Thursday, May 31, 2012

Swatches: Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection

 ''A place where alter egos are laid bare and naked flesh is a source of unashamed inspiration. In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown; exploring the distance between pure Monogamous, gilded Faithful and uninhibited Swinger. Exposed nude tones, adorned with rich licks of gold, leave you gasping for more. Don’t restrain yourself. Unless, of course, you enjoy it.'' (Illamasqua)

Illamasqua and their collections: I don't know what I'm more excited to see - the products from the collection or the promo shots. Isn't this gilded, smokey eyed beauty just perfect?
Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection

Illamasqua's latest collection called Naked Strangers didn't disappoint me in any category. In fact, it's one of my favorite collections from Illamasqua so far - at least when it comes to the products. The collection consists of three nail varnish shades (£13.50 per shade), one cream and one powder blusher (£16.50 each), one intense and one sheer lipgloss (£13.00 each).
Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection

Here's what I got from the collection:
- Nail Varnish in Swinger
- Powder Blusher in Naked Rose
- Sheer Lipgloss in Intimacy
Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection

Illamasqua Nail Varnish, Swinger, 2 coats
Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection - Nail Varnish in Swinger

Swinger nail polish shade is described as glistening platinum gold. I agree. With one little adjustment: it's a platinum gold foil. I've seen MANY silver foils, but this is the first gold foil that actually deserves this label. I expected it to be one of those sheer polishes that need 4 coats for full opacity and I'm glad I was wrong. It only took 2 coats of Swinger to get the effect you see on the photo above. This is one of the best Illamasqua nail varnishes I've tried. The application was super easy. I like the formula and brush as well. There's really nothing bad I can say about it. I only wish it was more 'my kind of color'.

Illamasqua, Powder Blusher, Naked Rose
Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection - Powder Blusher in Naked Rose

Naked Rose is described as neutral beige brown. Yes, I can see pink, brown, peach... it is neutral. And it would look good on just about anyone. This is another product that won me over completely. Not just because it's well pigmented and soft - the color is perfect! If you want a good neutral/natural blusher, this is the one for you. I'm not kidding.
Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection - Powder Blusher in Naked Rose

Illamasqua, Sheer Lipgloss in Intimacy
Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection - Sheer Lipgloss in Intimacy

Sheer lipgloss in Intimacy is another hit. I forgot to take a photo of the product up close, but you can see it on the photo above with the other products. Here's how it went down - I asked my sister to try it. She did and she said: I love it. Thanks! And now it's gone. Well, to be honest I'm not a huge fan of lipglosses and I think my sister knows better since she's actually wearing them. =) I do know this gloss is not too sticky and it's not as sheer as the name would suggest. I would actually consider wearing this one, but it gets all messy when my hair sticks to the lips... and you know the rest.

I know Illamasqua is all about expressing the alter-ego and using bold colors, but I have to admit this was a nice change. iLike. 

Naked Strangers collection is available since today (May 31st) on Illamasqua website.

*Products were sent to me by the company.

Thanks for looking and commenting!


  1. Swinger is gorgeous, and it looks amazing on you :) Illamasqua keeps it up, what a pleasure for all of us!

  2. My faves are the nail varnish and the blusher. I prefer more pigmented lipglosses.

  3. omg i love the nail color and lipgloss

  4. OOO kako krasen lak! ♥ Pa blush je tudi prekrasen. :)

    P.s: Si še vedno v marcu? Hehe :)

  5. Nice...I love a good metallic polish...I would love to try their products, but I haven't tried to see yet if they can ship to the US. Thanks for the review!

  6. It was love at first sight for me with the polishes, I am impatiently waiting for them to arrive..
    Love "Swinger" already, thanks for the swatch!

  7. Wonderful products, especially the blush! Pricey, but I guess you get your money's worth with Illamasqua.
    One stupid question: is nail varnish something different from regular nail polish, or is it just a different word?

    1. No, it's the same thing. I guess 'varnish' is a british thing (from vernis/nails in French) like 'lacquer' is a french thing, but it all means polish.

  8. Kakšen lep nabor izdelkov. Glos je lep, ampak mislim, da sta blush in lak favorita. :)

  9. That polish is STUNNING. It's funny seeing you write that you wish it was more your kind of colour. For me, it's doesn't get any more of a 'me' colour that that amazing gold foil. LOVE!!

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  11. Out of all the reviews of products on this article, what stunned me the most was Illamasqua's Nail Varnish that stole my attention with its vibrant gold color. It's really effective for a classy effect of beauty. But of course, the lip gloss didn't go any less with the other products.


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