I finally bought myself some bits from the much raved about beauty brand Illamasqua. I had a look around their website and saw that their sale was pretty good, which I’ve heard is generally the case, especially in January. Thus I thought it would be the perfect time for to get aquainted!
So what did I buy…
Light Liquid Foundation – LF 140
It’s always dangerous to buy a foundation without it being matched to your skin colour/tone/type in real life, but Illamasqua have this pretty nifty chart, which tells you which shade you’d be in relation to other brands. For example most beauty fanatics will know their MAC shade off the top of their head, so you simply look this up on the chart, scan over to the right and there you have your illamasqua shade – genius! Unfortunately I now simply cannot find this AT ALL! I’ll keep trying and leave a link if I have any luck!
Now this is not to say that the shades will be the same as whichever brand you’re accustomed. The Illamasuqa shade was lighter, with a more yellow tone to it that my standard MAC NW20, but it was still right for me.
The consistencey is another factor I had to get used to, much thinner than my usual aforementioned MAC foundation, which I wasn’t worried about, however, it was very hard to blend and felt like I was just moving it around my face, rather than actually cover anything.
On the plus side, when you decide enough is enough and hope that it will not move around your face, it does leave a lovely dewy finish, another first for me, in comparison to my Studio Fix, which was very nice indeed. But this then felt tacky all day, and like I would remove it if I touched my face at all.
I’m glad I tried this when the price was marked down as honestly I wouldn’t buy this again, and in fact I’m finding it hard to even want to use it all – simply because of how it seems to just sit on my skin. Yet this isn’t to say that I wouldn’t try a different foundation formula from them, as I’ve heard some rave reviews, but I have a few others that I want to try way before I have another go with Illamasqua.
Left to Right: Concealor 115, Concealor 130, Light Liquid Foundation LW 140
2 x Concealors/Correctors – 115 and 130
I’m not usually one for buying different shades of concealors, however, due to the price (£7 each) and again the fact that I was buying online and wasn’t 100% sure on how the shades etc would look, I went for the two above.
Again unfortunately I don’t have much to shout about with these, I’ve only really used the lighter one, as I have dark circles and like to brighten up the area, and would only really use the darker one for blemishes etc.
The consistency is pretty similar to that of Benefit’s Boing, which is quite thick, and what I like to think of as a “tapping in” concealor rather than a rub or blend one. This means that anything more than literally warming it and tapping it in to the skin will remove it. This isn’t really a problem to me, as as long as it covers what needs to be covers then it’s all good in my book. Which it did, cover I mean. The problem was that then it would start to crack and all my fine lines would start to expose themselves -yep I have dark circles, and “liney” undereyes, which then looked almost crepey and cakey. And this was after applying eye cream as well.
Liquid Eyeliner Precision Ink – Abyss – Full Price
I was really excited about this as I wear liquid eyeliner every day, I feel naked without it, and I’ve just ran out of the one I’ve been using, Clinque Eye Defining Liquid Liner (review to come). I also saw that Megan from Wonderful You (another avid liquid liner fan) uses this regularly, and it looks fab on her!
So after all of this anticipation I was rather disappointed to find that it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The nib is long, and definitely the best part of the product, really easy to use and has the ability to create small every day flicks, or sexy 60’s style feline eyes.
And the colour, initially, is really black and seems like it’s going to be the best thing ever. However, when it dries it looks like you could almost peel it off. It goes quite shiny and then flakes. It also rubs off on your upper eye lids, which obviously just looks awful. I think if the longevity was better I could deal with the shiny aspect of this! Literally gutted!
Medium Pencil for eyes, lips, face, and body – Debonair
I have yet to try this out, but from the swatch it seems quite pigmented, and easy to apply. I have to admit i thought this was a standard eyeliner, it didn’t realise it was multi-talented! A plus!
So all in all I haven’t had the best of luck with this brand, and honestly I’m peeved! I thought everything would just be amazing! I’m not throwing in the towel just yet though, I must be doing something wrong?!
What has your experience been with Illamasqua? Have you used any of these products? I’d love to know your thoughts!