Red Loose Pigments: Illamasqua vs Face Front

*Both products were provided for review

This post was going to be a dupes post but once I actually swatched the two products and had them side by side I realized that, while they have slight similarities, they are not dupes.

These are the kind of eye shadows that only the daring will wear but with very different prices which is why I wanted to compare them.


  • Both brands are cruelty-free
  • Illamasqua’s Berber is £15
  • Face Front’s Acrylic Apple Torte is £8
  • Face Front is Vegan and made in the USA
  • Face Front gives you 5g
  • Illamasqua gives you 1.5g

The price difference on these two is HUGE! Especially when Face Front gives you 3.5 grams more. The main thing with Illamsaqua, apart from the fact that their products in general are extremely pigmented, is their packaging is beautiful! So simple and minimalistic but still manage to have a elegant “gothy” look.

Even though I try not to buy something just for the packaging Illamasqua makes it very hard for me not to.

Berber ( I keep reading Bieber) is a beautiful orange red with gold/yellow flecks while Acrylic Apple Torte is a perfect rusty red.

Both of them apply very easily and are really easy to blend.

Like all loose pigments they can be quite messy out but this is usually made up for with the extra pigmentation.

Berber would be a much harder colour to pull of with it’s orange undertone but in general red is quite a hard colour to work with as an eyeshadow so it would be daunting for pretty much any one.

I absolutely love the yellow/gold flecks in Berber but the price difference is so huge I think I might find away to just mix together another pigment with Acrylic Apple Torte to mimic Berber. Apart from the price difference and slight colour variation there really isn’t a difference in quality with these two.

You can buy Acrylic Apple Torte(uk) here and you can buy Berber here. If you’re from the US you can buy Acrylic Apple Torte here.

Which one do you prefer?

Review: Generation Q – Where beauty has no age limits

Illamasqua is one of those brands where every time I go to a new event I think they can’t do better than the last collection.

Once again they’ve proven me wrong, this collection is AMAZING!

What I love about this is it’s celebration of age. Some of the models were older women and they were not trying to hide their age, rather celebrating it and just that in it’s self blew me away.

“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’s old and what’s new”

Mostly every brand I can think of always uses young teenage models, heavily airbrushes them and then likes to portray age as the most disgusting beauty crime you can commit. I think this is the first time I’ve seen a brand dare to challenge this disgusting taboo.

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the collection (or rather a super sneak peak as it isn’t coming out till September).

“Generation Q is a clear message to everybody, everywhere that beauty is not old, black, white, male or female, but anything, everything and everyone”

At the moment I can only show you these rough shots of the collection but as soon as the collection is released I want to do a video review, the photos just don’t pick up all the gorgeous undertones these eye shadows have.

The empower palette is pretty much a collection of duo-chromes in mint pink and yellow and the lip gloss in Opulent (described as rainbow beige) really is a flecks of the rainbow in beige.

The eyeshadows are so creamy and pigmented! These are not eyeshadows that you will have to drag and layer on the skin so that it shows up.

This collection is perfect for people who love bold and subtle makeup, for the more daring the pallet in Empower is perfect, and for the more natural makeup inclined Compliment is the perfect pallet. Makeup for the old, young bold and subtle. Love it!

As for the blushes Gleam Cream is back! This time in a cream blush rather than a liquid form called Gleam: Aurora. Being an absolute sucker for coral blushes Sophie is a blush I think I may have to get my hands on…

Personally I cannot wait for the collection! I love the products, the idea behind it, everything.

What do you think about the idea behind this collection?

Febuary Giveaway! :D

And it’s giveaway time again! :D

I mentioned in the giveaway video that you would be able to see some of the upcoming prizes on my KlairedeLysdotcom channel. If you haven’t found it here is the video:

As usual the rules are simple:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post saying enter me, (or just tell me why you would like this prize)

2. If you are under 16 years of age please ask your parents permission before entering.

3. You can only leave ONE comment.

4. The giveaway is international as always.

5. The competition ends on the 21st of February.

6. If you are the winner and don’t reply within 48 hours of me contacting you I’m sorry but I will pick another winner.

7. I ALWAYS send the prizes by recorded delivery so that I’m sure they get to you.

Why don’t you announce the

winners on You Tube?

The reason I don’t announce the winner/s on You Tube exc. is because to enter a comment you have to enter your email (don’t worry I’m the only one who can see it) so I already have the means to contact you, there is no point in announcing the winners :)

Anyway, good luck and I hope you all enter :)

Review: Illamasqua Masquara

Disclaimer: Item provided for review. All opinions are my own.

A few days ago I received a package from Illamasqua.

Hehe I was hoping it was going to be a bit of a sneak peak into the up coming Theatre if the Nameless. It ended up being the mascara from the upcomming collection but no more information about the collection *sigh*.

The bottle kind of suprised me.

Maybe I half expected to see some amazing intricate mascara bottle that was was a piece of art in it’s own right, but it’s was just a simple black tube.

It has quite a large brush (similar it size to the Maybelline Colossal mascara), nothing unusual.


  • £18.00
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Shade Black (Raven)
  • Part of the upcoming Theatre of the Nameless collection

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, our new Masquara in Raven (midnight black) reveals a heart of darkness with a new formula that lengthens, defines and dramatises to extremes. The happy union of our unique brush design and new smudge-proof formula ensures lashes can last the whole night through

To demonstrate how well/or not the the mascara worked I decided to take shots of my eye lashes before and after applying the mascara.

It applies quite well, it can be slightly sticky so you have to be careful to not let your lashes stick together. Overall though I didn’t notice a tone of difference, it slightly darkened my lashes and gave a bit more length, but nothing that blew my mind.


This is an ok mascara. It didn’t wow me, I do think though that it’s a bit of a steep of a price to charge for a mascara that only really gives a natural look to the lashes.

That being said I am still looking forward to the Theatre of the Nameless collection even if it’s just for the pictures.