Illamasqua Once Collection

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The Once collection by Illamasqua along with their recent releases has bloggers saying that the brand is going commercial and becoming boring; from their make-up artist lead brand, with everything from teal lipstick to glow in the dark nail polish. I feel that there’s nothing wrong with diversifying the brand and catering to a wider audience, plus Illamasqua do subtle subdued makeup in such a beautiful and different way to the usual nude palettes we see banded around. Included in the range are three new cream eyeshadows, a repromoted powder blusher, two new lipglosses and a new nail varnish colour. I received two of the cream eyeshadows and the nail polish. The cream eyeshadows are called Vintage Metallix and I received the shades Courtier, which Illamasqua describes as a vintage nude; it’s a pinky beige nude shot through with gold shimmer.

Bibelot, described as a vintage green, is a deep green shot through with the same gold shimmer. These are cream-gel textures that provide long-lasting, smudge resistant wear, housed in small glass jars, gold lid with the Illamasqua symbol, as well as Illamasqua lettering on the side, which is peeling off as we speak. I love cream eyeshadows, and these are a great addition to my collection, they last well on me without primer, I do not have oily eyelids and are a great base for powder eyeshadow.

The nail polish is called Melange, which Illamasqua describe as a golden teal with a matte finish, it’s a gorgeous emerald green shade with lots of gold glitter, that make it difficult for it to be a true matte shade. It applies beautifully and lasts well on the nails.

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The cream eyeshadows are £16.50 each and the nail polish is £14.50, both products are available from the website. The site is worth a look as they have mini videos with live swatches and have recently added pictures of swatches on different skin tones.