One layer of Scandal applied with a lip brush
Hiya, ladies. I wanted to share a few more pics of the two Illamasqua lipsticks from yesterday’s swatch post.
Like the other Illamasqua lipsticks I’ve tried, Obey and Scandal apply with intensely VIBRANT pigmentation, but that’s kind of a double-edged sword…
High pigmentation = tread lightly!
One the one hand, the richness and boldness of these lip colors took my breath away, but working with this much color proved tricky; I found it easy to unintentionally cross the line between dramatic and Baby Jane.
Scandal, a matte yellowish pink, has just the faintest touch of cream. I think it looks bold and bright applied directly from the tube — cool for dramatic makeup looks (like for theater) — but it may be a bit much for everyday use.
A lip brush seemed to produce the most natural look, and because of Scandal’s pigmention, I only needed to use a very thin layer of product for complete coverage.
Added bonus: Scandal photographs *really* well. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
At first I struggled with Obey, a matte coral pink, because it lacks Scandal’s creaminess.
That seems to make it look and feel somewhat drier than its sibling on my lips, and coupled with Obey’s intense pigmentation, it spelled a full-on recipe for lip trubs.
One layer of Obey applied with a lip brush
A single layer applied directly from the tube looks thick and kinda soft porn-ey (eww), and even a thin layer applied with a lip brush still looks heavy.
Obey applied as a lip stain
I like Obey best when I apply it with an uber-light touch, dabbing the tube onto my lips, and then rubbing gently with a fingertip. It produces a light, natural-looking lip stain — a fast, easy lip look (takes less than 30 seconds!). Yay for lazies! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Dudes and gifts
Thanks again for those gift suggestions yesterday for El Hub. I can’t share what I got him yet *just in case* he reads the blog today (I’m watching you, mister!).
How’s your Wednesday shaping up? Let’s meet for a mid-day caffeine jolt!
Make mine a non-fat, half-caf latte, please. Hold the foam.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,