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Illamasqua Toxic Nature
“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!
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
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.
Illamasqua Toxic Nature

Shown are Hollow & Emerge Cream Pigments and Glister Precision Ink.


Illamasqua Hollow


ILlamasqua Emerge


Illamasqua Glister


Illamasqua Toxic Nature
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
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.
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
 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!
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
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.

0 responses to “Illamasqua Toxic Nature, my thoughts & swatches!”

  1. Leanne says:

    I find emerge a little too orange to work on my cheeks, you might have a similar problem! I’d like to give Hollow a go as a contour colour though.
    Oh and there’s a sixth cream pigment you missed, a lilac one called Dab. 🙂
    I want to see an FOTD with Glister please! x

  2. Andrea says:

    I agree, I love the first 2 images but I didn’t like the third one either! I think it’s something about that models fae rather than the make up itself.

    I really want the lip products and nail polishes too, can’t wait to see what you get.

  3. liloo says:

    gorgeous post, gorgeous swatches, love it. such an inspiring collection. Well done, Illamasqua! xx

  4. ModestyBrown says:

    Glister is absolutely on my wishlist as his Hollow for contouring. I think there’s no escaping that they will crease on the eye but they could be ‘set’ with a pigment over the top or loose eyeshadow. Something sheer and shimmery maybe? It depends on what time one has whether or not that kind of effort will appeal. I think some of their alternative uses might be more fruitful like cheek or lip products or as a dark circle corrector in the case or Emerge. I do really like the selection of colours they have gone for.
    Jane x

  5. Charlie says:

    Leanne, I did try it on my cheeks the other day and it was ok, will have to have a good look in daylight! FotD coming up when I don’t have a stinking cold!
    Andrea, I think its the way they’ve made the models face look. Strange.
    Liloo – it is inspiring isn’t it! Absolutely!
    Modesty – which products did you get? I dont’ really understand the concept of using cream products as bases when they are beautiful colours. I get it with black and nudes, but why make a beautiful colour that you have to cover with another colour to make it stay on? NOt asking you, its a sort of thinking out loud question! Sheer and shimmery could be the way forward though, will have to ransack my copious amounts of pigments! The colour range, I agree, is really very appealing indeed.

  6. ModestyBrown says:

    Sparklz and Shine and I have actually discussed it a bit already. I know exactly what you mean in terms of how you would feel of say a mainstream makeup brand but I think the cream pigments are very much targeted at a pro audience, which explains the colours and why they’re not strictly for eye use.

    Also the choice of colours: peach, pale green and lilac are all corrector colours. The Hollow and Delirium shades are contour/cheek appropriate. I suppose Mould is the only without an obvious dual purpose. When they were describing them they’re talking about using in a ‘painterly’ fashion which again is why I get the impression these are to be used in artistic or alternative way.

    It doesn’t preclude more mainstream makeup wearers like myself wearing them but more care will be required if they’re used on the eye purely as eyeshadows I suppose.

    Sorry, that’s turned into a bit of an essay! I got Delirium, Emerge and Gamma nail polish.

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