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ILLAMASQUA IS ALL ABOUT BOLD COLORS – DEFINITELY NOT FOR SHY TYPES
Illamasqua from London is pure drama – the polar opposite of natural, light effects of mineral makeup and neutral colors. The colors are STRONG and memorable, and made to last. I love the way they talk about “alternative cultures” – sounds like code for drag queens to me. llamasqua was originally aimed at film and stage makeup artists, but is now available for every gal (and crossdresser) at Sephora in the US and Selfridges in the UK.
If you have fair skin like mine, the color palette might be a little overwhelming. However, you can go for a Kristen Stewart in Twilight look if that’s what you want, but there are some amazing products for night and every day wear too. Try the Cream Blusher – with Illasmasqua, you need to start with the palest colors and work your way up as you want to. I like Lies, a pale, pearlized pinky shade that looks good on lighter complexions. The Powder Blusher is also long wearing. Expose or Lover have the effect of Nars classic Orgasm blush and are peachy colors, depending on your skin tone. I haven’t tried the Eyeliner Cake yet, but the colors look perfect for a cat eyed look with an angled brush. Zeal is a jade green shade that I have my eyes on (pardon the pun).
Without a doubt, my favorite Illasmasqua products are the nail varnishes which are amazing. Illamasqua nail varnish in Ruthless (a pin-up red color straight out of the 40’s) is my fourth–and counting–polish by the brand. I am addicted. Aside from the lavish color palettes, the best part about these polishes are their long-wear. As of now, I’ve had Ruthless on for one week, and I still don’t need to touch up my paintjob! At $12 a pop, the nail colors are a little pricey; but, isn’t having triple-lasting polish worth it? Not to mention all the money you’d save on bimonthly manicures…
Coming soon for Spring – Pastels for Nails. Can’t wait!