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REASONS FOR PURCHASING
I'm new to the Illamasqua brand, but after being won over by the Rich Liquid Foundation, I thought I'd try a few more products!
The Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in 'Fierce' was my second ever Illamasqua purchase.
I love purple tones for lipsticks and gloss. They're surprisingly flattering! I try to avoid shimmer or glitter (I'm just not a fan) so 'Fierce' which is glossy bright, 'not too dark / not too light' purple seemed like a great gloss to start with!
From Illamasqua's Website: "Illamasqua is the product of a heady mix of influences. Its roots stem from the dark and illicit 1920s club scene, and combine a rich heritage in the manufacture of make-up for film and theatre. It also takes inspiration from members of the 'alternative scenes' for whom self-expression is paramount. Alternative cultures have always dared to be dramatic. They have an emotional attachment to making up. It's an expression of their darker side, a release for their alter ego.
Illamasqua is for the bolder person hiding inside all of us. It is an act and an attitude. A symbol of tolerance. A celebration of idiosyncrasies. A confident statement of self-ownership."
WHAT ILLAMASQUA SAY ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Illamasqua on their Intense Lipglosses:
"Come out of the shadows with high-shine, colour-rich Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in a wide range of bold colours. Create lips that look full and glossy, without feeling sticky. Draw attention to your lips, and to you."
Illamasqua on 'Fierce':
"Bright blue purple"
An Illamasqua Lipgloss will set you back £13. This is about standard across the high end brands for a lipgloss, although cheaper than many that you'll see priced at approx £20 in many department store makeup counters.
Illamasqua products are of professional quality, so I personally do feel that they're worth the price tag. The rest of my review (and my Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation review) should explain why in more detail!
It is worth mentioning that Illamasqua is not only stocked in their own store and on their own website, but also on ASOS.com and Debenhams.com (both places where discount codes are sometimes available and where they have a lot of sales!). Selfridges also stock Illamasqua products.
Keep an eye out on eBay too. I avoid eBay for brands that I know are often faked / counterfeited, but Illamasqua is a new brand and I'm not aware of any fakes on the market (fake cosmetics are something I'm very clued up on!).
PACKAGING / APPEARANCE
Illamasqua products usually come in black cardboard packaging with the product details in white writing. This mostly reflects the casing of the product itself (most are in black casing with white lettering too).
The Intense Lipgloss comes in a clear tube so you can see the colour you're getting. The lid is black and the applicator is clear and slanted (allowing you to see how much product is coming out, and allowing for smooth application).
The lid clips on and off. It took me a while to realise it was this simple - I kept trying to twist it!
Squeeze the tube gently and allow only a tiny bit of colour to come out onto the applicator. These lipglosses are as 'intense' as the name suggests! Try a little colour first and build up if you need to!
The slanted applicator on the tube allows for neat application and lets you smooth over your lips for even coverage and a nice blend. If you're happier working with a lipbrush you can squeeze an amount out in the same way, swipe it with your brush, and blend over your lips. Or even apply with the applicator and just make the final finishing touches with a lipbrush! This is what I've started doing recently and I find that it works well too!
The consistency of the lipgloss is like a sticky gel. It's ever so sticky in fact! So if you test it on the back of your hand, you really have to work to get it off (hot, soapy water, not a quick wipe with a tissue).
On your lips, this consistency works well. It doesn't feel sticky (although keep your hair away from your mouth!) but it does last for AGES! This is the longest lasting lipgloss I own - after drinks and nibbles it's still in place - not as flawless as the initial application - but in place none the less!
The colours of all the Intense Lipglosses are amazing. So highly pigmented! Lots of lovely, bold, statement colours to chose from! Over 20 and that's not including any limited edition colours! There are colours available that you just couldn't get from a High Street brand, or even from any other High End brand. If you need a niche item, make your first stop Illamasqua! All the colours you'd expect and even bright blue and green! To name only a few!
'Fierce' which is the colour I'm basing this review on, is a stunning, non shimmery, rich, glossy purple! I apply thickly for a statement look, or just a teeny blob blended in for something more subtle. I even wear it for work!
If you're new to High End makeup or the Illamasqua brand in general, a lipgloss is a great place to start! If you can get to a department store that stocks the brand, or an Illamasqua store itself, pop in and have an experiment with the different colours available! If you'd like to order one online I'd recommend a purple toned gloss, these are flattering against nearly all skin tones!
I love my Illamasqua Intense Lipglosses and will probably keep on adding to my collection.
I bought this lipgloss on a whim at the same time as buying the Illamasqua rich foundation. I would never normally spend £13 on a lipgloss, but I had a Selfridges voucher which needed using, and I thought it was about time I got some decent makeup.
The reason I chose this intense lipgloss over the other products they have on offer is that their current main promotional image - a very striking, Queen of Hearts style figure, has amazing lips. I asked the lady behind the counter what she was wearing - and was told it was the bright red intense lipstick with the gloss over the top. Interesting. She painted the same combination on my own lips, and I was suitably impressed. "Intense" it certainly is - like all the products by Illamasqua, it's not for the wallflower. Bold, bright, and very shiny. This lipgloss would be suitable for a glitzy stage production - or equally, a special night out.
I didn't get the lipstick base - I figured I already owned enough red lipsticks and was pointless spending so much on one when I was only going to cover it with the gloss.
The usual complaint with lipgloss is that it doesn't last - but this one definitely lasts longer than any other I've tried. It does come off on glasses a bit after a sip, but even after an evening with several drinks, along with my tendency to nibble on various foodstuffs throughout the evening, it more or less stayed put and I only had to reapply once.
The only complaint I would have about the gloss is that after wearing for a while, I did notice that it had gathered in the creases of my lips a bit. Not much, but enough to be noticeable if you were really looking.
Overall, although this product is expensive, if you're looking for a gloss to give you a striking, stand out look, this is perfect.
I first heard of this new make up brand on the web whilst looking through some make up reviews and videos. I was very interested when I first saw and heard about this product as I love lip gloss but often find that they're not as strongly pigmented as I would like. I also like the slogan they have for their products; makeup for your alter ego. The colours they have are very intense and vibrant and work well for everyday makeup but also for theatre and editorial work.
These lip glosses come in a clear plastic tube with a black lid and there is no brush attached but you simply squeeze the product out and apply straight form the tube, with a lip brush or with your fingers.
I had to try these lip glosses for myself as soon as my nearest Illamasqua opened at my local Debenhams. I was eager to try their black, blue, purple, neon red and green ( I enjoy being crazy and creative at times). The sales girl was very friendly and happy to demonstrate all these colours on me. I loved how fruity and sweet these smelt and how nicely they applied. They go on very opaque and are so highly pigmented you don't need to wear a lipstick as a base to get the colour intensity you want. I loved how smooth and light they felt on the lips. They're not horrible or sticky and have a very long lasting staying power.
After wearing a very bright pink shade for 4 hours, I didn't find that it faded, caked or started to feather, which is excellent and everything I'd hoped for in a lip gloss. Another cool thing about these is also that you can mix the different shades to make lighter, darker or completely different colours with them. I also bought a white so that I could lighten up the colours if I wanted to wear it differently.
These are about 12 pounds for a tube but I find that a little goes a long way and I love how long lasting and vibrant they are. I've collected 8 so far but definitely will be buying more, I'm addicted to this awesome new make up brand and have nothing but good things to say about these intense lip glosses!
Before I tried the Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss, I didn't think it was possible to buy a gloss that didn't require constant re-applying after every drink or morsel that passed my lips. But I'm pleased to say I wore this lipgloss on a night out, and although I had the tube in my handbag, I didn't use it once.
Illamasqua are a British company, so it's good to know there is an alternative to the ubiquitous US brands swamping our high street. In terms of quality, I think they are second to none. The pigment in the lip gloss is rich, and you only need to use a small amount.
The packaging could possibly do with some improvement. It requires a strong squeeze to release the gloss, and I didn't find the tube tip applicator very comfortable to use. Also, it doesn't list the name of the colour on the tube, which was annoying for my friend who wanted to know which colour I was wearing. But the quality of the product overrides these concerns. I will definitely buy Illamasqua make-up again in the future.
Illamasqua is the new most talked about cosmetic brand right now!
Who are Illamasqua? I would like to start off by saying they are a British company! During this financial crisis I feel it is a really good thing to support our own. They say they are inspired by the "illicit 1920s club scene" and "make-up for film and theatre" they also take inspiration from people who indulge in "self-expression".
Their mantra is "make up for your alter ego".
I love the theatrical aspects of their cosmetics, the many different and bright colours; for example they even have a green lip gloss! I am sure I would not wear this everyday, but if I wanted a unique look, I would definitely turn to illamasqua.
In my opinion make up is a celebration of one's alter ego, it is about experimenting and having fun with the way we look and they way we present ourselves to the outside world. Thank gosh there is a cosmetic company to endulge in looks so exotic the ladies at the Boots counter would pass out with pure envy!
Their Lipglosses are £12.50 for 7ml. Check out their colour range at: http://www.illamasqua.com/store/category/lips/intense_lipgloss/
My favourite lipgloss is a dark pinky coral called "Indulge". The great thing about these lipglosses is that they feel like lipstick not a gloss. I reccommend to wear these along with a complimenting lipstick for a pure knock 'em dead pout!
They say "Come out of the shadows with high-shine, colour-rich Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in a wide range of bold colours. Create lips that look full and glossy, without feeling sticky. Draw attention to your lips, and to you". I agree with their statement fully! I have never come across a lipgloss that is this pigmented before.
What I don't like about the products are the actual tubes the lipgloss comes in. I feel that they are quite hard to squeeze as the plastic is so thick. Application with the tube also is not very good because it has a solid plastic applicator, and not a soft one as in MAC's lip glass! Application must be done with a brush (in my honest opinion!). They smell like candy, which is very nice!
The feeling is very smooth but not sticky. This is a real plus!
If you order from their website it only costs £2.50 recorded delivery!
Have a try and let me know what you think also!