September 10, 2009
What to get from Illamasqua
Dystopia is available now, and I have already placed my order.
If you are new to the Illamasqua world, or if you can only get the products online like me, you might be interested in a review of the different products to know which ones are worth getting.
Get without even thinking twice :
- lipglosses: sheer or intense, they are very pigmented and not sticky. They don't have any particular taste. The intense ones are as pigmented and opaque as a lipstick, so they can be used on their own.
- medium pencils : They can be used either on eyes or lips, and they are just creamy enough to go on smoothly, but also dry enough not to smear off all over the place. If you need an everyday black liner, get the SOPHIE pencil and you'll be giving money to the Sophie Lancaster foundation at the same time.
- liquid metals : they really look like molten metal and are a very unique kind of product that can be used everywhere - eyes, lips, face, body...
- brushes: synthetic but extra soft and no shedding, what more do you want?
- liquid and cream foundation: easy to use, and come in a great variety of tones, even very pale or very dark
Get when you need :
- eyebrow cake: good lasting power and easy to apply
- blushes (cream and powder): excellent pigmentation and very good lasting power, light hand application might be necessary! The cream blushes can also be used on the lips.
- cream eyeshadows: pretty colors, nice consistency
- satin primer: works great, is slightly sheer but not shimmery and doesn't make look as greasy as a Mac Strobecream could do.
Get, but be aware:
- rich foundation : extreme coverage but not easy to apply if you're not familiar with this kind of thick product. There's a tutorial on how to use it by Gossmakeupartist here.
- lipsticks: they are very creamy, not too dry, and extremely pigmented as well as matte (most of them). You need to be cautious when applying, and to use a brush or you can make a mess!
- powder eyeshadows: most are matte, which is great, but matte are harder to work with, especially if you're not used to it. They require a good base and a lot of layering, so they're a bit of work.
I haven't tried yet and can't review: liquid illuminators, cake eyeliners, mascara, face powders, metal powders and nail polishes.
I hope this is helpful. Tell us in the comments if you have more information to share!