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 manufacture 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.
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!).
Salacious: A matte fuchsia shade that is bright, intense and a lot of fun! Great for a strong lip/lash look for night time.
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.
*Update!: Illamasqua Cosmetics are now available in the US on Sephora.com 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.