Illamasqua was founded by in 2008 by Yorkshire's Julian Kynaston, who was "intrigued by the role make-up was playing in alternative subcultures."* Colors in the collection are highly pigmented and often unconventional. All products are cruelty-free. *Source: Living North

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Recent Illamasqua Reviews

Blush -Illamasqua -Powder Blusher - Tremble


I love Illamasqua blushes, so I am completely biased, but I LOVE Tremble. I can't believe that I waited so long to try it, because it's a gorgeous, fresh-looking color on me (NC10ish.) It wakes my face up so much and it wears very well, as all Illamasqua blushes do on me. It is very pigmented, which some might find to be a con, but I love it. It doesn't sheer out too much on me, so it maintains a bit of its milkyness, which makes it look really fresh and pretty on my skin without looking chalky. It isn't really a "natural" color, but it is flattering nonetheless and I am so enamored with it. Totally worth the price and the time spent waiting for it to come from the UK.

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Eyeliner -Illamasqua -Precision Gel Liner - Infinity

on 3/12/2018 6:24:00 PM


It is beautiful to apply but smudges within of only few (<4) hours ! I haven’t expected that. At first I thought this is my new love because it was beautiful to apply but then saw the wing smudged in my corners and I had to remove it from there (I didn’t have any tears, nor was the weather extreme)

Great to apply
Beautiful jet black
Smudges at outer eye corners

I haven’t had problems with Mac or Inglot, or with Bourjois and Kat von D pencils, and I use the ud eyeshadow primer underneath.
Don’t recommend, except if you don’t make any wings.

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Makeup Brushes -Illamasqua -Powder Brush IL300

on 3/12/2018 6:11:00 PM


I am extremely disappointed because the powder brush doesn’t look like the one pictured on the website. It is a tulip type brush with stiff bristles - they are soft but not flexible so you have to pat on the powder in order not to remove possibly still wet makeup. I would not recommend nor repurchase.
I have the same complaint with their blending brush which doesn’t blend at all. The highlighter and blush brush are ok.
I wanted a powder brush but received a brush I cannot find any use of it. It is not good enough for blush because it picks a lot of product, which may be good, but it is horrible to blend with it - it feels like it will move the underlaying makeup.
I attached pictures for comparison: Sigma F30 (the only Sigma brush that really excels) and the IL300 (new numbering style).
The Sephora tulip Pro 59 is also a great brush - I love it for blush or soft contour and the IL300 simply cannot be compared to it.
This brush is unbelievably expensive to look feel (stiff as per brush flexibility, but soft as per bristle feel) and perform like this!

I am shocked there are no reviews online?!

Mascara -Illamasqua -Masquara

on 3/2/2018 3:22:00 PM


This is below average mascara. I am lucky to have long eyelashes and with it there is no effect. It may not be it’s purpose but I do expect from every mascara to thicken lashes a bit. This while giving definition does nothing else. The mascaras wand is very good and dense and doesn’t pick up any residue but in reality I cannot find any use of it. Even for no makeup days it doesn’t provide any effect for my lashes. On the positive side it doesn’t stick lashes one to another

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Eyes -Illamasqua -cream pigment

on 2/24/2018 10:44:00 AM


I have Illamasqua's cream pigment in Hollow, a taupe, and Bedaub, which is mint green. I really like both of them, but I don't use either on my eyelids.

I use the mint green Bedaub for color correction. I have pale olive skin with hormonal acne and quite a bit of red discoloration, and Bedaub is the only green color corrector I've ever found actually useful. I generally put a tiny bit of it on the back of my hand, add a small drop of foundation - usually MAC Face & Body - mix them and apply wherever I'm especially red, on breakouts, on my nose etc. Then I just mix whatever's left with some more F&B and blend everything as usual over my entire face. I wear C1 and N1 in F&B, C1 is a tiny bit too dark and yellow for me, while the N1 looks slightly orange except when I have a tan in the summer. The cream pigment does two good things to the foundation for me:
It corrects the color of the foundation for me, taking down the yellow/orange tint a notch, and also makes everything read slightly paler and closer in tone to my winter skin.
It also makes the Face & Body formula slightly drier, firmer and more stable on my combination skin. I really like Face & Body and how it wears on me, but it does tend to slide around a bit on my face towards the end of the day, and I feel like it sets and stays in place better when there's a tiny bit of the cream pigment mixed into it.

This isn't something I can be bothered with every day, but I do use it regularly and I do enjoy it. The combination of pale skin with a pretty distinct olive undertone (the skin on my upper chest area looks greenish yellow) and pink overtones makes a lot of face products read as orange, too saturated somehow, and adding a tiny bit of mint green to the mix corrects that. Just adding straight green corrector to breakouts doesn't work at all for me, but this does.

Hollow already has a very different rating on its own; it's a beautiful contour color on fair skin. That's how I use it. Same formula as Bedaub, works just as well under or mixed with foundation.

Drawbacks? I don't love the packaging, would prefer the lid to have a hinge. I can easily imagine that this would crease a lot worn as a cream eyeshadow, but since I don't use it that way it's not an issue for me. It wears well on the rest of the face, when set with powder. But I would probably repurchase if I ever ran out.

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