I thought I'd keep my Top 15 posts quite close together, so here is Part Two of my Illamasqua Top 15! If you haven't seen my Part One post, which is all about Face and Body bits and pieces from Illamasqua you can find it HERE! But I have to admit this second part is probably my favourite out of the two, these are the products that really just make Illamasqua so creative!
This second half is all about the Eyes, Lips and just more colourful side to Illamasqua, with these products you can just experiment and have fun! This is what I love about Illamasqua and as they said it themselves "Express your Alter Ego". So many of these products have so many ways to use them, I cant see myself ever getting bored!
I admit Im a MAC Lipstick addict, however I find myself using the Illamasqua Lipsticks just as much. You practically need to surgically remove me from Rosepout these days! Ive technically cheated a little bit with this as I couldn't pick between their two formulations. I love both the Glamore Range; Long Lasting, Moisturising and Pigmented. But at the same time I love their original Lipstick Range available in a rainbow of colours! They're also highly pigmented and favour a matte finish. I especially love Box, a red made by Alex Box for herself!
Now sadly due to the high pigmentation levels in the original lipsticks, they can become just a teeny bit drying after a while. That's where my other lip favourites the Intense Lipgloss' come in! If I layer these over a lipstick, they feel so moisturising, long lasting! My lips have seriously not budged even eating throughout the day before! The great thing with them too is because they're intense, again they have a lot of pigment, so really you don't need a lipstick under any of them. Did I mention they smell like sweeties too...
A holy grail product for me has to be the Gel Liner, I cant do liquid or pencil liner. The easiest way I can personally do it is with a gel. The Illamasqua one is so easy to work with and is actually the Blackest Gel Liner on the market. Its so pigmented you hardly need any, which can be a little worrying as its a huge pot and gel liners are famous for drying out! Ive had mine for ages and its no where near to giving up the ghost! Its really easy to work with too, so you can buff it into the eye as a smoke eye base, but really once this stuff sets, it sets!
Illamasqua used to do a range of pencils called Medium Pencils. It is safe to say I was distraught when I found out they were being discontinued. So I made myself join onto the Colouring Pencil bandwagon, their new replacements. I should never of been so distraught. These pencils again are so highly pigmented, soft and creamy, so there is no drag! Plus they are so versatile, I love Vow the nude shade, use it inside the eye to brighten, map out eye shapes, or body art designs and my all time favourite way to use it is to map out the brows and highlight them. It just cleans up the area so well!
The Illamasqua Powder Shadow's are really the only shadows I tend to use on my eyes anymore, especially if I want colour! They have such a wide range of shades, which I never ever thought I'd see myself wear, but Illamasqua has taught me to use and love colour and I wouldn't have it any other way. The shadows themselves are very pigmented and huge, so they last you a good while. As well as the brighter shades they do the most beautiful neutrals. Another thing I love about them is that they are almost all matte, there are a few beautiful shimmer shades too, but I just prefer to work with matte colours. A few of my favourites have to be Vapour; a burnt orange, Feint; reddish brown and Can Can; bright pastel lilac.
My trusty Brow Cake in Thunder, would you believe me If I said that brow cake has lasted me for almost daily use for two years! There still must be 3/4th's of it left! That is just how pigmented this stuff is, you need the teeniest bit and then you can have amazing brows in just a few minutes along with Vow Pencil! Its a waxy powder, so even though its filling in the gaps in the brow hairs by placing it on the skin, its also catching onto the brow hairs and adding colour. Thunder is such a universal shade too and perfect for a makeup artist kit!
I have a glitter addiction... I would probably put it down to these Pure Pigment's. These are finely milled sparkling pots of goodness that I just want to cover my entire face in... I love these because you can make them quite subtile or really pack them on and have a ball! Furore a very pretty nude shade, is not only beautiful on the eyes for an everyday look, but used as a highlighter it gives an amazing glow. Or even mix it in with Skin Base and it just adds such a radiance, my personal favourite though has to be Static; aka the most amazing white with a purple shimmer running through it!
Lastly probably one of Illamasqua's most famous products are the Cream Pigment Range. I love these for their versatility, use the green and peach shades as correctors. Hollow, the famous grey tinged brown, perfect for contouring, especially if you're paler like me! But they also all make fantastic eye bases, I love Dab; Lilac, on the eyes. Or even use some shades as cream blushers and even lipsticks too. The opportunities are really endless...
Again there are so many products that just almost made it to my Top 15 and it was extremely difficult to miss them out! Can I just have a Top 20 so the Vintage Metalix, Sealing Gel and Brushes can join in too!