Tuesday, 21 August 2012

In which Illamasqua Generation Q is basically perfect.

The doorbell rang on Saturday morning, and I was expecting a bumper box of cat food - because that is my life now - waiting for the postman to deliver the cat food that my cats eat with very little opinion or waiting around to taste it before it's disappeared down their furry little gullets.

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.
I kind of feel the need to protest ever so slightly.  I don't think this is very intense - it really seems more like a cross between intense and the sheer lipgloss textures, and I did need to apply a fair amount.  It's a violet with a blue duo chrome to match the Underworld lipstick also in this collection, but actually it looks really great over Magnetism lipstick too. It's non-sticky and long-lasting and a favourite lipgloss formula.

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.
Generation Q goes on sale on September 6.


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.

35 comments:

  1. Whoa I gasped when I saw the lipstick. Totally love it - and the bronze liner. Shall be purchasing both asap!

    Nic x

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    1. Arrrgh I know. It is just gorgeous. When I saw it in the flesh I'm pretty sure my heart skipped a beat :) x

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  2. Hi Cami, oh my gosh, gorgeous!! Sophie is amAzing! I heard that we're not getting Sophie in the States, only Allure. If so, I think I need to stage some sort of protest!

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    1. ... Or just a buddy in the UK who will share the Sophie love with everybody and send out care packages ;)

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  3. One of the main things I love about your blog is how good your swatches are, and that you show the colour of blushes so damn well! Oh and how your lipstick photos are of your WHOLE face and not a big zoomed in photo of your mouth. I find it really hard to decide if I want a lipstick if I can't imagine how my face would look overall, so your photos really help.

    Aaaanyway I've fallen in love with Sophie, and Magnetism is going to be mine when I finally go back to having brown hair (I can't imagine it would go well with my blue hair). I don't own anything from Illamasqua but your posts convince me every time that I need to buy something ASAP.

    P.S. I talk to my cats too, and make songs about them. I think they appreciate my mad song writing skills.

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    1. thank you, that is so kind! I had a nightmare trying to edit these swatches and product photos though - the colours just wouldn't translate! Sophie is so beautiful - I keep reaching for it day after day as it's so bright and happy and sunny! Magnetism is going to be my go-to this Autumn, I think :)

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  4. I want everything you've received. It looks lovely.

    Ria x
    miniinstilettos.blogspot.com

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    1. Everything IS lovely! My favourite collection ever, I think! x

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  5. NEED the lipstick, Sohpie blush & one of the palettes!! xx

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    1. Sophie and Magnetism were my very top picks - I've worn them so much since they arrived here!xx

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  6. The liner looks great & I look the lipstick, think it will look great on most complexions, I'm loving the liquid metal in the complement palette (can't remember the name). Hope they sell it individually, otherwise I'll have to buy the whole palette!!! *sigh*

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    1. Oh dear - maybe they will at some point, but you might have to wait a little while :(

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  7. Ok, I'm so glad someone else makes up silly songs about their cats... to the theme of Spiderman. My hubby has also made up a song to the theme of Game of Thrones. I guess it was meant to be. :)

    Also, I think I need to hide my bank card. That eyeliner! Gorgeous! Not to mention the blush! And the highlighter! And the lipstick, my god, the lipstick. Oh, I'm in trouble...

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    1. Hahaha, Game of Thrones! That's hilarious :D I felt the same way when I saw this collection - I felt like it'd be dangerous to my bank D:

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  8. Well, it would seem that my makeup collection just wouldn't feel right without a couple of these pieces. But which to choose? Eek! X

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    1. I know - difficult decision! I'm still making up my mind on the palettes! x

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  9. I need a MINIMUM of that liner and the blush!!! You're right about its potential of being costly!

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    1. I know, I told you! FAVOURITE COLLECTION EVER!

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  10. I love that lipstick! I looked it up online, but could'nt find Magnetism :( Is it only available in the UK? *starts shaking nervously*

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    1. That's because the collection isn't out yet - this is a preview :) It launches in the UK on September 6 - but I have no idea when it launches internationally! x

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  11. The blusher is gorgeous! Illamasqua have to be my favourite brand for blushers, I've only got two so far (Lover and Katie) and I'll definitely be adding more ;)

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    1. I love them - they are so richly pigmented and wonderful :) x

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  12. The lipgloss is beautiful, along with the lipstick and blush. I hate not having an Illamasqua counter in Ireland. It's the worst lol. The collection looks fab though x

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    1. It really is - I don't know if Illamasqua will top it next time to be honest! x

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  13. The lipstick looks amazing on you. I am definitely going to put that on my wishlist and keep my fingers crossed that it actually suits me. x

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    1. I've gotten so much wear from that lipstick! I bet it would be beautiful on you, it looks like a shade to suit a lot of people :)

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  14. So full of drool for this whole collection!

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    1. Me. Too. Amazing stuff from Illamasqua!

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  15. wow you look great!

    love the colors!

    xoxo milla
    http://blondhairpinkheart.blogspot.co.at/

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  16. I pretty much want everything you've showed us but my bank account doesn't agree! lol I'll definitely get the lipgloss and maybe a nailpolish or two!

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    1. I still want the nail polishes, thanks for reminding me! I want the black one, it's so pretty!

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  17. I love your blog, the recent posts have been awesome! I've recently started a blog with OOTD's and product reviews. I'd love for you to take a look? :) thanks xxx

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  18. Magnetism suits you perfectly, makes me wanna dye my hair back to dark brown. I also bought magnetism and im wondering how it compares to nars valparaiso? Because i want that as welll :greedy:

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  19. Love how Magnetism looks on you. Must pick it up for myself.

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