Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Once...

Ever thought Illamasqua was a bit 'out there' for you? Think again! Their new autumn collection is hands down the prettiest I've seen so far this year. Each and every item manages to be both wearable and unique at the same time. Not an easy feat. I think the brand has totally hit the nail on the head with this one, sticking to it's otherworldly roots but managing to drop a totally wearable collection. I have a feeling this will be a sell out...
Entitled 'Once', the collection is inspired by the 'exquisite point when a flower starts to fade and becomes impossibly beautiful in it's complex decline.' As always with Illamasqua, the accompanying imagery is drop-dead-gorgeous. There are seven pieces in the collection. So what are the must-buys, and which can you pass on?
First up, there are two really subtle iridescent, lip glosses. The lighter of the two 'Exquisite' is my personal favourite. It leaves a stunning pink sheen to the lips. The other shade 'Opulent' is a little harder to pull off, shimmery sheer taupe/beige shade. I'm also not a big fan of the chunky glitter in this, but if you can stand it, it's a lovely shade.
Next up are three of the new 'Vintage Metallix' gel-creme Eyeshadows. All three of these shades are stunning, shimmery, and annoyingly hard to photograph. The texture is gorgeous. Quite thin and 'wet' for a creme, but heavily pigmented and extremely long lasting (once these are on, they will not budge) my personal favourite is the beige shade with pink shimmering undertones. Stunning.
L-R: Courtier, Embellish, Babelot
They've also included one of their powder blushes. These are some of my favourite blushes on the market for pigmentation, texture and blend-ability. Unbelievably smooth and silky, this shade is Naked Rose and it's the perfect, natural rosey-pink shade. Perfect for everyday wear, or layered up for a more dramatic look.
Last but not least is the nail polish, 'Melange'. This is my least favourite from the collection. An olive green with golden shimmer, it's pretty and definitely unique, but not something I'd wear very often. As usual with Illamasqua polishes though, the consultancy is outstanding. If you like this shade, you won't be disappointed by it's formulation, that's for sure!
Roundup
Must-see items: Lipgloss in Exquisite (£16.50) , Creme Eyeshadow in Courtier (£16.50)
Well worth a look: Blush in Naked Rose (£21.50), Creme Eyeshadows in Bibelot & Embellish (£16.50)
Skip-able: Lipgloss in Opulent (£16.50), Nail Polish in Melange (£14.50)

The 'Once' collection is available from Friday.
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77 comments

  1. I can't say all the shades are for me, but that blush looks simply divine!

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  2. Good post :)

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  3. What a lovely looking collection and what a helpful review. I obviously now want everything you've recommended. Oops

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  4. I realy like the nail polish :)

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  5. I love the shades, amazing colours. http://www.thepaarblog.com/

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  6. That blusher and lip glosses look beautiful!

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  7. This all looks gorgeous!

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  8. Definitely want I try out their gel creme eyeshadows! They sound amazing!! :) xx
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  9. All of this collections looks so pretty, especially the blusher! :) x
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  10. I actually really like the color of the nail polish! It's so different from anything I've seen.

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  11. Lovely post! I like the blush! x

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  12. Is it possible that I love everything in this collection? I need that blush asap! ´

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    Ana Leote

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  13. All looks amazing, the blush looks fab!

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  14. Blush looks amazing!

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  15. I have said it before and I will say it again - those Vintage Metallic Eyeshadow pots are absolutely gorgeous! I think I need every single one! What a beautiful collection!

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  16. I was slightly disappointed in the collection, I do like the metallic eye shadows and the blush is okay, but apart from that I'm not a big fan :(

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  17. lovely post and photos :)

    emily xx

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  18. Love the look of the gel-creme eye shadows, so so pretty. I actually really like the nail polish that you aren't very keen on x

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  19. That blusher looks like a more subtle version of Coral by sleek which happens to be one of my fave colours but it's just too much colour. Will def give it a go next time I hit Oxford street ^.^

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  20. This collection looks beautiful!! Lynsey x

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  21. This post looks amazing!!! Your close up swatches are so beautiful, lovely <3

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  22. i've never tried anything from this brand but everything does look gorgeous and wearable!

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  23. It's very lovely. But I wish they have done a nudist pink or something delicate and faded for the nail varnish. I love they're polishes but I don't know that I'd wear that one ever.
    Mana
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  24. I love the subtle glitter in there and that nail vanish is amazing! Lovely post! xx

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  25. The blush looks beautiful!
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  26. This collection is really nice. I personally love the nude-pink gloss and light pink eyeshadow. As always Fleur, great great great review. Love reading your blog. Xx Alexandra

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  27. That last nail polish looks so pretty! x

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  28. It all looks amazing :)

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  29. I've never really thought to try much of the Illamasqua stuff before, a bit overwhelmed at their lovely bits but seeing this I think i'll definitely being checking it out! Love the creme eyeshadows, blush and nail polish especially!

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  30. Nice roundup, Fleur! I love Illamasqua's bolder shades, but this collection is also totally up my alley. Loving the soft shimmery shades :)

    -Jen

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  31. So many beautiful products x
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  32. Just need payday to come around :) http://beckismith1993.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. I can't wait to start wearing fall colors! I'm probably going to start next week (:

    - Naomi

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  34. That blush is my fave, it looks super wearable!

    xx Alyson
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  35. You've convinced me, I need to try it! The blush looks amazing for the autumn and winter!

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  36. I love the nail polish and the bronze eye shadow :)
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  37. Such beautiful colours xx

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  38. I've just recently found an Illamasqua in Dubai and have been dying to go try it out! I really want to try one of their highlighters!

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  39. I love their ad! The blush seems amazing, I love the color!

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  40. Naked Rose and the gel-creme eyeshadows look stunning!


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  41. Love the lip glosses. Gorgeous collection! I love how soft (in colour) and pretty it all seems!

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  42. Such beautiful items! Especially that last nail varnish.

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  43. I am very very excited for this! Everything looks so pretty and elegant.

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    xx

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  44. I really love the last nail polish, but I do love any polish with a bit of shimmer :)
    Such an elegant collection, something I dream of owning x

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  45. This stuff looks great! Awesome post by the way...great work. :)

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  46. These products look so wearable, but still stick to Illamasqua's roots! x

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  47. This collection looks lovely!

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  48. I'm so glad that this is a bit more of a neutral collection, it looks so pretty!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  49. They do look lovely, will have to take a nose soon :) xx
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  50. I love the advertisement image, so different! I like how their products are experimental yet wearable x

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  51. The eye shadows look stunning! x

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  52. Some of the shades while wearable are still not 100% for me, however I am obsessed with the blush! Such a pretty pink.

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  53. I'm in LOVE with that nails polish!! I love the shades of this collection!

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  54. Oh my gosh the campaign shot for this is gorgeous. This collection looks super pretty and wearable for most skin tones too �� lovely post!

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  55. What a perfect balance between different and wearable! Great review as always lovely!

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  56. I really enjoy your posts and I think you have a natural, approachable writing style, so please take this in the spirit it was meant! In your first paragraph you use "it's" when it should be "its" - a very basic grammatical error that all writers should master. I love the collection and you photographed it beautifully!

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  57. This is such a good brand. I've always loved them as they are really bright and in your face.
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  59. This looks like such an incredible collection! Love the blush and nail polish!

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  60. I love that blusher!

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  61. Melange is beautiful, will definitely be buying this as soon as it comes out. :)

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  62. I must say I'm not really bowled over by this collection so I might have to pass, I'm sure they released naked rose though last year in a similar collection? I loved that blush, wish I'd have picked it up x

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  63. It looks like such a pretty collection, I love the nail polish! x

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  64. I'm loving the look of some of their new products! x
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  65. This is the prettiest blush colour! Oh my...

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  66. GORGEOUS!! I've never tried anything from illamasqua but these look like a good place to start! I kinda like the nail polish.......

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  67. The eye shadows and blush looks amazing! I would love to try those out!!

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  68. Never tried anything from them but heard their blushes are meant to be good!

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  69. I'm pretty sure that I need this blush! <3

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