I have a little preview for you all this evening of the two new blushes that recently launched with Illamasqua’s tongue-in-cheek Naked Strangers collection. I give them a lot of credit for being so, dare I say… ballsy.
Naked Rose and Zygomatic
Naked Rose is a powder blush and Zygomatic is it’s cream counterpart. I say that because these two colors naturally compliment each other so well. I have tried several Illamasqua blushes in the past (both cream and powder) and these feel the same in their formula as their “older” sisters do. I can’t speak to the wear time as I only just received them but if they are true to form the cream will last 6-8 hours while the powder will last around 7-8 hours.
Naked Rose is a beautiful nude-pink shade. The formula is velvety both in the pan and on skin.
Clockwise from left: Tarte Exposed, Illamasqua Naked Rose, NARS Douceur, MAC Pink Tea, MAC Pink Cult
As you can see, nude blushes with a pink undertone have been done before. However, Naked Rose does offer something a little different to the table.
Swatches L-R: MACPink Tea, Tarte Exposed, NARS Douceur, Illamasqua Naked Rose, MAC Pink Cult
Naked Rose is the most pink of the group and therefore the least brown. In terms of pigmentation it is similar to Pink Cult. Both have a similar payoff and texture.
Zygomatic is a cream blush that is a natural brown-pink shade.
Clockwise from left: MAC Pleasureful, Illamasqua Zygomatic, NARS Penny Lane, Inglot Cream Blush #90
In pan it looks most similar to Penny Lane but in actuality they are quite different.
Swatches L-R: Inglot #90, MAC Pleasureful, Illamasqua Zygomatic, NARS Penny Lane
Zygomatic is the lightest of the three and the formula is not sticky. Penny Lane is significantly more brown/peach while Pleasureful and #90 appear much darker and peachier as well. I did apply this to my cheeks this evening (I’m about NW30, maybe a bit darker atm) and loved how natural it looked on me. It showed up easily, which surprised me based on the lightness of the swatch.
Overall the blushes are divine in shade and texture. Keep in mind that while these are my initials thoughts that I have had plenty of experience with the blush range in the past, and every experience was a positive one. These retail for $24/each and can be found at Sephora.com.
Will be inviting the Naked Strangers blushes home with you?