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Illamasqua Naked Strangers – Collection Launch and Review of Naked Rose Blush and Intimacy Lip Gloss

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A couple of weeks ago Illamasqua released their latest collection – Naked Strangers and I popped along to their store near Carnaby Street for the launch party!

Of course, whilst I was there sipping on cocktails I couldn’t help but pick up a blush and a lip gloss from the collection!

The night at Illamasqua was like all of their launches a great event! There were gorgeous models there  looking stunning and covered head to toe in gold!

Models in gold! (Double click to enlarge)

You could have your nails done or your make up by one of the lovely Illamasqua make up or nail artists and have a nice browse around! The staff were all really helpful and friendly, I had a great time!

This is what Illamasqua say about the Naked Strangers collection:

Exploring the boundaries between light and dark, the Naked Stranger collection from Illamasqua reveals a decadent colour palette of sumptuous nudes, offset against rich liquid metals. Seeking to capture your inner glow and hidden depths, expect shimmer studded, gilded glosses and natural blushes in soft beige and pink hues, designed to give a provocative flush of colour.

Now on to the items I bought at the event!

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Naked Rose Powder Blush

  • £16.50 for 4.5g
  • Matte finish
  • Described as a “Neutral Beige Pink”
  • Limited Edition (may be made perm if it sells well!)
  • Very pigmented and long wearing

Review:

This is a lovely, very chic and wearable blush from Illamasqua. In true form with their other blushes it is really good quality, pigmented and blendable. I also find that the blushes are very long wearing, which is really good for people like me with oily skin. Illamasqua blushes never break me out either, so that is another great thing!

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The shade  gives a gorgeous “well polished” look that goes well with a variety of eye shadows and  lip shades.  This sort of shade should be in every girl’s makeup bag, and its perfect work and school. I think this would suit a variety of skin tones and occasions.

This blush is pigmented and you only need to dab your brush in, however I noticed it seems more of the powder flies off into the air with this blush than other Illamasqua blushes I have used in the past, I am not sure if they have tweaked their formula or not?! The blush is silky smooth and finely milled – every blush should be like this!!!

Naked Rose Swatch (Double click to enlarge)

The wear is really good, it lasts on me all day, and a lot better than MAC blushes which I have to reapply half way through the day, I also find these are more pigmented and blendable than MAC blushes.

I love this blusher and it will be a favourite in my make up stash for a long time to come. I hope they make it permanent! It is well worth the £16.50 pricetag!

5/5 from me!

You can buy the blush from here.

Ingredients:

TALC, DIMETHYLIMI- DAZOLIDINONE RICE STARCH, MICA, AQUA (WATER), MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-150, SILICA, RICINUS COMMUNIS OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, QUATERNIUM-26, METHYLPARABEN, GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, ETHYLPARABEN,CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), CANDELILLA CERA(EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, STEARIC ACID, PROPYLPARABEN, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), TETRAHYDROXYPROPYL ETHYLENEDIAMINE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL,CERA ALBA(BEESWAX), PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CARMINE CI 75470, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007, RED 36 CI 12085,  YELLOW 5 LAKE CI 19140, RED 7 CI 15850, RED 21 LAKE CI 45380, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE CI 77163, YELLOW 6 LAKE CI 15985, MANGANESE VIOLET CI 77742, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510, RED 40 LAKE CI 16035, RED 27 LAKE CI 45410] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE. STOP USE IF IRRITATION OCCURS.

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Sheer Lip Gloss in Intimacy

  • £13.00 for 7ml
  • Sheer as opposed to pigmented and opaque
  • Described as a “Nude Pink Brown”
  • Non sticky
  • Doe foot applicator
  • Limited Edition (but may be made permanent if it sells well)

This is my first lip gloss from Illamasqua, and I do like it! It applies nicely, and it gives a lovely glossy, sheer finish to the lips making them look fuller. It doesn’t contain any glitter, which I like and its nice worn on its own and on top of lipsticks. I like the versatility of this lip gloss, and again like the blush its quite a classy and chic colour, which will suit many make up looks and skin tones.

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I like that the gloss is not sticky and the wear is okay on me, it lasts about 3 hours or so if I don’t eat or drink anything (a rare thing for me!). It doesn’t dry out my lips which I think is a great thing about this gloss.

Applied to naked lips (excuse the pun!) (Double click to enlarge)

I like the doe foot applicator, a first from Illamasqua apparently and the gloss can be layered for a more intense look, which is cool!

I do like this gloss but I am not in love with it. For that reason I am giving the gloss 4/5

You can buy the gloss from here.

Here are the ingredients:

POLYBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, SILICA, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPHITE, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 45380 (RED 22 LAKE), CI 45410 (RED 28 LAKE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 12085 (RED 36), CI 77163 (BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 16035 (RED 40 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), MICA, TIN OXIDE] [NON USA SHADES +/-: CI 77007, CI 77288, CI 77289, CI 77000].

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