I really couldn’t say if Illamsaqua’s new Intense Lipgloss in Shoot will find its way into the purses of pouty-lipped cougars stalking Thursday happy hours, or whether it’ll take the makeup world by storm! — like NARS Orgasm blush did, but I will say that based on my time with this pureed pea green gloss, it’s actually, well, pretty darned wearable!
All things considered…
Perhaps it’s due to the way this leafy green shade, with its waxy shine, contrasts against the skin?
Or maybe it’s because I feel like a kid again when I wear it, like I’m sitting on the lawn at recess with my friends, watching our tiny fingers thread through blades of grass as we look for ladybugs, four-leaf clovers and Smurfs.
Let’s face it, this color’s a little cray. Even El Hub, who’s infamous for never noticing these things (it took the man a week once to realize that I’d dyed my hair pink), blurted, “You’ve got Hulk lips,” when I came walking down the stairs.
If you like to scoot under the radar, you might want to wear something else…but if you like to push the boundaries between beauty and botany and/or work in an environment where bright green glosses are the norm, why not?
Shoot feels smooth, non-sticky and comfortable on my lips. The medium-weight formula tastes and smells like Hawaiian Punch when I slick it on my lips with the included brush applicator, and both the scent and flavor linger for 10-20 minutes.
The grassy green appears opaque immediately after applying it, but over time, as I press and rub my lips together, more of my natural lip color peeks through.
Hours later, I can still feel the gloss on my lips and see some of the green, but it’s much mellower than it started. You’ll need a touch-up every couple of hours to maintain that dramatic block of green.
Since Shoot is so punchy and unusual, I feel like I should temper the rest of my look, and limit the number of elements “Hulk smashing!” for attention…
Shoot, I’m having fun with Shoot! — even if it’s only in my living room (although I’m seriously considering wearing it to Trader Joe’s).
We’re living in interesting times, people! Definitely in terms of lip color.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Illamasqua counters, on the pages of Marvel Comics’ The Incredible Hulk and online at illamasqua.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,