Beauty Find - Illamasqua Cosmetics

Beauty Launch

First reported, March 18th, 2009. Updated July 22nd, 2009

Illamasqua cosmetics combines the daring alternative cultures like the dark and illicit 1920s club scene and combines a rich heritage in the m
anufacture of make-up for film and theater.

This is a makeup line that defines itself by creating colors and products that allow a woman expression of their darker side, a release for their alter ego -- in other words edgy. It's not for wall flowers, but for those who want to make a statement, whether it be with full makeup or just a bold nail color or lip gloss.

Developed by leading chemists, manufacturers of stage and screen make-up and make-up artists, (including international makeup artist Alex Box), Illamasqua brings professional make-up to the beauty lover. The line is designed to be color-intense, color-true and long lasting. Illamasqua also offers an unprecedented range (They have over 20 shades of foundation alone in various formulas!)– giving you a huge palette with which to express yourself, whoever you are and whatever look you want to achieve.

This line is destined to be a big hit when it arrives here in the states*. This is the perfect line for beauty junkies and makeup artists alike who want to be creative, and have the space to be different and still create a beautiful look that can be achieved confidently at home and flaunted at night.

Here is a run down of some of our favorite products that we tried (BTW -- the product names are so cheeky and fab!):

The nail lacquers were phenomenal. Really pretty, unique shades, great lasting power with no chipping and a beautiful shiny finish.

The lacquers feature very nice brushes as well. I also loved the bottle design, which was a rectangular shape with a slightly "squeezed in" middle which fits allowed me to grip the bottle easily and apply color precisely.

DWS: Gray is a hot, alternative color for lips and nails now, and this is a little different from some of the grays we've seen here in the US. It's a medium steel grey, no shimmer with a touch of light blue to give it some dimension. It's stronger than a pastel, but still not in the very dark gun metal grey category. Very nice.

Go-->Illamasqua Nail Varnish DWS

MILF: This is a lovely creamy mint green that was a lot of fun for a change of pace. It's a cool green, so this will look better on cooler skin tones, but regardless is a fun color sure to turn heads (it did in our case!).

Go-->Illamasqua Nail Varnish Milf

The lipstick was an super intense pigment, matte formula. The formula applied smoothly and felt as light as a feather, but was not dry and did not dry out my lips as the day went on.

Salacious: A matte fuchsia shade that is bright, intense and a lot of fun! Great for a strong lip/lash look for night time.

Utopia: A shimmery copper/beige with loads of shine. Great for a sexy night time look with smokey eyes.

The cream blush is one of the best products in the line.

Rude (pictured, left): Really light cream-to-powder formula blush. Dried quickly and gave incredible color payoff. It's a soft dusty rose with a dash of hot, warm pink to give it some edge. This will work best on skin tones up to a Kerry Washington shade.

Go-->Illamasqua Cream Blusher Rude

Illamasqua Cosmetics are currently available in Selfridges in the UK and for EU residents via their
online store.

For you American beauties, make sure you make a beauty stop to Selfridges -- Oxford Street location the next time you are in London! -RLB

*Update!: Illamasqua Cosmetics are now available in the US on as of July 21st, 2009. The line will be carried in Sephora stores beginning July 31st at the NY Times Square location with several more across the country in the Fall of 2009., Inc.

1 comment:

Tali said...

Palacinka? As in pancake??! You must be Serbian or Croatian or something!!

I just had a big splurge 3x (yes 3x my wallet is very empty now) at Illamasqua. I LOVE their stuff.. but you have to see it in person as i find online and adverts so inacurate!!