Tags: Eyeshadow, Illamasqua, Launch, Pigment
“Unpredictable, uncharted and unnatural, Illamasqua unleashes Toxic Nature for Spring/Summer 2011, a colour collection born from a visionary concept of nature fighting back against the genetically modified society that plunders it. Illamasqua has created the Toxic Nature collection through a palette of lurid shades, corrupted hues and glistening muted tones that offer intoxicating versions of their original selves.
Like nature itself, it’s not all sweetness and light. Shades of mint, mushroom, plum, orange and rose are distorted with rich textures and pops of acid-infused brightness that command attention and draw you in… “
Firstly these are two images I totally fell in love with when they started appearing on blogs. Stunning!
Anyway! If you are a regular reader of blogs you will probably be aware there was a blogger event recently to launch this new collection, I was unable to attend but Illamasqua very kindly sent three items from the new collection for me to try out.
Shown are Hollow & Emerge Cream Pigments and Glister Precision Ink.
Gister (£17) is a stunning liquid liner full of tiny flakes of shimmer, like those in a “flaky” nail polish and please enlarge the following pic to see what I mean. I’m rubbish at liquid liner, but the tip on this seems pretty easy to manage, and the liner is waterproof and long wearing. Seriously pretty.
The Cream Pigments (£17) are amazing. Not quite the colours I’d have chosen to go with each other as it all leans a little too warm for my tastes but really the shades are irrelevant, I was especially interested these as they are a completely new product. They are indeed highly pigmented, and especially easy to sheer if applied with fingers. They come in 5 shades:
Emerge – Peach (swatched above)
Bedaub – Mint
Hollow – Toffee (swatched above)
Delirium – Rose Taupe
Mould – Grape
Funds allowing I will be looking to get Bedaub as thats the one that really appeals out of the whole lot and I fancy playing around with it and the two colours I already have, to mix things up a bit and take out some of the warmth. I’m also wondering I could use Emerge on my lips, I’m pretty sure I could use it on my cheeks, but will have a play over the next few days. Another thing I’m wondering is if Hollow might be good for contouring or if it’s simply too dark for my very pale skintone. Anyway, it’s nice to find myself inspired by make up, it doesn’t happen often! Having said all that, I have slapped a bit of the two I own on each eye and three hours later it’s crease city. I will try again with primer potion and see how that goes. I doubt I’ll purchase more if I can’t make them work without creasing.
The rest of the collection holds similar appeal to me, there are two lippies (£15) both on my lust list, two sheer lipglosses (£13) and five new nail varnish, all of which appeal and can be seen in my second picture with a YSL style french manicure.
Finally, I’ll leave you with one of the promo images I don’t like at all! But thats the thing with Illamasqua, its about demonstrating the art of make up, and challenging your perceptions, and standing out from the crowd! I don’t like the finished result but I can’t deny it’s beautifully executed!
Out on Thursday March 10th online at http://www.illamasqua.com/ and from Thursday March 17th on counters in the UK, but there is the chance for 3 lucky people to WIN their favourite products from the new collection by adding them to the waiting list at illamasqua.com! Winners will be picked on Wednesday March 9th.
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