The title of this post pretty much says it all! My favourite gel eyeliner was coming to an end so I just had to restock.
Whilst on the Illamasqua website I saw the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette, I thought to myself I probably have more than enough eyeshadow palettes, but then I saw….FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE….argh! I’m such a sucker for a G.W.P and anything trial size, perfect for in your handbag, to try new products and for travel.
So anyway as you will have gathered all the items ended up in my basket, through the checkout and arrived at my door…eek!
Since the brand launched in 2008, they made a strong commitment to never support or permit animal testing on any of their products, and only work with suppliers who uphold these principles. All their products are cruelty free their make-up brushes are made entirely out of synthetic hair and the range also houses over 100 Vegan products.
The products I have tried from their range have been great quality and highly pigmented so I was excited to try more.
Let’s look at what I ordered:
Firstly, the whole reason for the order:
ILLAMASQUA PRECISION GEL EYELINER
£21.00 colour Infinity
What Illamasqua says:
“A smooth, water-resistant formula, the liner applies effortlessly to deliver intense colour with ultimate staying power. Achieve long-wearing, high definition results with ease.”
Abso-bloomin-lutely! They hit the nail on the head, I have tried many gel liners, some smudged and transferred to the eyelid, some turned grey when they dried, others dried up whilst I was less than half way through the pot.
This eyeliner is AMAZING, it’s creamy and easy to apply, yet dries to a water-resistant finish, it remains black and I get to use the whole pot without it drying out.
I apply this with a Mac 266 brush to define the eyes and also blend in strip lashes.
Next up my new purchase:
ILLAMASQUA ARTISTRY PALETTE – ELEMENTAL
What Illamasqua says:
“Create the ultimate Smokey eye with the Elemental Palette. Created to celebrate Illamasqua’s 10th anniversary, this palette has 12 universal powder eyeshadows, suitable for all skin tones. Effortlessly transform your look with these highly-pigmented shades that work for both day and night time looks and are housed in luxurious, limited edition packaging”
Whilst I love anything sparkly I am a bit fan of matte palettes as opposed to shimmer. I prefer to add colour, depth and blend with matte and then go in with my sparkle if and where it is required.
I do get quite a lot of clients requesting a matte eye look and always use more of a matte shadow on my mature clients.
Usually when I get a larger palette I end up using the same 3 or 4 colours, so what attracted me to this palette is that 11 out of the 12 colours are matte and the shimmer shade is gold so I can foresee using every single colour in it making it great value for money.
As you can see from the swatches below these shadow’s are super pigmented, the texture is quite buttery which makes them a dream to apply, build and blend.
The tones of these shades are so wearable there are lighter, brighter inner eye and brow bone matte highlight colours, some great transistion shades and deep tones for creating a gorgeous smoke. I’m super happy with this palette and can see me reaching for it a lot.
And finally my fab free gift:
ILLAMASQUA – YOU ARE BEAUTY – FREE GIFT
Makeup bag containing:
Mini Hydra veil – I have this product in a full size in my studio, so this handy mini will be great either in my kit (or my makeup bag). When I first tried the hydra veil I was suprised at it’s strange jelly like texture, however it leaves the skin feeling super hydrated and refreshed.
Gel Sculpt – Silhouette – I opened this product, rolled it up and thought, well it will come in handy for makeup on black skin, the colour was so dark and intense I was unsure on who and when I would use it. Don’t let the colour put you off when you apply this it is a super sheer, nice golden brown. It’s gel like texture makes it easy to apply yet its not a cream so it seems to dry/set which I prefer, as I find creams slide around.
Lipstick – In the shade Binary, a beautiful coral shade. It’s semi – matte finish means it’s long lasting, but not drying on the lips. I haven’t tried the Illamasqua lip colours before and so was very pleasantly surprised when I tried this at it’s high pigment. A beautiful shade heading into Spring/Summer too.
What have you tried from the Illamasqua range?