What a collection. This is just wow really and I have to say I think it’s my most favourite Illamasqua collection to date. First lets look at the (very typically) Illamasqua images.
I’m so in love with the first that if I could walk around like it every day I would. The second look, well the cold sores effect isn’t for me but it’s striking nonetheless and as with many Illamasqua images it’s not there to make you feel comfortable.
The collection represents a sort of den of iniquity, “a nocturnal den of the dissident leaders of underworld subcultures” is how Illamasqua describe it as they advise you to abandon yourself to the glorious wonders of unfettered night-time make up. Well I like the sound of that!
So the first item I have is the Vice Nail Varnish, there are four colours released in this collection, each with a sort of rubberised finish.
I love the finish and I absolutely love the colour but alas I can’t say anything else good about this. I found the application incredibly difficult, it was streaky and patchy and not great. I think with a little effort I could make the application work out but unfortunately the wear was diabolical, I applied it at 9.30pm. Went to bed, got up in the morning, got dressed, washed, did the school run, came home and took the picture you see below.
Tip wear anyone? So you could top coat this and loose the rubber finish…but I wouldn’t want to because I love the finish but without a top coat I can’t make this last at all. Disappointing because it’s such a gorgeous shade and for £13.50 I’d want better wear. All that said, I’ve just read on another blog someone (Scrangie I think) used a matte top coat… thats a good idea.
I was sent another couple of items and fortunately I LOVE them both heaps so keep reading for something a bit more positive.
Next we have the Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist. I don’t know if it was luck or if the PR’s know me REALLY well but they couldn’t have chosen better for me. Dark Shimmer. You know I love my smoky eyes!
It’s black with the finest shimmer. Turquoise and perhaps a smidgeon of silver. It’s so pretty. I’ve worn it in a couple of ways, one as a liner all round the outside of my eye, and then as a shadow on it’s own lightly on my lid. What I’m dying to do is pack it on over a nice base for a really heavy look. For now though, to show you, here it is just on it’s own on my lid.
Love it, very versatile and just my colour. at £15.50 not too badly priced either.
The last item I have is a blusher. I’m mad for blusher. I have billions of the things stacked up in my drawers…but this is the one I’ve worn almost constantly since receiving it. Ambition Shimmer Blush. £16.50.
Zeitgeist Pure Pigment on the left and Ambition blush on the right in the above picture. Works like a charm with the Pure Pigment above and has awesome pigment levels. This is just the kind of colour that I feel suits me best and I’d have to go so far as to say that out of all my blushers, it might not be my prettiest to look at, or my fanciest, but its my new favourite blusher. The dusting of shimmer is fine and subtle. Check it out.
Love it! So that’s it. There are a few more bits in the collection I’d love… Belladona Lipgloss is a definite on my wishlist, as is the Havoc Precision Ink because I’m still completely in love with my Glister Precision Ink. I wear it so often.
So I’ll leave you with a few pictures of me wearing Zeitgeist and Ambition.
Did you get anything? Will you? If you only get one piece I especially recommend the blusher. Love it,and it goes with everything.