Illamasqua Adventures in Lipstick: Holy Pigmentation, Batman!

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

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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, $20

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Obey, $20

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.

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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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tatiana says:

    Hey Karen,

    Did you use a lip liner for either color? But if you were going to, what would you use?

  2. Tatiana says:

    By the way, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” is such a great movie, it makes me so pissed off!

  3. Shells says:

    They look so pretty! What is your foundation color btw?

  4. Sarah says:

    Loving Scandal. I’m curious about your foundation color too? I’m black and white but very light skinned. May I ask your nationality? You have BEAUTIFUL skin and hair. I’m jealous.


  5. Hafsa says:

    oh dang you’re right! sooo pigmented! Karen I had a question, can you do a swatch comparison between “rude” and “excite” (or that orangey blush you just got ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I love cream blushes and really want “rude,” but if it comes out more pink than orange then I feel like its a waste (I have enough pinky blushes).
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… Sparkle =-.

  6. Babybubblz says:

    ooh scandal is beautiful on you! you have great lips for lipstick!! they usually apply so dry on me.

  7. charlene says:

    i would take those two any day !

  8. Marisol says:

    I ordered the cream blush in Rude based on your post. I also ordered their primer to see how it works. Not really liking the Shu Uemura one. Don’t see a difference with it.

    Those are some pigmented lips!
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Daily Affirmation =-.

  9. mitzy says:

    Can’t wait for mine arriving tomorrow…Sonnet lipstick and Liv. :):) I also like the new LORAC lipstick, so not drying at all and pigmented, but apply like a sheer texture. Have U tried it Karen? I like your hair…:)

  10. Stephie says:

    Haha. I actually like how Obey looks in the first shot but then again, I am a fan to porn star smokey eyes and uber nude lips. ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. Elena says:

    Dang, that is mad pigmentation. And for $20, that is not half bad at all. I’m really excited you got your hands on some Illamasqua (how is that even pronounced…), I haven’t seen it in many places and I was looking for a good, honest review. The only thing that turns me off is that I might have to use a lip brush with them, but I’ll still look into them.

    I was in Sephora earlier today and didn’t see the line yet, so I hope it will launch in stores near me to test out soon.

    Hope you’re having a good day/night, Karen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. gio says:

    I love Scandal! It looks gorgeous and soo pigmented!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Brown and Gold =-.

  13. Elle says:

    These look great on you–but the uber-pigmentation just scares the crap out of me. Gorgeous though!

  14. Very pretty and highly pigmented! I am not a fan of super light shades so I might have to check out their other colors.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Friends & Family 30% off at Gap, Banana Republic & Old Navy =-.

  15. marisa says:

    hm….well im glad to see you got a good look by applying obey with a lip brush. i got mine in the mail yesterday and i love the other lipstick i got (forget the name, but it was one of the deep hot pinks you showed). but obey looked like a pale orange on me….it reminded me of the old lady in something about mary.

    anyways, i will definitely try it with a lip brush but if it doesnt work i’ll have to exchange or return it. ๐Ÿ™ any other color suggestions if i do?

  16. Shefali says:

    Hi Karen! It’s been forever since I’ve commented, but I read the blog everyday ๐Ÿ™‚

    I bought an Illamasqua lipgloss and lipstick from Sephora and can’t wait to try them! I ordered Wanton and Fume because they seemed like safe colors (I ordered online and have never swatched or seen the colors in person). I’m excited that you say they are so pigmented, but I went the safe route SINCE you said they are so pigmented. I hope my decision works out!

  17. alice says:

    I don’t get the Illmasqua hype. The lipsticks are drying, and the shadows & blushes are not as smooth as I’d thought. I do like the color selection. The colors look nice on you, but I like easy makeup…

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