Good morning all!
I recently bought some Illamasqua makeup that wasn’t nail varnish for once! I had been dying to try it forever, so I took advantage of Sephora’s friends & family discount, and bit the bullet. And am I ever pleased with what I got!
A word about packaging. I love it. I am a total sucker for the way things look, and hell if they actually work well also, then bonus! Illamasqua’s packaging is black, shiny, sleek, and has that gothic looking symbol on it, which I adore. So far so good.
A word about the product. I love it. No seriously, it’s some NICE stuff. This isn’t all just hype because they are from London (where in my head I am really from), and new to the USA. Their products really are luxurious, and the colors pack such a wallop!
Ever since I tried their first nail varnish, saw their makeup line & website, I had a sneaking suspicion that they would wind up being MAC’s #1 competitor as far as their color range and “coolness” factor. Their pricing though is most definitely higher than MAC’s, which might turn some people off. Also, even though they are now sold at Sephora, their whole product line isn’t available, so some colors and products are still hard to get here. But never-you-mind about that, it won’ t stop ME!
Oh and you WILL want to read until the end of this post, there is something special…
Katie is a pale pink blush that is blue based. This is the perfect color for my fair skin, totally light and pretty.
Conquer is one of their pure pigments, and it’s a medium shimmery green. This stuff is insanely fabulous, and you can use it wet or dry, as you’ll see in a second.
Welt is a fuchsia pink creme. This is a great cool toned pink that’s not too bright to wear in the office, and is now one of my favs.
The Sealing Gel is a product which you can use with their powder eyeshadow, pure pigments or cake liner. You take a little drop, mix it in with the product to make a paste, and it intensifies whatever color it’s mixed with. Pretty cool!
Overall I am extremely pleased with all of these products. They all felt really nice, and applied so opaque. Nothing worse than something looking really colorful, then having it be totally sheer.
My only complaint would be with the lipstick, it felt a little dry to me. Then again, all lipsticks I own (MAC, YSL, Maybelline, Trucco, etc.) dry my lips out quickly. Which is why I use lip balm 24×7!
You can find all these products on Sephora’s website or Illamasqua’s website now.
Now for the fun announcement! Illamasqua has given me a set of their new nail colors from the Dsytopia collection for a giveaway! The colors are Velocity and Obsess. You can check out my Obsess review here.
There are two ways to win this (totally random) giveaway. If you enter both ways, you have two chances to win. You can either leave a comment here, and let me know what your fav Illamasqua product is or what you want to try OR you can follow me on Twitter, and enter by retweeting (RT) the following:
RT@VampyVarnish: RT to win Illamasqua Nail Varnish Giveaway http://bit.ly/10XeXZ
This is open to International folks as well (because I’m cool like that). The contest is open until Friday November 6th at 11:59 pm, Pacific. Good luck! 🙂