Review: Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless

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.


  • Cruelty-free
  • As far as the lipstick and pigment go they’re well pigmented
  • Creative
  • 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.

Final thoughts:

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:


  1. says

    Awesome review! I’m going to the Melbourne, Australian event for it on Wednesday , night so I’m keen to see it in person too! :D Btw, you take the best lip shots ever :O Seductive, very pro~

  2. says

    I love what you did in the last two photos of your lips! the lip art really captures the look of the collection. very fun

  3. says

    Lip art looks lovely! Can’t wait :3

    HAHA! I read Bieber too, and I had to do a double take xD

    Uwaa….that green color looks really nice! It’s about my favorite shade of green :3 I’d totally buy nail polish in that color, or a dress…but lip gloss is a bit over my head xD

  4. says

    Argh shame about the lip gloss, it looks superb! Layered over a black base maybe?
    I love what you did with the products at the end, they do work well together :)

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  6. says

    I am totally in love with the dark green lipgloss! It’s a shame it seems so hard to apply evenly :S The purple lipstick is such a nice shade!

  7. says

    Since the advert invites us to “‘decend’ into the riotous scene of erotic adventure”, the green lipgloss product might be doing exactly what its developers intended. Klaire, you always manage to resolve any art media issues with artistic genious and complete honesty. I sincerely appreciate this! Well done!

  8. says

    That purple lipstick looks really awesome! And I love what you did at the end. Perhaps the green lip gloss will come in handy after all :D