12.12.09

FOTD & Review - Illamasqua Powdered Metal and Cream Blusher

Products sent to me!
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Betray
Cream blusher swatch - so pretty!
Cream blusher on the cheeks and on lips!
Powdered Metal in BebhionnPowdered metal on the cheeks

I got sent these two gorgeous Illamasqua products for review by the lovely Alex! :) Thank you!

I love recieving Illamasqua products in their lush black envolopes - so chic I tell you.

Both of these products are from their Dystopia range. I love Illamasqua's concept of night glamour makeup and it totally lives up to those expectations by making products in line with its theme.

Cream Blusher - This one is in Betray. As you guys know I am totally drooling over cream blushers these days and was on the moon recieving a new one for my collection. The colour looks so scary in the pan and trust me it is pretty scary when you swatch it too but the trick is to apply a little at a time and then blend well. The best way to blend this is using fingers I found, not a brush!

I would never get this colour in person as it looks so intimidating, but its the most gorgeous berry shade ever. It gives a very flushed look on the cheeks making it perfect for the winter - thats what we need eh! At the same time, the colour feels so elegant and 'grown up' if you know what I mean. I would apply this on the apples on the cheeks during the day for that 'just jogged' look and use it to contour the cheekbones for night outs.

The consistency of the blusher is NOT sticky at all! Shocker I know. Its infact a very light textured cream that dries to a semi matte dewy finish. Coz its not sticky and is light, its super easy to blend it on dry skin unlike some sticky blushers that are tricky to blend (Hello Mac!) and it would totally work on oily skin too due to its non-greasy consistency.

Also, I know its not meant to be worn on lips but I could not resist slapping on this smooth berry colour on my lips. Surprisingly it works there too and provides a dewy, full coverage, moisterising finish just like a lipstick if not better and it looks so glam.

Powdered Metal - I recieved this in a shimmery pink colour called Bebhionn. This is kind of a unique colour as it sometimes appears exactly like Nar's Orgasm blush, giving that super shimmery peachy pinky glow with gold specks and sometimes it appears like a bronzed pink on the cheekbones! I suppose it appears more of a bronzy pink when layered. If used lightly this a definately a much better dupe for orgasm as its much more pigmented and shimmery and makes a lovely highlighter and a blush.

This baby gives that radiant bright look evening out the complexion if worn in the day and gives that bronze goddess look when layered for those night outs. Totally versatile! - It would make a gorgeous wash of colour on the eyes or even a highlighter for the browbone.

Regardless of the fact that I got these to review, these products are so unique and versatile, I have fallen in love with them. I have always been a Illamasqua fan and am totally digging their bronzing duo these days which I bought ages back. If you like what you read and see here, go and grab these products today people and you wont regret!

Sorry for the lack of posts these days lovelies! Its just that exam preps getting on my nerves these days :S Just wish me luck for January! Apologies for the low quality pics and no makeup in the pics above. I dont have my camera with me these days and hence will have to use my webcam for pics for a while.

Get em here, www.illamasqua.com

Cream Blusher - £16
Powdered Metal - £22

6.12.09

Mac 'All that Glitters' dupes and NYX 'Nude'

Sleek palette pink shadow alongside Mac 'All that Glitters' and Nyx 'Nude'

L-R - Sleek e/s (dupe), All that Glitters, Nyx Nude and Coastal Scents Eyeshadow pigment

So I recently purchased two new shadows and am loving one and loving the other one...ermm.. not so much I am afraid! :S Surprisingly the 'other' one other turns out to be everyones all time favourite 'All that Gilitters' Eyeshadow from Mac (I know!).

I had very high hopes from this shadow and got it after hearing so many people drool about. To be honest, I have no idea what the hype is all about? Its just a plain icy pink eyeshadow! I mean its not like 'meh' or something but its not one of those unique colours we expect from Mac. I even found a potential (and cheaper) dupe for it, from our very own Sleek eyeshadow Palette in Storm. Those of you's who have that already must be aware of the shell pink eyeshadow that it contains, well thats it! That colour is highly comparable to the Mac one, plus on a comparison scale you will get a whole palette for under a fiver. It has better pigmentation and contains a more flattering pink hue, its just that I find Sleek eyeshadows crease a lot on me and hence dont use them often.

For all you Nars fanatics, the shell pink colour in the Sleek palette is highly similar to Nars shadow in Nepal too!

If you just want similar colours to 'All that Glitters' then Coastal Scents have some gorgeous Eyeshadow Pigments and they will make great lid colours. They are much more pigmented and glamorous and are great for night outs. The one's that are in line with 'All that Glitters' are 'Bloom' and 'Rose Sparks'. These are loose pigment eyeshadows and hence can be built up for intensity.

Coming on to a more positive purchase I made, I am totally in love with NYX's Nude Eyeshadow, despite the fact that this colour is no special and is very similar to my skintone and hence could be replicated by any loose powder lol. However I adore their satin buttery consistency and overall finish. Its the perfect nude eyeshadow with a bit of yellow and beige undertones to it and is uber pigmented. It makes a great natural browbone highlight too as I am not very fond of over the top white stripes on the browbone! Makes an amazing blending colour as well, to fade away darker colours in the crease. Definately a keeper for the price! Two thumbs up ♥♥

Have you tried any of these shadows?