I love Illamasqua's makeup, and although I often visit the London Beak Street store I do usually wait until their seasonal sales before I make my purchases. There are quite a few products that I'd purchase outside of the sales, but every single year I try and pick up a new blush and lipstick once they've been reduced.
Illamasqua's Cream Blushers have a really thin, creamy texture that makes them really easy to apply and blend, for a semi-sheer and build-able finish. Since I started blogging I've used nearly every shade from Illamasqua's range, but the one shade that's been missing has been Illamasqua's Cream Blush in Zygomatic (£22.00). It's the most gorgeous barely-there nude-pink and I think I've been lusting after this colour for at-least two years. For a long time I put off purchasing it because I had some really similar shades from Stila's Convertible Colour range. However, I recently threw out a lot of my cream blushes (due to their age) and found myself in need of a replacement nude-pink shade.
I'm so glad that I finally bought Zygomatic as I've found that it works so well on my fair skin. It offers a really subtle dose of colour that helps to sculpt and shape my face. If you're a fan of bronzer and often skip out on blusher, then stop that this instant and introduce a shade like Zygomatic into your routine. I've found that even a tiny amount of this blush shade can seriously lift and brighten my cheeks without getting in the way of my bronzer habit. It's a massive hit in my books, and if you're very fair then I'd highly recommend giving it a try.
The other product I purchased is Illamasqua's Matte Lipstick in Corrupt (£19.50). It's been a while since I wore one of Illamasqua's matte lipsticks as I'm now more of a fan of their satin lipstick finish, but when it comes to bright out-there lipstick shades I do still favour a matte formulation. Corrupt is a bright blue-toned pink that's quite a bold choice for me, and definitely out of my comfort zone. I noticed recently that I don't actually own very many pink lipsticks, and every time I went to wear one I just couldn't find what I was looking for. Cue this purchase, and now I feel like I've got the bright and light pink base covered.
The finish of Illamasqua's matte lipsticks is pretty drying, and I really do notice it on my lips. However, the upside is that they offer incredibly long wear times, which is what gives me the confidence to wear a colour like this. If you can handle a dry (but not uncomfortable) lipstick formula then I'd highly recommend these, but for everyday and more wearable shades I would probably opt for the satin formulation as they're much more comfortable.
So those are my new Illamasqua goodies! I should really slow down a little bit on the beauty hauling, but I do think that I'll be purchasing the Gel Sculpt Contouring product to wear during the summer.
Have you tried anything from Illamasqua before?