Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Illamasqua: First Thoughts

I've never tried out Illamasqua products before so I decided to treat myself to some goodies.

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in RF205

Illamasqua Concealer in CC210

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in 'Katie'

To start off, I don't have a counter near where I live so the only option is to order online. This is where the stressful part comes in...

Illamasqua offer a vast range of colours for their foundations and concealers which sounds g
reat but when ordering online it's a complete nightmare. You will have no idea where to start and the colour swatches aren't incredibly helpful so it's all a bit hit and miss.

I went for 205 which is aimed at 'Light Skin with Neutral Undertones' as I'd seen it swatched on someones blog and it looked quite dark, however it's definately a few shades too light, so be careful if you're thinking of purchasing via the internet.First Impressions...

Rich Liquid Foundation
£21.00 for 30ml, the bottle is a bit laughable for the price but then I discovered that you o
nly need a tiny amount to cover all of your face. The bottle has a very minimalist design but a nice twist top lid and squeezy tube which is great to control how much product you want to dispense. I kid you not when I say this foundation has incredible pigmentation easily beating Revlon Colorstay or Mac Studio Fix and is definitely described correctly as full coverage. It dries to a semi matte finish and does need to be blended well but has the ability to cover pretty much anything. However, it is definitely not suited to those with dry skin. This will stick to any dry patches and make you a flakey mess! Oily skinned girls, I found this to stay all day surprisingly without powder so this is one for us!


I haven't had a chance to properly test this out yet but it also seems very high coverage. The packaging is pretty sleek and comes with a little mirror in the lid which is always a plus for me because I constantly lose mine! I have high hopes for it being great for blemishes however maybe not so much for under eye as it seems quick thick and not as creamy as I'd wanted so it has the potential to cake and settle into fine lines. Price is £12.50 for 2g's.

The colour is beaaaautiful. A light pretty pink with incredible pigmentation, one swipe of your finger is all that's needed to pick up the colour however when i dabbed my brush it in earlier it seemed slightly powdery so that could potentially be an issue. The price for a powder blush is £16
Overall I think I did expect.. something more when paying the amount Illamasqua charge for their products however I'd not had a chance to properly use the concealer or blush and could end up thoroughly impressed. The colour pay off seems pretty amazing, pigmentation is amazing and I'm liking the foundation. So I'll give it a fair trial and post a proper review in a week or so!

x Have any of you tried Illamasqua Products? x

6 beauty obsessed ladies have an opinion...:

  1. I am eager to try Illasmasqua products although it is true they are really expensive. The colour of the blush looks amazing as you say!

  2. oooh i was thinking of trying the Rich Liquid Foundation but definitely wont now cause I have very dry skin! thanks for the heads up! x

  3. I really want to try out one of there blushers. I was thinking, cream.. :D


  4. all of this looks great !! I really want to try this out !!!

  5. I find this products over-priced for what they are and size. Not a fan tbh. Enjoyed this honest review.


  6. @Catanya - They are very pricey! I'd say the blush was worth it, the foundations a bit over priced but works well if you want a matte finish and high coverage. x

    @Julie - Yes, definately steer clear if you've got dry skin! x

    @Kellie - You'll have to let me know if you try a cream one out I was thinking of getting a cream blush next! x

    @Curves ahead makeup - Everything was really good quality :) x

    @Laura - Thank you, I agree - the foundation is a bit over priced and I didn't like the concealer it was far too solid and thick. The blush is lovely though x


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