You may recall a few weeks back, I tried out my first Illamasqua lipstick and unfortunately, wasn’t that impressed with it. The formula was very dry, and the lipstick quality wasn’t good. I questioned whether I had bought a dudd, and I definitely think I did now as my second Illamasqua lipstick that I bought the same day is the same.
I don’t know if they overheated or dried weirdly after production, but this lipstick today has the same lumpy quality to it. Because of that, I really don’t think I can give a proper review but I did like this one more than the previous one.
The shade itself is a lovely raspberry pink and I liked the richness of the tone as well as the opaque coverage it gave my lips. And while it still was quite dry and hard to apply, it wasn’t as dry as the last one I tried.
The finish is matte and has a kind of pearlescent sheen to it that almost makes it look shimmery without any glitter element. I’m really not a fan of frosty looking lipsticks, and although this wasn’t completely frosty, I’m still not quite sure how I feel about it.
The staying power wasn’t bad, but to be honest, I just wasn’t sure about wearing this when the lipstick bullet looked so strange so I ended up removing it after a few hours.
Overall, I didn’t love wearing it and the strange look of it really just put me off too. It’s a shame because the pigment is really nice and it could have been absolutely gorgeous in a cream or matte finish.
Over the years, I’ve always heard such great things about Illamasqua as a brand, and so many of my blogger friends say it’s the one brand they wish was more readily available in Ireland. However, until today, I had never tried anything from the brand so naturally, was excited to try it out.
Unfortunately, the lipstick I chose didn’t live up to all the hype. I’m not sure if I got a dudd lipstick or not, but everything about this was just wrong for me and I’m so gutted.
The lipstick was very dry, so dry it was hard to apply or blend, and ended up going on in blotches as opposed to blending evenly. I had to layer this several times to get a full coverage and the bullet itself looks as though there are lumps in it which I’m sure shouldn’t be there. So maybe it was a bad batch that made it to the shelf.
I also had high hopes for the shade which I was thought would be a gorgeous bright orange, but instead what I got was something quite dull and a little non-descript. Certainly not the bright orange that I usually love to wear.
It didn’t dry out my lips but did nothing to make them feel smooth or soft, and I ended up taking it off early because I just didn’t like wearing it at all.
The only real positives were the coverage and the staying power which was good, and it did take a bit of effort to actually get it off! Normally that would be a good complaint for me, but not today.
As first impressions go, I really haven’t had a good one, but I’ve a feeling that’s more down to a bad lippy rather than a reflection of the brand itself.