Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher ($26.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “dusky coral.” It’s a medium-dark coral with a hint of pink and subtle warm undertones; there is a dusty/muted element to it, which may make it a great coral for anyone who has tended to shy away from the brighter releases. MAC Passion for Colour is lighter, powder. NARS Soulshine is powder. Chanel Presage is more orange. Edward Bess Secret Affair is powder. Tom Ford Flush is pinker, brighter, powder. Aveda Hibiscus is a powder. Burberry Blossom is a powder. Dior Coral Glow is a touch darker, powder. See comparison swatches.

This shade performed similarly to Peaked when I test-drove it yesterday. It wore well for eight hours and started to show some signs of fading after nine hours of wear. The consistency feels like a very thin, lightweight cream initially, but once it touches the skin, it turns slightly powdery. I feels more like a powder but retains the blendability of a cream product. The surface of the blush, though, feels stiff and hard, but whether you use fingertips or a brush to get the color off of the surface, you’ll have no trouble doing so–the blush is incredibly pigmented. It is buildable, blendable, and as a result, you can sheer out just a couple of dabs on the skin for a subtle flush or pat on more before blending for a more intense look. 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).

The Glossover

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher (with Shard lipstick)

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21 thoughts on “Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Thats stunning on you Christine …. absolutely gorgeous :)

  2. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    So beautiful on you Christine, your skin looks so healthy.

    • Thanks, Fabiola! :) My doc gave me a topical antibiotic to use on my face (I had hormonal cystic acne), and it seems to be helping! Maybe. Fingers crossed I didn’t speak too soon!!

  3. I love Illamasqua blushes, I’m sure these won’t disappoint and since Illamasqua is affordable in Australia makes it even better!

  4. I wasn’t sure which shade I was leaning towards getting, but it’s definitely this one!

  5. Oh my, this blush is just perfection!

  6. lara

    Thanks for the review. As I suspected, too similar to what I already have. Too bad, b/c I really love their blushes, both powder and cream. Hopefully more colors in the near future.

  7. Avatar of maryam Maryam

    OMG OMG this looks so gorgeous on you christine :) <3 loving it your glowy skin and this blusher plus you are looking more fresh in this pic :) and you are totally right i kind of shy of bright orange blushes so do u think that this will suit me? i have cool or neutral undertone? kindly do suggest whether i will buy it or not? bcz i have told you i don't have high end brands where i live so i have to order it online :( thanx a bunch love for letting us know about this love love love love you christine muahhh u r the best <3 :)

  8. Oh, that looks gorgeous. I want it.

  9. Danielle

    Beautiful! Love the duskiness…mutedness…whatever you want to call it.

  10. Such a pretty color, and I love they don’t feel the need to put glitter in their blushes!

  11. Avatar of liz liz

    oh my gosh, you’re GLOWING

  12. This looks lovely on you! And thank you for saving us some money from spending on chanel!! i will definitely try this one! May i ask you what brush you used for this blush? Thank you

  13. Avatar of MissMagic MissMagic

    Hi! How does Sleek compare to M.A.C’s Melba? Thanks :)

    • I think Melba is more muted!

      • Avatar of MissMagic MissMagic

        Thanks! I’m having an eye on this one and on Swiss Dot by theBalm. SInce I have MAC’s Melba and Illamasqua’s Lover and Rude, are these (Sleek, Swiss dot) bushes similar enough to the ones I already have? I don’t put a lot of blush: will they look similar/same on cheeks? I’m pretty fair, Bobbi Brown 2.0 or MAC NC10-ish.
        Thank you in advance.

        • Hi!

          I would go for Sleek. The reason being is that Lover and Melba are both powder. Rude is cream, but I think Sleek is different enough from Rude to justify!