I really didn’t expect cream shadows from Illamasqua.. these are so soft and moussy to the touch they almost go liquid on the heat of your skin. This trio of Vintage Metallic Eye Shadows is part of the new Illamasqua Once Collection for Autumn, launching at the end of August. Once the colours are on your skin, they don’t move after the initial slip of application and each one has a shimmer to it. If you’re familiar with Illamasqua they fall between a liquid metal and a cream.
The shimmer isn’t showing up terribly well, but it’s more of a gilt metallic than silver or gold.. it’s actually quite a muted shimmer really. Shades are from left to right Embellish, Courtier and Bibelot. I’m not terribly keen on these – for Illamasqua, they’re just not distinctive enough – they could be by almost any brand.
It’s a different story for the polish and gloss – they’re washed with glimmer and are SO Illamasqua! Melange Nail Varnish is an antiqued teal and Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss is alive with iridescence – it’s beautiful on its own or over any other colour to fuel it up to another level.
The Illamasqua Once Collection is a bit of a mixed bag for me, I must admit. Sometimes, I think this brand has lost its way a bit; just lost a bit of its edginess that made it so exciting. Vintage Metallic Eye Shadows are £22, Sheer Lipgloss is £16.50 and Nail Varnish is £14.50.