13 June 2013

My thoughts on Illamasqua lipsticks

A picture of Illamasqua Lipsticks

I love lipsticks. I just love how you can alter a whole look based on the lipstick you pick. I can do a neutral smokey eye and wear a nude lipstick for a soft but sultry look, or with a vibrant pink, red or even purple for a more fun and playful look. I have lipsticks in every colour you can think of and I love dipping my toes into different brands. A brand whose lipsticks I had never tried until recently is Illamasqua. I've always lusted after Illamasqua's lipsticks because they have such a wild and vivid selection ranging from beautiful nudes and pretty pinks to poisonous greens and deep purples. Today I am going to share my thoughts with you on my favourite three shades from the Illamasqua lipsticks I own. 

Illamasqua lipsticks come in bold, chunky yet still beautifully sleek packaging. Simple black with the Illamasqua logo, they stand out from my other lipsticks for their shape and hard edges with soft trims. When I first open an Illamasqua lipstick I always think the lipstick looks incredibly plastic. Illamasqua lipsticks are harder, firmer and more compact than any other brand I have tried. At first, if your lips are dry these can take a bit of tugging and pressure to apply to your lips. I like to make sure I have a nicely moisturising but not sticky or thick lip balm on before using a lip brush to apply a first, sheer layer of the lipstick. Then I apply straight from the bullet on top. I find this way applies a more even opaque colour than if I apply just straight from the bullet. You don't need too much with Illamasqua lipsticks, they have awesome pigmentation and the colour is really easy to build up. Just have a trusty lip balm and lip brush on hand! 

A picture of Illamasqua lipsticks

Over is a beautiful shade and of all the Illamasqua lipsticks I own, it's probably my favourite. A beautiful peachy coral which gets more and more intense and brightly orange the more you apply. It's a shade which is intense, but flattering. It's very complimenting against my olive skin tone but also peachy enough to suit both paler lovelies and dark beauties. I love this for an every day lipstick, the shade isn't too over powering and goes with most looks. Plunge is a pale lavender toned pink and it's not one I wear very often, but when the mood calls and I fancy a more lavender toned lip shade, I happily pop this on. It can sometimes look a bit stark on me, but the lavender tones in this pink would be very flattering on paler beauties I think. It has a softness to it that's flattering, but a bit flirty at the same time. Immodest is probably one of my most worn pinks. Everyone seems to be raving about MAC Candy Yum Yum at the moment but against my skin tone, that sort of neon barbie pink really isn't flattering. In fact I think it makes my skin tone look odd with such a bright pink on my lips. Immodest* is I think a little bit of a more mature pink. It's bright, the pigmentation is intense and it's definitely vivid. But it's not out of place on me. I love it and I adore teaming this with my Chanel lipgloss in 104 Astral is amazing teamed with Immodest, it's like their the perfect duo and destined to be. A favourite combination for sure. I really like Illamasqua lipsticks. Their matte, but their unlike any other matte lipsticks I've tried. They are very light weight on the lips; sometimes I can find matte lipsticks to feel heavy, these are the opposite. Next time I am at an Illamasqua counter I am definitely picking up another shade. I don't think I quite have the confidence to pull off Apocalips or Disciple (although I really wish I did!) but Atomic, Sangers and ESP are definitely on my wish list. You can find Illamasqua lipsticks in department stores, their flagship stores and online on ASOS and the Illamasqua website. (£16.50)

A picture of Illamasqua lipsticks
Immodest - Plunge - Over 

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