It’s time for the gloating Illamasqua haul post!! Are you excited? ‘Cause I am!
I’m going to start by saying that all of these photos were taken on my cameraphone and I apologise at how unprofessional they are. I don’t have any “proper” cameras and I’m not very good with technology, but I really wanted to share swatches and offer my thoughts on a few of the products.
So here is what I got:
and a couple of samples of…
OK, so first lets see some swatches…….
I actually bought 2 of these- 210 and 150, but the 150 was waaaaaay too light for me (I’m an NC25) and something that I’m ever unikely to use in my professional kit, so I gifted it to my BFF who was in dire need of a new foundation. I don’t really know how I feel about this yet. The 210 seems a lot thicker than the 150 and is also a lot more powdery. I don’t know if that’s because it’s old stock or whether the differences arise because of the colour but it puts me off becoming a long time user of this foundation. I also found the 210 quite drying on my skin, which says a lot because I’m quite oily and I use a selection of primers. I’m going to try this for a while and see where I get with it.
As you can see, the Rich Liquid Foundation really doesn’t sheer out much when you apply it. It’s like ganache, really heavy coverage and something that I wouldn’t use on a daily basis but is great for a heavy coverage look. It can be sheered down with the aid of the Satin Primer and different application techniques have differeing affects on the finished look. I only got 4 colours in this as I can’t see me using is frequently, but this way I can hopefully mix a colour to suit my needs. Only £10 in the sale- really worth it. Will keep this in my kit as long as they make it especially as it makes a great concealer too 🙂
As you can see, this is a lot more natural looking than the Rich. It can be sheered down or built up easily and the colour variety is a lot more forgiving than the rich. Great daily wear coverage, perfect for most skin types and a much more “wearable” product, hence why I branched out on colours.
The first swatch is actually of the Satin Primer, not a foundation at all. It’s will be colourless when applied properly but could serve to pale down your foundation in winter. Must admit- i’m not 100% behind this product. It’s good enough but not the best primer i’ve ever tried, I probably won’t repurchase this.
I have to start here by saying I have no idea why I bought a green lipgloss but it was only a fiver and it’s fun. I’m sure I’ll get some wear out of it someday. Saying that, I’m not too keen on the forumlation of this lipgloss but there really aren’t many that I am keep on. I imagine it has some great staying potential but it’s very tacky on the lips.
The cream blush in Betray is something I bought ‘just because’. I never get on too well with cream blush but I like the idea of them- I bought this at the sale price in the most natural colour available, I actually thought it might be too dark but I really like it. It has a sort of English Rose thing going on.
The Illuminators are beautiful colours but I’m reserving judgement for when I use them. I imagine the Glimmer would be best applied mixed into or underneath foundation; it is very pigmented. The Fondle seems to be much easier to work with and is a beautiful colour on the cheeks. I might actually buy the other 2 colours in this…it’s a lovely finishing product and would look fab with a tan.
I’m going to do a seperate review for the Liquid Metal so stay tuned for that!
I looooooove these Lipsticks!! So creamy yet pigmented, they all feel really moisturising and the colours are so unusual. I’m thinking I may get a few more of these as the other colours didn’t seem to be “my” thing but now I’ve got them I can’t see me not liking one of them 🙂 Tramp is not a matte red, like Ruby Woo, so if you prefer that vintage matte look this will be no good for you. Nor is it overly glossy; it’s the kind of red I’d reserve for a daytime event. Or a cheek colour!! Both Tramp and Drench would make fantastic cheek colours.
After buying these I actually had a mild panic that they would be really heavily pigmented and serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever! However, I am gladly mistaken. The photo above is actually a depiction of 3 layers of this product, the first layer is so subtle that the camera refused to pick it up! I used this on a client last weekend, as a decolletage shimmer and to highlight her shoulders and it looked lovely. I wouldn’t be scaredto brush this on the cheeks, especially in the summer months. At the moment, I’m undecided on which colour I prefer. I think I’ll get a fair bit of use out of both of them.
Although there is an Illamasqua in Liverpool, I chose to order all of this online because I am lazy. Orders over £45 qualify for free postage within the UK, so it didn’t add anything to my order, plus I’d been told by a friend that more is available online than in the store sale.
My first three orders were posted 2 days after ordering and I was emailed a tracking number. Illamasqua use a delivery system called Yodel whom I’d never come accross. My parcels were showing as being “out for delivery”, I expected that they would be there when I got in from work. When I got back, there was no card or anything to say they were with a neighbour, so I decided to check online to see what time Yodel deliver til; 2 of my 3 parcels were showing as being delivered, with the third still showing as “out for delivery”. I checked with my neighbours and round the back of the house, in case the driver had forgot to leave a card; nothing, so I called Yodel to query whether it may show as delivered when it was still on the van. No, it wouldn’t, but the parcels had been signed for at 13.50 at….oh, my address. By….oh, me. Strange given that I’d been in work all day. Yodel basically told me those 2 parcels were a write off- don’t expect them to arrive, speak to the company you purchased from.
At about 6pm that night the third turned up safe and sound, delivered by a man in a Ford Focus. I asked had he delivered the first two and he said no, just this one. He lives on my estate and gave me a number to call him directly if I was ever expecting a parcel, he’d make sure he kept an eye out for it at the depot and would see it always got to me safely. He told me some horror stories about Yodel and, to be honest, had I not struck a personal trust with this man I wouldn’t order from a company who use Yodel to deliver again.
Illamasqua replaced both orders immediately and I subsequently placed 2 more orders. Nothing has gone wrong since and everything has arrived safely. Their customer service team were quick and effective, other than their crap choice of delivery company they were spot on! Orders are generally dispatched 2 days after ordering and then will be received 2 days after that.
The only other problem I have is that I ordered Ignite lipstick and when it arrived it was actually Drench in the box. I already had 1 Drench so contacted Illamasqua by email on Thursday afternoon, I didn’t want to call as it’s a minor issue. They still haven’t got back to me so if I don’t hear by Monday I shall call them, as I would REALLY love that lippie 😦 Still, it is a genuine mistake, whoever packed my parcel would have read the label and thought it was correct.
So I hope you enjoyed this (unecessariy long) post! I’ll be doing a seperate review of the Liquid Metals next so if you are an illamasqua fan then please share your opinions 🙂