Although this collection has been around for several months now, I have finally jumped on the bandwagon and picked up two things from Illamasqua’s fall release. What really prompted me to start lemming one of these was a post by the beautiful and talented Silhouette Screams back in September, here. Then, after hemming and hawing for awhile I came upon another post from Sabrina of A Little Obsessed here that totally sealed the deal for me. So what did I pick up?
Belladonna Intense Lipgloss (that name!! swoon!) it totally reminded me of that Sandra Bullock movie Practical Magic, which is basically one of those movies my mom and I share as a movie we really only watch together. So, of course, I had to get it!
These glosses are called intense for a reason. They are highly, highly pigmented. For how pigmented they are I am impressed by how easily I can swipe this on and not mess up. Most pigmented glosses and lipsticks I have to be careful with, but this one applies with ease. It is also not sticky, a trait I no longer tolerate that well in my glosses, but nor is it entirely slippery. It is the perfect balance between the two. It is one of the longer wearing ones I own and will stick around for a good 4 hours.
Wearing Illamasqua Belladonna on lips.
Oh, and I had to include this clip!!
Then of course I had to check out one of the new shimmer blushes…
Ambition blush is exactly what I wanted. Although the shimmer looks a bit scary in the pan it doesn’t translate that way on the cheeks. Absolutely work friendly- I have worn it to meetings and to the office several times. It stays put all day as all of the Illamasqua powder blushes I have tried do. It’s easy to blend but a light hand is required or you will over-do it. This gives such a nice rosy, natural flush to my cheeks; it’s like I stepped outside in the cold for just a second.
L-R: NARS Taos, Illamasqua Ambition, Tarte Amazonian Clay in Passion, Milani Red Vino
(just a side note, that tarte blush came in a limited edition set from QVC, it is not available for individual sale as of right now)
I had to do some swatch comparisons of course! Taos is far too red and Red Vino is darker with more pronounced golden shimmer and it is also more sheer. Passion is fairly close but leans more pink/berry than the more neutral toned Ambition.
Wearing Illamasqua Ambition on Cheeks
Overall I highly recommend both of these items. I haven’t encountered an Illamasqua product that has disappointed me yet. Have you tried the brand? What are your recommendations?