Arousingly Sheer Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Rouse

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Oh, happy day, ladies! Illamasqua’s *finally* available on the Sephora website. 🙂


If you’re thinking about picking up a tube of Sheer Lipgloss ($19) and the color I tested today is any indication, brace yourself for serious sheerness. Today I wore Rouse, a creamy light pink. It’s one of the 10 shades currently available through Sephora online.

Subtle hint of color

Despite how deliriously bright it looks in the tube, Rouse applies as a subtle pink tint — so subtle, in fact, that it almost looks like I’m wearing clear gloss.

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I’m on the fence about Rouse on account of her pigmentation (or lack thereof). My lips aren’t uber-full or pigmented, so I usually lean toward glosses with more color payoff, you know? — brighter colors that draw more attention to my otherwise uninspiring lips.

But women like my BFF Jen — blessed with full, luscious lips — may prefer a sheer, low-key color like Rouse, especially for work.

If you’re one of those ladies, then haaay — jackpot!

Everything else

As for texture, I’d say Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss feels slightly thinner and less sticky than a MAC Lipglass (in a good way), and I kinda like the faintly fruity flavor and scent (reminds me of hard candy, yum!).

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The texture keeps me interested in Rouse despite how sheer it is, so I’m gonna keep the color around for days when I’m not in the mood for a high-maintenance pink or red lip.

Sometimes you just want a non-fussy lip look, and those are times when Rouse will do me just fine.

Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Rouse

Price: $19 for a 7-ml tube
Use: A shiny, non-sticky pink lipgloss with just a hint of pink pigmentation
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

You might like Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Rouse if…

  • you like subtle lip looks,
  • you like non-sticky glosses, and/or
  • you like tasty, fragrant lip products.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. shontay says:

    Oooh nooo, Karen. I’ll be sticking to the intense glosses. My sephora wish list is very long right now. I can’t wait to order friday. By the way, sephora now has the makeup forever hd concealer. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and I really like it. Interested?

  2. shontay says:

    I get paid tomorrow, so that’s when I’m going to place my order. I don’t have enough at the moment to haul everything I want. I like to order big. That’s one of my faults. Lol
    I want at least 3 glosses and 1 cream blush.

  3. shontay says:

    I want the intense glosses in Fierce, Fume, Mistress and Temper. So that’s bright grape, dark rose, bright coral orange and bright tangerine. I also want libido cream blush and sephora describes it as vibrant reddish orange. I’m drooling while typing this. Lol

    I am a merchandise coordinator at Saks Fifth Avenue. That’s a fancy way of saying I’m responsible for the look of the store. I merchandise all the merchandise that comes in. So that means I see everything first because I also open all the boxes when shipment arrives! Not a good line of work for a shopaholic, but there’s a rockin’ discount and I go in early and get out early. I really like my job and the people I work with. Thanks for asking, Karen :).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      I was *this close* to hauling Libido. I ended up going with Lies, a light pink. 🙂

      Your job sounds cool (um, can I just live in Saks? LOVE!). It’s probably really fun to see what stuff is coming out from the lines before everybody else sees it, huh? I bet your closet is amazing! I used to be a clothes horse when I worked in the corporate world, but now not so much since I’m at home most of the time and my only co-worker is a chubby tabby cat. I still appreciate a well put together outfit, though.

  4. Anastasia says:

    Thanks for the review – I think I’m gonna pass. I’m more excited for a few of the upcoming MAC releases and some of the Lancome indigo line. I will definitely try Illamasqua’s eyeshadows though… and maybe the funky eyelashes. So pretty.

  5. Catherine says:

    Hm. I was kind of hoping for a little more kick haha. I have fairly pigmented lips so I’m guessing this won’t show up on me at all. The texture sounds nice but $19 is a bit too steep for a clear gloss.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Review: Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter =-.

  6. Marmar says:

    I really like this.. but I’m unsure if something so sheer is worth 20 big ones. I have highly (very highly) pigmented lips so this would literally wind up being clear on me. I wonder if it would work on top of a brighter colour(?)
    .-= Marmar’s last blog post… セクシーガールbyFITS for yo’ lips =-.

  7. Vonvon says:

    Such a pretty color………can’t get this brand here though…:(
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Review: Kiehl’s Grapefruit Liquid Body Cleanser And Exfoliating Body Scrub =-.

  8. Marcela says:

    That’s a pretty gloss! Though I’d go with the intense colour ones for the price. This helps us learn to not judge by looks alone! LOL
    .-= Marcela’s last blog post… Look: A Rose Romance =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marcela,

      Yeah… I like how low-maintenance this is, but I dunno. I’m gonna wait to see the other colors. Hopefully they’ll have more oomph. 🙂

  9. shontay says:

    Hey Karen,

    Seeing everything before all the customers is the best part of my job. It’s funny, though, because I don’t buy clothes from saks. I buy up the Chanel makeup and designer bags. My clothing style runs more toward urban outfitters and h&m. Today we got in some new burberry scarves and I thought I would die. They are a must have! 🙂

  10. hmmm the sheer factor is not wooing me at the moment.

    if i wanted supersheer i could just go with a drugstore brand… it’s more the illamasqua lipsticks that i can’t wait to get my hands on!
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Dance Photo Roundup – Winter 2008/Spring & Summer 2009 =-.

  11. Lina says:

    This is one of the glosses I really want to try from this line. Even though it’s sheer, it looks pretty!
    .-= Lina’s last blog post… Second Round of Dolce & Gabbana Makeup from Saks NY Brushes with Greatness Event =-.

  12. Glosslizard says:

    I’m not so much of a sheer girl, myself! I can see that looking very pretty over a lipstick though, like UD lipstick in Naked, maybe?

  13. Brigitte says:

    Yepp, I tried Rouse and it was definitely a bit too light for me. :\ I’m more into the pigmented glosses, I suppose. I’m also sort of sad the intense glosses are more matte than super shiny. Ah, but the Illamasqua lipsticks are godly. 😀
    .-= Brigitte’s last blog post… Illamasqua Swatches =-.

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