Sep 30, 2013
Illamasqua’s Fall 2013 offering The Sacred Hour Collection is the the time to release your inner warrior, embrace new beginnings at daybreak and re-stoke the fire in your heart as the sun sets. So from the collection, I got me eyes set for their new velvet blushers and the Shard lipstick. Sadly, the Shard lipstick is still not available here in the US over at Sephora as of today of this writing. I am not sure if it will ever be available at Sephora or maybe it will be a late release. Here’s my review of the 2 velvet blushers:
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher is described as a dusky coral and appears on my skin as a pinkish coral with a satin finish. It averages 6.5 hours of wear on me. It got somewhat opaque pigmentation. It looked sheer on my skin. As I build this up, it appears somewhat oily. As what you can see on my skin swatch, you will notice the film of oil around the edges. It starts as cream on the brush and turns to powder as it touches the skin. It is easy to blend and apply and a regular blush brush actually works for this. I love wearing this paired with a nude or coral lips. It’s just perfect!
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher is described as a dusky rose and appears as a medium dark berry on me, also with a satin finish. It averages 8 hours of wear on me. It got quite opaque pigmentation and a bit better and less sheer compared to Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher. I also got the same problem on this being oily during build up. It also easy to blend and apply same as Sleek. I love wearing this for a night out or a formal event paired with bold lips. I even wore this during my Husband’s 10th year High School reunion and received a bunch of good compliments.
The Bottom Line:
The Illamasqua Velvet Blushers reminded me so much of Chanel’s Le Blush Creme de Chanel. The formula is somewhat similar for a fraction cheaper. However, it got somewhat opaque pigmentation that is less pigmented than the Chanel counterparts. For a woman of color like me, I have to build this up between 2-3 applications for me to achieve its full pigment on my dark skin. If you are fair skinned, this is a highly recommended blush for you since you don’t have to worry for intense pigmentation. I also observed, as I build it up, it tends to become more and more oily (refer to the skin swatch below). These velvet blushers doesn’t have any shimmer to it that it will accentuate your pores. I am looking forward for better pigmentation and formula for Illamasqua’s Velvet Blusher in the future. There’s always a room for improvement for newly released and one of a kind products like these.
What blush you are currently wearing right now?
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher B+
Overall Quality: 9/10 Formula: 9/10 Pigmentation: 8/10 Application: 9.5/10 Longevity: 8.5/10
Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher A-
Overall Quality: 9/10 Formula: 9/10 Pigmentation: 8.5/10 Application: 9.5/10 Longevity: 9/10
Price: $26 for 0.18 oz. pan
Where to Buy Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection: Sephora
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