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Illamasqua: Once

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2014
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There are two things to be happy about: it’s Friday and Illamasqua’s new collection Once* is out today.

Three new products define Once with a blusher – Naked Rose reissued from the 2012 Naked Strangers collection but there isn’t a lipstick in sight. Instead the main focus is on the eyes (always my favourite part which Illamasqua caters for spectacularly) with a subtle nod at the lips, cheeks and nails.

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There are two new shades of their Sheer Lipgloss (£16.50) to coo over – Opulent (rainbow beige) and Exquisite (pink oyster). They shimmer beautifully and smell like candy.

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One nail colour also features and it’s a stunning antique teal with very fine old gold glitter called Melange. It’s my second favourite from the collection, pipped to the post by the debut of three Vintage Metallic Eye Shadows (£16.50) in perfect autumnal shades.

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Courtier is a dusky rose, Embellish is a rich cocoa and Bibelot is a rustic golden teal. I would best describe the Vintage Metallics as a cross between Illamasqua’s cream pigments and liquid metals as they give a fantastic shimmer yet have a cream-gel texture.

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The packaging is identical to the Precision Gel Eye Liner pot, which enhances the look and feel of the product. In fact it looks premium with the rose gold lid, which perhaps is a sign that Illamasqua is moving in that direction.

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Evidently these are my pick of the bunch and I have strong hopes this will be the start of a new line for the brand. I can picture a rich jewel colour like a deep purple or garnet – those would have me keeling over.

I won’t dwell too much on the blusher Naked Rose (£21.50) because for a brown girl like me, it’s wasted as it’s far but pale beauties like Do Not Refreeze and Tales of A Pale Face will love it.

Once is a thing of beauty and I believe it will have longterm lovers of the brand flocking towards it. Mind you, it’s not too obscure to frighten newcomers, I’d say it’s a gentle collection to lure you into the world of Illamasqua. And with that thought, I’m going to leave you with these incredible images.

Once_promo1 once_promo2 once_promo3 once_promo4Once is available online and at all Illamasqua counters nationwide as well as the flagship store on Beak Street.

 

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If you’ve not caught the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte bug, then all I can ask is why the hell not?

The matte lip colours released a few months back are nothing short of fantastic. In fact they are a dream come true. Bold shades with matte finish and long-lasting colour that do not crack or peel in the slightest. They are unbelievably light on the lips with a velvety texture and non-drying formula and they don’t smudge either.

Grand Cru* (a dark burgundy red with pink undertones) and Nude-ist* (a rosewood, naturally looking nude) are two ‘new’ shades for the summer. Actually they aren’t completely new as they were both available exclusively at online retailer Very.co.uk but now they have been reunited with the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte family making it an even eight shades collectively.

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I want to draw your attention to Grand Cru. You know me, I am a wreck when I’m presented with a crimson red lip colour and Grand Cru ignites that familiar feeling within me (no, not that). Some of the other shades require layering for optimum colour but Grand Cru rolls deep – just the way I like it.

(This picture was taken on my phone – the mess behind adds to the effect of a spontaneous shot taken for the blog.)

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In one coat it’s deliciously bold. The wonderful thing with these matte lip colours are they are buildable without drying or flaking during application. I also don’t bother with a lip liner – there’s no feathering with this baby. Grand Cru definitely turned a few heads when I was out on my grocery food shopping adventures in the day and stayed on my lips till 1 in the morning.

Do you know something else? Grand Cru is a deadly dupe for Hourglass’s Icon (my favourite red!) except it will only set you back £8.99 to Icon’s £21 price tag.

I will always love Bourjois for bridging the gap between high-end quality and high street, and for bringing cat-walk trends down to earth. These new releases push them further up the scale.

The Rouge Edition Velvet lip colours are available from Boots and Superdrug stores nationwide and online.

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