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Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless Collection for Fall/Winter 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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OCC Palare Nail Lacquer

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer
OCC Palare Nail Lacquer

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “deep fuchsia with blue/violet duochrome.” If you love eyeshadows like MAC Stars ‘n Rockets or Urban Decay Fishnet, you’ll love this polish version. It’s a fuchsia pink with iridescent violet and fuchsia shimmer that becomes more or less pronounced depending on the angle of the nail and the lighting conditions. The duochrome is definitely there, but it is on the subtler side.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). I wasn’t sure if Palare would apply as well as it did, because the consistency is on the thinner side, but it is surprisingly pigmented and mostly opaque in two coats. The shimmer distributes well and is plentiful without resulting in visible brush strokes.

It seems odd to say this about an OCC polish, but it’s a muted version of Deborah Lippmann’s Makin’ Whoopee, which has so much brightness that it nearly radiates; it also runs cooler i tone and more of a purpled-fuchsia base color. Essie Bossa Nova is several shades darker and more red-based, but it has a similar feel.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Palare
Palare
Palare
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette
Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes shades of silver, teal, navy blue, and black. Three of the shades have shimmery finishes, while one shade has a matte finish and can be used also as an eyeliner. It’s a limited edition palette from Guerlain’s holiday collection.

The first shade (on the left) is a silvered pewter with a hint of gray. It has a shimmery finish and a sheerness to it that makes it seem partially like a layering shade. The only possible dupe I could think of was MAC Vex, which can look similar… or very, very different, given its duochrome finish. In the middle towards the top, there’s a bluish-teal with a frosted finish.

It has good color payoff, but the shade is rather muted by nature (even in the pan, it is not an in-your-face kind of teal!). Urban Decay’s Aquarius seemed similar but is less blue.

Underneath the teal shade is a navy blue with a blackened-blue base and a hint of purple. The color payoff is nice with a really soft, smooth application. It is reminiscent of Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here and Make Up For Ever #81.

The final shade is a dark black with brown tone (as compared to a blue tone) in a matte finish. I honestly was expecting this shade to swatch challky and unevenly, particularly because the texture wasn’t very buttery–it was very soft and silky, but not dense and buttery. It’s rich in color and very easy to blend. It is similar to Make Up For Ever #4.

I like it, but I’m not head-over-heels in love with it. The color combination works, and it’s a lovely cool-toned, almost midnight kind of mix. It’s smoky eyes with a touch of color but not a punch. The textures here are soft and silky-smooth and wear well all on their own. The look I posted yesterday was created and worn without an eyeshadow primer or base, and I had no issues over the twelve hours I wore it.

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

A-
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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