Monday, October 18th, 2010

Illamasqua Resolute Liquid Metal

Illamasqua Art of Darkness: Resolute

Illamasqua Resolute Liquid Metal ($26.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a rusted, cranberry red with deep pink micro-shimmer. Liquid Metal is a cream product that is designed to highlight and create a “luminous glow.” It can be used anywhere–eyes, face, or body–so it could be used as a rather as a bit of a blusher, on the lips, or as an eyeshadow base. Those would be my top three uses, personally; some of the lighter shades in the Liquid Metal line would work well to highlight on the body, too, but I think this dark of a shade lends itself to the uses I listed.

I tried it on my eyes as a base with Illamasqua Ore on top, and it worked well. I didn’t have issues with creasing, but I think this product is emollient enough that those who are more prone to creasing may want to use an eyeshadow base underneath the cream, and then be sure to set with a powder eyeshadow, too. I just see potential creasing issues on those with oilier lids, because the product didn’t seem to dry very quickly and is rather creamy (which does make for easy blending!).

It was fun to wear on lips initially, but it has an odd texture–almost a little drying and powdery–so I don’t think it’s ideal for lip wear (especially if you have dry lips). I liked it best on the cheeks, because it was creamy enough to allow you to really blend it out and get the level of intensity you wanted but dried down and stayed for hours. No matter how you wear it, though, one swipe packs a lot of pigmentation.

I loved how metallic and shiny it looked, even when it seemed to dry in place, but it did take some work, and it may take a few practice runs to get it just right, too. I wouldn’t recommend using it as a cream eyeshadow for those with oily lids, because it will probably crease unless you really sheer it out. Given that they’re not exclusively for eyes but rather as a multitasking product, it definitely has multiple uses. I think it does best as a blusher, but so-so as an eyeshadow [base] and lip product.

The Glossover



There aren't a ton of creamy red bases out there, so you may still want to consider Resolute, if red is what you're after. I think this product is interesting, and the lighter shades may be more versatile, as you can really highlight with them on all parts of the body.
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Illamasqua Resolute Liquid Metal

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Where can I purchase Resolute? How much is it?

Sephora, $26.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

It reminded me a little of MAC's Flammable paint, which has been discontinued for awhile.

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19 thoughts on “Illamasqua Resolute Liquid Metal Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ida

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think that you understand what this product is for…it’s supposed to crease. It’s not an eyeshadow base.

    • The Liquid Metals can be used on eyes… so presumably you would not want it to crease on your eyes? Since it’s a cream product, you would do best by using it underneath a powder, so either as a base or over an eyeshadow base but still under a powder… I’m not sure why you would want it to crease!

      • Julia

        Also, Sephora lists this as an eyeshadow, so people who buy Illamasqua from there would see it as a cream shadow.

  2. Lulee

    i had really high hopes for the liquid metals but i dont think they are useful for anyone other than makeup artists. while they look cool i could just not get them to work on me, and my lids arent even that oily… i used udpp, benefit creaseless cremes, tfsi and paintpots and alone and they still creased. although i tried one of the older shades, maybe they reformulated them.

    • Sarah A.

      I LOVE this product! I have it in surge, and wear it all the time… If I use a base underneath it (usually NARS), and set it with a very light dusting of translucent powder (usually Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil), and it doesn’t crease or smudge when I do it that way. Try setting it and see if that helps 😉

  3. I used it on my eyes and it creased no matter what I did. Used UD primer potion and eye shadow over top and still creased. Really sucks because I love this colour as an eyeshadow. Also used it on my lips but then I noticed the packaging said not for use on the lips, so I guess I’ll have to use it as a blush.

  4. eh. doesn’t wow me like the gold one, i believe it’s solstice? That one is amazing.

  5. Deb

    It looks a little too much like blood for me…although I could see it being very pretty in small doses!

  6. Crystal S.

    How does this compare to things like the Artifact Paint Pot

  7. Reme

    If it’s not working as an all over eye colour, perhaps it could be used as an eyeliner?

  8. Eileen

    the swatch looks so beautiful … I like this shade of red especially for the eyes.

  9. Jessica

    NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Rust is extremely close to Resoulte except it’s more than half of the cost and works the same exact way.

  10. Teena Marie

    Do you think it’s comparable to the Artifact paint pot by MAC?

  11. Miss_Silk

    This looks like NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil in “Rust” which I often use if I want red eyeshadow, or make my pink shadows darker