Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Illamasqua; Once Collection

The recent releases from Illamasqua have bloggers saying that the brand is going commercial, and becoming boring from there makeup artist lead brand, with everything from teal lipstick to glow in the dark nail polish. I feel that there’s nothing wrong with diversifying the brand and catering to a wider audience, plus Illamasqua do subtle subdued makeup in such a beautiful and different way to the usual nude palettes we see banded around. Included in the range are 3 new cream eyeshadows, a repromoted powder blusher, 2 new lipglosses and a new nail varnish colour. I received 2 of the cream eyeshadows and the nail polish.

The cream eyeshadows are called Vintage Metallix, I received the shades Courtier, which Illamasqua describes as a vintage nude, it’s a pinky beige nude shot through with gold shimmer.  And Bibelot, described as a vintage green, which is a deep green shot through with the same gold shimmer. These are cream-gel textures that provide long lasting, smudge resistant wear, housed in small glass jars, gold lid with the Illamasqua symbol, as well as Illamasqua lettering on the side, which is peeling off as we speak. I love cream eyeshadows, and these are a great addition to my collection, they last well on me without primer, I do not have oily eyelids and are a great base for powder eyeshadow.

The nail polish is called Melange, which Illamasqua describe as a golden teal with a matte finish, it’s a gorgeous emerald green shade with lots of gold glitter, that make it difficult for it to be a true matte shade. It applies beautifully and lasts well on the nails.

The cream eyeshadows are £16.50 each and the nail polish is £14.50 available from, which is a great website as they have mini videos with live swatches and have recently added pictures of swatches on different skin tones.