Oooo I do love trying out a new make up brand! I was vey, vey excited a few months back when I heard that Illamasqua was launching in BT2. Illamasqua is make up that's definitely not for the faint hearted! It's for girls [and brave boys!] who love a bit of drama, something a bit risque, something quite unique and who demand bloody good quality in their make up! Now, I mentioned drama and Illamasqua is all about the dramatic. Once you go onto the website, you'll be under no illusion that this is more than 'mere' make up for the masses, it's 'Showtime Make Up'. Taking inspiration from the 'dark and illicit club scene of the 1920′s.. and members of the alternative scene for whom self expression was paramount.. it also combines a rich heritage in make up for Film & TV'.
What I do love is that each range makes a fierce statement, for instance 'Bite – for lips that are intense and arresting.. lips that speak volumes'; 'Scratch – for nails that say you are in control'; 'Pierce – for eyes that reveal the inner person.. expressive yet mysterious'. And the website is just stunning and there is so much info on it! Everything from the full range of products and accessories to a blog section, latest news, loads of video tutorials and how to's and even the biogs of the Art Team are interesting.
But what's the make up actually like?! Well, colourful is one way to describe it. Deliciously inviting is another! All lined up on a solid black counter, their twinkly, shimmery hues just begging to be picked up and slathered on… but I digress. My first purchase of Illamasqua was a lipstick and a lip gloss. The lipstick is 'Underworld', a fabulously rich, jewel colour with a slight bluey tint – I get many compliments on this lipstick, which lasts and lasts by the way and it really makes a statement. I also bought 'Indulge' part of the 'Intense Lipgloss' range which while creamy is shiny, there's a bit of texture to it so you can wear it on its own. There's also a range of more sheer lipglosses but you will get more colour in the 'Intense' range.
More recently, I purchased from the latest range, Dystopia. the 4-colour palette in purple is right up my street! The white base has a hint of glitter and shimmer, as does the black shading eyeshadow. The purples are matt and very much stand alone colours if you're more into block colours on your eyes, which I am but as you would expect, work great together as well. Again, the staying power is great, you won't get any budging of this stuff until you, eh, actually remember to take it off!
I also bought 'Explode', an unusual sheer lipgloss that is a bright pinky colour on its own but it's designed to add depth over any lipstick or gloss, which it duly does – a dab in the centre of your lips will add a new dimension to any colour!
Priced in the MAC range, with the palette above costing €35 and lipsticks and lip glosses under €20, Illamasqua is available at BT2 on Grafton St and for online purchasing here.