Saturday, September 11, 2010

Quickies: Make Up For Ever & Illamasqua Blush, Lipstick, & Foundation Haul (Quick Review & Swatches)

I'm trying extremely hard to move all all the files from my "to do" folder to my "done" folder in a very short time. This was a little Sephora Haul from last November (seriously, talk about being behind!) and I just wanted to show you the swatches. Sorry for the poorer quality -this was way before I even knew that different settings existed on my camera. I actually didn't like any of the products I bought (color wise) so they were all returns.. which is why I can't give you better swatches.

Quick Breakdown of the products..
1. Illamasqua Hussy Blush- The blush is finely milled, smooth, and pigmented. Hussy is a matte, bright coral pink. (Here's a more indepth review and better swatch from Temptalia.)
2. Illamasqua Climax Lipstick- No matter what color I've gotten, Illamasqua lipsticks have been slightly too dry for my lips. They're great considering they're matte (not as drying as other matte lippies) but are too dry for me. Climax is a matte, medium dusty rose with the slightest lilac edge.
3. MAKE UP FOR EVER in Fresh Pearly Pink 301- This has been discontinued as Sephora now carries the Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks. I remember the lipstick being sort of dry and not very pigmented at all. Fresh Pearly Pink is a frosty medium pink that barely showed upon my lips.
4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Foundation- I originally bought this is Golden Beige 24 which wasn't a great color match. I later on got a large sample of the correct color (I think it was Ivory 20) which was the perfect shade for my "Fall skintone." It worked great -it gave me an even finish and made my skin look so good from about a foot or more away. However, if you looked really closely, you could see small dry patches. This is not forgiving to those with very, very dry skin (like me.) I do have to say that it's the BEST foundation I've ever used for photography purposes though -this makes your skin look absolutely flawless in photos.


Clockwise from top (with flash): Illamasqua Blush in Hussy, Illamasqua Lipstick in Climax, MAKE UP FOR EVER Lipstick in 301 Fresh Pearly Pink
Ahh! This was me almost a year ago -funny how our look can change in such a short amount of time. I kind of miss my long black hair.. that's A LOT of hair. And my eyebrows are CRAP. =O Above I'm wearing the Illamasqua Hussy blush and Climax lipstick.

P.S. Wtheck?! I just checked the Sephora website to link the products to you guys and I can't belive the Illamasqua lipstick is $22!! When I bought it, it was only $20 (plus I used a 20% discount so it was $16.) The blush also went from being $23 to $24.


  1. Sephora raised their prices?! hmmm. btw I like the color of lip stick on you, and your cheeks look so rosey!

  2. The blush color you had on is lovely :) I love how it highlights your cheek bones :D

  3. Woah! you look like a completely different person! I have that foundation too, for all the hype I wasn't that impressed, but it is nice for the first few hours. def agree about the dry patches!

  4. You are so cute I love your pic :) Illamasqua blush has a nice color I always use pink blushes they give a very fresh look ,I was going to buy a blush now I will get this one it's such a pretty color.

  5. @ Pop Champagne.. Thanks. =) Brands just raise their prices every now and then -I hate it!

    @ Mr Lonely.. Thanks.

    @ Rainy Days and Lattes.. Oh thanks. I actually didn't love it at the time but now that I look back at the pics, I kind of do? =P I must be crazy!

    @ PoorCollegeStudent.. I know! =P Funny how different hair can give you a totally different look. And sorry MUFE foundation didn't work for you either.. those dry patches were NOT pretty.

    @ Alvira.. Aww thanks =) I really hope you like the blush! What other pink blushes do you own and like? I'd love to try some new ones.

  6. I have a very small makeup collection I have only 4 blushes these are Rimmel mono blush in santa rose,Maybelline berry sorbet,Lancome subtil sheer and Luscios desert rose.Lusciou is our local brand but it's products are really good.I also have this small kit by Clinique which has 2 eye shades,lipcolors and a blush ,it's a nice color too, a very soft pink.

  7. Great collection of blushes! I haven't tried that brand but it sounds interesting -I love trying new brands we don't have here.

  8. I love the Illamasqua blush in Hussy. It is very pigmented indeed. I can't wait to pick up others, but they are a bit pricey :(

  9. @ Alina.. I agree, prices have gone up since Illamasqua first began selling at Sephora. =(