September 16, 2009

its a British Invasion! {Illamasqua}

The British are coming! Perhaps not in Canada (yet) but the British cosmetic company Illamasqua has been launched at Sephora in the U.S therefore its only a matter of time that they'll cross over the backyard into Canada. You can order online too! In my case while on a layover in London. A very short layover actually & I wasn't feeling well either but I mustered the strength & energy to hop on the double-decker & get thy self to Selfridges. The sales girl/makeup artist must have thought I looked crazy (& green) but I had a list & stuck to it. I felt terrible that she wanted to show me the whole collection but I couldn't stand never mind listen. I love talking makeup but when you have a fever & about to puke the last thing you want is to ruin the makeup display cases, by the way "gorgeous" shades of blushes! And you thought my job was glamorous:) All in the name of makeup!
On my list:

Illamasqua Bronzing Duo in Glint & Burnish (from the Sirens Collection)
Love!Love! These two shades. I use Glint (on the left as a highlighter &/or eyeshadow) & Burnish as bronzer (of course) & or to contour. Powder is very pigmented so a little goes a long way. No strong fragrance (which I love). Soft powder that's easy to blend! This has been added to my list of favourite bronzers!!

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Dixie
I don't own too many cream blushes & although I was
tempted to buy a powder blush I couldn't resist this shade, Dixie. Glad I ventured into the cream territory as I love this shade, peachy/pink. Blends beautifully & buildable colour! Also great as a lip product. Just don't leave it out in the sun.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move
This shade is a mauve/pink. Its very creamy, like a liquid lipstick. In the pic it looks a bit more sheer but this has great coverage. Non-sticky & glossy impact! Can't wait to get more shades.

OK I'm in love with Illamasqua, makeup for your alter ego! Reviews on the net tend to compare this line to MAC but I would say its a little more avant-garde. I find the shades more intense & dramatic. And although MAC carries more selection & perhaps similiar shades Illamasqua is a bit more playful with regards to the texture & blendability of their products. The quality of the products are fabulous & worth checking out in person if you can get to a counter. Their colour swatches on their site don't do the colours justice. Prices are comparable to other department store brands, along the line of NARS makeup prices. For my Illamasqua haul I paid about $86.00 CDN in total, which also means no more makeup shopping for awhile.
Have you heard of Illamasqua? Thoughts and/or reviews you'd like to share?


  1. I did a mega haul and paid the shipping charges from the UK just because i wanted to try it out so badly. I have Dixie and LOVE it. I have just posted about Fable lipstick. I am a HUGE fan of the perfect red lipstick called Box, which was named after the brand's creator Alex Box. I am hoping Sephora is able to open up shipping to Canada for this brand because it is pretty amazing!


  2. The exchange rate is not "beauty" friendly:) Can't wait to go to London again to check out the Fall collection.

  3. The Dystopia collection is apparently awesome.

    I probably will cave in again and place another order. Too hard to resist!

  4. Hello Monica.
    As you talk about blushes... I really need an advice on the best shade for me.
    I've a very sensitive skin (redness) so when it comes to buy a blush it's always a big question "which one doesn't make my checks more red?"
    At the moment I've a Chanel (peachy colour) and a MAC (peach/salmon colour). Love both of them, but I want to try another colour. And to be honest I don't like to go to places like Selfridges to buy make up. It's too crowded, the lights make me more red and the girls sometimes don't understand what we want because they want you to buy what they want :(
    I love pinky shades. Pink suits me, but I need to make sure my checks don't get to pinky.
    Could you advise me on that?

    Thank you so much.

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  7. Ola Eliana! The best thing is to even-out your skin tone. If you don't like to wear foundation I would apply a tinted moisturizer, like Dermalogica's or easier to find in Europe Avene. I know that Avene has a green moisturizer that counteracts redness, however I've never tried it. As for a blush I would try a bronzer that has no red in it. Sounds like you might have rosacea, a dermatalogist would be able to better assist. Boa Sorte:) E obrigada pela visita:)


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