Disclaimer: I was invited the the Theatre of the Nameless event and was provided with some of the products from the new collection.
There’s always something quite exciting about Illamasqua’s new collection.
“Theatre of the Nameless is a heady mixture of opulent hues, decadent pigments and fearless application”
Some people are looking forward to the strange and wonderful new products, for me personally I look forward to the promotional images as they tend to be an endless source of inspiration.
While I loved a lot of the products I have to admit that some of the pictures did put me off at lot.
I felt like it was moving away from Theatre and was glorifying prostitution which does not exactly have a history of treating women well.
Personally I’m not too bothered what people name products, but naming a lip gloss violate really rubbed me the wrong way.
Ignoring some of the images and the names, I loved the rest. Especially the one above!
I was given 3 products at the event, Violate (sheer lipgloss £13), Berber (pure pigment £15) and Kontrol (lipstick £15.50). Am I the only one who read Beiber instead of Berber?
Anyway, lets start with the lip gloss in Violate.
While the colour is beautiful it doesn’t apply very well.
With one coat I got an uneven application and even after I really layered it on I couldn’t get an even colour.
Also it bleeds quite easily, the colour is stunning, the product is not so great.
Now this one…*rubs hands with excitement*….I LOVE this one!
This one along with Beguile, which is essentially a white version of this, are so so pretty! Call me a magpie but the shimmer in this one just makes me squeal with excitement.
It applies really easily and is really pigmented. The swatch bellow wasn’t layered, that is just one swipe of product.
Ugh isn’t is pretty!
Anyway…dragging myself away from Berber lets have a look at the lipstick.
This one is called Kontrol and it’s a lovely purple lipstick. I was quite surprised at how nice it was to apply, it’s funny because it feels “dry” when you put it on but then after it’s been on your lips for a few seconds you realize it’s quite moisturizing.
I can’t really find any faults with this one actually. A very nice lipstick.
- As far as the lipstick and pigment go they’re well pigmented
- Beautiful packaging/design
- I feel that as creative as Illamasqua are and despite that in general they do make good products their prices can be a bit ludicrous.
If you don’t object to the prices they really do have some beautiful pieces in this collection, the pigments being the ones that are particularly stunning.
While I wasn’t given them to show you I was able to try out all the products at the event and I really liked the pigments, the precision Ink and the blushes. The blush in Ambition is pretty much a dupe of the Nars Orgasm blush.
And seeing as I can’t think of a way to nicely end this post I’ll leave you with a bit of lip art experimentation using all the products mentioned above :)
You can purchase items from the collection at: www.illamasqua.com