Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss (£14.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “leaf green.” It’s a brightened, medium grass green with warm, yellowy undertones and a creamy finish. It will surprise absolutely no one that I don’t have a laundry list of dupes for this shade. That, in fact, I have none to recommend to you. OCC’s Chlorophyll is much more of a teal shade. (And their newer Power Plant shade is more teal as well.)

Shoot is a high-maintenance color, because it’s in gloss form, it has a lot of slip and will move around a lot. I found this particularly problematic in maintaining and achieving opaque color throughout. It just looked uneven more often than not. To get really opaque color, you have to apply a fair amount of product, but with that much on, it is somewhat uncomfortable–just has a thick, heavy kind of feel. Luckily, it is non-sticky, so it doesn’t feel gummy, even with more product applied. I tried applying it from the tube with its brush-type applicator as well as with a separate lip brush. The results seen in photos are used with a separate lip brush, which gave me the best results but not great results.  It lasts well for four hours, and there is still a noticeable green tinge to my lips for another hour or so after.  It had a sweet, fruity scent.  I’m still noticing that every tube I’ve received of Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss with the brush applicator has had significantly splayed bristles.

The Glossover



It's not an easy to use shade; the color doesn't want to stay opaque and ends up looking streaky and uneven for the majority of the time it is worn. It's an interesting, unique color for lipgloss, which is really the best thing about.











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Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

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63 thoughts on “Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. kEG

    It’s really cool-but I’d be afraid to wear it in my conservative town. I might be able to pull it off at an alternative gathering like drum circle or a club

  2. Adele

    I wouldn’t buy this since I’m not a fan of green makeup in general, but the color is gorgeous! Looks like people who do want to own something like this are going to be very pleased.

  3. Dominique

    I guess it’s only beautiful on the Illamasqua red haired girl, I would never wear such a green shade on my lips though I already tried a long time ago some unusual shades 😉 ( Helena Rubinstein blue and mauve lipsticks ), green is beautiful but not on my lips !

  4. Anne

    Honestly, I think it looks so scary in the tube. It reminds me of a grasshopper.

  5. Katherine

    Illamasqua posted a great use for this which is mixing a little of the gloss with a red lipstick/gloss to darken it. I love the promo image for this gloss but I can’t see myself with it!

  6. Julia B

    Oh! I remember this color! They showed this on Instagram. They mixed it into a bright red lipstick and darkened into almost a berry red. I wouldn’t wear it on it’s own, but I would mix it into other lipsticks/glosses.

  7. Yellowlantern

    I love this color. I immediately thought of the Joker’s hair from Batman. If I had any occasions to wear this I totally would.

  8. Laura

    Forgive me if this is a silly question. When cosmetic companies create these non-traditional colors, is it meant for stage and costume wear? I can only assume theatre make up artists would love these.

    • It’s meant for anyone who wants something nontraditional, however they envision wearing it – the best part about makeup is that it is an expression of self; a creative outlet. For one person, it’s a shade they wear with a costume, and for someone else, maybe it’s a shade they wear every week.

      • Amy

        Very well worded, Christine! Also, thank you for speaking out for the people who are more than willing to wear this weekly! It’s quite a gorgeous grasshopper-ish green<3 You can also use it to darken red lipsticks. Even warm it up a bit since this green is more yellow than something like Power Plant from OCC.

        • Laura

          I never thought of mixing it. I bet that looks gorgeous mixed with a deep red! Thank you for the input.

  9. Why do they make these, other than for photoshoots, runway make-up and dress up parties?

    • Just like some people wear red lipstick every day and others save it only for very special occasions, there are people who enjoy these kinds of shades in equally varying capacities :)

    • Amy

      You should really open up your mind. There are people who would love to wear this, even on a daily basis. Just like others who would wear nudes or reds everyday. It is a gorgeous shade that can be used alone or mixed. Yes, it didn’t work well with Christine’s coloring, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look gorgeous on someone else. I’ve seen so many pull this off in such a beautiful elegant way.

      Plus, if they didn’t make this, how can people wear it with costumes etc. in the first place? 😛 Also, Illamasqua is a brand that promotes letting your alter-ego run wild and promotes creating different alter-egos<3. Their name literally means "The Mask". They encourage you to embrace yourself and try on how ever many masks you'd like to use to extend a part of yourself!

      • 18thCenturyFox

        Hallelujah! I swear at this point I want to wear these colors just to shake things up again. I mean I still see the phrase “scary red lips” like *what* does that mean? Are the choices a Bobbi Brown neutral, a Tarte lip sheer or a heart attack? Man, I thought punks, goths, Rockabillies, psychobillies had really brought some of the more interesting, fun cosmetic concepts to a wider audience but I see some of the comments and I pull a total Liz Lemon ” What the WHAT?!” I went to college in the late 90’s and I would’ve rocked this color and worried not a whit for what others thought. I don’t think everyone needs to/ should be this way, but is it such a far flung idea that people would wear this out doing errands? I mean considering the crazy things happening in our world every day, all the body mods, green lipstick is the brain tangler? Color me confused.

  10. Vick

    I like this a LOT!

  11. Leticia

    Wow, this sure is an interesting color! I could not see myself wearing it in real life, but it´s amusing to know there’s a color like this available out there :)!

  12. Neha

    What a pretty green it is. Can this be mixed in some other color lipstick/gloss to get an entirely different color. How can we use it. Though my husband wants me to wear these totally non wearable shades too, but I am not that courageous ;).

    • You can always pat it onto another color to mix and alter the color – just like OCC’s Lip Tars were designed to be mixed to create custom shades, so a lot of their core shades in the beginning were primary colors and the ability to mix.

  13. I always love these colors but I’m talked out of it because I can do the same with clear gloss and pigment :/ BOO! Being resourceful is boring!

  14. Sarah

    Not a color for me at all. However, I saw this layered over a berry-red lipstick and it really intensified the color and was very pretty. I could see it used for a Poison Ivy cosplay, too!

  15. Lindsay

    Wow. I sort of remember MAC maybe having a very sheer, sparkly green gloss that, when applied, looked like honey on my lips? I can’t for the life of me remember the name, though. That’s kinda what I was expecting here, but I have to admit that I kinda love this… still, I wish it was a lil bit more wearable!

  16. Heather

    I dont get it, what is the point of this shade? Who would actually wear it for anything short of a costume? It looks truely awfull on you(nothing against you and everything against that shade) and I cant think who it could possibly flatter.

    • Different strokes for different folks — no different than some wear red lipstick and others don’t!

    • Amy

      You should really open up your mind. There are people who would love to wear this, even on a daily basis. Just like others who would wear nudes or reds everyday. It is a gorgeous shade that can be used alone or mixed. Yes, it didn’t work well with Christine’s coloring, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look gorgeous on someone else. I’ve seen so many pull this off in such a beautiful elegant way.

    • 18thCenturyFox

      It would look awesome on me. There’s your answer. I dont think it would look good on people who haven’t the confidence for it. I think it looks really awesome on Christine, seriously. If your mind only accepts certain colors as “permissible” how could anyone help you see any differently?

  17. I’m really seriously attracted to this colour as it looks so fresh and just like the first growth of grass shoots in the spring, but not so much for my lips. Kudos to those who enjoy pulling something like this off, but it’s a pass for me.

  18. This would be awesome for Saint Patricks Day or Mardi Gras I would definitely rock it!!!!

  19. Sabriel

    I love you for reviewing stuff like this! Stuff that’s cool, and isn’t even *supposed* to be flattering.

    I don’t know that I would ever wear green lip-gloss, but I’m super glad that it exists.

  20. Maria Villafuerte

    That looks awful! Reminds me of mashed avocado…haha

  21. Smidge

    Tres Poison Ivy, daaahling.

  22. Kathrina

    Leprechaun-green! 😀 I like it. If I didn’t know that this poor thing would just lie in my make-up bag without ever being used I’d go for it.

  23. Barbie

    this is awesome!

  24. Eliz

    I could not personally rock this look, but I think it’s cool that Illamasqua challenges the beauty status quo. And, their products are typically excellent in quality, which is even more rare with non-traditional products. I personally own and enjoy many of their blushes and lip products. And, even though I’m drawn to their more traditional offerings, I respect that they push the beauty envelope. It’s not always about me.

  25. Jasmine M.

    Wow this is so vibrant and beautiful!

  26. Zainab

    I actually wish stuff like this would catch on, so I’d feel more okay with wearing it. I bought Illamasqua Apocalips (by mistake, Atomic =/= Apocalips), and dammit I will wear it! Just don’t know when…

  27. VickyM

    Poison Ivory lol, crazy shade very crazy! 😀 but it´s cool if it was a drugstore product, between the equivalent of 1 and 3 dollars in my currency I would buy it but as it is no, way to expensive for a color I could only use like one or two times a year.

  28. EvilStepQueen

    Any Illamasqua gloss that’s had a brush applicator that I’ve ever purchased had the horribly splayed bristles, too. They really need to work on that!

    The color is…umm…not my favorite

  29. dia

    I wish this was a lipstick! I love unusual lip colors, but I think they work best when fully opaque- the sheer streakyness kinda ruins it for me.

  30. evr

    somehow, i love it!

  31. Gina

    I love when you do reviews of oddly colored lip products! It’s just so fun to see them on people. Glosses like this make me wish it wasn’t considered odd to wear shades besides pinks/reds/nudes/etc. in public. I have so many lip products that I can feel jaded by new releases, but Illamasqua always finds a way to put a smile on my face!

  32. Denise

    It’s a rare color you can’t make look good Christine! But this is one even you can’t fix, lol

  33. xamyx

    This is very pretty, but it’s just not me. Not that I have an aversion to non-trditional lip colors, or that I think it looks “freakish”, but I just don’t care for neon-type shades, regardless of product. I do know of many people who could pull it off, though. That said, this may be worth checking out to try with other lipstick shades…

  34. Precious

    Such a cool shade! I really admire the people who are courageous enough to wear this and can actually pull it off. :)

  35. Kristina

    This is fab for a Hulk costume! (joke)

    I would not wear this shade myself but I do like the concept behind it. It has so much artistic integrity. That is an element that has been missing from the seasonal collections of cosmetic brands. Instead of going full force with a creative vision, whether mainstream or avant garde; we see the redundant hues and products that make “high sellers” instead of innovative form and function. Kudos to Illamasqua and the of modernity green lips!

    (yes I am a design nerd)

  36. Lisa

    That’s so pretty. I wish I had the guts to wear it in public.

  37. CeeBee

    OK, so green lipgloss… It sorta looks like you’ve been lip mashing the Hulk, so it really doesn’t do it for me. 😉

    Don’t get me wrong, I have an apple flavoured green glittery Dior gloss from way back (it goes on sheer, unsurprisingly) but I really do prefer greens either way more yellowy or teal based than this offering, personally.

    Perhaps if it were a stain/base cream colour instead? I’d wear more “out there” colours if they were multi-use (eyes, cheeks, etc) and designed for easy layering, but this isn’t it.

  38. Reminds me of Shrek!

  39. I actually like it on you! I voted “Love It”, why not! I’d never wear it but it makes me smile.

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  41. Jane

    I would wear this. A nontraditional lip color with minimal eye makeup, or just contouring, looks less crazy than one would expect. 😉

  42. Terri

    I don’t like this, it’s not, to me, flattering. And I am NOT close minded at all but I just don’t think it
    flatters anyone features, which is why I wear makeup. To each his own I say but for me? No thank you.

  43. Amanda

    For some this might work, for me it’s a no. In the early 90’s I did have a shimmery teal lipstick from Manic Panic called Mermaid. Also had an iridescent lilac color from another brand. I was a teenager. I did do some strange lip colors in my life time. Just not this bad boy, that grass green on my lips wouldn’t work.

  44. I love the heck out of this.

  45. Angelika

    I was on the fence about orange lipsticks but green to too out there for me.