I’m growing to really love Illamasqua lipsticks, and colors like Atomic are a big reason why!
I loved bright lips even when bright lips weren’t “cool,” and unless you feel the same, Atomic may not be the best choice for you. Illamasqua describes Atomic’s color as “Fuchsia violet,” and I find that to be a fairly accurate description. On NW15 me, Atomic is a deep but bright (if that makes any sense!) magenta, with just a trace of bluish sheen.
Here’s a very thorough review of Atomic, complete with color-true photos:
I don’t know of any exact dupes for this shade, though Bobbi Brown Rose Blossom and Stila Intriguing might be somewhat similar.
As others have stated, the texture of Atomic is fairly dry, and that seems to be characteristic of Illamasqua lipsticks. This means that most may need or want a little balm underneath, but the drier texture also translates to tenacious wear.
I like either colorless or magenta liner with Atomic – if you’re going to wear a color this bold, you don’t want it to look “smeary.”
I’d *definitely buy Atomic again. In fact, I already own five Illamasqua lipsticks, and am eying more! Illamasqua, which offers such a great selection of bold shades, is quickly becoming my new fixation.
They’re pricey, at around $24 each, and many people will need to order them online, but to me, it’s totally worth it!
Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick (£15.50 for 0.14 oz.) is new for spring/summer and part of the brand’s Toxic Nature collection, which should show up at Sephora in April. For now, though, it is available through Illamasqua directly. Illamasqua describes Atomic as a “fuchsia violet.” After swatching and applying, Atomic is a deep, reddened fuchsia with violet and fuchsia sheen. It has that satin finish but such a strong pull of iridescent sheen that it almost looks like a frost.