Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Illamasqua Eyeshadow Reviews

I don’t know if I have mentioned before here on my blog, but I am a fully trained makeup artist. When I left university, I was at a turning point in my life and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. After getting my degree at 17, I was at a crossroads and didn’t know which way I wanted to turn. People my own age were just getting ready to head off to university and I had no idea what I wanted to do. In the end, I decided to turn to something that I was passionate about and that was makeup. I looked into courses and found one that seemed good at my local college and enrolled myself.

When I was enrolling, I was forced to part with £1000 of my own money in order to pay for the makeup kit provided by the college. I wasn’t happy about it because I looked into the makeup that you got for the £1000 and it was lacking in some necessities such as a concealer and a mascara, but you couldn’t enrol on the course unless you bought the kit provided by the college. It wasn’t until I got the kit through the post that I realised that it was by up and coming makeup brand Illamasqua. It was a brand that I had heard of, but I was never really bothered about trying, there are other brands that I would have rather spent my hard-earned cash on before them.

When I started to look through the kit, I realised that there were some major flaws in it. I am guessing that it wasn’t at the fault of the brand, rather of the college who put the kit together. For £1000, I could go into MAC and get pretty much everything that I need for a professional kit. In my kit provided by the college I got 4 foundation shades which were all medium tones, a setting powder, 1 brush, 4 eyeshadows and a brow powder. It was bloody disappointing to say the least. Plus, the course was a shambles and I ended up paying for a private MAC course the following year!

So, for today’s blog post, I thought that I would speak to you guys about the Illamasqua eyeshadows that I got in my kit and what I thought about them. Even though I know that I don’t own every single shade in the range, I am going to talk about the ones that I have got and let you guys know my thoughts about them and if I think they are worth it and if I carried on using it.
All of the shades that I have are all matte shades. I tend to wear hell of a lot more matte shades than I do glitters or shimmers. I can admire people who can go all out with their makeup, but for me I like to keep things simple and neutral and that is why I migrate more towards mattes. Over the years, I have tried out so many matte shades by so many different brands, so I really put these Illamasqua eyeshadows to the test. I also used them whilst I was at college and has to use them on many different models, so I have really seen how they perform.

My issue with these Illamasqua Eyeshadows was how powdery they are. From the moment that I put my blending brush into the pan of product, the amount of fall out that was created was just ridiculous. I could ever so slightly dip my brush into the product and when I tapped off the excess, the amount that I could see flying through the air was just ridiculous, I couldn’t quite believe it. At first, I thought that it might just be one shade of it, but it turns out that it was every single shade that I had.

Even as I applied this to the eye and in the crease, my lashes and under eyes would be covered in product. I guess this isn’t too bad when you are working with a neutral shade to create a transition, because you can just brush it away with a brush and go over your lashes with a mascara, but if you are trying to create a smokey eye with deep browns or even black shades, it can get quite messy. When I tried to blend this into the slower lash line, I nearly had a heart attack because all of my base makeup was completely ruined!

I cannot deny that the colour pay off of these product, even with the fall out is very good. They are highly pigmented products and that is why I have continued to use them. Sometimes, eyeshadows with such a high level of pigment have to be pressed softly into the pan of product, in order for the customer to get the most from the product. This does mean that on some occasions you have to sacrifice something such as fall out. There are other makeup brands who have the balance perfect, but I feel with these Illamasqua eyeshadows it is just on the wrong side of been too powdery.

Would I recommend these eyeshadows? I quite honestly have to say that I wouldn’t. Even with my experience, I couldn’t get these to work and to look good without displacing other makeup and creating an issue. There are many other makeup brands on the market that have a lovely shade range and you don’t have to worry about fall out being an issue. I will leave a link to these down below in case you want to check them out for yourself. Make sure to leave me a comment and let me know if you have tried these out and what you thought about them!


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