Friday, September 9th, 2011

Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless Collection

Descend into the riotous scene of erotic adventure that is THE THEATRE OF THE NAMELESS, nocturnal den of the dissident leaders of underworld subcultures. Exotic dancers rub shoulders with expressionist actors and performers; nudists and Boot Girls openly compete for the Conférencier’s eye; and all participate in the Club’s endless, pleasure-seeking rituals, immersing themselves in a heady world of sensual delight …

Teased by the sweet, pungent tang of opium, the air throbs with the electric shock of lovers’ flesh. Dare to feel the intensity of the club’s intimate caress, and abandon yourself to the glorious wonders of unfettered night-time make-up.

“Theatre Of The Nameless is a heady mixture of opulent hues, decadent pigments and fearless application. A bruised and burnished pallet that gives a sensual slip that bleeds colour into colour, worn through and kissed off.” — Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director

Infused with the essence of self-expression that transformed 1920s Berlin, this rich and indulgent collection envelops the senses. Darkly sophisticated tones are accompanied by shocks of dazzling iridescence, creating a breathtakingly modern interpretation of the most illicit nightlife in history.

It’s time to cross the threshold and embrace a world of unadulterated decadence …

Cream Pigment ($24.00 / £17.00)

  • Andorgen Coral
  • Depravity Magenta

Pure Pigment ($24.00 / £15.50)

  • Beguile Shimmering white pearl
  • Berber Auburn shimmer
  • Zeitgeist Shimmering black

Mascara ($ / £15.00)

  • Raven Midnight black

Precision Ink ($27.50 / £17.00)

  • Havoc Aubergine

Nail Varnish ($14.00 / £13.50)

  • Taint Stone brown
  • Kink Bottle green
  • Vice Deep cerise
  • Faux Pas Blue violet

Shimmer Blush ($24.00 / £16.50)

  • Ambition Neutral
  • Morale Rosed flush

Lipgloss ($20.00 / £13.00)

  • Facade Grey pink
  • Violate Dark green shimmer

Lipstick ($22.00 / £15.50)

  • Kontrol Blue violet

False Eye Lashes ($16.00 / £16.00)

  • Grandeur Fluttering, tapered elegance
  • Weimar Thick, long, luxurious blackened auburn

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60 thoughts on “Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless Collection for Fall/Winter 2011

  1. Devi

    Haha, I like the first and third promo pictures… the lines are so sharp and clean and neatly drawn.

    • Ali

      I’m not positive – but I’m almost sure that those lines were produced via Photoshop or Illustrator or any number of other photo editing devices. But like I said, I could be wrong. :)

      • Ali

        Or it could be that they were drawn and then edited? In either case, the result is aesthetically pleasing :)

        • C

          there is a youtube video showing the make up artit , Alex Box, drawing the lines with illamasqua liner and a brush.

          shes just THAT good, and then theres a little photoshop, but the lines there are what shes drawn by hand completely

  2. Mariella

    Any product that has to “glamourize” itself with lines like “the sweet tang of opium” won’t get my money. In this day and age, they should be ashamed. Yes, folks – it’s ONLY makeup! And there’s nothing romantic about drugs and drug addiction.

    • Ame

      They’re not trying to galmourize drug abuse. Opium was the drug of choice during the 20s, the era from which they drew their inspiration. Will anyone really be tempted to try heroin because of Illamasqua? The answer is obviously no. They just use the phrase as a descriptive tool for the collection itself. You’re reading too much into it.

    • nociva

      They also have items in their collection titled Smut, Tramp, Fetish, Trash, Maneater, Phallic, Victim, Predator, Vulgar, Sadist along with Demon, Diablo, Lestat, Succubus and Malevolent. So if you really want to nitpick Illamasqua for their naming choices, you have a lot to choose from.

    • Hanne

      The aesthetics of sex, death and decay are a big part of the vision of Illamasqua. If you don’t appreciate having your darker sides adressed, this brand is definitely not for you. Personally, I think it’s very appealing. Whenever I look at the photos from Illamasqua´s various collections, I am reminded how people used to paint beauty marks on their faces to hide cutaneous manifestations of diseases including syfilis. You’re absolutely right, there’s nothing romantic about drugs and drug addiction, but beauty inspired by the hideous and even repulsing is amazing. It’s art and darkness.

      • Devi

        That was pure poetry and almost brought tears to my eyes. ;_; Beautifully said.

      • Ida

        I’m so with you Hanne, these are exactly the things that appeal to me, that in a way speak out to me and my psyche. Each to their liking, but I really loathe the moralising attitude.

        How about moralising the whole cosmetics and fashion industry for making money with the default assumption that women need huge brands and expensive things to look pretty, that they’re not good enough as they are. -.- How about moralising this whole beauty blog genre that is built upon this huge industry and that supports these notions and consummerism, ripping us off and distracting us of what is really important. (Even though realising this might be true to *some* extent I still choose to consume these products and love them even. :D)

        Yeah, the word opium is the real big issue, right. 😉

      • Anniemaxx

        I understand both sides but as an artist,I agree with Hanne’s perspective :) it’s a canvas to express their creativity :)

  3. Lindy

    What gorgeous promo photo’s! Illasmaqua always does such an amazing job, love the promo text too, very brooding haha :)
    Too bad we can’t see the makeup of the second model better with the heavy shadows.
    The list of products doesn’t seem complete next to the photo’s, or is just me?

  4. Green lipgloss could be interesting!

  5. Love the aesthetic of this collection! I am dying for those false eyelashes and the neutral blush especially. That auburn pigment looks lovely as well… Can’t wait to see this hit Sephora! At least, I hope it does…

  6. I like the Weimar but I’m not willing to pay over $10 for a set of lashes. 😉

    I relay like the Cream Pigment Andorgen Coral! I might be willing to buy it to use for blush and base.

  7. Oh wow, what sexy sex is this?! I’m really intrigued by Violate. Can’t wait to see this collection in person!

  8. Vincent

    Do you know if this collection is going to be available from sephora?

  9. I love the cream pigments, must have them both!

  10. Renee

    So how do I get that pink lip in picture 3??!! It doesn’t look like that lipgloss in the pink tube.

  11. I love this collection, my order actually arrived today! If you’re going to review the products I’ll probably end up placing another order though 😉

  12. jan

    this is sooo cool! I love the art and creativity of it! This is very unique

  13. Maureen

    unh, yes, I need everything

  14. AnGeLwInGz

    I really like Illamasqua a lot. Their products are always a breath of fresh air amongst the same colors we see over and over again from luxury brands.

  15. ashley seme

    For those asking if Sephora will carry it–I got an email from Illamasqua yesterday saying that had this collection up now. As far is in Sephora stores, I think that will vary from market to market, etc.


  16. Alexis

    i love the photos

  17. Love love love the promo images, some of the most interesting I’ve seen all year!

    I also love the descripton, sounds like something out of a Laurell K. Hamilton novel. I’m definitely looking forward to the blushes, precision ink and nail varnishes.

  18. Courtney


  19. Leah

    Gorgeous promo photos!!

  20. Allison

    That four picture is uhhhhhh just a tad suggestive. Actually, I had to look at it for a minute or so to make sure what looked like what was happening really was not!

  21. Ashley

    Gosh, you really have to appreciate Illamasqua’s promo team…they are so good at what they do. Toxic Nature was amazing, so is this!

  22. I am eyeing that hunter green nail polish!!

  23. Em

    Illamasqua’s promo photo’s are always so incredible!! Even if I don’t want anything from the collection, I’m always amazed by the photos. They make me want to be more experimental and daring with my make up – such an inspiring brand!!

  24. snm

    wow,Alex Box seems to love 1920s Berlin a lot,it also was the inspiration to a previous theme.I will check out the polishes and blushes for sure!
    The promo pics are gorgeous as usual,and I really LOVED those creamy outfit and lingerie!

  25. Lucie

    I am always left in awe by Illamasqua’s collection concepts. Love, love, love. If only the packaging wasn’t so cheap and plasticky. :(

  26. Sephora doesn’t have the Violate lip gloss or the two new cream pigments either on their website or in their stores (King of Prussia PA said they weren’t getting them).

  27. mnm

    That was the most bizarre strange description of makeup I have ever read. Trying to hard???

  28. nociva

    This collection is wonderful! I need those nail varnishes in my life.

  29. Nellie

    I wish we were getting the entire collection in the United States. Sephora has the collection online, but no Berber pigment, cream pigments, Violate gloss or Kontrol lipstick.

    Berber is EU-only, but Illamasqua doesn’t list the other missing products as EU-only, so it’s very disappointing that Sephora does not have them.

  30. stephanie

    love it all! the redhead reminds me of Magenta from the rocky horror picture show, and its all good!

    • c

      The redhead is actually based on an actual person in the 20s called Anita Berber =) and the male character Sebastian Droste. 😉 I find it very interesting that they have taken actual historic characters as inspirations

  31. Brenda

    *Sigh* Still can’t find this brand in Ontario. No shipping into Canada either. :(

    • Hanne does ship to Canada. It’s quite expensive though, and I don’t know if taxes or fees will be added :-(

      • Falucia

        I’ve ordered before – no taxes etc and a little birdy told me they have a free international shipping for later this week 😀

  32. maybe good for stage and drama and the opera or even halloween, but not for everyday practical use

  33. I love the promo pics, Illamasqua has the most creative promos.

  34. Leana Lucas


  35. Vice and Faux Pas nail varnishes are really gorgeous and and one coat was fine for me. Would love to try the Violate lipgloss!

  36. Does anyone have any experience with Illamasqua foundations? I have the rich liquid and the finish is a bit odd. Has anyone tried the new one, skin base? Many thanks.