I’m Pretty Wild About Fierce: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Fierce

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Purple lipgloss? So totally my thing, and it has been ever since at least my 27th birthday, when my BFF Jen gave me a tube of Benefit Kiss Me Gloss. I haven’t turned back since.


But to be honest, the first time I swatched Illamasqua’s latest lavender-ish lippie, the appropriately named Fierce, I gasped before I squeed!

It’s just so purple. And opaque. And…purple.

Part of Illamasqua’s new Human Fundamentalism collection, it’s probably not what I’d wear to Easter mass (imagine the look on the padre’s face during communion!), but I do think it’s more wearable than teal blue Apocalips, another loud lippie from the same launch.

The notables

  • Packaging: I think I would have preferred a doe-foot applicator to the brush that comes with Fierce. The fibers are a little long and unruly; some of the ones at the edges tend to splay out.
  • Texture: I love it. It’s somewhere between a MAC Cremesheen and a Lipglass — moderately thick and just slightly sticky.
  • Flavor and scent: Pop Rocks? Remember those? That’s what the scent and taste remind me of. A little weird…but I like it. For what it’s worth, both of them fade pretty quickly.
  • Application: Still pretty easy despite the brush. The gloss itself applies smoothly and lays down nice, even color.
  • Finish: It has a subtle shine (much shinier probably would’ve taken it over the top).
  • Wear time: About three hours on my lips. It doesn’t last through a meal, but it will tolerate a cup of tea.

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Intense Lipgloss in Fierce, $20

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illamasqua human fundamentalism swatches
Swatches from the left: Powder Eye Shadow in Obsidian, Powder Eye Shadow in Pivot, Intense Lipgloss in Fierce and Lipstick in Apocalips


I think it helps to wear Fierce with gusto because it is such a head turner. Give it a try with an outfit that has a little edge to it, like, I might wear it with leopard printed denim skinnies or an all black number with a pair of equally fierce shoes (and some thick black eye liner, too, for a mash-up of artsy/edgy and classic). 🙂

Current/Elliott ‘The Stiletto’ Leopard Print Stretch Jeans in Camel Leopard Wash

PRICE: $20
AVAILABILITY: Available at Sephora stores and also online

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  1. This is super edgy! On you it doesn’t look crazy though! That’s amazing!

  2. Naomi says:

    Havent had a purple lipstick yet! making a move now!
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  3. What a gorgeous shade! I could actually see myself wearing this!
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  4. Sara says:

    I saw some jeans similar to those at Target…

  5. Crystal says:

    Wow what a pretty gloss!
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  6. This is gorgeous on you! It’s surprisingly subtle. I love real purples though too – like Illamasqua Kontrol.
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  7. Chris25 says:

    I can see this looking hot over NYX Chloe.

  8. Adrienne says:

    Want. Need!!

    It’s funny cuz like the day before you posted the first pictures of the collection, I was looking at my lips wearing MAC’s Plum Bright and thinking “You could be brighter. You could be purple-er and I think that would totally be awesome.” And boom, there was your picture of this gloss. I think it’s a sign!!

  9. Melissa says:

    Ooooh! Is this new packaging for their lipglosses? I know they were packaged in squeeze tubes before. You rock that purple!

  10. Ping says:

    That is a fantastic shade of purple, and it’s surprisingly wearable. It looks very edgy and sophisticated on you, not goth or new wavey at all. 🙂

  11. Katrina says:

    Looks edgy and cool on you! it would most likely make me look as though I’d been out in the snow too long!

  12. Phyrra says:

    I LOVE the intense glosses!
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  13. artemis says:

    gorgeous color!

  14. Nina says:

    Karen. You.are.FIERCE. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      LOL, I wish! It’s the lipgloss working it’s mojo!

      • Nina says:

        You and the gloss both. 🙂 The Tabs has trained thee well, young padawan. :-d

        Side note – was watching a Star Wars marathon last night. LOL!

        • Karen says:

          OH how fun! I haven’t done that in forever. Do you guys watch The Clone Wars? That’s El Hub’s fave show, so I end up watching it too.

          • Nina says:

            yep we did. its probabably my 2nd fave …. empire strikes back is number 1 in my geeky heart. 😀

          • Karen says:

            I have to re-watch the movies one of these days. I haven’t seen them in full since college or maybe even high school, yikes!

            Did you ever want Princess Lea’s hair? I totally did when I was a kid, LOL!

  15. Marina says:

    Actually I really love this gloss on you 🙂
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  16. mn says:

    I love how this looks, thanks for posting the pic.

  17. whitepepper says:

    This looks as good on you as I thought it would! I like the old Illamasqua lipgloss packaging better, though. It’s similar to the Urban Decay lip junkie – a squeezy tube with an angled tip like that Vaseline lip balm.

  18. Jenn says:

    I didn’t know that Illamasqua had changed their lipgloss packaging? I have Fierce in the old packaging and while I understand it looks wild on most gals — it looks completely work-appropriate on my NW50 skintone, lol.

    Love it!

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