I am on the verge of throwing away all my NARS and MAC blushes after trying Illamasqua. The beauty of these blushes is that they are almost pure pigment, so they add zero texture to the face. Whatever the texture of your underlying makeup--dewy, matte, shimmer, satin--or no makeup at all, the Illamasqua blush pigments blend right in, which makes for a stunningly natural, sheer look. Of course, if you want to go for drama, you can: with so much pigment, they're buildable. They also wear very evenly, and last all day. I strongly recommend applying with a skunk brush. ONE touch to the pan is enough for a subtle application, two for a more dramatic application. I "stipple" it on using the skunk brush, and then blend lightly with a circular motion. Hussy is a lovely vibrant pink with a touch of warmth. Wakes up my whole face. The cost of these blushes is ridiculously low given how long they last. My only complaint is that I wish they came in a wider variety of colors, including mid-tone muted ones. I have Hussy, Beg (a beautiful warm sunbaked rose, like NARS Dolce Vita), and Kiss (an equally beautiful medium plum, great with neutral and cool pink, berry, and plum lipsticks). Since my skin is olive, I don't see myself wearing the four different ultra-light pinks in the line. :-(
Gorgeous warm candy pink. HIGHLY pigmented and very fine and blendable. Someone made a boo-boo using this for the first time because it was so bright. But you need only so little each time - one dab on my MAC 187 was enough to pick up enough colour - and it's such a gorgeous shade especially for girls who are a little on the fairer side. If I ever run out, I will buy this again!
Gorgeous color, no shimmer like so many other blushes these days. In my extensive blush collection, I have no other one like it. A light hand is all you need. Ilamasqua may just be my new favorite line for blushes (and lipsticks)
This blush is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It's highly pigmented and it's matte. I think this would work for many skin tones (I'm NW15). You don't need a special expensive brush for this. Just know that you don't need to pick up much product on the brush. It's a bright clear pinky coral that looks good with different eye shadow and lip colors. So even though it's pricey, it's versatility and great pigmentation make it a good buy.
Hussy is a gorgeous pink/coral matte blush that I love so much. It has been my go to everyday blush. It is very pigmented, so make sure you have a light hand when applying this blush. I always apply it with my mac 188 brush and that helps me achieve that perfect flush on the cheeks.
Could I adore this product any more???? This is my first Illamasqua powder blush, and most certainly not my last. I love my MAC Sheertone blushes, but this one has those beat in terms of pigmentation, staying power, and inspired shade selection. Hussy is a highly pigmented, pinky-peach matte blush that requires a very light hand for application (I prefer to apply it very sparingly with a Smashbox fan brush - just a quick swipe or two, and you are good for the entire day). The final effect is gorgeous and very natural. If you are bit concerned about the price of this product, keep in mind that you receive a large amount of product for the price, and the blush will last you forever given its high pigmentation, so it is a wise buy. Illamasqua colors are very true to life and often startling in the container - however, I have yet to try one that is not wonderful upon application. I highly recommend this color and formula for a wide range of skin tones.
When I first tried this blush I was sure it was too bright for me. Well, I had never owned such a pigmented blush that I swirled in my brush into the blush and got wayyy too much color. So the next day not to mess my whole face up I only picked up a little bit of blush and blended in as much as I could. Hussy is pretty bright on my skin and can look clownish if not careful. But, it's got to be one of my fav blushes at the moment. I would describe it as a coral-y bright pink. I think anyone lighter than me may have some trouble with this blush. Otherwise, I recommend this to everyone.
I have pale NW20 skin and with the right brush this blush looks gorgeous on me. Hussy is way too bright and pigmented for my pale skin and untrained blush applying hands to use a regular blush brush such as MAC 129. Instead I use MAC 131, 188, 187 for a more sheer application.
I've been using this blush for about 10 days now, so I think I can say without a doubt that I LOVE this blush - it is now my HG. First, let me talk about the quality. It is highly pigmented, I would say just as pigmented, if not more, than NARS. Seriously, I can get away with just dabbing the blush with my 187 two times and it places a good amount of color.
What I love about the quality is that unlike NARS blushes, I don't feel like it sets the second I dab it onto my cheek. I can easily blend the blush and the color seems to melt into my skin. It leaves a beautiful glow.
The color is absolutely beautiful. It is the perfect color on my NC30, yellow-toned skin. It looks like I'm blushing! Just gorgeous.
I highly recommend this blush, far above all others!
After literally spending HOURS on Sephora's website looking for *the* perfect blush (I think I memorized the entire product list), I came across this one. Read the few reviews on MUA, and made the order. Frankly ladies, it's the prettiest blush I have ever used in my life - and this is huge, considering that I was formerly a big fan of NARS blushes!! Unlike NARS blushes, Illamasqua blushes are matte - no girly sparkles for me here. Hussy is a beautiful and unique pink/coral mix, great on both warm and cool tones. It is pleasure to use because it is so highly pigmented and finely milled, just a quick dab with my long handled EDM kabuki and a few gentle circles on the apples of my cheeks gives me that healthy glow that manages to somehow light up my entire face! With winter coming around, I have to look no further than my cabinet to get that "in-from-the-cold" flush. =)