Illamasqua Sale Haul!

Sunday, July 08, 2012
Illamasqua are currently having an up to 60% off summer sale, so naturally I had to get some Illamasqua amazingness! I used the code LIKE15 to get 15% off my total order which was great but you do have to create an a account to use this code and you can only use it once. Illasmasqua also ship worldwide! Firstly, I am impressed with the site in general and you can add free items/samples to your order (for example: I added a sample size of the Illamasqua 'Freak' perfume). I also like the way the items were packaged, like the Glossy box packaging and presentation. 
This is how all of the items were presented when I opened the box and I really like the presentation. The items were packaged and presented well and the free sample I added was included. I ordered the: Light Liquid Foundation in the shade: LF120, Medium Pencil in the shade: Rowdy, Fat Pencil in the shade: Fickle and a Cream Eyeshadow in the shade: Intrude.


I chose this foundation as I do have the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation but it is a bit too dark and orange for me and it is really rich and thick, so I have to mix it with a lot of moisturiser so I can actually use it. I wanted a thinner foundation that would be a bit easier to use and obviously a lighter shade as I am fairly pale. 
I picked the shade 'LF120' which is described as being suitable for individuals with 'light skin with pink undertones' which is my skin exactly. This foundation does match my skin really well, although it is slightly yellow toned. I have only used this foundation twice as I only received it a couple of days ago but so far I am really quite impressed with this foundation. It applies so nicely; I have used this foundation only with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (which is amazing by the way) and it glides onto the skin quickly and easily. As I have dry skin I find I very difficult to get foundations that are as moisturising as I need them to be and this foundation is unfortunately not as moisturising as I need it to be - so I do have to mix some of my Simple Rich Moisturiser with this foundation, as I have to with 95% of my foundations. Overall, the shade is great for me, it looks and feels light on the skin, it does not emphasise dryness and it has light to buildable coverage. This foundation does last all day on me although by the end of the day this foundation can look a little bit patchy on the more oily or drier areas and it does let the minimal amount of oil I have through fairly easily - so possibly not good for someone with oily/combination skin (but with a mattifying primer and or setting powder it may be suitable for people with oily/combination skin types). 

One of the only reasons I bought this product was because it was only £5! How could I not add it to my basket? I have not tried any Illasmaqua pencils before this and after using this product for a couple of days I do want to buy more Illamasqua..Fat...Pencils. Not the best name, in my opinion, but I really like this product so far. I purchased this shade 'Fickle' which is described as a 'Bronze Shimmer' which is quite accurate although in some lights it can look a little brassy and the shimmer looks like a metallic sheen on the skin. This pencil applies really smoothly onto the skin and it feels really soft and creamy as it is being applied and blended. I have only really used this pencil along the lower lash line to define the lower lashes and it works fantastically - it defines the eyes subtly and the shade is gorgeous. It is also really nice all over the lid or along the upper lash line. Overall, a gorgeous shade, great application, easy to blend and a fantastic price!

I have one of the Illamasqua Cream Pigments in the shade: Hollow, which I purchased from Debehams a while ago and I love it because of the creamy texture and because it doesn't crease on the eyes at all (well after about nine hours it does). So a cream eyeshadow from Illamasqua...at £5 = I had to get it! I bought the shade 'Intrude' which is described as a 'rich brown, with a satin finish'. I love the shade, well I love all neutral/natural eyeshadow shades but this shade is gorgeous. The creamy texture of this product is really nice and the creamy texture makes applying and blending this product onto the skin so quick and easy. I used this product yesterday and it looks really nice all over the lid then blended and set slightly with a similar shade of brown eyeshadow (shade 'Mudhoney' from the Soap & Glory 'what's nude' quad). This cream eyeshadow did crease after about five hours on me even when it was set with a powder eyeshadow but 98% of eyeshadow products crease on me (I know, I'm very lucky...). Overall, I love the shade, it applies so smoothly, it has a great texture and it wears fairly well. 

The last item I purchased is a medium pencil in the shade: Rowdy which is described on the Illamasqua website as a 'Rich Terracotta'. The photograph above it making this shade look slightly more orange/brighter than it actually is but on the lips it does look a bit different anyway. This shade on my lips looks like a darker orange terracotta shade - it looks darker and not as bright on the lips. This pencil applies the product so smoothly and easily which makes it very nice to work with. This is the second pencil I have purchased from Illamsqua and if you have noticed the pencils are not labelled as a 'eye pencils' for example or as a 'lip pencil' as you can use them for both eyes or lips. I will just use this shade for lips, until Halloween maybe, but it is not an everyday colour for me. Although the shade is gorgeous and this product is so easy to use. This pencil is also really pigmented! Overall, a great shade, it is really pigmented, the texture is nice and smooth/creamy and it is a really precise pencil. 

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  1. Great review and a lovely post! I just ordered from the Illamasqua sale too so looking forward to receiving my goodies :)

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