I'm sure by now anyone who's interested in makeup will know of cult, niche, slightly oddball brand Illamasqua. Famed for it's toxic colours and textures and it's penchant for the weird and wonderful. I will admit that if I'm after a colour cosmetic that is off a weird shade, I will go on their site to see if they have it. Saying that I have become rather fond of a few items of their range and they are far from weird. Examples would be their Matte Primer, Shading Pencils and Nail Varnishes (Speckled Egg was amazing!). All very user-friendly and gorgeously-textured.
When the lovely Nicola and Rose asked me to take tea and have a bit of a catch up, I couldn't wait as it's been awhile since I've seen anything new. So amongst towering racks of sweet delights and copious cups of tea, I got to see the new wares of Illamasqua's Paranormal Collection. Now before you go dear god, monsters and ghosts and all that, pray calm down. It's not that. It's more like the feeling that there's something odd out there brings that tingle at the back of your neck. And also that all initial effects and textures become something else under UV light for example for some of the products. Anyway it's cool and not as scary as it sounds.
I only have a few items that I can show you today so here goes.
Created because certain customers were commenting that the highly pigmented Skin Base Foundations were causing dry patches on their skin. This odd gelee drenches skin with hydration to provide a better base before makeup goes on. It comes with a little spoon and you chop up the gelee and scoop what you need. The most remarkable thing is that the chopped up gelee slowly reforms back into a smooth even state like the picture on the left. So that provided endless hours of fun! But seriously when I tested in on my hand, my skin was soft and smoothed and the gel absorbs quickly and leaves no residue. I'm very excited about trying this out on an actual work, I can predict this to be perfect for people after hydration without any grease. I will report on results soon.
Illamasqua's first gel liner. This claims to be the blackest one available on the market. I have yet to test it but that's some claim. It is also supposed to give you more play time before setting to a waterproof smudge-proof finish. I love gel liners so will definitely give this a play.
Lipstick in Posture
A very pretty mauve with high pigment. I've always struggled with finding a good mauve/lilac lipstick and this might tick the boxes. I will have to use it soon and let you know. There was another shade that was more of a taupe which I loved but I don't have a sample. Now why would you want such shades? As a MUA, such shades are great for tempering and also for editorial fashion shoots, sometimes the unusual can be very very beautiful!
The Paranormal Collection will be available from 30th April 2012 on www.illamasqua.com
That's all I have to share at the moment. At the meeting I was also showed a lovely bronze cream that was a lovely texture and great for warming or blending into cheeks and eyes. Also a mousse/cream/powder textured palette with some very interesting shades. Once I get those I will share with you guys.
So what do you think? Too out there for you? I don't think so, sometimes it's good to shake things up a bit by using slightly edgier shades. Let me know your thoughts!