Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Illamasqua Volt Illumine Oil
Illamasqua Volt Illumine Oil

Less Bronze, More Galactic

Illamasqua Volt Illumine Oil (£32.00 for 100ml) is the same lovely formula as Pulse, but it gives off a very different look. This look is less sun goddess and more moon goddess–it’s a mix of iridescent blue and violet and white shimmer. I think this would be especially beautiful on those with cooler skin tones, because it will really set them off. Less coconutty scent, more general tropics feel–again, doesn’t seem to linger on me.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you find golden body oils to be too unnatural on you, Volt may be a nice way to give you the same shimmer-sheen look with a more natural look.

AVAILABILITY: Illamasqua

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Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Illamasqua Pulse Illumine Oil
Illamasqua Pulse Illumine Oil

Go Golden Bronze!

Illamasqua Pulse Illumine Oil (£32.00 for 100ml) is a quick-drying, fast-absorbing golden bronze shimmer-sheen oil. This is an excellent product to use on legs and shoulders for an extra glow on a night out on the town. A little goes a long way, and I love that it dries down and still gives off that soft sheen but doesn’t feel oily or slick. The shimmer is subtle that it doesn’t look like you’ve bathed in body glitter, and it’s as natural as shimmer is ever going to look. There seems to be a very subtle coconutty scent, but it’s barely there and doesn’t linger for more than a few minutes on me.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love glowy, slightly sunkissed legs, I think you’d love Pulse. It’s not going to be a self-tanner or bronzer, but it is going to accentuate your natural tan and skin tone.

AVAILABILITY: Illamasqua

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Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Illamasqua Writhe Bronzer

Going Bronze with Illamasqua

Illamasqua Writhe Bronzing Powder (£20.00 for 0.32 oz.) is part of Illamasqua’s Body Electrics Collection, but it’s only available overseas as just Writhe.  In the U.S., Sephora carries Illamasqua Glint & Writhe Bronzing Duo ($27.00), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, to be honest.  The idea of ever using a single product so much that I’d need an entire compact of it seems unlikely, so sometimes a duo let’s you play with two shades for the price of one.  (By the by, Glint is a peachy highlighter kind of shade.)

Writhe has a very pretty, burnished copper-bronze look to it.  It has a slight metallic gold shimmer-sheen, but it can be applied very subtly for a softer look.  It’s nice as a bronzer or as a blush.  I didn’t find it too orange or red, though I think this definitely suits warmer skin tones best.  You can also layer it for a more intense, obvious bronzed cheek, too.  It is particularly shimmery, though, so those looking to use this all over the face may find it a bit much for day time.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love that burnished, sun-bronzed cheek, Writhe will achieve all that and more.  Very pretty when paired with golds on the eyes!

Availability: Sephora

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Illamasqua Body Electrics

Illamasqua Body Electrics for Summer 2010

Illamasqua, the UK-based make-up line for your alter ego, introduces its first collection of make-up for the whole body: Body Electrics. Inspired by the power of kinetic energy, the art of movement and the fluidity of the body in motion, this stunning collection is an anthology of creams, powders and dry body oils infused with light, shimmer and shine, designed to highlight and contour the whole body.

The first Illamasqua collection debuting in the U.S. to include exclusive, limited-edition products, Body Electrics has been formulated with hyper-pigmented light-reflecting particles that ignite the skin with intense colors and finishes. Each product in the range has been selected to accentuate the body’s every twist and turn to exquisite perfection, exuding a confidence that’s more than skin deep.

An expressive, avant-garde visual campaign featuring stunning make-up created by Alex Box and fashion styling by Dazed magazine’s Katie Shillingford support the campaign. Shot by leading fashion photographers Warren du Preez and Nick Thronton Jones, the images take on the duo’s “hypervisuality” style based on the manipulation of light. With Body Electrics, Illamasqua harnesses the power of movement and takes body make-up to a whole new level.

Gleam Cream ($36.00)

Light up your soul and release your inner you. Containing iridescent pearlescent pigments, this lightweight cream is suitable for face and body, lifting and highlighting wherever it’s applied. Use on its own or mix with foundation for an immediate skin brightening effect that will illuminate the night.

  • Flex Soft pink iridescent

Liquid Metal Palette ($42.50) (Limited Edition)

Indulge in a myriad of metallic shades and gild your work of art. Each one is amazingly rich and highly pigmented, giving you the power to dazzle and delight at will. Use to adorn eyes, face and body, and apply with fingers or a brush. Now is your time to shine.

  • Contains Solstice (gold), Enrapture (bronze), Surge (platinum) and Phenomena (silver) in one sleek compact

Liquid Metal ($26.00)

  • Surge Platinum
  • Phenomenon Silver

Powdered Metal ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Imagine Electric Blue
  • Can Can Violet

Pure Pigment ($24.00)

  • Furore Beige shimmer
  • Static White with iridescent pink and violet flecks

Sheer Lipgloss ($20.00)

  • Divine Hot pink

Bronzer Duo ($30.00)

  • Glint/Burnish Soft luminous peach/golden bronze

Availability: May 2010 for Sephora.com; April 9th, 2010 at Illamasqua.com

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