Friday, August 9, 2013

Illamasqua Sale Buys

Illamasqua is a brand I've always admired on my favourite blogs but had never tried out myself. Their unique collections and beautiful, sleek packaging had always appealed to me but as I had never seen an Illamasqua counter where I live (though I have a sneaky suspicion that Fenwicks Newcastle might have one), I didn't really know what I would buy as I prefer to have a good swatch and test products before I buy them. 
A couple of weeks ago, however, thanks to Gemma's post (Miss Makeup Magpie), I realised that there was a huge sale taking place on the Illamasqua website. After a quick browse of the remaining sale items (I was a little late to the party on this one I think), I had three products in my basket and couldn't wait to try them out.
First up, I bought the Medium Pencil in Fidelity which is a deep chocolate brown shade. Since I decided to swap black kohl for brown eyeliner a few months ago, my black pencil has only seen the light of day twice. For day-to-day eye defining, brown is just a lot more subtle and flattering paired with blonde hair and pale skin, whilst still making the eyes stand out as well as its black counterpart. When swatched, this Illamasqua pencil is creamy and smooth and can be applied in a thin line, or built up to create a more intense line, but I have to say when I applied this to the eye it didn't translate quite so well. The colour applied a lot lighter and not as smoothly as some of the other eyeliners I've used. It took a fair bit of building up to create the effect I was going for and even then it didn't look quite as intense as my usual eye look. I will try it a few more times though, maybe it just needs to be worn in ha. I only paid £5 for this eyeliner and it normally retails for £13.00, so I don't feel too disappointed.
I also bought a Pure Pigment, which is essentially a loose powder eyeshadow, normally packed with shimmer or glitter. Into The Gloss wrote a great post last week on pigments and how to apply them, you can read that here. Now at first, I was drawn to the Beguile pigment, which is a white shimmer with finely milled silver glitter running through it, but then I thought 'no Holly, that is too safe and you have too many shimmery white/champagne/silver highlighting shadows', and instead I picked Alluvium, which is a gorgeous navy shade with gold glitter. My picking this shade is down to Bobbi Brown's Navy & Nude collection, which I just think is such a stunning combination for Autumn and Winter. As I don't have any deep navy shades in my collection, I thought this would be the perfect addition - and it was only £5.00, down from £16.50! I used Alluvium to create a navy smokey eye with black winged liner and a nude lip last night, and I loved the way it turned out. I totally forgot to take a photo though, bad blogger! 
Finally, and the easiest pick from the website for me was the Cream Pigment in Androgen. This is a multi-use cream colour which can be applied to cheeks, eyes and lips. I had seen Androgen reviewed a few times and it was added to my mental wishlist immediately. When it arrived, I absolutely fell in love with it before I even used it. It is the most beautiful peachy pink hue, which is my all-time favourite shade for lips and cheeks. I tried it out last night and it really is love. It creates the most beautiful and natural looking flush, but can be built up to achieve a more intense colour if you prefer. This was reduced from £17.50 to £7.50 which just made the purchase that much sweeter. 
My first experience with Illamasqua was overall a very positive one so I can't wait to try more of their products and increase my collection, particularly their powder and cream blushes and the eyeshadow quads. I think it's brilliant that a high-end brand like Illamasqua do such amazing sales, giving everyone a chance to try their products at a less eye-watering price. They also offer free UK delivery on all orders, which is an excellent way to seal the deal.

L-R: Fidelity, Androgen, Alluvium Dry, Alluvium Wet

What is your favourite Illamasqua product? Did you pick up any bargains in the sale?

Holly xo

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  1. Ooooo alluvium looks beaut! I've never really considered navy eyeshadows maybe I should. And Fenwicks does have a counter hehe xxx

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  3. i love that dark pigment, it's so pretty!

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  4. I wish I had known about this sale because I would have went crazy! I love illamasqua blushes and their loose pigments! You're so lucky!

  5. The cream pigments looks amazing! I've heard only good things about it. xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  6. So great colors on these products!

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  7. ohmygosh all of these colors are so beautiful! the pigment would look so pretty on the lower lash line, and that cream pigment is literally perfect. nice picks!!

    Natalie | Salt & Sail

  8. I'm so annoyed with myself for not taking advantage of the sale they had!
    I love the look of the pure pigment you got, definitely a good idea to try something that you don't own.

    Hannah x

  9. I missed the sale because I was on holiday and I still have not recovered from that loss. Looks like you got some great deals!

  10. Great post, Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

  11. I love the packaging! What a lovely post.

    Une Jolie Vie

  12. wow those colours are so bright and intense - love!

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  13. The blue eye shade is so drool worthy!
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  15. Ohhhhh the blush looks soooo pretty. Love your post


  16. wow Androgen is such a pretty colour! im so jel!
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