So i was very excited to be sent some Illamasqua product to try out from Alex Cummins and let you all know my thoughts on the brand and let you know more about it if you haven't heard about it (where have you been if you haven't)
So Illamasqua is described by the company as
... Illamasqua is your alter ego"
I love the whole concept of the brand to be different & really admire a new high end brand for being so bold & unusual in these economic times as its risky. The visuals in the range brochure are stunning and Alex also sent me a poster of their Sirens collection which is absolutely beautiful. I actually want to put it on my wall!! (it may end up in my wardrobe, so when i have a guest I don't ask what its doing on my wall)
So this is what i was sent!
Never Powder Shadow which is the most beautiful midnight blue matt
Gypsy Powder Shadow which is a dirty browny orange matt
Amour Cream Shadow which is a light blue matt with a slight green undertone! (smells really nice!)(also very similar to the mac alexander mcqueen otherworldly paintpot)
Rude Cream Blusher which is a corally peachy pink matt
Phallic Nail Varnish (love the name! hehe)which is basically the Never eyeshadow in a nail varnish with a metallic sheen added for utter beautifulness
Number 14 Lashes - very much like the Mac heatherette ones! Very pretty & opens the eye up.
So my thoughts.
Firstly i was sent shades that i would have never picked if i was at a counter & i'm glad i was sent them as i love them in such different ways, Never is just a lovely eyeshadow, so sultry & sexy for a darker look!
Gypsy is a really nice blush shade because if you buff it in you get such a lovely colour on the cheek, i think on a pink toned skin it would just look orange but on my slightly olive yellow undertone it works & it looks really nice.
The Amour cream shadow was a colour i would have definitely picked for myself as anything slightly greenish i tend to go for! & i love this its so creamy & is a brilliant base.
Rude Cream Blush, this was on my wishlist (haven't updated it so will still be on there) & its just love, i literally only ever want to wear this blush & it will be my holy grail forever because its the exact shade that suits me! Its so creamy & light & blends like a dream and is a matt, i really don't like shimmer blush! I don't think i need to say anymore other than its perfect!
Phallic Nail polish, such a rich colour & is opaque on one coat as for lasting power i haven't had time to test it out yet so as soon as i do i will do a full review!
Lashes, I wore them on a night out and they looked amazing, they have a really thick band so feel so sturdy when you apply!
So there you go, my first impressions of Illamasqua are that i am wowed which i normally am not by a new brand. When i was at Selfridges in London i had a look at their flagship store & tested out a few more of their products, the powder blushes are as soft as silk! But i resisted buying any as there is an Illamasqua bloggers event where we will be shown the new collection so i wanted to see that first just in case i want it all!
Hope you've all had a lovely start to the week & let me know what illamasqua you've tried or are yearning for!!!
Love you all lots