So recently I received a very exciting email inviting me to an interview to be an intern at Illamasqua. Although I was very aware of the huge brand I admittedly didn’t own any of their make-up which was mainly due to being pretty new on the high end make-up scene. Obviously this was a perfect excuse to run down to their flagship store in London which is just off of Regents Street.
I wasn’t totally clued up on their ranges so I did a bit of research before my trip. I knew I was after a blush, as I didn’t currently have one although I had been after Nars ‘Orgasm’ which seems to be every bloggers’ ‘go to’ but decided against it as I was totally bitter after being let down by their ‘Sheer Glow’ foundation, which had so many positive reviews on it. I’m going to try it out again and hopefully it wins me over.
Back to Illamasqua. After looking at samples online I discovered ‘Sophie’ which is described as a ‘golden coral shimmer’ which sounded amazing and definitely perfect for spring and summer. Various reviews on it made up my mind when it was compared to Nars ‘Orgasm’ and along I went into London. (Left: applied without with finger blending. Right: blended with finger)
When I first saw it in store I was very wary about buying it as it was just SO bright and glittery which was very scary but pushed myself and came out of the store with a pretty black bag with ‘Sophie’ sitting inside it, along with a tiny bit of guilt at spending yet again.
When I finally got round to using it the next day I couldn’t believe how pigmented it was compared to my past blushers which have all been under £10. The quality is amazing which is expected from the price tag. The colour when applied with a big powder brush is very subtle which is perfect for me as I’m always worried about looking too pink. The swatch above doesn’t do it justice but it’s just such a beautiful colour with rose gold sprinkles in it.
Another amazing side to this blush is the S.O.P.H.I.E (The Sophie Lancaster Foundation), which is a foundation (charity type not make-up type) which was set up after the devastating death of Sophie Lancaster after she and her boyfriend were attacked for just the way they dressed. Because of this, Illamasqua have released several different pieces of make-up under the name ‘Sophie’ to support the foundation. This fits the branding of the company perfectly as I’m sure Sophie would of loved to get her hands on a few bits if she was still around now. You can find more information on S.O.P.H.I.E here.