Illamasqua I'mPerfection swatches and review

Monday 25 February 2013

Following my last Illamasqua post about the new ImPerfection collection, I thought I'd swatch and review some of the products after having a little play.

Blush Up Brush

The Blush Up Brush is an amazing innovative new oval brush shape that I absolutely adore and have been using everyday since I got it at the launch.
Packaging: The packaging is sturdy and definitely of high quality; the concentration of the brush hairs makes it perfect to add angled contours to the hollows of the cheeks whilst the brush bristles are surprisingly soft for such short hairs and diffuse and blend the product upwards beautifully.
Price: The Blush Up brush is priced at £28.50 but I guarantee it is worth every penny for contour lovers and makeup artists; it makes slimming the face and contouring such a doddle!

FrootiFactor: I'd give this brush a 6 out of 5 if I could, so it definitely gets my full score of 5!

Blush Duo - Lover & Hussy

In the ImPerfection collection 3 Blush Duos were released; Lover & Hussy were actually released earlier towards the end of 2012 as a preview and were received with a great response.
Colour & Pigmentation: Lover is a matte pastel-apricot shade, whilst Hussy is a matte pastel-pink shade. I actually already own Hussy and have loved using it; despite it's pastel-ness it looks pretty awesome on my NC35 skin tone. They can of course be worn together to create a coral colour. Pigmentation-wise, they're super pigmented!
Texture: Powder.
Longevity: Being a powder blush, I find they last a lot longer than creme/liquid forms.
Price: At £26 it works out £13 per shade; considering I don't tend to use just one blush (or have hit the pan on any yet!) this works out better than me spending £18 on just one blush.

FrootiFactor: All in all, I'd give the blush duos a 4.5 out of 5:

Immodest Lipstick

Immodest is the only lipstick in the ImPerfection collection (so far) and is a pretty, vivid pink shade.
Colour & Pigmentation: Immodest is a vivid blue-toned pink and although it looks more yellow toned in the packaging. I was worried about it not suiting my skin tone as it's lighter than the usual colour I wear but it surprisingly didn't look too bad. Very close to MAC Viva Glam Nicki (first one). Definitely pigmented.
Texture: Texture-wise the lippy is dry as it's a matte lipstick. A bit of lip balm or Vaseline underneath makes the lippie more wearable, particularly Carmex moisture plus in Pink.
Longevity: It lasts a long time as it stains! I swatched it on my hand and lips and the stain remained on the hand after wiping (see below).
Scent: No particular scent.
Price: At £16 it's a tad bit more expensive than your regular lipstick, but as always you know you're getting great pigmentation and longevity with Illamasqua, so it's a matter of what you find more important!

FrootiFactor: I'd give this product a 3.5 out of 5 as I'm not too sure about the shade of pink on my skin tone! Still, it would suit lighter skin tones than my own beautifully.

Speckle & Freckle nail polishes

These limited edition speckled nail polishes come in 5 shades: Speckle (neutral/brown), Freckle (lilac), Mottle (pastel/mint green), Fragile (pastel blue) and Scarce (light pink). 
Colour & Pigmentation: Both Freckle and Speckle are pigmented and have even amounts of "speckle". Bigger "speckle" bits of black glitter make up the full effect. I have to say I prefer Freckle as Speckle clashes too much with my skin tone. I think it would look better with lighter or darker skintones than my own. 2 coats needed max for full effect.
Longevity: The polish lasts a long time particularly as it has the glitter bits in them, but is a pain to take off like normal glitter polish.
Price: Priced at £14.50 each, the polishes are slightly pricey but they're a gorgeous new concept and remind me of Cadbury's Mini Eggs - yummy!

FrootiFactor: I'd give the polishes a 4 out of 5 as they are well thought out and perfect for Spring/Easter.

The full ImPerfection range is available at the Illamasqua site and Debenhams as well as selected counters. 

Do you like the products from the new collection? Which are your faves?



  1. I have a look at the collection every time I'm in work and I never can decide if I like the speckled polish or not..! I know the rubber nail polishes have me intrigued though.

    Amy xo.

  2. I really, really curious about the brush but I don't know if I'd actually use it or find it too fiddly...hmm. Decisions, decisions!

  3. the blush up brush seems to be interesting ... i guess for contouring it might be great!

  4. I love those speckled nail polishes! I love up your blog btw just came across it. Check out my blog and see if you like to follow?

  5. OMG after seeing your swatches I think I want everything in this collection, apart from the nail polishes (not so keen!) x


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