A couple of weeks ago, Beauty Bay had a sale on Illamasqua products and it struck me that although I’ve seen / heard lots about the brand, and I have some items in my wishlist, I’ve never actually tried anything by them. I think the main reason for this is price – I always feel like their products are pretty expensive and I’m never sure if they’re going to be worth it. But since there was money off… I had a quick look at my wishlist and found two products which I really wanted to check out and bought them.
The two products which drew me in were the Matte Veil and the Beyond Powder in OMG.
Illamasqua Matte Veil | £34 | available here
The packaging for the primer feels very luxe and looks more like skincare than makeup. I think it’s the first primer I’ve ever bought which come in a pot rather than a tube or bottle. It comes with a secondary lid with a little scoop attached so you can get the product out without getting it stuck under your nails – which is a nice touch and I guess helps to justify the price tag.
It is a gel formula which promises a longer lasting base and a shine free finish. As an oily skinned girl, I couldn’t wait to try it out so the next day I used my moisturiser as normal and left it to sink in while I got dressed. Then I sat down to apply a small blob of the primer, but as I started to rub it in it did the thing I hate most… it started to ball up and peel off between my finger tips. It really bugs me when this happens because I don’t want to have to adjust my skincare according to which primer I’m using. I brushed off most of it and tried dabbing on a little more to the areas which tend to become most oily over the day then applied my foundation – which luckily didn’t apply differently to normal. I have to be completely honest and say that I didn’t find it kept me matte throughout the day at all. It was no worse than normal, but certainly no better. So at first impression, I’m disappointed – I was expecting so much more for the price. I recently reviewed a YSL primer (read the review here) which is obviously a high-end brand and this Illamasqua primer actually costs about a fiver more!
Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG | £34 | available here
A product which I’d seen reviewed quite a lot is the Beyond Powders, in particular this shade – OMG. I’m on a bit of a highlighter binge at the minute as I’ve bought quite a few new ones lately so this one already had some competition in my collection. The packaging is quite large but, just like the primer, feels luxe. It also has a good sized mirror in it.
When I first opened the compact, it looked like there was quite a lot of powder around the inside although there were no signs of breakage. When I swatched it for the first time, it does feel quite powdery even though it looks like it could be creamy. The shade OMG is described as a “delicate champagne shimmer” and champagne highlighters are always my go-to.
Despite initially seeming powdery, this doesn’t translate at all when blended out as it’s so smooth and radiant. I’ve tried this highlighter mostly dry and it is very easily buildable from a gorgeous glow to a blinding sheen. I’ve also (and I don’t do this very often) tried spraying my brush with my Smashbox Primer Water and then applying it and BOOM, it’s that Instagram wet look banging highlight that we all really want deep down. As I’ve said, I’ve got a few new highlighter additions but this is the one I’m reaching for the most. I adore it. You get a massive pan of product too so this will probably last a really long time.
So, as is becoming quite a theme on my reviews, it’s a mixed bag. One product I’m not impressed with and one I bloody love. You can’t win them all I guess!
Have you tried anything from Illamasqua? If so, what products would you really recommend I check out next? I hear a lot about their Skin Base foundation so that might be something I try soon. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thank you so much for reading…