Friday, 19 July 2013

Illamasqua Sale Purchases

If there's one thing that I absolutely cannot resist, it is an Illamasqua sale. They are one of my favourite brands, but they are unfortunately extremely expensive, so their sales are really the only chance that I get to try out some of their products for a reasonable price. Luckily for me they seem to have them at least twice a year now and I'm always looking to see what they've added! I was planning on buying a polish since they are by far my favourite polish formula, but I ended up buying two other products too. I went for a medium pencil in Fidelity, nail polish in Viridian and cream pigment in Mould.



Cream Pigment in Mould

I can distinctly remember the Toxic Nature collection coming out awhile ago and being incredibly intrigued by the cream pigments, but I was always put off by the high price tag. £17.50 for a single shadow was definitely out of my price zone! I'd probably pay that for a really good palette but for one eyeshadow that I might not even like? Absolutely not. So, when I saw this in the sale I added it to my basket in a flash! I love purples and Mould seemed to be exactly my sort of shade.

The cream pigments come in the usual sleek Illamasqua packaging. Honestly, the packaging isn't that great. I was expecting something a little more sturdy. The lid pops off easily, it doesn't feel very secure, and I'm quite concerned about the product drying out. It is pretty, it just isn't that practical in my opinion!



Mould is a gorgeous deep, smoky grape. I knew I'd love it as soon as I opened the box and I'm not disappointed. I apply this with a brush and set it with translucent powder and it lasts all day. The colour is buildable and you can easily control the intensity. You do have to set it with powder. The first time I used this I didn't use powder and it had already begun to crease and fade as I was applying my make up! With powder over the top it lasts all day, easily. It has even survived the current heatwave that we are having!



Medium Pencil in Fidelity


I don't own many pencils. Most of the make up I wear requires a black pencil, but for softer looks I was having to skip liner completely. I had decided that I needed a nice brown liner a long time ago, but I never got around to buying one. When I saw this for £5 in the sale, I thought I'd be mad not to buy it.



Illamasqua describe this as a milk chocolate brown. It's incredibly soft and pigmented and it lasts a long time (I've not worn it all day so I can't say specifically how long). Unfortunately, there is too much red in this for me and I can't see me ever using it, which is a shame because if it had been the right colour for me it would have been a lovely pencil!

Nail Varnish in Viridian

As I mentioned earlier, Illamasqua polishes are my favourite! I own Baptisite, Charisma, Poke, Scorn and Phallic so far, and I can't fault any of them. They last at least five days on me, and they apply like a dream! I'd been lusting over Viridian for ages, so I was very pleased when I saw it in the sale!


Illamasqua describe this as a peacock green. It's a very unusual colour, and very difficult to describe accurately. My pictures do not do it justice at all. It's stunningly beautiful. I couldn't stop staring at my nails after I used it! You even get away with just one coat. I used two in these pictures.



I am still tempted to order a few more things in the sale now it has been reduced even further, mainly a varnish from the Paranormal collection, another cream pigment and the Creator polish! I'd defintiely recommend picking up a few of the £5 pieces if you are curious about the brand.

All of these products can be purchased from the Illamasqua website.

Have you ordered anything from the Illamasqua sale?

Disclosure: I bought all of these products myself.

14 comments:

  1. So, you are also a victim of the Illamasqua sale? I only got Eyeliner in black (Havoc) and white (Scribe) and fake lashes.

    Unfortunately the nailpolishes don't stick to my nails well, they never last longer than a day with me... That makes me really sad since I love the colours (I love, love, love Virirdian!).

    Like you, I'm often afriad I won't like the colours or textures of the eyeproducts, that's why I also wait for the sales to come around before buying.

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  2. Hellow,
    I didn't and I will probably don't this time, maybe some other time, I have other things in mine.
    But I have to say my favourite was that polish, omg, that nails make me so jealous, they are beautiful.
    That green reminds me a lot of maleficent, it's so gorgeous, I wish I had some place to see their products before buying them irl, but I have to trust the internet photos/swatches and you know how can be disappointing sometimes.

    Hope u are ok!*

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    1. Thank you!

      The polish is my favourite too, I think I've worn it every week since I bought it! My nails have only just started to grow, I think it's because of the sunshine we're having at the moment (they always grow when it's hot) normally they are short and broken. :( It reminds me of Maleficent too, especially when paired with purple lipstick! I completely agree about the ordering online, I'd much rather see them in store first but there isn't a store that stocks them near me. If I had seen the colour of the pencil first I wouldn't have bought it.

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  4. You got some lovely bits, that cream pigment looks stunning! Sooo pigmented. I didn't pick up anything in the sale but bought their Aurora cream highlight and gel liner recently - love them both!

    www.absolutebeaut.com

    xx

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    1. I've been lusting after their gel liner! The cream pigment really is gorgeous - my swatch doesn't quite do it justice!

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  5. Beautiful products:)
    Love the nail color:)
    xx

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    1. It is really pretty, I couldn't quite capture how it glows! I love Illamasqua.

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  6. Your nails are gorgeous, alas I am a nervous chomper so its not worth the investment :(. I have also just fallen prey to the sale, goodies due next week and much fun to play with. I absolutely love their satin primer, and I'm lucky enough to work near an Illamasqua counter in Newcastle (or unlucky to my poor purse!).

    Also love their support for the SOPHIE Lancaster Foundation.

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    1. Thank you! Mine are normally short and weak but they've had a growth spurt recently! Ooh what did you order? I'm very glad that I don't work near any make up counters, haha! Although I am envious that you get see products before buying them, there isn't a counter near me.

      I completely agree, I love that support SOPHIE, I'm wearing my wristband right now actually! It's wonderful when a brand shows support for a charity and it's a great cause.

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  7. Loooove this brand xD Added the same nail polish to my basket along with plenty of other items, haven't checked out yet. Hoping some things will go out of stock and shall remove stuff on the last day of sale before purchase so I don't spend tooooo much money xD Love the way mould looks too, you've tempted me to add that to my basket too >.<

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    1. What else are you thinking of buying? I was so tempted to make another order but I talked myself out of it! Mould is gorgeous, you will love it!

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  8. Greetings! I've just stumbled over your blog. I find it very interesting and decided to follow after just a few minutes. :)

    The color of that nail polish is simply divine!

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    1. Thank you for the follow, I'm glad you like my blog!

      It is isn't it? It's probably my favourite polish at the moment, I love Illamasqua polishes!

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