Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless: Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “taupe beige.” It’s a medium-dark taupe–it’s a mix of beige, gray, and brown–with a cream finish. The glossiness of traditional gloss is very apparent, but it’s opaque in color like you’d expect from a full coverage lipstick. Like many Illamasqua colors, it’s not your typical “nude,” but it can work as such.  When I was trying to think of a dupe for it, nothing was coming to mind–not a gloss or a lipstick; MAC Our Pick was the closest, but it’s warmer.

In my experience, Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss is opaque, long-wearing, non-sticky, and scent- and taste-free. Facade doesn’t last as long as a lot of the other shades I’ve tried within the range, but it does last four hours (and it’s not marketed as a long-wearing gloss).


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Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss (apologies–I’m not wearing foundation!)

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I like it though I am a sucker for Illamasqua glosses.It’s quite nice in a tiiiimy mount over a bright cool pink to create a more wearable hue.Tiny amount though!
I think it’s similar,though darker than,MAC’s Viva Glam GaGa 2 lipgloss.
Mix in a little clear sparkling gloss and you’ve got a really unique shimmering nude.

Aw, don’t apologize for not wearing foundation! 🙁 I actually dislike when people say that, it’s not a crime to show your bare face. Plus, your skin looks great anyway!

As for the actual color… I do like taupe, but just not for the lips. I’m glad that it performs well for anyone else interested, but I’d have to leave it. 🙂

I love Illamasqua for all the wierd and wondeful colors they produce. I don’t think I could pull off this color very easily, my skin leans rather warm as well, but I love seeing something new and unique that might look INCREDIBLE in the right application!

I think this looks really good on you, Christine! Like you said, with a smoky eye it would work nicely. I’m tempted to try it out even though I’m pale as a sheet.

It looks a little bit like MAC’s “To Pamper” from the Fabulous Feline collection. That works well on fair and cool skin tones but not on warmer tones.

This one’s not for me, but I absolutely love the variety of colors Illamasqua comes up with. I’ve purchased quite a few of these by now.

Ew, ew, ew. I am totally on board with the green lipgloss, but this is just too “eww” for me. Thanks for the swatch! (and dear god you might not want to leave the house with it on…)

That’s my natural smile, actually – sorry you don’t like it! I don’t have to force a smile – I LOVE to smile. Maybe that’s what happens after you wear braces for 10 years and are made to feel ashamed to smile by people around you on the internet – then maybe you’d enjoy smiling as much as I do 🙂

I apologize. I know that sounded like an insult. It wasn’t, its just that I have been viewing your blog since its inception and older pics of you seemed so different. I didn’t mean to sound rude. I read your blog religiously. You are a very beautiful woman

I imagine photos of me from five or six years ago look different, because I’m five years older and in a very different place today than I was when I was when I first started the blog or even when I first started posting makeup photos (which was when I was maybe 18 or 19–I’m 25 now)–not to mention the lighting, angles, etc. are all way different now with newer technology, haha! All I can say is I don’t fake it; I like smiling, I’m very happy, so it’s hard not to let that show through in a smile.

Oooh I really need that! I never have luck with nude lipsticks, either they are drying, don’t cover my dark lips that well or they’re limited edition like Lady Gaga 2. 😀 So this seems like worth a try! Love the brown-taupe shade.

This is badass!!! It’s earl grey with condensed milk in a tube. I love Our Pick (if not on me, at least the idea of it) and this gloss is amazing.
Btw, your skin looks flawless and you have a lovely smile! Cheers!

Christine, you look beautiful here and I always love your bright smile even when sometimes you’re showing us a totally wild grade F formula you always have this confidence that says, “I’d wear anything once for you dear reader!” I’m NW15 and I think this would be chic on me. I have a question though, some browns and greys bring out the yellow in my teeth. Did you find this made your teeth look more, or less, white? Thanks!!

i think the nyx lipgloss in the colour “taupe” could be maybe a dupe for it. love it, for my type of skin a not washed out nude and the perfect fall colour.

facade… weird name for a lipgloss. facade means the elevation of a building, the front. (useless info of the daY 😛 ) i wouldnt wear it though 😛

It reminds me of Illumasqua’s Facade, just intended for women with darker skin tones. Pretty cool shade, actually. Nice to see a company willing to experiment with colors.

as an NC15 ginger, I thought this shade would be instant zombie-lips and way too draining. but- wow- it’s amazing! really versatile. you can use it to mute colours and add gloss over the top. you can layer it with a nude (like Viva Glam Gaga II) and play up the 60s blank look. or it makes a really unusual, rather elegant pink lip. not too bright.. i like to layer it over MAC’s Lovelorn to tone it down. everyone can find a way to use this. it’s too interesting a LE to miss out on!

Although I have been searching for a nude gloss or lipstick, I’m not sure I would purchase Illamasqua Facade. I guess it would be fine as Laurence pointed out if using only a tiny amount on the lip. I feel it gives too much of a plastic looking effect, an un-kissable pout. Just not really my style. For now I will continue my search for the perfect nude for me and my lips 🙂

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