicones and talc don’t play well with my skin, so I usually don’t buy anything that has them high in the ingredients listing. It seems like silicones are in most everything these days which is very frustrating for me. It’s even more frustrating trying to find the ingredients listings for so many products. Sephora is starting to get better, Dermstore always has them, most brand websites do not.

    I also really appreciate your including not only the price of the product (along with your detailed color descriptions, excellent photos including showing them on your face/hands/eyes etc. plus dupes – one of your best features!), but the size as well.

    Uh oh, I feel a rant coming on… I find not including the size of the product as aggravating as not finding the ingredients on the websites. Many people are easily duped by misleading packaging. I like to be able to fully evaluate the true cost of the product. Sometimes you will find that the actual price-per-ounce is higher for what is commonly considered a value/bargain/lower priced brand. It never ceases to amaze me that so many brand websites (especially those since I would expect to find ALL info on their own products on their own websites!), and sites that sell multiple brands, fail to include those, and just as egregious, not having true-to-color swatches like you provide.

    Whew, I’m off of the soapbox now ;-)

    Back to the topic of this blush, you wrote “The surface is stiffer, harder, but it’s difficult to get pigment out of. It’s actually quite pigmented and a little goes a long way.” Did you mean that is is Not difficult to get pigment out of (a typo), or is it hard to get it out of the hard surface. If so, how did you apply it? A hard surface probably would not work with a stippling brush which is what I would use for applying a highly pigmented cream blush.

    • Hi Pami,

      That last bit should be that it’s NOT difficult to get pigment out of it! Though it feels “hard,” a thin, intensely pigmented layer comes right off whether you use a brush, sponge, or fingertips! :) I used MAC’s 131 for this!

      I echo your desire to see ingredients/weights/quantities listed on retailers’ websites (both big retailers as well as individual brand’s websites).

    • Avatar of Amy xamyx

      @Pami

      Be very careful when reading ingredients lists on Sephora’s site! I try to stay away from parabens when it comes to products I use regularly all over my face (or, at least *minimally), and I’ve found Sephora hails several products as “paraben-free”, but when I look at the actual product, parabens. My decision to stay away from parabens is simply a matter of choice, as there are no obvious adverse reactions, but if they’re doing this for something so benign as parabens, it makes me wonder what other “mistakes” are being made.

  9. Nikki

    Great and very helpful post! Although similar, it seems overall, you generally rated the chanel a smidge higher. Any reason in particular or something subtle and inexplicable?

  10. I love the shade :) its really suits you :) need to grab it soon

  11. Avatar of Abbey Abbey Ward

    I always love to see your reviews of Illamasqua products because I would have to travel quite a way to see/touch/feel them in person. I love Seduce, but it doesn’t last long for me. I was hoping this would be similar in color with better wear. Looks like I lucked out! This is definitely added to my wish list. :)