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Illamasqua Pigment and Shadow Review

If you’re a makeup lover, which I’ll assume you are since you read this blog, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Illamasqua before. The internet has been all abuzz about this line for months now and I’m very excited that I’m finally getting to try out some of the products for myself.

What they say:

Known for their intense colors and dramatic makeup, Illamasqua is your go-to brand for nighttime makeup whether it’s an evening out at the opera or the dance club. Conceived amidst the dark drama of Berlin in the 20s, Illamasqua was developed by professional makeup artists and launched in 2008 in the U.K. Embraced by celebs and alternative cultures alike, their colors allow you to express your most daring, boldest, and most intense sides with professional nighttime makeup that’s richly pigmented and long lasting. Are you ready to release your alter ego?

Our thoughts:

I was recently sent two products from Illamasqua to review and they were the Powder Eye Shadow in Poem and a Pure Pigment in Furore.

Poem shadow is a gorgeous violet shimmery shade. I love the color of this shadow, but I wish it were slightly more pigmented. It takes several applications to build the shadow up to the shade you see in the container. After having problems with the pigmentation of Poem I headed over to Sephora to check out the other shadows from Illamasqua. The good news is it seems the poor pigmentation is only a problem with Poem. The other shadows all seem to be very highly pigmented.

The Pure Pigment in Furore is a peach champagne shimmer. It’s very highly pigmented and such a gorgeous shade. I wore this pigment on my eyes to a Christmas party the other night and got so many nice compliments on it. You don’t have to wear this as a shadow though, you can also wear this product on your cheeks and brows as a highlight. I tried it today on my cheekbones and I absolutely love it!! Just be sure to only use a tiny bit or you’ll look like a disco ball!

Another great thing about the Illamasqua pigments is the packaging. I love that it has the little stopper built into the lid. It’s a lot less messy than my MAC pigments. I’m so in love with Furore that I’ve started a “Illamasqua Wish List” it includes the pigments Incite and Fervent, Liquid Metals Solstice and Enrapture and several different shadows and glosses. I sure hope Santa brings me that Sephora giftcard I’m asking for.

Final Thoughts:

This company reminds me a lot of MAC and as you all know MAC is one of my favorite companies. I can see my Illamasqua collection growing quickly in the near future. I highly recommend either of these products, but my favorite has to be the Furore pigment.

Have you tried any Illamasqua products before? What were your thoughts?

Illamasqua Pigments Retail for: $ 24.00 and Shadows for: $20.00 at here and here.

Note: I received a press sample of this product for review.

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