Actually, it wasn't even cat food. It was a box from Illamasqua show-casing the products for their new collection, Generation Q.
I feel this was an improvement on cat food, but the cats didn't agree, particularly as they were waiting on some new toys that were coming too. I tried to explain to them that blush is better than cat food, but Frank tried to eat my toes and Midna turned round so her bum was facing me, so I feel like our discussion was a lost cause.*
I remember fizzing with excitement when I came home from the launch campaign of Generation Q and telling you I had the warm fuzzies about Illamasqua's new, inclusive campaign that says you can wear glitter if you're 80 and still look incredible, because dreary mattes are for walls, and don't have to be on your face when you reach a certain age.
I told you then that I pretty much wanted everything. That… hasn't gone away. At all. Um. We're all in danger. Hold onto your bank accounts, screen the calls from your bank manager and hide the credit cards. This could very well end up costing a lot.
Instead of my usual prose-laden sermon that whirls about from one subject to the next in unfeasibly long hyphenated metaphors, I'm going to let the products and photos do the talking, because this collection is beautifully seamless and doesn't need too much romanticised blahblah-ing on my part. I'll click my own mute button for you, and just deliver the swatches for your ogle-eyed pleasure.
Precision Ink in Wisdom.
I received this way back when the collection was unveiled but got lost in a land of no internet and never got the opportunity to post about it. I love this. It's an antiqued gold liquid liner, packaged with a pointy felty tip thing (yep, that's exactly it - not vague at all). When it catches the light, it's all starry and glimmery and beautiful. It lasts all day and is perfectly opaque. Recently I've been obsessed with pairing this with a red lip.
Intense Lipgloss in Boost.
|LOL look at that expression.|
Gleam compact highlighter in Aurora.
Illamasqua reformulated and repackaged an old product and basically made it better. This is now Gleam, a compact highlighter, and Illamasqua have relaunched the shade as Aurora. It's a beautiful pearlescent champagne shimmer in solid form, with no grittiness or greasiness. It applies like a dream, and softly diffuses onto cheekbones.
Lipstick in Magnetism.
In my original post, I earmarked this for one of my picks for the collection, because scarlet-hued lips are just something I do. This is something that made me squeeOMG when I saw it. It's a beautiful raspberry colour, slightly muted and not too bright. It is pigmented and creamy, and not drying at all. I've been wearing this exclusively since it touched down, I LOVE it.
Powder blush in Sophie.
AAAAH *fangirls* I can't help it. I'm hardwired to take an above-average enjoyment in blush. This is just. Just LOOK. LOOK AT IT. Illamasqua listened when people asked for more blushes with shimmer in them, and they delivered Sophie. It's a gilded coral - beautiful and bright and PIGMENTEDWHOA - be careful there - and and and. I have too many things to say about this blush. Some of them might be indecent. It's smooth, applies effortlessly and is exactly how I expected. Dreamy sigh.
|Swatched here: Gleam compact highlighter in Aurora, powder blusher in Sophie, lipstick in Magnetism and Intense Lipgloss in Boost.|
Have you got any picks from the new collection? I'm going to be needing those palettes…
* actually, this interlude of domestic bliss never happened. But I do talk to my cats, and also make up stupid songs about them in my head. Usually to the Spiderman theme tune.