Still swatching my way through the Illamasqua counter at my local Sephora, my next project was to tackle their lipsticks.
Of the shades available in the U.S., Illamasqua’s lipsticks are almost all satin/matte and very pigmented. They aren’t scented — they may have a vague “makeup scent” when new. For now, they are sold only through Sephora and are $22 each.
Illamasqua has a lot of reds. Howl is deep and “bricky,” a slightly browned red. Box is cherry red. Drench is pink-red (well, it’s red rose, but it’s more pink than the other shades). Maneater is vibrant; warmer and less blue than Box. Tramp is slightly lighter and warmer than Maneater. Encounter is just slightly deeper than Tramp. You’d really have to be a redÂ connoisseurÂ to distinguish between Maneater and Encounter.
Ignite is a very orange red (or a slightly red orange), and a bit more sheer than the other shades. Blaze is orange. Over is coral-pink, as is Brink. Scandal is bright rose.
I reswatched some of the shades because I was curious how they compared to others. Test is mauve (Climax is more purple). Sonnet is pale peach. Obey is bright peach-pink. Comparatively, Brink and Over are definitely bright coral. I think Over is just a bit more vibrant, a hair more orange.
Fable is bubblegum pink. Climax is mauve rose; Wanton is more purple. Liv is cool, pale pink.
Plunge is a slightly deeper cool pink than Liv. Corrupt is azalea pink. Welt is deeper; more magenta. Resist is deeper still, and more berry.
Underworld is a sheer, sheeny pink-violet duochrome. Flicker is a sheer golden-bronze sparkly shade. I wondered if these were meant to be worn on top of other lipsticks — and if Europe had more of these types of shades.
Growl is the very definition of “vamp,” a deep dark browned red. Pristine is black.