Illamasqua Resist and Kontrol Lipstick Swatches & Review

Illamasqua Resist and Kontrol

Illamasqua Lipsticks come in a bevy of shades and since so many, if not all of them are now at Sephora, I wanted to pick up a couple more. I think I only had one until recently and that will just not do.

The two shades I picked up are intense mattes. One is a more wearable, yet still bright shade, and the other is definitely not as wearable but I couldn’t Kontrol myself when I saw it… 😉

Illamasqua Resist and Kontrol 2
Kontrol, Resist

Illamasqua Resist and Kontrol Swatches
Resist, Kontrol

Resist is a medium cool-toned berry shade. It’s bright, pigmented and a really nice shade.

Kontrol is a deep lavender purple shade. Crazy color! I LOVE it but just cannot pull it off on a normal day. My alter-ego (which is a cross between a Victorian-era vampire, a modern Goth, and a post-apocalyptic warrior like Alice from Resident Evil) is all over it though!

Illamasqua Resist Swatch

Wearing Illamasqua Resist

Illamasqua Kontrol Swatch

Wearing Illamasqua Kontrol

Overall: Both of these are mattes and therefore they are on the drier side. For me to wear them comfortably for a long period of time I definitely have to use a lip balm underneath or they feel too tight and dry. I do love how incredibly pigmented they are!

Availability: Sephora.

Pricing: $24.00.

Do you own any Illamasqua Lipsticks? Would you wear either of these shades?


Note: Illamasqua is cruelty free.

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  • December 13, 2012

    Kontrol was one of the first high end lipsticks I ever bought – I don’t wear it often – I think I’ve only worn it out of the house once – but I just love it so much!
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  • December 13, 2012

    Beautiful colours : ) Resist for wearing it during a day, Kontrol for special evenings.
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  • December 13, 2012

    EEEP! I’ve been eyeing Kontrol for the longest time and I just cannot help myself from picking it up every time I’m in the store. It’s so gorgeous but I’ve never bought it because I just wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it to. I have hopes that when I try it in store (because we haven’t gotten that far in our relationship yet), that it’ll look not so shocking since I have tan skin.

    OR maybe it will look more shocking. Either way they’re both gorgeous! I have a good few Illamasqua polishes but I haven’t ventured into their makeup…yet.

  • December 13, 2012

    I’d wear the heck out of Resist! It seems very nice for everyday wear. Kontrol however…I don’t really like purples on my lips lol

  • December 13, 2012

    Gosh I love Kontrol so much! I theory. But purples look horrid on me. :( It is still an amazing lippie though! 😀
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  • December 13, 2012

    WOW, Kontrol is soooooo dark :O

  • December 13, 2012

    Do these have exfoliating beads in them? They look bumpy!

    • December 13, 2012

      No they had just sweated in the tubes and left dots, but they aren’t bumpy.

  • December 13, 2012

    Even though they’re mattes and they feel a bit on the dryer side, I think they look surprisingly non-dry on – or maybe your lips are just in really great condition! :) I’ve seen some mattes that just look soo… I don’t know how to describe it… crinkly? on lips
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  • December 13, 2012

    What blush are you wearing in the pictures? Love the lipsticks!

    • December 13, 2012

      It is Sonia Kashuk in Flushed. Great pink!

      • December 13, 2012

        Thanks, added to my Target list!

  • December 13, 2012

    Resist is lovely! No way I could carry off Kontrol though.
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  • December 13, 2012

    Even that purple is my favorite color, I don’t like it on my make up, Not this shade , rather a plum reddish , plum brown on the lips, but not as eyeshadow

    and the other shade isn’t also my thing

  • December 13, 2012

    Kontrol is Kuh-razy! But I do like it, I just don’t know when you’d wear it. Love the pink one though, it looks like a really perfect pink matte.

  • December 13, 2012

    i love alice from resident evil! she has this cool, bad*ss look that totally inspires me

  • December 13, 2012

    Oh my! Kontrol looks AMAZING, but I don’t blame you for not thinking it’s daytime-appropriate. 😉

    I really envy people who can pull off really dramatic lip colours. The only really dramatic shade I have is MAC All of My Purple Life Lipglass, which is a dark, vampy purple lip gloss. Oh yeah, and I also have an Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Katricia, which is purple and BAM!
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  • December 14, 2012

    Kelly, I like Kontrol on you! I know it’s not an everyday color, but I think you can totally pull it off in the right setting. And Resist is definitely my type of everyday shade. I may have to buy it soon! Thanks for reviewing these!

  • December 14, 2012

    Love kontrol, and your puns. =)
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  • December 14, 2012

    I love a purple lip but I think it’s all about finding the RIGHT purple much as it is finding the right shade of red :) I think this one is too much of a bluish-lavender purple. Right now I’m wearing Rimmel kate spade in 04 which is a super dark cherry purple color. Because it leans warmer rather than cooler I think it actually looks pretty flattering on! I have it blotted right now so it’s just a purplish stain, but when i go out later tonight I’m gonna slather it on in it’s full vampy glory!
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  • December 14, 2012

    Love your new hair! Super cute :) Love the lipsticks too – really want the second one :)

  • December 16, 2012

    Kontrol is such a neat color, but since I can’t support Illamasqua anymore after the Christmas campaign, I’m going to have to search far and wide for a dupe. I wish more brands had such a wide range of colors…

  • December 16, 2012

    O.O *DIES* I want both of these so bad now!

    I am always searching for beautiful TRUE purple lippies (not those rediish fuchisa ones, which while pretty do not satisfy my purple cravings). True purple lippies are so far and few between. :( But Kontrol is…wow, just WOW! *bows head to Illamasqua for their genius* Kontrol is now officially on my major lemming list (along with Illamasqua Apocalips, the most gorgeous teal lippie ever created). 😀

    And holy super flattering prettiness – Resist is a beauty! I can see myself reaching for a shade like that A LOT. It’s the perfect thing to add a nice pop to my pallor, lol! Something about it is really especially lovely. I’d wear it day or night!

    Dude. Can I also say…YOUR LIP SWATCHES ARE THE BEST. Every lippie I’ve ran out to buy after consulting your swatches has been awesome! (((hugs)))

  • December 17, 2012

    I have Kontrol and I get compliments whenever I wear it. It can’t be worn alone– not on me anyway I wear it with Nyx black berry lip liner. After the controversial ad, I haven’t thought about buying anything else.