Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow (Β£15.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with brown undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Dark Dare is comparable. theBalm Serious is a smidgen lighter. MAC Carbon has a similar intensity though it tends to be sheerer.

The texture is soft but not powdery, and it blends easily on the lid. Β I think with black eyeshadow blendability is even more important, because you may just want to darken an existing color and other times, you’ll want the color to play a central role in the look. Β It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It’s not the blackest black eyeshadow I have seen, but it has a nice level of darkness that can also be used without looking dramatic right off the bat. Β When I wore this shade, it managed to stay on for eight hours (without a base) with no creasing or fading.

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total
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Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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No problem – since comments need approval, it’s not like anyone can see what someone else asked, so it’s all good πŸ™‚ I just hope y’all don’t mind if I copy and paste, lol!

What is the blackest black you own?
Currently my blackest is Urban Decay’s Black Dog from the Black palette and I’m pretty happy with it but if I could get something even darker I’d be thrilled!

Christine, what’s the blackest black (preferably matte/non-glittery) eyeshadow you’ve come across? I’m always swatching every black eyeshadow I come across but they just never seem dark enough for my taste! I’m a sucker for dark eyeshadows but I only have one non-sparkly black in my collection.(Black Dog on UD’s Black Palette).

What is the blackest back you’ve found that is high quality and lasts? I’ve always been disappointed by them. And this one looks too brown for me in the swatch.

Christine – Thanks for the swatch! You mentioned this isn’t the blackest black you have ever seen. What do you think is the best, darkest black shadow out there?

These are all about the same: Sugarpill Bulletproof+, Urban Decay Blackout, Milani Pitch Black, Guerlain les Ombres de Nuit, MUFE #4.

Well, it’s certainly blacker than the Carbon you swatched last week! πŸ˜› I find that I’m never at a loss for a sheer- to medium-opacity black (seeing as someone along the line decided it would be a fantastic idea to include one in every bloody palette), but a good one is hard to find — I’ll have to check out the ones you mentioned in the comments!

Really lovely. Will actually consider this when I have some money because -and I know this may take some convincing- I actually only have one black with no shimmer or glitter despite the amount of palettes I buy! Thank you for the great mix of posts on new releases and things that can be great staples πŸ™‚

What a coincidence! I just bought this eyeshadow and used it for the first time last night – I loved it! Thanks for the review, Christine, as always! I agree, it’s a 10/10 product πŸ™‚

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