Sunday, 3 June 2012

Illamasqua Naked Strangers.

This post is a little and/or long overdue. Please delete where appropriate, or if you're one of those people and need to be different, then circle the correct answer instead.  Anyway, so I've kind of been lost in thesis land, writing the most astoundingly amazing PhD thesis ever, a thesis so brilliant that every single academic upon reading will pause, forks poised to their mouths, dumbfounded by its brilliance.

Einstein will call me from beyond the grave to congratulate me on my contribution of sheer genius to the world, because they will have figured out how to do reanimate dead geniuses by the time my thesis is done (6 months' time)...

Actually, I've been banging my head against a wall trying to bang some intelligence out of hiding, having hysterical crying fits, dreaming about kittens and trying not to procrastinate, followed by panicking madly and exhausting myself, but managing to write 20,000 words in about 4 days.

Sometime in all that madness, a couple of samples of Illamasqua's newest summer capsule collection arrived at my house and I was powerless to do anything about it, and now I feel I owe it a post.

Intense Lipgloss in Stranger, and nail polish in Faithful.
The full collection launched online on Thursday of this week, with two blushes (of which I've already ordered one because I couldn't help myself), three nail polishes, an Intense Lipgloss and a Sheer lipgloss.  The quality, as with all Illamasqua launches, is incredibly high, and the products are a bit of a lovely visual treat.  I received one nail polish and an Intense Lipgloss to try, and you'd better believe it when they say 'intense'.

Told you it was intense! Intense Lipgloss in Stranger
The Intense Lipgloss in Stranger is a shimmery platinum gold colour, and it makes me look like C3PO if I apply it straight.  However, it's wonderfully pigmented and neither gritty, nor sticky (a huge feat!) and I can see it really shining lightly applied over a bright coral like Vegas Volt from MAC.  For everyday wear - well I'm not sold for myself - but if you can pull it off, you're a braver person than I.  Loving the new packaging on the glosses, though - it looks sleek and lovely.

Nail polish in Faithful - in normal light and then in sunlight.
The nail polish in Faithful kind of reminds me of a beetle, or something, it has this bronze flash of colour in the light, but morphs into a medium warm brown out of it.  It's all quite subtle until that bronzey glint.  It's a gorgeous shade which doesn't suit me very well, but I can see it selling well with the beautiful bronze sheen for summer and the flawless formula of Illamasqua polishes.

I think it's funny how this Illamasqua collection played out, in the end - because even when doing neutrals and nudes (and strangers being naked), they still manage to have a little twist on the sheer glosses and sheer colours and throw a wildcard into the mix.


  1. I saw the blushes on Asos and had to hold myself back from buying on. I thought the cream blush would be good for contouring!

    1. I haven't seen the cream blush - I think it'd be a lovely colour though Illamasqua's cream blushes are super-emollient so it might not do so well if your skin is oily. Illamasqua actually have a similar cream product which is an amazing contour - it's their Cream Pigment in Hollow. I use it pretty much everyday :)

  2. Good luck with your thesis! I got my PhD almost 3 years ago, went through all the pain and the stress and the panic, and now it all seems like an unreal dream (I imagine it's like childbirth in that you quickly forget the horrors of it). You'll get through it too!

    1. Wow, congratulations! Some days I just think it'll never be over. Especially as I'm trying to finish mine earlier than what's the norm - my funding runs out after 3 years of study on the dot, so I don't get the extra year to write up - unless I want to starve! Oh well, here we go!

  3. Wow I'm not sure if I could pull of that the nail polish though :) Good luck with your PhD thesis dear xx

    1. Thank you lovely! I need all the luck in the world right now! The nail polish is so pretty isn't it - love the shimmers! I just don't love it on my skin tone :( xx


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