Sunday, 3 May 2015

Illamasqua To Be Alive

Hi Guys,

The new Illamasqua To Be Alive Summer 2015 collection launched on friday, So of course I naturally popped over to my local counter to have a peek! It's quite a small collection consisting of mainly four products, a palette, lip gloss, lipstick and nail polish.
It is also mainly all blue! Which I admit looks quite scary and I was a little bit like how on earth do you wear this! Especially as I have blue eyes and the last time I had blue shadow on it was from Claires Accessories and glittery. But its a lot more wearable than you expect it to be. 
Spirit Palette - £34 HERE
This for me is the scariest part of the collection, you're probably thinking really?! If you've seen the lipstick! But for me having blue on blue eyes, Its never really worked. The lovely girls at the counter  also said they were wondering what to do with it on blue eyes. But in fact because of the shades being either really light or very dark, its really quite the wearable palette for anyone.

Its made up of three powder shadows and one cream. The cream being a very sheer baby blue otherwise known as Awaken, it would be beautiful as a base for the shadows. The three powder shadows include; Cascade, which looks white until you blend it out and it has a beautiful blue sheen to it, it would make a great subtle highlight. Then there's Inspire, the bright cobalt blue and the one Im quite unsure about, however Ive seen it used to blend out the navy and it works as a transition colour really well. Finally my favourite of the four, Refine, a dark navy, fantastic as a liner!

Nail Polish in Prismatic - £14.50 HERE
Prismatic is the new sister to the Melange polish launched in the Once collection. Its a duo chrome shade, which depending on what light you see it in, it either looks like a baby blue or has a pink shimmer streak! It reminds me of Unicorns and its been straight on my nails ever since I got it, the Illamasqua polishes are always fantastic when it comes to wear time, no chips in sight! Plus you only really need two light coats of the shade until its opaque!
Glamore Lipstick in Vendetta - £18.50 HERE
This surprisingly may be my favourite piece in the entire collection, for everyday me I look at it and think what on earth do I do with this. Makeup Artist me on the other had see's a whole world of options, which I think I'll do a post on!

The lipstick its self is part of the Glamore range, which is Illamasqua's very moisturising, yet still very pigmented range. The shade its self is a cobalt blue, which goes on a little lighter than it looks in the bullet. But if you were to line and colour your whole lip in with their  Debonair pencil before hand, it deepens the shade. 

Shine Lipgloss in Iridesce - £16.50 HERE
Finally the last new product in the collection is an entire new formulation of lipgloss! The shine formulation is a bit lighter in feel compared to previous sheer and intense glosses. It still carries that fantastic sweetie scent though! Iridesce is a clear gloss, with little flecks of blue running through it, which means as well as giving a beautiful shine, it also makes your teeth look whiter! 
(Swatches - Left to Right: Vendetta, Iridesce over Vendetta, Iridesce, Refine, Awaken, Inspire and Cascade)
The collection is also built up of a few permanent products too including the Masquara and Skin Base. If you dont feel confident enough to rock a bright blue lip there is also the peachy nude lipstick in Sonnet, which also pairs up nicely with a blue eye!

Eloise x


  1. Wow! Some bright colours in this collection but I would love it all, I look forward to that MUA post on the lipstick!! Xx

  2. Those colours are gorgeous! I also have a thing for the colour blue at the moment too. You've picked up some lovely stuff, loved this post!

  3. I need to try more colourful makeup! I tend to stick to natural shades x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  4. I'm loving this collection. I'm such a sucker for Illamasquas bold collections.
    Gill xx EyelinerFlicks

  5. Those blues, I think it is my kind of paradise, I love blue make up and mixing palettes! <3

  6. A blue lipstick?! Say whaaaaaaaat! I do find this all pretty daunting as I always stick to nude colours. Looking forward to seeing how you style them! x

    Hannah x | hannatalks


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