It is no secret that I am a huge Illamasqua fan. You can search the brand name on this blog and see so many posts where I have raved on about their products. A few seasons ago they went vibrant and bright with their colours, bringing candy pinks and corals into the mix, from their usual deep and sultry style. Last season we saw that darker and well-loved Illamasqua look come back into the stores, accompanied by the most beautiful, old-school Illamasqua imagery. Whether you’re a candy pinks girl or prefer a mixture of richer tones, Illamasqua stocks such a wide assortment of pigments that it has become an essential brand for so many.
I was so excited to try this blush, after I used to go crazy over baby pink blushes and ended up reverting to a more brown toned blush gal a year or so ago. This blush in Nymph is that beautiful barbie pink that can really make your cheekbones pop for a spring flush. It is so pigmented, so just a quick swirl over the pan will suffice. In the images above I’m wearing the blush alongside the complement palette, mixing all of the shades to form my usual smokey brown eye with a darker liner shade. The cream brown shade in this palette is absolutely amazing. I have never thought to use a brown cream shadow for my crease shade, but the colour blends out effortlessly to leave such a natural crease shadow. The gold tones I used for the lid, mixing the rust red and brown into the outer corner and lining with the murky purple. If youre also wondering where my new brushes are from, they are the brand new Bold Metals collection from Real Techniques that Ill be covering so soon, in time for their full launch online!
Whilst I haven’t tried the lashes yet, I have worn Illamasqua lashes before and they are dreamy. A thin band that applies to the eyelashes naturally and in shapes and styles that really accentuate eye shapes. I cannot wait to wait this set in 019. The nail varnish is also stunning, and whilst you cannot see it in the images, the colours inside this polish shimmer in dark pink and silvers for an iridescent finish. Very much my kind of shade.
As for the lipgloss, wowza. I initially wasn’t as excited by it as the palette and blush, because look how exciting the palette is. Yet, I’m wearing it as we speak and not only is the taste and scent good enough to eat, like Palma Violets almost, the finish is so much stronger, and glossier than I expected. I was imagining it to be a finishing gloss, to add over lipsticks to add a sparkly finish, but this gloss is a lip shade of its own. A deep yet vibrant pink that reminds me of my favourite Illamasqua Corrupt lipstick. In fact those two together would make a winning combo. And the biggest bonus?! It isn’t at all sticky and sparkles like the pout of a Hollywood starlet. I’m totally taken now. *Runs off to find Corrupt*
What Illamasqua products are your favourites or are there any that you’d like to see a review on that I haven’t mentioned before?
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