Lately there’s been a lot of buzz around a bright, edgy new makeup line from the UK called Illamasqua, and the buzz recently kicked into high gear on our side of the Atlantic when the company started shipping across the pond.
To cultivate our new addiction, UK makeup artist Rochelle O’Brien wrote a guest post with a great introduction to the line (Illamasqua Makeup for Your Alter Ego), and this morning I took a break to play with a few goodies from the company’s latest limited edition collection, appropriately named Sirens.
Back in middle school I was a total FREAK for Greek mythology… I totes wanted to name my future daughter Athena, and the Sirens collection brought to mind images of gossamer gowns, glowing skin and long, angelic hair.
The 15-piece collection includes a nice spread of products for eyes, lips and cheeks ranging in price from $18-30 (US) and a palette of bronze, gold, blue, pink, green and brown.
The look’s all about glowing, golden skin punctuated by bright touches of bold, eye-catching color, BAM!
The Sirens of Greek mythology were three mystical half-bird women who lived on a remote Mediterranean island. They were said to be so seductive that the sound of their voices on the wind could entrance passing sailors, causing them to run their ships aground on the rocky coast.
Playing with a few items from the collection, I think I know how those sailors felt!
Lipstick in Resist, $23
HOLY MUTHA. I would sooo crash my ship on the rocks for Resist lipstick, yo! One of two lipsticks from the Sirens collection, it’s bold AND sassy. She’s a creamy, hot pink demon! — and not for the faint of heart.
Resist applies with rich, intense color. A single layer delivers full, opaque coverage that lasts for hours, surviving two slices of pizza and a glass of orange juice, too.
As if the incredible color weren’t enough, the moisturizing, fragrance- and taste-free formula feels silky and feather-light on my lips. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Bronzing Duo in Glint & Burnish, $30
Glint & Burnish, one of two Bronzing Duos in the collection, comes with a shimmery golden brown powder and a golden peach, both for face and body.
The colors remind me of amped-up versions of MAC Beauty Powders.
These also pack intense pigmentation, and both finely milled powders feel ultra soft to the touch, literally melting into my skin.
And then there’s the glow…
It’s magical. Super fine shimmer particles — no chunky bits of disco glitter up in this mo’ fo’ — make skin glow like a pearl.
At $30, these duos aren’t Chanel-caliber expensive, but they’re not exactly budget, either. Here, though, taking into account the large compacts, I think you get a lot for your money. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Liquid Metal in Enrapture, $26
Illamasqua’s Liquid Metals are metallic cream shadows for use on the eyes, lips, face and body.
I tried Enrapture, a shimmery bronze, one of two Liquid Metals from the collection.
It applies with intense shimmer and dense pigmentation, like a cream version of a pigment eyeshadow, and it’s a snap to blend and layer.
Texture-wise, it feels thinner, drier and less creamy than MAC Paint Pots — Shu Uemura Cream Shadows come to mind. They have a similar dryness to the touch.
One thing to keep in mind if you have oily skin: consider using it with a primer. When I wore Enrapture by itself on my lids, it was all creases within two hours (my skin’s combo oily/dry). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Swatches from left to right: Lipstick in Resist, Liquid Metal in Enrapture
Bronzing Duo in Glint and Burnish, Lipstick in Resist, Liquid Metal in Enrapture
I hope Illamasqua opens some counters here in the US soon and updates their website. I think it’s pretty but a little tough to navigate (where the heck’s the search button!). And no one likes having to pay for international shipping, poo!
Still, props to the line, and I hope they keep up the good work. They’re edgy, quirky, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
TGIF, girls! I’m so ready for this weekend, not that I have any plans at all. I’m just looking forward to relaxing.
What are you up to? Any makeup in the mix?
I might go for a run before it gets dark. I’m
talking about trying to get back in shape.
Drop me a line to let me know how you’re doing.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,