I’ve come to the stark conclusion that I don’t own nearly enough Illamasqua. Unfortunately, now completely gone out of Ireland, it’s online all the way with this super cool, cruelty free brand that are always one step ahead of the pack.Their photoshoots are incredible, their ideas are always original and inspiring and the products are fairly priced, beautifully made and always, always, lovely.
I have three beauties from the Sacred Hour collection to review, but I’m saving the palette for a separate review, so today is all about Facet nail polish and Peaked Cream Blusher. There are two blushers and nail polishes in the Sacred Hour collection but I chose Facet simply because it looked like the perfect Autumn shade and the Peaked Blusher because I can’t resist a dusky rose shade for my cheeks.
Facet (€18.87) is simply one of the most beautiful polishes I’ve seen in yonks, with a taupe base, all surrounded by the most beautiful, tiny golden flecks. This doesn’t look like a traditional glittery nail varnish, it’s much more refined and the flecks are so tiny that it shimmers and shines in the most beautiful way.
You need two coats to get the best effect with this as it’s quite sheer but the quality is perfect and you get just the right mix of gold on each nail. This has easily become my go-to Autumn shade, it’s simply gorgeous and thankfully, isn’t as much of a nightmare to remove as other glittery polishes. I used this without a topcoat saw the first chips on the 3rd day without a topcoat. This is a little more pricey that I would normally be willing to pay for nail varnishes, but it’s such a lovely product I have to recommend it.
Next to Peaked (€23.42), which is a part cream/powder blusher in a dusky rose shade that I always think works really well for pale Irish girls but equally nicely on darker skin tones. This baby is packed with colour so you need to start with a tiny amount, blend and then see if you need more. This feels less creamy than the Bourjois cream blushers for reference as it’s part powder, but it’s no effort to get a load of colour from a small swatch. This sets to a satin finish once blended and can be as subtle or full on as you like.
I also found this to be a beautiful lip colour and I’ve been using it on my lips like no man’s business. I’d just recommend you use a nice balm underneath so your lips feel hydrated. If you’re good with these type of products, you can’t fault the beautiful shade, I just can never seem to blend these types of blushers as well as powder ones. It’s a gorgeous shade in a really high quality product though and the fact it’s so pigmented means the higher price is justified with the longevity you’ll get out of this.
All in all, I’m loving the collection so far and keep your eyes peeled for the palette review very soon! Illamasqua Sacred Hour is available from ASOS here
So girls do either of these rock your boat and are you an Illamasqua fan?