July 24, 2012

Illamasqua Haul

Illamasqua Nail Polish in Whack and Propaganda

If you follow us on twitter (@lisaandsami) then you'll know that I've been tweeting recently about the amazing Illamasqua sale and trying my hardest to resist.  Its an unlikely occurrence when a high end brand decides to have a sale so I thought I'd take advantage of the sale and make a little purchase.  I've never purchased from Illamasqua before but i've always admired their creativity as a brand and their brand image.  Plus, my birthday is today so lets just say it’s a little birthday gift to myself ;)

I decided nail polishes were a safe bet and purchased two.  I only buy new nail polishes if I don’t already have the colour/finish so I decided to go for these two.  Whack is a reddy/orange colour (almost identical to Topshop Infared Lipstick) with a “glossy” finish.  I absolutely love this colour but I couldn’t help feel a little disappointed.  I’d say the finish was more shiny than super glossy which is shown in the picture and the formula was very thin so you’d need at least 3 coats.  I’d expect a lot more from a higher end brand as this nail polish would have been £13.50 on it’s own.  Also the packaging says it’s chip resistant which isn't true either, I have nail polishes that cost £1.99 and last a lot longer.  I would really recommend the colour but if you can find another polish in the same colour for cheaper then go for it.

Propaganda is a dark, inky blue shade which actually reminds me of the blue liquid in those magic 8 balls which tell your fortune.  I've yet to try this out on my nails so I can’t comment on the wear-ability of the polish yet but once I have i'll edit in what I thought.  From swatching the colour I don’t think it is anything special so if these two are a representation of the nail polish range then I won’t be purchasing again.

Illamasqua Concealer in shade CC105Illamasqua Concealer in shade CC105

Usually when it comes to makeup brands, since I’m 99% always the palest shade I can order online without thinking twice about the shade match, it’s never going to be too pale for me… unless it’s Illamasqua.  It’s rare to see a brand come out with such a great shade range for pale/dark skinned people so I admire Illamasqua for this so much but oh my goodness this the complete wrong shade for me!  I won’t blame Illamasqua for the wrong shade choice because I should have done my research before hand but I didn’t get on with the formula either.  Around the areas where I get blemishes, the skin is very dry and the rest is oily so a cream concealer is a definite nono for me.  I expected the formula to be a lot more creamy and easy to blend but the formula made my blemishes even more noticeable.  I think i’ll keep the product and see if it works as a highlighter underneath my foundation so i’ll let you know if that works out a lot better.

Illamasqua Blusher Brush No.2

Illamasqua Blusher Brush No.2Illamasqua Blusher Brush No.2

Now that the negatives are out the way, this is a brush that I really really love.  I felt that it was time to step away from my Topshop blusher brush and try out something of a higher quality.  I’ve been getting a lot of blemishes around my cheek area and I thought that the Topshop brush may have been irritating my skin as it isn’t the softest of brushes.  Since switching to this brush, applying blusher has been an absolute dream and my skin has improved.  The brush is extremely soft and slightly angled to fit in with the contours of your cheeks which makes applying blusher a lot easier.  You can use this on cream blushers too which I’ve yet to try so I’ll be giving them a try with my Topshop Cream Blushers in the neat future.  The brushes are hypo-allergenic and cruelty-free which is always a bonus too, I’d really recommend this!

I don’t usually include a lot of negative opinions on product reviews but if I feel that if something I’ve purchased with my own money didn’t live up to my expectations then I think people should know before spending a ton of money on average products.  Having said that I think it’s important to have a balanced opinion because some products might not suit me personally but may be someone elses holy grail.  I think the main message is to always do your research before buying products to avoid disappointment, i've learned my lesson!  I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you've purchased anything from the Illamasqua sale and what you thought.

Lisa also had a birthday a couple of days ago so stay tuned for a big joint birthday post when she returns from her Italy cruise!


  1. Ahh, I nearly bought a nail polish full price! The only reason I didn't is because I swatched it in store at Liverpool and an hour later (one coat of polish), it'd pretty much flaked all off!
    I'm glad it's not just me who doesn't get along with them, lol.

    That brush looks great though. I may have to check that out. :) x


  2. beautyaesthetic14 March 2014 at 12:56

    It's good you swatched it, thats always the tricky case with high end nail polishes cause you usually never know the quality until you've bought it, I'm glad mine was only around £5! I wish i loved them but i just didn't get on with them at all. The brush is amazing and they've just reduced the price again so i'd definitely get your hands on it if you can!

    Thanks for commenting :) - Sami x


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