MAC Cosmetics has been at the forefront of beauty innovation for years,…
When I heard one of my fave brands, Illamasqua from the UK, was slowly leaving North America… I immediately ran to the store to buy all the things! Luckily, The Bay (like Canada’s Nordstorm) is having a 25% off sale to clear out inventory!
Now I have accumulated quite a collection of Illamasqua, so I may do two of these posts as mere guides for what I think should end up in your shopping cart.
SKIN BASE Foundation in Shade 4.5 – I belong to a lot of makeup artist forums and groups, and the Illamasqua Skin Base always comes up as something they use in their kit. Why? It doesn’t oxidize and is highly blendable. Available in 26 shades, this has primer built-in and photographs beautifully. Was $42 CAD, now $31.50 CAD.
POWDER BLUSHER DUO in Lover/Hussy – Another often hyped product is the blush formula from Illamasqua. This is highly pigmented, soft and silky and stays put all day (similar to the NARS formula only a bit softer I think). Lover is a light peachy colour (shown in the look below) and Hussy is a bright vibrant warm pink. Was $48 CAD, now $36 CAD.
FUNDAMENTAL EYE PALETTE – What I like most about this palette is that it gives you a few different formulas to try out if you’re new to Illamasqua. Hype (yellow) and Inception (purple) are both powder shadows while Surge (silver) is a liquid metal formula and Bedaub (mint) is a cream pigment. Was $45 CAD, now $33.75.
I love how the purple changes colour over the mint green. Goes to show that green really does cancel out redness!
(Illamasqua Motto brow cake also used for this look, not pictured in main photo. I am on the fence with this one, it’s a bit powdery but the colour is wicked!)
INTENSE LIP GLOSS in Boost – I bought this on a whim after swatching it on my hand in store. It shifts from almost clear to pink to purple and even a bit blue depending on the light. The formula has vitamin E in it making it super hydrating. This is non-sticky and very rich. Was $22 CAD, now $16.50 CAD.
Illamasqua is currently available at The Bay in Canada, but only for a limited time and AT 25% OFF!
HAVE YOU TRIED ILLAMASQUA BEFORE? What are your go-to products?
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