Wednesday, 25 July 2012

First Illamasqua purchase

Hi all,

I popped into Debenhams today expecting to come away with a huge haul but for some reason I couldn't find anything to spend my money on. I started shopping at 09:10am and finished at 5:20pm and this is the only I purchased. Clearly there is something wrong with me!

So whilst wandering around aimlessly I spotted this bad boy by the till. It was £38 but the contents are worth £91.50 (although I think some may be in the sale on the website so the £38 value may be correct at the moment).

Here is what the box contained:

So I knew I would be getting the gold cream eyeshadow and the pink nail varnish but the other items were a mystery. I'm really bad at deciding what colours to go for and always end up playing safe and picking boring neutrals so I thought this would be a good way to experiment with colours I wouldn't normally go for. The colours I got in my box are a million miles from anything I would normally choose. Heres what I got:

The first thing I spotted when I opened the box was the blush, it is bright red, and when I say bright I mean BRIGHT. At first I thought there is no way I will ever be able to wear this, I swatched it on my hand and again thought no way will I be able to put this on my face. 

Just look how bright this is.

So you can see from the swatch that its a really bright matt red colour, I gave it a go and put some on my cheeks and I love it. I really really love it. I'm so shocked I honestly never thought I would ever be brave enough to wear something like this and I thought I would look like a clown but its amazeballs! If I saw this is a shop normally I wouldn't have even given it a second glance but I really am loving it and will definitely be investing in some more of these blushes. They blend so well and you can achieve a more toned down look if required. 10/10 for this one!

Continuing on with the red theme I also received a lipgloss in besotted, I generally don't go for bright glosses or glosses in general really but this one is nice. Its not too sticky and its really true to the colour you see. I hate it when you buy a gloss for the colour and it comes out pretty much clear with a slight tint. I like the gloss but I don't wear lipglosses so I wont be buying any more of these but I will get some use out of this one.

Onto the eyeshadows. Firstly the one I knew I was getting, the liquid metal in electrum. It looked so pretty on the front of the box so I was quite excited to try this and I wasn't disappointed.

Oof how pretty is this. I absolutely love it, I'm so happy this was included in the box set as its a gorgeous. I'll definitly be purchasing more of these, they are really blendable and so pigmented. Another 10/10 product.

Secondly was a powder eye shadow in Fallen, its a matt purple colour again super pigmented and easy to blend. Its a buildable colour so you can really build the colour up if you want to. I can't wait to purchase some more of these and I'll be picking some colours that aren't my usuals, maybe yellow or turquoise? or maybe not :-) we shall see.

The nail varnish in the box is also absolutely bootiful! I already have my finger nails painted so I have done the swatch on my husbands finger. After he argued with me about already having the same shade on my fingers at the moment. It is NOT the same shade, the shade on my nails is alot darker. Men! 

This was only 1 coat of the polish, it covered brilliantly and dried really quickly. My husband is still currently wearing the polish and the moment to check for chipability (yes, this is now a word!) so will let you know how long it goes. Not sure I can persuade him to wear it to work tomorrow though, unless I hide my polish remover mwahahahaha!

Finally the thing I looked at and straight away said no, no this is not for me I will have to swap it with someone. I even posted a photo on the Facebook swap site I am on to see if any of the other girls wanted to swap me for. Its purple, I could never wear purple lipstick. What will people think? I'll look stupid. It will be far too dark. My husband will laugh at me. Well these were all the things that were going through my mind until I caked and put it on. I'm in love, just in love. I am wearing this to work tomorrow I do not even care. Its amazing. I love the colour, its so moisturising on my lips and it actually suits me. No lipsticks ever suit me but this purple one does. I have no idea how this works but it does. I'm super happy and can't wait to wear this out. I have it on my lips now and my husband hasn't even commented which is a good sign! I have my eyes on a couple of other lipsticks on the Illamasqua site so watch this space for more!

So what do you think? Would you be interested in these boxes and would you dare to rock the purple lipstick and red blush? Comment below and let me know. 

Lots of Love

CF x x x


  1. Great purchase! I want one of these mystery boxes now! Brilliant price :)

  2. They are fab, they do two, this one and another at £35 which has a couple of differences, will be getting that one shortly. x

  3. OOhh I love mystery boxes like this - Avon do a mystery bag and e.l.f occasionally run mystery promotions & I always try and pick one up if I can. I'm definitely gonna try and get my hands on one of these!
    p.s how amazing would it be if MAC did one of these!

  4. Ooooh a Mac one would be amazing, you can get these on the Debenhams website

    Will be getting one of the other ones!

    Theres just something so much fun about getting a complete surprise :-) x