Sunday, May 29, 2011

Review: Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Torture

''Super glossy, with a sensual, sheer colour designed to enhance your lips. Use Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss on its own or with Illamasqua Lipstick for added pout. Add a little more sexiness to your smile.'' (Illamasqua)

Torture is a Sheer Lipgloss from the Illamasqua Toxic Nature collection for Spring/Summer 2011. It's described as a warm coral peach, but I see almost neon orange in the tube. It doesn't look as vibrant in real life, but it's still quite bright. At first I was afraid it would look ridiculous on me, but the outcome turned out to be a lot more subtle. This is how it looks on my lips.

Illamasqua suggests wearing this lipgloss on it's own or layering it over lipstick. Illamasqua Lipstick in Flare was the perfect base for this lipgloss. Look how defined and glossy my lips look with Torture lipgloss applied over Flare lipstick.

Here's a close up of my lips with Torture. If you look closely, you can see an orange micro shimmer on my upper lip. It gives you a bit of a color while looking very natural at the same time. Don't get scared off because of the way it looks in the tube. ;)

Price: £13.00 for 7mL tube

Where to buy? Illamasqua online store, drugstores that carry Illamasqua.


I'm not a huge lipgloss fan. It usually bothers me to have it on my lips. I can't drink without leaving the marks on the glass, I can't kiss my boyfriend (well, at least not without sharing my lipgloss with him), I get cat (and my) hair on my lips... Everything sticks to gloss. So, the first thing when it comes to gloss - it must not be too sticky. This one is sticky, but not as much as some other lipglosses I tried. Still, it bothers me. I would also love a different package. I don't like squeezing tubes, because I always squeeze too much or too little. With this kind of applicator, you don't have as much control as with the wand applicators and for clumsy people (like myself) that's bad news. I sort of like this product, but I don't love it. And if I admit it, I like it only because it's Illamasqua. I guess I can't be objective when it comes to this brand. I'll try. And here it goes. Illamasqua is a great brand with some of the best products I've tried, but this lipgloss... is just nothing special. There. I said it.

+ Subtle scent (I hate lip products with strong scent).
+ Subtle color. Well, it is sheer gloss after all.
+ It's quite long lasting for a lipgloss.

- Packaging. A wand type of applicator would be much better and easier to use.
- The gloss is a bit sticky.
- Price.

Do I recommend it? If you're into lipglosses, then I recommend you to give it a try. If glosses aren't really your thing, then just skip this and buy yourself a Precision Ink instead. ;)

*Product was sent to me by Illamasqua. Read my disclosure policy for more information.

Thanks for looking!


  1. It really looked scary in the tube but on your lips, it is just the perfect, subtle shine. Very nice. But, there are a thousand glosses out there that will do the same thing. And for a lot less, I might add. I am a bit of a gloss ho, but I think I will pass on this one.

    Thank you for the review.

  2. I'm surprised it's so sheer--other Illamasqua glosses I've seen like that are very pigmented. I'm not a big gloss fan either and I like more color when I do wear a gloss so this would be a pass for me.

  3. @Ice Queen: Exactly. =)

    @Jennifer Leigh: It's called sheer gloss, so I kind of expected it to be sheer. I applied a normal amount of lipgloss to my lips, because I don't like the feel of ''lips dipped in oil''. But yes, I know what you mean. It looks more pigmented on Illamasqua's website.

  4. I thought this would be a rich shade. That's practically clear. Glad to know. Not that I would order it. I have tons of gloss.


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