Illamasqua Haul & Swatches

Ever since I became really interested in makeup, Illamasqua was a brand I wanted to try, but I was always put off by the higher price & the fact that it wasn’t a brand I heard a lot of beauty bloggers talking about. So, when I saw they were having a sale, I jumped at the chance to try out a few products.

The first product I picked out was the Powder Eye Shadow in shade Dizzy (RRP £15.50, bought on sale for £6.20). 
The shadow comes in one of Illamasqua’s traditional convex square compacts, with the clear panel on top making it super easy to pick out the correct shade at a glance. My only slightl complaint is that the catch requires you to slip your nail into the gap in order to prise the compact open which means pretty much instant nail chipping.
On the website, Dizzy is described as a warm dusty rose, but in person I think it’s closer to a powder pink, & certainly not as dark as it appears online. This is a beautiful spring eyeshadows shade & it works both on the lid & blended into the crease. However, I’ve actually been using it most as a blush – it gives a perfect hint of colour while still looking super natural.
 

The second product I picked up was another of the Powder Eye Shadows, but this time in shade Hype (RRP £15.50, bought on sale for £6.20).

Hype is a bright, buttercup yellow & I basically bought it solely so I could recreate this look which I saw on Tumblr months ago, but which I still think about on a weekly basis. This shade is perfect if you’re into bright colours, but it can also work well as a pop of colour in a more neutral look, & I personally find having something the colour of sunshine on my face a massive mood boost.

As you can see, both shades are relatively pigmented & they can easily be built up to give a more opaque look. I do find both shadows to be ever so slightly chalky, but this can easily be countered by making sure you tap off your brush before applying & blending well. I’m a big fan of these shadows & will definitely be picking up more in the future.

Next up was the Precision Ink Eyeliner in shade Havoc (RRP £20, bought for £8 in the sale). 
The packaging on this is fairly standard with a slim black tube unscrewing to reveal the applicator & product. I do like the added touch of having a colour swatch on the top, again making it easy to pick out the correct shade if you have multiple ones.

The applicator itself is nice & thin, making it easy to control even for someone who’s more used to felt-tip style liners. There is a slight tendency to get too much product on the nib, but I find that by starting in the centre of the lash line it’s still possible to get a thin, sharp line.

The shade Havoc is a deep, dark red. It’s dark enough that – at a distance – it almost reads as black, but close up the colour adds an interesting twist to even a basic cat eye. I also can’t fault the formula: it’s super opaque – even with just one layer – & completely waterproof. I’m not convinced by the other shades currently listed, but if they bought this out in a dark green or navy, I would definitely snap it up.

The final product was a total impulse purchase & it’s the Liquid Metal pigment in Solstice (RRP £17.50, bought in the sale for £7.00).

I feel like this bright gold cream pigment speaks for itself. It’s super pigmented – you can see on my finger it literally looks like liquid gold – & when blended out gives a beautifully soft metallic shine. Because it’s a cream, it also applies perfectly both with a brush & fingers.
My only complaint is that the cream formula makes it prone to creasing, particularly if you have oily lids, & setting it with a powder isn’t really an option if you want to keep that metallic shine. That being said, with a primer this should stay put for at least a few hour, & I imagine most people would wear this at night, making longevity less of an issue.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with my haul & will definitely be revisiting Illamasqua soon. Let me know what you think of the products in the comments below & if you’d like to see any of the products in more detail, just let me know.

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