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Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick
Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick (£15.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “teal” with a matte finish. It’s an opaque blue-teal with a matte finish. It’s certainly not the shade you think of when you hear the word “everyday.” I’m sure it doesn’t come as much of a surprise when I say I don’t have anything quite like this. The closest would be Illamasqua’s Gender, which is a bluish lipgloss. I haven’t swatched or used it yet, but perhaps OCC’s Chlorophyll will be similar (but it looks more like a green-teal).

The formula is very dry, though it will slide over lips well enough to deposit opaque color without too much pulling or dragging (but there is some). The finish is entirely matte. It’s unscented, and there was no discernible taste when I tested it. Apocalips will wear and wear and wear–and it will stain, too. The stain is almost like frostbitten lips, to be honest! This shade wore for six hours with little fading, but because of the drier texture, you’ll want to ensure that you absolutely have perfect, moisturized lips prior to application. My lips felt a little dry after wearing this for six and a half hours. I wouldn’t describe the formula as drying, just dry, and naturally, lips without any hydration, will need some after several hours. My lips weren’t chapped or cracked, though–and that is how my lips react when a formula is truly drying.


PPermanent. $24.00.

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick
Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick
Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick
Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick (Diffused Flash)

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Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick
Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick


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AnGeLwInGz Avatar

I’m jealous of all the ladies who have the courage to wear it! It’s a beautiful color and I’d certainly wear it in nail polish form.

amy Avatar

I don’t find this any less “wearable” than, say, purple lipstick, or orange/purple/fuschia blush (not exactly “natural” colors), so why not a blue for the lips? People wear very unnatural “blush” colors every day, so why not this?

Lark Avatar

I’m fifty and go to night clubs. Don’t you? This is fun going out wear, like glitter or double lining. It does need some icky child appeal candy to stain the inside of the mouth bluish greenish, but hey- copper based blood. Be alien on a dance floor before your time is up. Gold highlighter with neutral blush and line that red water line.
Smokin’ hot fun!

Joanna Avatar

I bought this with a few other pieces from the collection, and I love it, but can’t do much except look at it and plan halloween costumes around it. Any advice on how to make it a bit more wearable (perhaps a color it would look good mixed with?) I’ve already used it to add some blue undertones to pink but I have similar coloring to you and really blue-based pinks don’t look that great on me :\

Lark Avatar

Red and green make muddy colors. This is a nightclub statement color-I’ve already seen it out at night. Very dark skinned girls, black and I think Indian just put it on and walk out the door. Looks incredible! White girls will need lip erase in all probability.
In another decade this will be daytime- for now its night. Clubbing. Gold gloss, but mixing traditional lip colors with bluish green gets you grey ish brown. Basic color wheel.
It’s like black lips; you’re there or you aren’t. Sephora will knock it off pronto though, and sting less if you never go out in it.

Bethy Avatar

I can’t wait to own this. It’s not blue (I am really wanting a true blue lipstick) but it’s a beautiful color! I am totally wearing this once I get it.

Nina Avatar

Nice!! Good call Fitrah! I have cyan pencil and for some reason never thought to put it on my lips! Definitely trying this soon!! Thanks for the tip! ; )

Pip Avatar

If you’re after a true blue, try checking out Morgana’s Cryptoria? Gothy site yes, but they have some lovely hand-made lipsticks in all kinds of crazy shades.

Fitrah Avatar

I love blue lipcolors. My favorite combo is MAC’s Cyan Blue Chromagraphic Pencil under CoverGirl’s Divine Lip Perfection lipstick. It makes a lovely periwinkle. Apocalips is going on my wishlist. Illamasqua’s matte lipstick formula is great. I wear Illamasqua’s Pristine, their matte black lipstick, a lot. It’s one of my favorite lipsticks.

Sharlie Gugel Avatar

I would live to see this with Illamasqua Violate sheer lipgloss over it!! Could you imagine how insanely beautiful that would be???

kate Avatar

Totally agree- would be a stunning combination! Colours like this might never work at the office, but I do occasionally like to rock one for an evening out. I find that if you feel confident enough to wear the shade, I think it’s something anyone could pull off.

artemis Avatar

Cool 😀 Too bad it’s so matte 🙁 Love the color though <3 I would so wear a color like this if I didn't live in this ex-communist Romania… :/

LC Avatar

I guess I’ll be the stick in the mud and wonder who would truly wear this in everyday life, not just on Halloween. Really? I think the color itself is pretty, but I doubt it would be flattering on anyone.

Iliana Avatar

So true. I’m pretty sure that it anyone could pull this off, as long as they have the confidence to wear it proudly. I am a serious believer in confidence making any outfit and makeup look good. I’ve seen a lot of what most would call “uncoordinated”/”not suited for daily wear outfits” land on The Sartorialist and other fashion blogs and magazines because of the wearer’s confidence.

What a pretty shade. I can imagine this going well on someone with a glowy, deep, dark tan and an edgy outfit. Maybe also a mohawk and/or winged liner.

Laura Avatar

I have this lipstick and it’s hot. I haven’t had a chance to wear it out of the house yet (a little too crazy for the office!) but I’m definitely going to wear it next time I go to a club, probably with a subtly smokey neutral eye. It’s strangely a lot more wearable than you might think. The girl at illamasqua was wearing it over a bright blue-teal liner which looked awesome!

Miss J Avatar

This is Illamasqua, not Clinique. Point being… look at who each brand is trying to target then re-think that comment. Illamasqua focuses on the art of makeup. Their slogan is “makeup for your alter ego.” It would probably be more of a waste for them to come out with another ordinary color seeing as people tend to look to Illamasqua for the more unique shades/products.

Carrie Avatar

Because they’re Illamasqua. They started in the theater and are known for the dramatic. Sure they do have more “practical” colors but that isn’t what the heart and soul of the brand is about – it’s colors like this that they’re really known for.

Lark Avatar

There’s like 40% of the US and a ton in the UK alone who have dark skin and a certain percentage of them look amazing in this kind of color just grabbed and put on. Some girls need a bit more set up; but I’d wear it to clubs, wrinkles and all! I have a bright cobalt blue, but this seems more wearable. The editorial pics show the model in a teal wig with this lippie, amazing! Wait two weeks and look at the men who wear make up posting tutorials all over you tube…
New ideas take a while. And this requires icky kid candy to stain your mouth so pink and green don’t fight.

Mar Avatar

I thought Kontrol was lovely, but this is just unique! I would love to see Sephora stock it, but I will just have to order it directly through them. All the pictures I’ve seen of girls wearing this (including you Christine!) look so divine I cannot take it.

amy Avatar

That would be interesting to see, though… Kat Von D wears two different eyes. (I totally thought it was my TV, but then I read it somewhere)

Abflex Avatar

Millions of people wear makeup, ladies! And not all of them always want a red, pink, or nude lip color. I think it’s super awesome that a fancy brand like Illamasqua is offering high-quality options for the beauty outliers.
Also, look at a color wheel. Green is opposite of red (aka it’s complimentary color), which is why this green-based teal shade looks oddly “right” to a lot of people’s eyes, despite it being really unconventional. It’s the literal inverse of the classic red lip. Love it.

Nina Avatar

I second Christines response!! =) I totally get that this lipstick is Not for everyone! Some are gonna think it’s too weird, some probably think it’s ugly but… that’s why makeup comes in lots of colors!! Because some of us think this is AMAZING! And would definitely wear it in public (though I agree with most posts ~ it’s a going out look… not an office look). So ~ that’s why a company would make this color, cause there ARE a lot of people that would wear it.

I recently have had a bold red lip breakthrough, but prior to that, I would have picked this color up before wearing a nice, true red in public! =)

Eleanor McCarthy Avatar

Well, if you were going for a part as The Joker in a Batman movie, you’re all set. You look great, but this color makes you look ill. It seems that even though this is actually a fantastic lipstick, it won’t be useful for most of us.

Moena Avatar

I think the look you have on is really creative; blue-teal on lips and pink-purple on eyes–the opposite of conventional. 🙂 I love it!

Christine Avatar

It was funny – when I was doing the lip swatch for it, I was like, “It doesn’t really go with this look…” and then I was like, “But what DOES it go with?” It’s not like any look I wore with it would make it any less dramatic/unconventional. So I decided why not?

Maria Avatar

Hmmmm, I think although bright red/purple/orange etc are considered wearable is because your lips contain hints of those colours naturally, blue/green however is only ever naturally your lip colour when you are really ill or dead :-/

Good colour to wear for the sake of breaking the mould but I can’t see it ever being flattering!

(Unless its on Christines’ pretty face of course 😉 ) Avatar

I love this lipstick it is so pretty on you Christine and I guess I’m an odd ball because I would not be scared to wear this if I could get it in the U.S. I would be wearing it as much as possibly! I love standing out feeling unique or individual! Makeup is a form of self expression! Not everyone thought Mac Pink Friday was very wearable and I personally love it and wear it constantly!! Wish this lippie was available in the states 🙁

Christine Avatar

No, I was at home 🙂 Since we work at home, we’re only out if we eat out or run errands–usually I don’t test anything until I know I’m going to be home (because I usually test two faces, half on each side) OR if I need to wear it for 10-12 hours, then I’ll put it on in the AM.

amy Avatar

I’ve been wondering, Christine, do you ever get a chance to wear makeup for “fun” & not work related (not that you *don’t* have fun testing products?

Roxanne Avatar

I think my problem with this lipstick is I look at it and think “Man I wish that were more blue”. I don’t know what it is with me and teal, but teal colours always come off as blue’s ugly cousin LOL

kastehelmi Avatar

And the funny thing is, I was thinking “I wish it were more green!”

Looks fabulously verdant, but I would never wear a lipstick that’s so blue, cause it does make the complexion look ashen/sallow. Green on the other hand….
Well, green is my favorite color, that’s probably the only reason I’m defending it as opposed to blue-green lipstick!
You ladies who like Apocolips should flaunt it!–I am more attracted to Flare, gotta try some Illamasqua someday!

Mar Avatar

Agreed, everyone has their own comfort level or preference and I don’t go around saying neutral lippies are boring and dull in the comments, but I think it’s a trend that Illamasqua does when they release something unconventional, which is why I honestly love them (along with their ideology). While some found MAC’s Candy Yum Yum to be their HG shade, I woldn’t wear it but I would rock Apocalips.

I’ll just embrace ‘Halloween’ as being a daily form of expression

Miss J Avatar

Hahaha, I feel you, Barbara. It’s one thing when people say it’s not a color for them, but the simply stupid comments… Ugh.

Veronica Avatar

Curse you regional releases! *sigh* I love the color, but I don’t know if I could justify both the price AND the expense of having a UK buddy purchase and mail it over to me. Considering, considering…

Miss J Avatar

I think I would like this color better deepend with a black lipstick! Leans a little too blue for me, personally. I think the only way I’d buy myself a blue lip color is if it was named Cyanotic, lmao. IDK why, but the name would please me.

Jane Avatar

The amount of negative feedback (i.e. “why/where/how would you wear this” “it makes you look dead” “waste of money” “NOT flattering” etc.) really makes me want to buy this, wear it, and prove them wrong!
This is a seriously awesome color. Thanks for reviewing it!

Joni Avatar

Sorry Christine, but I had to laugh a bit at the full face photo. You’re lovely and it looks pretty cool on you but it’s just so odd.

Veronica Avatar

I think it would take me a bit to build up the courage, but I would. I’ve worn MAC’s Potent Fig to work before, so I can be daring when I want to. 😀 For me, makeup is all about fun.

timothybcat Avatar

I thinks it’s an absolutely gorgeous color and the finish and pigmentation look amazing! I wish to heaven I was younger/cooler so I could actually wear it.

Lark Avatar

I want! Nightclubs, gallery openings, after dark is fair game for this! But it needs a spearmint sno ball while getting dressed to tone down the pink gums- that’s the key. I’ve already seen this on black girls and it looks amazing…

Andrea Avatar

We have lots of wonderful colours now which in the past might have been unconventional – pink eyeshadow, green nails – so it’s really great to have a different choice for lips, too! It looks amazing full-on, but also toned down with a wash of colour.

Nic Avatar

It actually looks quite nice, for what it is. The pigmentation and texture look really good, and while it’s not the type of color I’d reach for often, I could see wearing it out for fun.

Kellilee Avatar

Are they planning on releasing any of this collection on Sephora? I’m dying for most of this collection (including this lipstick, LOVE) but I can’t order overseas! 🙁

Nancy Avatar

Reminds me of MAC’s peacocky kissable lipclour.
Very unique color, though I’ll never have the guts to wear it out except maybe on Halloween but even then..

Tiahaar Avatar

This is a very unique lipstick shade. I’ve been wearing this out during daytime and no one commented. It actually doesn’t look that wild, there’s something muted about this shade. (People tend to give me funny looks when I’m wearing purple lips.) Apocalips isn’t very dark and it appears more green on my lips than on yours Christine. I love Illamasqua for making these amazing lipsticks. 🙂

studiodummies Avatar

I was wondering if you were gonna test this one! I love blue lippies, or pretty much any lippie that’s a more “unconventional” shade + I’m really getting into the color teal lately. I would love to wear some of these more boldly, but unfortunately, I live in WI and you should see some of the looks I get just from some of my more “minor” things! If I still lived in Cleveland, OH, I could prolly rock it without much prob! The one thing now is being a student of the tribal dance community, I think that might be the place I can let my more obnoxious, louder, bolder, you name it, self out free!

Christine Avatar

You know, I used to live in the Silicon Valley in California (I still live in CA!), and I can’t say I saw much full makeup. Even just heavier eyeshadow, I rarely saw it. So… I don’t know where all of you makeup fiends are hiding, but even in busier areas – it’s just as rare, lol!

That’s a good call 😉 I mean, there is always a time and a place, right? I wouldn’t exactly wear Apocalips to a business meeting! Unless it was with Illamasqua, perhaps!

Lucy Avatar

I’m actually going to keep this in mind next time I’m near an Illamasqua counter (even here in the UK they are sadly quite rare). Any blue based red/pink seems to turn fuschia on me, so this could look wildly different on me IRL.

Would be fab for messing with my colourblind brother’s head too :).

Alexandra Aimee Avatar

Yuck! I really hope this doesn’t become a thing :-/ To be perfectly honest even on you (an expert in application!) it looks very messy because it does not blend with your natural lip color at all. The line from lip to inside of your mouth is too dramatic, the small cracks around your cupids bow look messy, and the tiny big that bleeds onto your skin on the lower lip looks different from the part over your actual lip. The only way I can imagine this ever being even a little stylish is with a full on punk rock look where everything is supposed to look messy and off kilter.

Vanessa Sales Avatar

Who actually wears this color lipstick? Blue, black, very purple those colors are just not flattering or pretty in my opinion. Scary… Youre so great for trying it on!

k Avatar

Curious, is this actually limited edition or is it the same as other Illamasqua collections where the collection seems to be fairly long/permanent in their range? Just wondering cause I’m considering purchasing but wondering if I’ll have a while yet or not.

Alexandria Avatar

Personally, I’d love to see this colour applied just barely in the center of the lips over reds or pinks. But since that is how I would use this colour I’d be better off with OCC’s liptars. I do love that they put out such a bold colour though.

Brittany Avatar

beautiful color but honestly I dont think this color looks good on the lips, I for one will even admit i know for a fact it would not look good on me. But this would look stunning on anybody can rock that color on nails. A teal matte nail polish? I think so! But i would wear glossy and kind of creme finished.

Steph Avatar

Neat! I would never wear it, but I enjoy looking at different makeup. Thanks for adding a touch of unconventionality to Temptalia!

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