Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Let me start by saying that the hype surrounding this brand is completely justified, as the products are amazing! I have had experience of both visiting a counter (Fenwicks, Newcastle) and ordering online, so I thought I'd share my thoughts with you.
The ladies that work at the counter were all lovely and the two that assisted me were helpful without being overpowering or making me feel as though I was being pounced on. They quickly chose a powder blusher that would suit my colouring and applied it, explaining every step and giving helpful hints for a flawless application. I was then allowed time to browse the other products and I didn't feel like I was holding them up, which is sometimes the case at other counters.
My online experience was less smooth. After not receiving any products after 10 days I called and was told that someone that could help me would ring straight back. Three days later and no call I had to ring again, however, the lady that answered was very helpful, polite and apologised for the slip up. Being an independent brand it is inevitable that things like this will happen but I received my products two days later with a lovely product book and some postcards.
On the left is a cream blusher in 'Rude', which is a definite dupe for NARS 'Gina'. The consistency of the product is silky smooth, glides on a dream and has incredible staying power. I applied it this morning and 7 hours later it hasn't moved an inch.
On the right is a powder blusher in 'Katie' which gives the most perfect light pink flush and is similar to the colour my cheeks go when I blush. I love the fact that this is matte and allows for a more professional look but also looks amazing over the satin finish primer for a dewy effect.
Both the cream and powder blushes retail for £16.
Illamasqua is gaining quite a reputation for their nail polishes and I can certainly see why! This is shade 'Lament', which is a perfect pinky coral for the summer months. Again the consistency is amazing and I only needed one coat to get a flawless, streak-free application. These retail for £12.50 and there are a wide range of colours to choose from including neons, glitter and a gorgeous grass green.
I also have the satin finish primer with spf but I want to use this a little longer before I do a review on YouTube, but first impressions are good!
Illamasqua can be purchased online here or at one of their eight counters around the UK. Visit the official Illamasqua blog here. What Illasmasqua products are you loving?