Monday, 20 February 2012

My Massive Illamasqua Haul!

So illamasqua held a craaaazy colour pop shop sale the other weekend in their beak street shop, with unbelievable prices, at 80% off i literally squealed with excitement! 

I spent just over £200 but regret nothing as the quality of the products is outstanding and an opportunity like this never comes around often so thought to make the most of it! It was a fab place to start with a kit for professional use, or for just extending your own personal collection !

Beware this post will be super long and picture heavy iv taken pictures of all products individually and swatched them all. I know a few people have been waiting for my post on this haul so i hope you enjoy!


The bags i proudly came home with:



...and lets see whats inside!




Firstly let me talk about the foundations , when i got to the sale they had bags of both the light fluid liquid foundation and the cream compact foundation at a bundle price.So i grabbed the opportunity as i thought it was a great way to start up my professional kit with a great variety of high quality foundations.

The Light Fluid bag came with all the 14 shades available: 115,120,133,135,140,150,200,210,215,233,240,320,325,335.

The Cream Foundation bag came with 8 out of the 20 shades available:
100,135,140,150,210,320,240,335.

Combined price for both the foundations was £120.




'Light Fluid' Liquid Foundation
First up is the light fluid liquid foundation, this has a lovely light creamy consistency i have tried this myself over the course of two days and really really like this foundation. It's lightweight and blends seamlessly into the skin, it is comparable to mac's face and body but in my opinion better as it doesn't leave my face shiny and isn't as runny!










Here is the foundation swatched and blended.
As you can see its literally untraceable in the second picture yet still gives sufficient coverage and evens out skin tone well!










Compact Cream Foundation
Next up is the Cream Foundation, this foundation comes in a gorgeous black compact with an illamasqua logo engraved onto the top , the product itself is gorgeous i would be happy whipping this out of my make up bag!


I would personally describe this foundation as more of a concealer/foundation as the consistency is more rich and creamy/velvety. The coverage i would say is medium leaning more to full, ideal for those ladies who need more coverage and who may have scarring or particularly bad pigmentation/skin problems. 
It covers so well i would apply this sparingly as like i mentioned the coverage is high so a little definitely goes a long way with this product!




Gorgeous angular design and sleek black casing making the product look in my opinion 
very chic and luxurious. 


The foundation comes boxed with a separate branded sponge, however there is no compartment for it to be stored which has both its advantages and disadvantages ; being the lack of extra compartment keeps the product thin and portable adding to its sleek design however if you want to use this on the go it would come in handy having a little click up compartment to store your sponge and keep it clean! Maybe a point for illamasqua to ponder on!







Here is the product swatched and blended i deliberately chose a colour too light for me as the flash can sometimes wash out the colour and not pick it up well, hopefully this helps you see better and get a true picture and idea of what the product actually looks like.


As you can see from the swatch, the foundation is very pigmented and creamy. When blended, it covers and conceals significantly well which is great if you want an all product thats quick and easy to apply.






Foundation Shade Guide
Now just incase any of you are interested in purchasing or trying out either of these foundations i took it upon myself to swatch all the colours i have so you can get a better idea of what the colouring is like!


I love the wide range of colours that illamasqua offers they cover a wide range of neutrals, cools and warm tones so your sure to find a foundation that suits you and is true to real skin tones without looking like a mask.


First pic - Cream Foundation
Second pic - Light Fluid Foundation







Next up to show you guys i have the rest of my haul which consists of glosses, pigments, eyeshadows and creams, blushes, nail polishes and pencils!...yes i may have got a little carried away :D








Metallic Eye Creams/Pigments
First ill show you the 'Liquid Metal' metallic shimmery eye creams. Oh my these are true beauties they are so pigmented and gorgeous i had to stop myself from just picking them all up!..i managed..barely to settle at 3! I also picked up the gorgeous pure pigment 'breathe' which i was told was going to sadly be discontinued so had to grab it!




The colours i picked up (in order) are as follows:

  • Breathe (pigment)
  • Stoic
  • Surge
  • Superior
They are all beautiful in their own right and so versatile you can apply lightly over a cream to add depth and shimmer or pack on for intense colour, they are highly pigmented as you can see in the swatches and effortless to apply!

Breathe is a pure pigment that when i first saw, the word angelic came to mind, its gorgeous yet subtle. However, its super versatile as it can be used anywhere from highlighting cheeks and brows to adding shimmer to an eye colour or even mixing with blush for an intense effect..the possibilities are endless with this! so sad its being discontinued :(



Blusher
The only cream blusher i bought which also happens to also be my first as i've always really stuck to powders however thought this would give a beautiful dewy fresh faced look. 
The shade i got was 'Sob' its a beautifully delicate pastel pink, when applied lightly gives a gorgeous little pop of innocent colour to the cheeks. I would use this when aiming for a light dewy natural look as it not only adds colour but a lovely glow to the cheeks!

This product along side all of the other colours is so versatile, the blush itself is rich and creamy and could even be used as a lip colour or even a cream shadow! Its an all round great buy and can be used for so much more then its primary intention.


Loose Powder
Next up is a loose 'Powdered Metal' in colour 'Erzule'.



This is an all over loose powder meant for adding an intense radiance or a summery glow. 

I can see this being a great product to use on a beach shoot to add a lovely sheen to a golden tan. I bought this with the intention of also using it as an eyeshadow/pigment as if applied heavily can create intense colour in a metallic finish which i thought would look lovely with a brown/neutral smokey eye.

I swatched the product both applied sparingly and well blended, along side an intense swatch to show just how pigmented and versatile this product can be! and with a massive 15g pot this will literally last a lifetime!


Concealer 
Up next is one of my favourite purchases from the haul its the illamasqua concealer in shade cc 200.


This product is..in my opinion perfect.
It is by far the best concealer i have ever used i am just so upset i didn't buy more of it! 
This product is so rich and creamy yet not as 'wet' as most concealers, it covers effortlessly and is super super pigmented i dont need to layer this at all! I cant recommend this highly enough it also great for the eye area and covers dark circles like a dream! It is now my HG concealer, I am in love!


Powder/Cream Eyeshadows

Crumble is a lovely soft cream eyeshadow similar to Sob yet slightly darker,perfect for a fresh faced natural look.

Debauch i picked up and put in my basket at first sight, another cream, its a beautiful deep purple/plum i instantly saw its potential as a great twist for my signature smokey eye where i usually would just stick to browns however i could see this and crumble working together beautifully and looking a lot fresher and softer then my usual browns which would be great for spring/summer. 

Both creams could easily double up as lip colours/glosses ,these two were my favourite cream shadows out of the lot.

Next are the two powder shadows i picked up.

Boomerang another fav..well they're all my favs, but this one is special this is pigmented beyond imagination and can double up as an eyebrow fill in colour its perfect for an everyday wash of colour on the lids and lower lash line,is subtle, yet effective and great for framing your eyes without looking too bold or overdone.

Lastly its Vision this is a lovely subtle shimmery silvery/golden shadow ,perfect for using as a brow and cheek highlighter!


Pencils
Now onto the multi use pencils!...(no..im still not done haha) these pencils are great as they are meant for use on not only eyes but lips aswel!



In order the colours i bought are:
  • Sorceress a classic black, an item that every girl needs, its a staple piece in your make up bag.
  • Manic a bright bold statement light pink.
  • Feisty the perfect classic hollywood red lip
  • and lastly Rowdy a versatile one, used lightly can be used to just define the natural colour of your lips, if used with a heavier hand reveals a more bold copper/nude colour.
These pencils are great quality i used feisty the other day to fill in and line my lips not only did it last all day but when the time came to remove it not only didn't budge for a good while but also had stained my lips! So clearly great staying power which is always a plus!

Lip Glosses 
I picked up 3 , 2 Intense's and one sheer gloss.


  • Provoke is a lovely bronze,this gloss gives you a light wash of sheer colour with added shimmer as wel, its a perfect subtle everyday colour and would also work well with a nude lipstick.
  • Femme is an intense rich red,which works perfectly with the Feisty pencil .
  • and lastly Mistress which at first i didn't pick up in fear of its bold appearance but after a quick testing in store i found that if used sparingly gives a gorgeous super glossy light pop of coral colour to lips, which would be perfect for the upcoming summer season.
Nail Polish
Lastly but definitely not least here are the two nail varnishes i picked up.


Two classic colours that instantly appealed to me both feminine and bold, these varnishes are fab they dont need endless layers to get an opaque finish and dry fast which is great and convenient if you want your nails done in a flash!

And that my lovelies concludes this mahoosive post about my now extensive Illamasqua collection! 

The beauty about Illamasqua products is that they are such amazing quality and are so pigmented and versatile, you are in full control, the possibilities are literally endless!

Words cant describe how pleased i am with this haul ,its so rare that such a great brand offers an opportunity like this and i sincerely hope some of you got to attend!

I hope you enjoy this post i know many of you have been eagerly awaiting it! 
I apologize in advance for its length if you think it would be better if i maybe split this into separate posts let me know!

As always hope to see you here again soon
With Love
Gina xox



16 comments:

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    1. thankyou!it was such a great opportunity :) xxx

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  2. Ahh you got such lovely stuff!!:) What a bargain aswell! I got the cream foundation kit too! Shall be posting about it soon.. Great haul Gina!!

    www.absolutleybeautiful.blogspot.com xx

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    1. super happy about it hehe, oo yep you should!! i shall be on the look out for that! xxx

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  3. im doing my swatches today! cant wait to use everything, already used the pink lip pencil and the colour is divine! great post hun! x

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  4. I'm so jealous, you got some amazing things! x

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  5. gorgeous stuff. i've never tried illamasqua but i'd love to! xx

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    1. deffo do the quality is amazing! if they ever have any deals on soon pick up a couple things and let me know if u like them! cream blushes are my fav xxx

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  6. oh. my. actual. god.
    i am SO jealous!!!! you got sooo much stuff and 80% is a ridiculous crazy deal!!
    that blushes looks gorgeous and so do those pencils!!
    do a fotd with the stuff would love to see how it all looks! xxx

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    1. i will be doing a FOTD soon when i have a day off as i have a natural look policy at work, limits me loads :( xxx

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  7. Oh my god!! What a bargain, I cant believe the amount of products you got for that price! lucky girl! xx

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    1. i know!! thank you all for sharing my excitement about this haha i am so chuffed! xx

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  8. Wow you got so much stuff for the price thats amazing!!!! Great haul!! x

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  9. wow i cant even imagine someone with shade 100 foundation skin!
    casper!

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