I’m so jealous of all the lucky New Yorkers who get to celebrate Illamasqua’s official in-store Sephora launch at the new Times Square flagship store today.
Check out some of these other posts for more on the Illamasqua line…
- Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Frenzy: A Pink Pigmentation Bonanza!
- Easy 4-Step Eye Makeup with Illamasqua
- Illamasqua Cream Blusher Stays On Like Donkey Kong
- Illamasqua Lip Look: Thinking Outside the Box
- Illamasqua, I Think I’ve Met My Matte
- Illamasqua: Makeup for Your Alter Ego
- Arousingly Sheer Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Rouse
- Illamasqua Swatch O’ Rama
- Illamasqua Pure Pigment In Conquer Needs to Conquer a Price Reduction
It’d be a full-on Illamasqua swatch-o-rama.
But I’d probably shy away from the company’s Volume Mascara in Harness ($23) (a matte black). Truth be told, it hasn’t made me want to shoop as much as the other things I’ve tried from the line.
For now it’s the only Illamasqua mascara available on Sephora.com, and Illamasqua describes it as a smudge-free, dramatic mascara to lengthen and thicken lashes.
Thicker, longer lashes
First, what I see as the good stuff: Volume Mascara does a pretty good job of thickening and lengthening my lashes. The color is a deep, true black with a matte finish, and even a single coat creates an immediate difference that’s both noticeable and above average.
Does it inspire OMG!-filled texts to my BFF at three in the morning? Maybe not, but it’s still a pretty color and markedly above average.
Its Achilles’ heel… This stuff is flakier than a bowl of Special K. At two coats it leaves hella black bits of dried mascara everywhere; the flakes fall along my lower lash line and under my eyes throughout the day — a significant amount of flaking that makes it a little annoying and 100% not cute.
And I’m also not crazy about how crispy and heavy it makes my lashes feel or how the formula doesn’t hold a curl from my lash curler.
Illamasqua Volume Mascara in Harness
Use: A true black mascara that thickens and lengthens well but also flakes like crazy
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C+
I’ve really liked so many of Illamasqua’s color products so far that Harness wouldn’t stop me from being among the first people in the door this morning at Sephora in New York.
Made it to Friday
Hi, ladies! Despite the foggy gloom outside my window this AM, I’m in a good mood because it’s Friday.
I’m going to power my way through a few hours of work and then reward myself with a nice, long walk. But first, a quick snack — how about some Rice Crispies, a yogurt (Yoplait lemon, yum) and cold, red grapes?
Have a great morning, girls. TGIF!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,