Illamasqua’s Lipstick comes in beautifully intense colors. The Illamasqua lipstick comes in a slick and classy black tube. I selected 4 very unique shades to review; Box, ESP, Apocalips, and Pristine. The available shades range from creamy matte to iridescent finishes.
Illamasqua Lipstick in ESP
Illamasqua Lipstick in ESP swatch
ESP is described as a vivid violet matte lipstick. This shade is a vivid grape with a pinkish iridescent undertone. The shade dries to a very matte finish.
Illamasqua Lipstick in Box
Illamasqua Lipstick in Box swatch
Box is described as a deep scarlet red matte. It is a rich blue-red that is very matte.
Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocalips
Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocalips swatch
Apocalips is described as a teal matte shade. I found that it is a softer aqua green with a flat undertone.
Illamasqua Lipstick in Pristine
Illamasqua Lipstick in Pristine swatch
Pristine is a jet black matte lipstick. The black is very rich yet flat.
Price | £18.50 / $31.76
Availability | 31 shades available at Illamasqua
Product | The Illamasqua lipstick is considered a professional lip product. The color is vibrant and intense and shows true to color on the skin. The range of shades make these lipsticks a must have for any pro artist.
Pigmentation | The pigmentation of all four lipsticks were very great. The pigmentation is full and opaque and leaves a slight stain when removed, even after a short time. The color is consistent and does not bunch or roll up when applied or when the color is built up. The pigmentation applied evenly without any streaking. The lipstick has a slightly creamy feel to it but didn’t have the feathering that can come with a creamy lipstick.
Application | The four Illamasqua shades that I reviewed; Box, Apocalips, Pristine and ESP are matte shades. The appearance of the lipstick in the tube looks very dry but it doesn’t apply dry at all. I found that the application was very smooth and not too dry like expected with richly matte shades. The pigmentation of these shades are very rich so there was some slight staining. One of the small issues I had when I tested these lipsticks was upon applying ESP the lipstick to my lips it snapped in half. During my research of these lipsticks I found several reviews that expressed having the same issue. The lipstick is still usable but it is something you want to be mindful of.
Texture | The texture of the Illamasqua lipstick is very smooth and slightly creamy. Firm but soft and smooth to apply. There as no streaking when the shade is built up making it opaque. The finish is matte but isn’t waxy or oily. I didn’t experience any feathering with this matte lipstick.
Longevity | The longevity of this lipstick is great. Once applied the shade sets to a semi-dry matte. The color doesn’t smear or feather. I didn’t experience any smudging or bleeding even though I touch my face a lot throughout the day. I wore each shade for over 6 hours and it look as fresh as it did when I first applied it. I did noticed a little fading but not very much. Once removed, the color does stain slightly that was hard to remove with makeup wipes.
Quality Of Ingredients | OCTYLDODECANOL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), OLEYL ALCOHOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), OXIDIZED POLYETHYLENE,CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), CETYL ALCOHOL, POLYETHYLENE, TOCOPHEROL PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, RED 7 CI 15850, RED 40 LAKE CI 16035, BLUE 1 LAKE CI 42090, RED 21 LAKE CI 45380, CARMINE CI 75470, RED 36 CI 12085, MANGANESE VIOLET CI 77742, COPPER/ BRONZE POWDER CI 77400, YELLOW 5 LAKE CI 19140, YELLOW 6 LAKE CI 15985, RED 27 LAKE CI 45410,CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, MICA] (EU EXCLUSIVE SHADES MAY CONTAIN: CI 77007, CI 77000) MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.
This product MAY contain carmine so it would not be considered a Vegan product.
Value Vs. Cost
Cost per unit |
Made in Germany
£18.50 / $31.76 each
NET WT. 4g 0.14 OZ.
price per 10g £40.00 / $68.67
Overall | I was extremely pleased with the pigmentation of these matte lipstick. The Illamasqua Lipstick shades are so opaque and soft. The colors are very rich and smooth and not drying like some other matte lipsticks. The application is so smooth and semi-creamy, you forget you are applying a matte lipstick. The only complaint that I had is that when I applied the ESP lipstick, it broke in half with very little pressure.
The shades that are available are very impressive, I do want to get my hands on a few more. The color ranges are very unique and I can’t wait to try a few more of the shades.