I was lucky enough to be invited to an evening with Illamasqua last week and thought I'd share my experience and thoughts!
At first I was slightly apprehensive because I've been to a blogger event before and it was just a walk around the counter and pretty much just took 10 minutes. But... you've gotta be in it to see it eh?!
I waited at the counter for the other girlies to arrive and decided to have a peruse around the products. I soon got chatting and had to admit that I was an Illamasqua virgin.. much to the surprise of the lovely counter ladies!
The event was held down in the depths of the store in a private room and although 6 bloggers were invited only 4 of us turned up! Fine by me though... more chance for us to ask questions!
The bloggers/youtubers who joined me were-
Hannah from Cagney and Lace
Hayley from Hayley loves
and lovely Youtuber notesfromthecity
We were greeted in the room and given a lovely glass of Cava, a yummy looking cupcake and a gift bag!
We got ourselves settled and introduced and the demo's began! The beautiful Zoe Peplow, Illamasqua's UK brand Ambassador, took centre stage with her lucky model and co-worker!
Zoe first worked on the Leanne's brows, first using their new primer 'Hydra Veil' - this helps control the brows and works as a great base for the next product- Eyebrow Cake in 'Thunder'.
The brush Zoe used is something they all swore by.... its the 'Angled Brush'. All of Illamasqua's brushes are synthetic so they don't shed their hair or misshape. The shape of this brush is perfect for brows and creating either a bold brow look or something more natural and smouldering.
This brush retails at £19, yeah its pretty steep but.. I can assure you its worth it! More to come later on that!
Once the brows were preemed to perfection (maybe slightly too dark for my liking though!) Zoe moved on to create a beautiful masterpiece on Leanne's eyes using the 'Paranormal Palette'
This palette is wow, bold! The water resistent eyeshadows have a bizarre consistency, sort of between a cream and a powder...very pokeable!
When being applied with in a circular motion with blending brush the outcome was amazing, really natural and soft! They gave us a great tip... hold the brush right near the end and the look will be more natural and blended!
Paranormal (vivid cerise)
Aura (warm copper)
Trance (soft violet)
Possession (cool green)
The palette retails for £38, a bit steep but these are SO pigmented they will last for months/years
Matte Veil- This cream creates a long lasting shine free base for your primer and foundation to sit on whilst reducing oil and shine!
Hydra Veil- cooling gel with micro Algae which helps reduce redness. Best applied with brush.. don't waste your products on your hands ladies!
Foundation- Skin Base in shade 10.5
Pure Pigment in Static (used with eyelash glue to make dotty effect!)
How cute does she look eh! Now i know it isn't something you'd wear on a normal day.. but I love the detail and its something that shows how durable their makeup can be, how adaptable!
Zoe ran through her top 5 must have products for your girlies too-
1. The Veils (linked above) £30
2. Eye Brow cake £15.50
3. Skin Base Lift in Light 1- Brightening concealer £17.50
4.Velvet Blusher £21.50
5. Masquara in Raven £16.50
I'd completely agree with numbers 2-5 but maybe not the Veils for me. They don't seem to make that much of a difference to usual primers but are a lot more expensive... have you tried either?
I was lucky enough to receive a gift bag...
Mine included the Bronzing Duo in Glint/ Burnish worth £26
and a small sample of Hydra Veil which I've used up already.
I was also rather naughty and purchased the Brow cake and the angled brush! But I'm glad I did.. the
girlies were right... you can't buy the cake without the right tool!
I've already tried all the products out and i must say... I love love love the bronzer and brow cake! The bronzer is so pigmented you only need a tiny bit along with the highlighter. Its great for contouring!
Here are my brows-
In this photo I am also wearing 'Surrender' - one of the new matte lip glosses! Take a look at the range and everything i've featured on -
I'm still planning on sticking with Mac for my foundation and primer, I like what I know.. but I'm loving the new colours and textures introduced to me by Illamasqua. Its all a bit more exciting and bold!
Thanks to the lovely ladies too for having us!
Follow them at all for great makeup tips and ideas for your own bold designs-
What do you think of the products I've featured?
Have you found any essentials in the range that I need to try?