Photo by Illamasqua.
Let's start with the lightest and most innocent color from the collection. This is Load.
Illamasqua, Load, 3 coats
I thought this is a white nail polish, but it's actually yellow (although it's described as creamy white on Illamasqua's website). I'm not too crazy about this color, I can't wear yellow at all. On the other hand - if you're looking for a banana milkshake color, this is the one for you. The application wasn't the best. It was streaky and it took 3 coats to somewhat even it out. If you're not careful, it might take even more. It's hard for me to say it, but I was disappointed by this one (because of the streakiness). Too bad.
Load might have disappointed me, but Throb - WHOA! - it was love at first sight. I'm in love with this blood red creme and the application ... pure perfection.
Illamasqua, Throb, 1 coat
Yep, what you see on these photos is only 1 coat of Throb nail polish. One perfect coat of red awesomeness. I could apply a second one, but why would I? It already looks great. Darn. I think Throb just eliminated my previous favorite red polish (Nu Colour, Scarlet). This one is worth every penny (or cent). Classic red lovers: get it!!!
Last, but certainly not least, here's the lipstick in Sangers. Another blood red goodness from Throb Collection.
Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Oleyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Cera, Cera Carnauba, Cera Alba, Oxidized Polyethylene, Cera Microcristallina, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Tocopherol, Parfum. May contain: Titanium Dioxide Cl 77891, Iron Oxides Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499, Red 7 Cl 15850, Red 40 Lake Cl 16035, Blue 1 Lake Cl 42090, Red 22 Lake Cl 45380, Carmine Cl 75470, Red 36 Cl 12085, Manganese Violet Cl 77742, Copper/Bronze Powder Cl 77400, Yellow 5 Lake Cl 19140, Yellow 6 Lake Cl 15985, Red 28 Lake Cl 45410, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Mica.
This is one hot shade, don't you think? I love the shape of Illamasqua lipsticks, 'cause they make the application really easy. Well, as easy as it gets for a lipstic noob like me. I think the color is a pure hit and it would look good on almost anyone. And about the formula of the lipstick itself - it's quite long lasting and it can get your lips slightly (and I do mean just slightly) dry. I fix that with lipbalm under my lipstick. You can also try applying lipgloss over it to give it a sexy wet look. I wish I had the stones to wear it... every day. =)
Price: £13.50 for 15 mL nail polish and £15.50 for 4g lipstick.
Where to buy? Illamasqua online shop and stores which carry Illamasqua.
I strongly recommend you the Throb nail polish and Sangers lipstick. They're both great. And don't forget the Scorn nail polish too!
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Thanks for looking!