Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless

Illamasqua’s autumn/winter 2011 collection is Theatre of the Nameless, and most of it is available stateside in Sephora — though, as usual, we didn’t get the most exotic pieces. The story behind the collection is a fantastic version of the dark and wild night scene of 1920s Berlin, and the “theatre of the nameless” is a dark den of illicit hedonistic pleasure — a version of “Cabaret.”
Illamasqua, Theatre of the Nameless, display
The lipsticks are $22 each, full coverage and matte. Resist is a very blue rose (and I think it’s a “Sephora pick” for this collection). Kontrol is blue-purple.

There are two Intense Lipglosses ($20 each, full coverage). Facade is a soft taupe (super nude!). Belladonna is very blue rose, and I think it’s another Sephora pick. Not available in the U.S. is a dark green shimmer gloss called Violate.

Precision Inks are Illamasqua’s waterproof liquid liners, and they feature the same fine conical-sponge-tip as Lancome’s Artliners or MAC’s Superslick Liquid Liners or Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liners. Havoc is a maroon/red-brown the color of dried blood. Abyss is black. Both have that liquid-vinyl consistency, and they’re $27.50 each.

Illamasqua’s Pure Pigments are very much like MAC pigments: loose powder that can be used in a variety of ways (eyeshadow, tapped on top of lipstick, face and body highlight, hair, brows — wherever you care to use them). I swatched Beguile and Zeitgeist dry, though I think they would benefit from a cream base (Illamasqua recommends their Liquid Metals and Cream Pigments especially).

Beguile is a sparkling, twinkling fairy dust of super-fine pink and green sparkles. Zeitgeist is matte black with silver sparkles. The U.S. didn’t get the third pigment in this collection, an “auburn shimmer” called Berber. These are $24 each.
Illamasqua, Theatre of the Nameless, swatches, Resist, Kontrol, Facade, Belladonna, Havoc, Abyss, Beguile, Zeitgeist, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
There are two blushes in this collection, and they’re Shimmer Blush. Ambition is a warm pink with tiny gold sparkles. Morale is a blue-pink with a violet sheen and tiny gold sparkles. These are $24 each.
Illamasqua, Theatre of the Nameless, swatches, Ambition, Morale, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
And the collection introduces a new “rubber finish” nail polish ($14 each). Taint is a Particuliere-esque cool chocolate brown. Kink is muted, blued emerald green. Vice is berry, and Faux Pas (pronounced “fo pah”) is royal purple.
Illamasqua, Theatre of the Nameless, swatches, Taint, Kink, Vice, Faux Pas, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Also worth mentioning: Illamasqua’s new Masquara ($23). Currently available only in Raven (black). The U.S. did not receive the two new cream pigments, coral Androgen and magenta Depravity.

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6 Responses to “Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless”

  • Dia says:

    Violate was the one item from this collection I was really interested in, go figure. I like the color of Havoc, but not the shiny finish. Thanks for the swatches!

  • Rachel says:

    I really love the way you do your swatches – so helpful!

  • Jamie says:

    The nail polishes are my favorite. Rubber finishes are really unique. Taint seems like a winner for fall/winter.

  • Kelly C. says:

    Karla- Do you happen to know if Sephora will ever carry Illamasqua’s new(er) foundation, called Skinbase, stateside?

  • Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the swatches! After seeing these I think I might need Beguile. I had a feeling Violate wouldn’t make it to the US, so I got it from Illamasqua’s own site when the collection launched. It was so intriguing that I couldn’t resist it.

  • Emily says:

    I am so bummed we’re not getting Berber. I know the federal government doesn’t want us blinding ourselves with pigments, but it’s such a pretty color.

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