Illamasqua Glamore: Nude Lipsticks in Naked, Rosepout, Starkers, Cherub, and Minx

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Monday, September 15, 2014

As some of you will know, Illamasqua is being pulled out of North America, so as Canada's official Illamasqua retailer, Hudson's Bay is offering their products at 25% off right now. I took the opportunity to pick up a few items last month including five of their new Glamore Nude lipsticks, which are described as "colour intense nude lipstick[s] with a long-lasting satin finish. Ideal for a more hydrated comfort finish." They are scent-free, though there is a slight waxy aftertaste as with many fragrance-free lipsticks. Each lipstick comes in a square black tubes, contains a total of 4 grams of product, and retails for $24.

Naked, Rosepout, Starkers, Cherub, and Minx

Naked, Rosepout, Starkers, Cherub, and Minx

Naked is a light warm peachy beige nude in a satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft and creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more peach-toned than MAC Honeylove, more beige than MAC Cherish, lighter and more peach-toned than Urban Decay Naked2, more peach than YSL #2 Sensual Silk Rouge Volupté, and more brown than NARS Raquel Audacious Lipstick.
Rosepout is a light neutral pinked beige nude in a satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft and creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more beige than MAC Creme Cup, lighter and more pink than MAC Pure Pout Mineralize Rich Lipstick, lighter than Urban Decay Native, and more pink than YSL #1 Nude Beige Rouge Volupté.
Starkers is a medium warm brown-beige with slight pink undertones in a satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft and creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter than MAC Spirit, more brown than Urban Decay Liar, darker and more pinked than YSL #4 Sweet Honey Rouge Volupté, cooler than NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick.
Cherub is a medium brightened pink-coral in a satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft and creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is similar though more pigmented than MAC See Sheer, more coral than MAC Fanfare, more coral than Urban Decay Streak, and darker than NARS Brigitte Audacious Lipstick.
Minx is a medium-dark warm rose in a satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft and creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more pink than MAC Twig, lighter and more muted than MAC Captive, more pink than MAC Verve, lighter and more brown than NARS Vivien Audacious Lipstick, darker and more brown than Chanel 34 La Rafinée Rouge Allure Velvet.

Illamasqua first piqued my interest with their matte lipsticks, and after lusting over and finally acquiring nine shades, I felt like my addiction to Illamasqua lipsticks was sated. But they've totally re-captured my heart with these. Whereas their original lipstick formula is fully matte and on the drier, stiffer side (think of MAC's Retro Matte lipsticks), the Glamore formulation is squarely in the satin category, and it goes on much creamier and feels much more comfortable on the lips. While they don't seem to add extra hydration, they do stay smooth and creamy on the lips, and they seem to have the same longevity that we've come to expect from Illamasqua's lipsticks, getting about five to six hours of wear before needing to re-apply (shorter for lighter shades, longer for darker shades). All five shades here are intensely pigmented and give off full colour pay-off in a single swipe, and the creamier formula gives a very smooth, even, luminous finish. With the exception of Cherub (because I don't know any skintone that would consider a brightened coral to be nude), I'd say the Glamore Nude collection is a well-curated range of nude shades for fair to deep dark skintones (I didn't pick up the lightest and the darkest shades because I knew I wouldn't wear them often enough to merit spending money on). If you're on the market for a gorgeous nude lipstick with a demi-matte finish, comfortable texture, and high colour pay-off, these are definitely worth looking at. So if you're interested, go grab them before they leave the country for good!
6 comments on "Illamasqua Glamore: Nude Lipsticks in Naked, Rosepout, Starkers, Cherub, and Minx"
  1. i was contemplating picking up a few of these but the matte finish (of the older collection) was, you're right, sort of dry and stiff. i did pick up a non-matte from the new collection though in glissade. really am enjoying it. damn your swatches though...always makes me wants.....
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. These aren't the matte ones; these are the newer satin formulation. :) They're much smoother and creamier and much more comfortable to wear! They're still 25% off right now at The Bay. :)

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  2. I really like the finish, but alas, Illamasqua is GONE from our market atm, lol. POOF.

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    1. It's really too bad that Illamasqua didn't make it big here. I've loved their products for years and think the quality is excellent. Should've probably worked on their marketing here, 'cause if brands like MUFE can make it big, they certainly can as well. Such a shame!

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  3. Cherub and Minx are super pretty! Good picks. :) I focused on their nail polishes and shadow palettes instead of lip stuff. OH WELL. My mourning period for Illamasqua is now over. LOL

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    1. Thanks! I think Starkers and Minx are my favourites of the five, though I initially thought Naked and Rosepout would be. I've been wearing Minx a lot, actually; it's that perfect fall shade that's not too vampy. :)

      If I didn't already have most of the nail polishes I wanted from them, I probably would've focused on that, too, lol! For some reason, I've never been really intrigued with their eyeshadows... I think it might be the bulky packaging of their singles...

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