Saturday, 8 August 2009


I got a lovely parcel today from Illamasqua and it's certainly a brand that everyone seems to be excited about. I can see why everyone loves the packaging, it's so sleek! They sent me their Satin Primer, Rich Liquid Foundation in RF210, Lipstick in Agony and Cream Eyeshadow in Hunger. I have swatched them in order below.

Since I love trying new primers, I couldn't wait to test out this one which promises to give a dewy effect. I applied it after my moisturiser and my first impression was that the primer was quite watery compared to the other ones I have used. When I applied it to my face, I noticed that it didn't fully blend in the way I wanted and my face felt a bit 'slippy'. This is never a god sign with a primer. I waited a few minutes but it didn't seem to sink in. So, I thought I would persevere and try to apply my foundation with my fingers as usual. This proved to be a real pain and my foundation just slid all over my face and didn't blend well at all. Kind of like if you tried to apply foundatio over just won't work! My MAC MSF Natural powder kinda sopped up some of the slippiness but not enough for me to feel comfortable to wear the same makeup out tonight.

A primer really shouldn't be this much work and is supposed to make your life easier, not harder. I was really disappointed with this product as I've heard so much about the brand. I think I'll stick with MAC Strobe Liquid to create an illuminated dewy look.I will try out the other products and let you know what I think as sometimes not product ranges can have the odd dud and you shouldn't let it taint your opinion on the other products they offer.

The lipstick shade 'Agony'does look a little concealer-like but I'll see if I can make it work. I'm not sure if the foundation will be a good shade match but I'll give it a whirl.

Have you tried the primer before and if so, what did you think of it?


  1. i really want to try the liquid metals. I still dont have any illamasqua at the mo, even though i can get to their counter easily. I just have got round to them yet!! x

  2. I got some illamasqua eyeshadows, they are really good quality and finely milled.
    Too bad that their primer isn't any good. Thx for sharing!

  3. You got Agony! I had to use a gloss on top to make it work for me. Otherwise you are right -- it is concealer like if you aren't careful.

    Michelle xx

  4. the satin primer is AMAZING, it's similar to macs strobe cream or body shops glow enhancer, but be careful it broke me out because of the spf properties! xxx

  5. It just didn't work for me, I guess I just prefer my primers to totally sink in so it feels like you're not even wearing one. It's a great example of how some products work for some people and not others


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