Sep 7, 2012

Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Generation Q part I (Lips)

Whiiiiii, Illamasqua has a new collection!

'Generation Q - is generation YOU!
It's what they tell you not to do; it’s what you see your true self through.
It's what is old and what is new.
What you know and what you knew.
It's what you feel and what is true 
- Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director -

Products in this collection:

Empower Palette ($42.50 / £34.00) 
Synth Iridescent pale pink glitter 
Fervent Reddish brown with multi-tonal shimmer
Blink Soft beige nude 
Slick Charcoal grey metallic (Liquid Metal)
Complement Palette ($42.50 / £34.00) 
Slink Soft champagne shimmer
Focus Cool brown metallic (Liquid Metal) 
Forgiveness Rich chocolate plum 
Queen of the Night Blackened plum
Powder Blusher ($24.00 / £18.00) 
Allure Dusky rose pink shimmer 
S.O.P.H.I.E. Golden coral shimmer 
Gleam ($24.00 / £18.00) 
Aurora Champagne 

Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 / £14.00)
Boost Blueberry violet 
Opulent Rainbow beige 

Lipstick ($22.00 / £16.00)
Magnetism Deep raspberry pink 
Underworld Iridescent blueberry violet, shimmer finish 

Nail Varnish ($14.00 / £13.50)
Charisma Deep raspberry pink 
Creator Magical black 

Precision Ink ($27.50 / £17.00) 
Wisdom Antiqued gold

I've been a bad blogger and I still don't have a good swatch pic of all of the products, so I'll start with the lip products and make another post later about the palette and eyeliner.

Intense lipgloss Opulent:

Opulent is amazingly beautifully glossy. It's sheer (because of the color, not because of the texture), sparkly and shiny.
It kinda reminds me of MAC's Resort Life lipgelée, which came out in Venomous Villains collection, but this isn't quite as "silvery" as it was.
Opulent has gold and red microglitters in it, and it's absolutely beautiful:

Intense lipgloss Boost:

Boost is really pretty and very intense lipgloss.
The color is a sweet fucsia/lilac duochrome, and it applies smoothly and evenly.

It's a fun color, you can apply it heavily to make it really intense like lipstick, or just a small amount to make a sheer glow on your lips.

Lipstick Underworld:

As many of you know, I've always been a big fan of Illamasqua's lipsticks. Sure they are quite dry, but because of that they also stay put well. They've also been really pigmented and quite easy to apply.
I guess there always needs to be an exception to the rule, and I'm really sorry to say that Underworld is that exception.

 There's nothing wrong with the color. There's lots of wrong in the quality. 
 First of all it's dry. That's nothing new because almost all of the Illamasqua lipsticks are dry, but this is extremely dry.
It isn't very pigmented. It's quite sheer.
And when you combine the bad pigmentation and dryness, you'll get a lipstick that's nearly impossible to apply. You have to press it quite hard to get any color, and when you finally get some color, it blotches. And the result isn't that pretty.
 Of course there's always a chance that I got a faulty product, but based on my experiece I'd suggest some caution with this one. If you like the color you may want to get Boost, which is almost the same color with wayyyyy better application.

Ok, that's it for now. I'm terribly sorry that I haven't been posting actively lately, but juggling between my work, my son and everything else, my time has been a bit limited.


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  2. Opulent and Boost look amazing! Really is a shame about Underworld as it looks like it had a lot of potential judging from your lip swatch. :(

  3. Boost is amaaazing, I went to the counter today and bought one of the palettes and the MUA had Boost on over a hot pink lippy, and my oh my her lips were amazing. Your swatches are great, I am totally going to pick up Boost, you've pushed me over the edge. You also reminded me that I have that lip gelee...hmm

  4. Wow, i like the lipglosses. they have a nice colour ♥♥♥

  5. Wow, that Opulent gloss looks gorgeous indeed!

  6. Opulent and Boost looks good ill try to use it ;0

  7. oooh i so want some of the illamasqua glosses but i think they're a bit pricey :/

  8. opulent looks so amazing :0

  9. Very nice colors of lipstick. Especially I like the shade of purple

  10. I always find Underworld applies better with a brush, if you scrape a bit off and warm it on your hand, having said that, it is a very pale shade and it is very sheer still, if you mix it with Kontrol you get a beautifully stunning colour.

  11. The intense lipstick boost is amazing! perfect for my friday nights :) i have an endless line of purple dresses that will match that shade!

  12. These products are very useful for girls.... Thanks for sharing.
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