Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment (£15.50 for 0.04 oz.) is a limited edition shade launched to celebrate the brand’s first fragrance, Freak. It’s described as a “blackened plum shimmer,” which is an apt description! It’s a dark plum with a hint of brown underlying all the plummy purple goodness wrapped in a frosted finish. It’s sheerer when applied dry–the brown is more prevalent–and much more intense (and better!) when applied damp. The product binds together better with a little liquid, which yields a much more opaque, smoother color result. Bare Escentuals Romp is lighter, less blackened, and frostier–that was the only shade I felt came close, but it’s not a dupe.

Pure Pigments are loose colors that can be applied on the eyes, cheeks, face, or body. It can be used dry or applied wet for a “bolder colour pay-off.” Illamasqua recommends using it over a cream texture to intensify the color and hold the color in place. Queen of the Night will hold in place dry, but it lacks a lot of the intensity, so I’d recommend using it wet to achieve true-to-pan color.

The Glossover


Queen of the Night

It's just different enough to stand out in a sea of eggplant and plummy purples. I like the softer, frosted finish, which gives it shimmer and sheen without being metallic.











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Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Illamasqua, £15.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Bare Escentuals Romp is lighter, less blackened, and frostier--that was the only shade I felt came close, but it's not a dupe.

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16 thoughts on “Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Fieran

    Would you happen to know how this compares to MAC’s Deep Purple pigment?

  2. The shade is beautiful! Would look make a gorgeous fall smokey eye!

  3. Maya

    Are we able to get this in the U.S?

  4. Natasha

    This is so beautiful! Thank you for the swatches.

  5. It’s a quite interesting shade, although I already own some pigments that are similar enough to me

  6. Sexy Sadie

    Taupe with a hint of burgunder. Truly wonderful colour.

  7. Cords

    Illamasqua is my ultimate favourite high end makeup brand, but the packaging on the loose shadows is so stupid. A friend of mine got one before i did so thankfully i learned from her mistake and didnt rip the little seal off before i thought about it. The product goes EVERYWHERE when you take that seal off. the hole is far too big. theyd have been better off using 4 small holes instead of one gigantic one. The colour is gorgeous though.

  8. Sally

    There is a waiting list on the their website. If you enter your email they will emaile you when it becomes available for purchase.

    • Sally

      I just received mine yesterday from Illamasqua. They shipped it internationally. Currently, if you spend 50 British Pounds they will ship internationally for free. They also have some good Christmas kits on their website. The color is gorgeous, use it with sealing gel and its an AMAZING eyeliner!

  9. Michelle Brown

    Aw it’s gorgeous; I tend to want colors that are hard to dupe!

  10. Honeybumblebee

    Nice color but I have to admit I have some pigments that are just as good and cost less. But it is nice :)

  11. Joanne

    Looks kind of like a frostier version of Chanel’s Eyeshadow Single in Magic Night as well!

  12. CassandraLalal

    you said you own many that are similar? please share your dupes! :)