I’m Sweet On Illamasqua’s New Powder Blusher Duo in Hussy and Lover

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Wearing Illamasqua Powder Blusher Duo in Hussy

Can a Hussy be sweet and kinda innocent? Sure, why the hell not? πŸ™‚

Hussy and Lover, the two blushes basking in Illamasqua’s new Powder Blusher Duo ($41), probably sound more scandalous than they are. A lot less dramatic than scheming harlots and vengeful tarts, the look itself reminds me of sock-hop dances, candy necklaces, ruffled dresses and high ponytails with satin ribbons tied into neat bows.


Allegedly (according to the package), the world’s biggest candy necklace!

Illamsqua’s funny that way, and ironic, and it’s one of the things I adore about the brand… Gotta love a colorful makeup line with a sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic.

The new duo, one of nine limited edition kits and sets available now online, and coming soon to cosmetics counters and stores, is part of Illamasqua’s holiday 2012 release; it also happens to be the brand’s first powder blush duo, ever.

As a certified makeup hoarder (I should get a stamp to prove it…like a notary, haha!), I find this very exciting. Even though both colors can also be found in Illamasqua’s permanent line, the duo itself still seems like a special collector’s item.

Additional makeup worn in this look

I love the way these matte blushes look with bright, saturated lips — namely hot pinks, reds, coral and fuchsia. I think they get along swimmingly, making bright lip looks appear even more intense.

I get my best, most natural, polished-looking results with these when I apply one or two layers using a circular motion, really buffing and working them into the skin with my brush. That way, I can get the colors to combine with my foundation and face powder; otherwise, the blushes, being as pigmented as they are, can appear a little stark and obvious.

Oh! And I think these have no qualms about layering. For a dynamic effect, I’ll buff Hussy all over the apples of my cheeks, swirl a bit of Lover on the very bottoms of my cheeks with a tapered eyeshadow brush, and run a clean blush brush all over my cheeks to blend the colors together.

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Hussy on the left and Lover on the right

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Swatches from the left: Lover, Hussy, and Lover and Hussy mixed together

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Wearing Illamasqua Powder Blusher Duo in Lover

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Applying Hussy to the apples of my cheeks with a tapered eyeshadow brush for a bright pop of color

Add mascara, and I’m ready for my date at the Peach Pit with Brandon Walsh.

Ah, the kinder, gentler mid-’90s…back before the whole Kelly-Dylan-Brandon love triangle on 90210. πŸ™‚

PRICE: $41
AVAILABILITY: Available now at illamasqua.com; coming soon to stores

Here comes the sun (little darlin’)

Yay! It’s been one of those perfect fall days here today, all sunny and warm. I’m tempted to swing by Starbucks to get a soy pumpkin chai latte (no foam, please).

Seriously, they should really warn customers about how addictive those things are.

Hope you’re having a nice Wednesday so far.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Dee says:

    I love these blushes but I can’t stop wondering what lip products and eye products you used. Inquiring minds want to know!.LOL

  2. Chelsea says:

    Hussy is gorgeous!

  3. Brian AKA Roulette says:

    I was thinking the same thing, what is on your eyes/lips? Its REALLY pretty on you. Great combo!!! Kinda loving that blush duo πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brian,

      I’m wearing Laura Mercier and MAC. I just posted the links to the items in the comments and in the post. πŸ™‚

      How have you been? Got any exciting plans for Halloween?

  4. Agata says:

    I want this blush, both colors are gorgeous. And yes, can you tell us what are you wearing on your eyes? Looks stunning.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Agata,

      I’m wearing Laura Mercier Burnished Copper and MAC Prunella. I just updated the post with the links and posted the info in the comments.

      Hope you’re having a nice Thursday so far. How’s your week been?

      Here, lemme pour you a cup of chocolate macadamia nut kona…

  5. Cheryl says:

    Looking gorgeous as always, Karen! Love the overall makeup look! πŸ˜‰

  6. christine says:

    But what do you have on your eyes Karen? Love the Beatles mention πŸ™‚

  7. DJ says:

    Ha, gonna add my voice to the chorus, your eyes look amazing! What are you wearing??

  8. virginie says:

    Is it going to be available in Sephora?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Virginie,

      As far as I know, right now it’s just online. Here in the US, it usually takes a while for it to get to Sephora. So keep your eyes peeled over the next couple months.

  9. Sandy says:

    Yes, your eyes look so pretty, do tell please!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi guys,

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

    On my eyes I’m wearing Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Copper on the lids:

    MAC Prunella Eye Kohl on the water lines:

    The top pic lippie is MAC Crosswires mixed with Sandy B (both from the Pro Lip Palett/6 Editorial Oranges) topped with MAC Viva Glam Nicki:

    The bottom lip pics are MAC Scarlet Ibis:

  11. Hanna says:

    I love the colors!
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  12. Erica Falco says:

    Really cool technique using the blending brush to apply blush! Nice! πŸ™‚


  13. The Copper/Prunella eye is really working for you, Karen — I love how the rusty tones work with the bright lips and cheeks! It feels really autumnal, but without being dull. <3
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  14. gio says:

    The colours are so pretty!
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  15. I LOVE how they look mixed together–that just about sealed the deal for me. I need this blush duo! Oh and PS: you really do look amazing! I like how you’ve been filling in your brows lately. Just a touch thicker right?
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  16. I’m TOTALLY kicking myself for not having put this in the cart when I made my Illamasqua order last weekend. It’s pretty, and it’s SO pretty mixed as well!
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  17. Jennifer says:

    They really do look amazing on you! You look stunning!
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  18. Kim says:

    Hello! I’m not sure how anyone could *not* love a blush called Hussy, but maybe it’s just me. πŸ™‚ Your eyes look amazing in these pics, btw. Really stunning!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks! That’s the magic of Laura Mercier. Her cream eyeshadows work miracles, I tell ya.

      How are things going this week? I’m so glad Friday is right around the corner.

  19. Sandra says:

    Karen, this is a gorgeous look! You truly look stunning!
    Date worthy for sure!!!!

  20. Nina says:

    What brush are you using to apply the blush (in the picture)? I love the idea but im not sure I have a brush that tiny!

  21. Jamie Lynn says:

    Hands down my favorite blush formula ever. They are pigmented and bold but blendable and never chalky. Lover is in my top two along with Nymph. I own hussy as well and have often been complimented on the “watermelon” color (said Sarah at MAC PRO on Union). My MAC blushers are almost 100% unused since I’ve discovered these beauties.

  22. Tass says:

    Oh wow I love this duo. Hussy is my everyday blush at the moment but Lover looks fabulous, especially mixed together x
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  23. varsha says:

    Stunning..everything and is that Llamasqua foundations?

  24. I love Hussy, its one of my favorite pink blushe. And I just ordered Lover!
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  25. Karen, I’m still too shy to try out Illamsqua as it’s out of my price range but I needed to comment on how stunning the intro photo is! I’m not sure if you’re using new techniques in Photoshop but the composition of the shot is superb! I feel like it could be an ad in a fashion magazine.

    Keep up the great work!

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