lila'lli - British Multifunctional Cosmetics
Immediately I heard about the concept of the brand lila ‘lli I knew it was right up my street, as someone who’s worn lipstick as blush, contour products on the eyes and concealer for foundation, a brand that doesn’t limit how you use their products has my name all over it.
Lila ‘lli is a British multi-functional brand founded by cosmetic scientist, Amina Ajayi, it offers a range of multi-purpose colour cosmetics for the ‘sophisticated woman on the go’, who needs her products to work as hard as she does with minimal effort. The brand has launched with four product categories, namely Lip Collision, Line.Define.Fill, Pigment Infusion and False Lashes.
Lip Collision’s are a dual ended lipstick and lipgloss in matching colours. The lipstick is semi matte, but creamy and pigmented, the gloss also has a fair amount of pigment so can be worn alone, but together they give an intense bold finish depending on the shade worn. All the products are housed in a purple box with gold and white writing, the packaging is also purple with the lipstick housed under an opaque lid, and the gloss in a clear plastic bottom which screws off to reveal a doe foot applicator.
There are 12 shades in total, of which I have four and they retail for £15 each. The four shades I have are; Elizabeth, described as a deep pink red, it’s a deep fuschia pink with a hint of red in the undertone, which will read differently on different skin tones. Next up is Katie, described as an intense purple-pink, it’s a cool toned pink with a lilac undertone, with the gloss being lighter than the lipstick.
Then we have Audrey described as a nude pink, it’s a cool toned pale pink that would most likely require a brown lip liner to work on darker skin tones, depending on the look you are going for and especially when paired with the gloss. And my fave of the four I was sent, because I’m a nude lover at heart, is Billie. Described as a nude chocolate brown, it’s a brown skin friendly neutral toned light brown, which went straight into my handbag when I received it.
I use the gloss more than the lipstick though, probably because I’m going through a gloss loving phase at the mo, and often apply it on top of other lipsticks. You can also mix and match these, for example one of my fave combinations is the Billie lipstick with the Audrey lipgloss for more of a pink toned nude. I have to say I’m not usually a fan of dual lipstick/gloss items, but I think this design is in keeping with the ethos of the brand.
Next up are the Line.Define.Fill Pencils, which are white with gold writing on them, apart from the end of the pencil which is colour coded to match the colour of the pencil. These are multi-tasking pencils, which can be used for eyes, lips and brows, there are 15 shades and they retail for £10 each. They have a soft creamy texture and are said to be waterproof, I have four shades namely Chinatown, described as a burgundy purple, more burgundy than purple.
Then I have Detour, described as a pearly green, it’s a gorgeous slightly metallic emerald green. Next up is Operaville, described as a burgundy red and finally Greed, described as a nude brown, I initially thought this would be great paired with Billie, but it’s a very pale brown and lighter in shade than Billie. I have to say this is probably my least favourite category of the four, as sometimes the filling of these pencils either doesn’t come out all the way or comes out too much, so be careful when taking the lids off.
The Pigment Infusions are pressed powder products, that are packaged in the same white and gold packaging, with a mirror under the lid and look like eyeshadows, but the brand have not limited it for use just on the eyes. These can be used as eyeshadow, to highlight & contour and on lips & cheeks. There are 12 shades in total and they retail for £12 each.
The powders feel super soft when you dip your fingers into them, the matte shades can swatch a little patchy, and the shimmer shades have a tendency to have a little fall out, with medium pigmentation. The shade Modern Times (Bronzed shimmer brown) would make a great bronzer/highlighter depending on your skin tone, Scandal (Rose pink with gold shimmer, reads more pale coral) a pretty highlighter/blush, Out Of The Past (Nude pink with a brown undertone) great blush/eyeshadow and Sophie (cotton candy cool toned pink) a lovely blush/eyeshadow.
Last but not least are the False Lashes, which obviously have limited multi-tasking abilities, but are reusable. There are seven different styles and they retail for £7 each, although at the time of writing this were on sale for £3.50. I was sent two styles, my fave is 11-26 as they have already been cut into four sections each. This not only makes them more customisable, for example by applying one or two just on the outer corner of your lashes, but easier to apply, they can also be used on both top and bottom lashes. Number 11-24 graduated look, shorter and the inner corners and then get longer towards the end, in a more soft and simple style.
Of course you can use any product as a multi-tasking item, like I have been for years now, but I like that this brand doesn’t put typical name on the items encouraging creativity and multi-purpose use.
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