Saturday, 8 June 2013

Illamasqua Haul

Hi everyone,

did anyone else take advantage of the 50% off everything promotion Illamasqua did a couple of weeks ago when they reached 50,000 likes? I totally did and I couldn't be more pleased with myself. I've been a lover of Illamasqua ever since my little sister Louise of The Baking Fashionista bought Skin Base a ages ago and I kept sneaking into her makeup collection and stealing some when I lived at home. But since I moved out in September after I got married I decided that the time has came to purchase my own. 

Illamasqua was founded in 2008 and has went from relatively unknown to cult brand status. Their high performance cosmetics encourage the boldly beautiful eccentric in all of us to come out to play with its roots in stage and screen make up. Unfortunately, there are currently no Illamasqua counters in Aberdeen with the nearest counter to me 180 miles away :(

However, Illmasqua do provide a great way to determine foundation shades by offering a Skinbase Foundation Shade Chart which more beauty brands should definitely offer for customers purchasing online. Essentially, when trying to figure out what skinbase shade you are you can cross-reference with the chart with other brand's foundations to give you a more accurate idea of what will suit you. Also when you click on the each shade it gives you a mini description of the tones in each one ie: my shade is no.5 which is a yellow undertone with pink. 

So this is what I bought:

If I had purchased these products at full price my order would have came to £110.00 altogether but with the 50% off promotion it came in at £55.00 which I though was amazing for 5 items that include a foundation and a palette! 

These have been such a great addition to my growing make up collection because of the the fantastic pigmentation and lasting power. I've worn the eye palette almost everyday since it arrived and have received a lot of compliments on it so far. The only thing I haven't tried yet is the eye shadow in Anja as I intend to recreate the make up look Lisa Eldrige created for the Tippi Hedren look from Birds which you can watch here

I've swatched the colours here:

Complement Palette

(R-L): Slink(soft champagne shimmer), Focus (cool brown metallic), Forgiveness (rich chocolate plum), Queen of the Night (blackened plum) 

Pure Pigment in FURORE

Pure Pigment in ANDROID
(R-L): Furore (champagne peach shimmer), Android (shimmering charcoal black),  Anja (bright sky blue, matt finish) 
                                                 Skin base
The skinbase foundation provides good buildable coverage and mixes really well with my other foundation when I need different shades if I have a tan etc. It gives a lovely healthy, glowy finish and I've been a fan of this cult product for a while. 

I also follow Illamasqua's instagram were the post the most incredible make up looks. Here's a few:

Have a lovely weekend,

S x