Thursday, January 17, 2013

Illamasqua #ImDreamingOf Prize: Powder Blusher Duo

Hello there!  It may or may not be a surprise to you to learn that I was one of the winners of Illamasqua's #ImDreamingOf competition in 2012.  Follow me on Instagram at annsleyw to get updated faster!

I won the Powder Blusher Duo - Lover and Hussy which is awesome because I was eyeing it and contemplating buying it.  It felt like the Illamasquans heard me and decided to give it to me instead!  I have been using it ever since and it was also featured in my December 2012 Favourites + Giveaway video.  You can check out the video below if you want to know more about it.


Otherwise, if you prefer to read, here goes.  Illamasqua's blushes are known for being high quality blushes that are very pigmented and finely milled.  This Blusher Duo contains my first Illamasqua blushes and I am happy to say that they live up to its reputation for being high quality etc. 

Many people worry about looking like clowns when they look at pigmented blushes in their pans.  However, what they do not understand is that YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE THAT MUCH BLUSH ON YOUR FACE.  Unless you are going for a clown look.  Anyway, I digress.  A little bit goes a long way and pigmented blushes make more economical sense to me.  Though Illamasqua blushes are more expensive, they last a lot longer- on your face and in your makeup collection.  Why bother with a cheap blush that you have to constantly touch up with?  You run out of product faster and you will have to purchase a new one because you will hit pan very quickly.

Here are some pictures of the Blusher Duo in the pans and swatches (with and without sunlight). You will be able to tell how the blushes will look like when I use a concentrated swipe and when I sheer the blush out.

Lover (Soft Apricot) and Hussy (Candy Pink)

Under sunlight. From left: Lover (Sheer), Lover (Concentrated), Hussy (Concentrated) and Hussy (Sheer)
No sunlight. From left: Lover (Sheer), Lover (Concentrated), Hussy (Concentrated) and Hussy (Sheer)

Lover is described as a "Soft Apricot".  It is a soft corally orange that is warm-toned.  It will work well on those with warm undertones.  I imagine that it will be especially stunning on dark skinned ladies.  Also, if you are a fan of the Korean makeup trends, this will work as well.  Coral orange blushes, tints and lipglosses are very typical for a Korean makeup look.  Japanese prefer pinks for that pretty innocent doll-like effect but with coral oranges, you will get a similar look minus the doll-like effect.  Such looks are more wearable.

Hussy is described as a "Candy Pink".  It is a bright blue-based pink that reminds me of Nikki Minaj.  The concentrated swipe screams "LOOK AT ME!" but once you sheer out, it becomes more wearable and less in-your-face.  For daily wear, I use even less product than what I used for the "sheer" swipe because I prefer having colour on my cheeks without it being too obvious like "I HAVE BLUSH ON MY CHEEKS".  In case you didn't understand that, it means that I prefer the "natural" look as I go about my daily activities.

Anyway, the point is: these blushes are super pigmented!  As scary as they look like in the pan, they look lovely when you use a sheer wash of blush on your cheeks.  In fact, I used a VERY sheer wash of Lover in my December 2012 Favourites + Giveaway video.  I like how it gave my cheeks some colour without overpowering the strong lip look that I was going for.

Do excuse the burn mark that I had on my arm.  I accidently scalded myself so the brown mark is actually my burn mark with a bit of scab. 

The Powder Blusher Duo - Lover & Hussy retails for £26 at  Illamasqua provides free UK delivery for UK orders above £35 and free international delivery for international orders above £75.  Do check out their sale while it lasts!

Have you tried any Illamasqua products before? What do you think about Illamasqua products?

annsleyw :)

Disclaimer: The Illamasqua Blusher Duo - Lover & Hussy was sent to me as a competition prize.  I am not obligated to Illamasqua to write this review and this is not a sponsored review.  All opinions in this blog post are based on my personal experience while using this product.

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